Valentine’s Day: Love and Marriage

Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day!!  As much as we love a good celebration (and chocolates!), Valentine’s Day is just one day out of the year that focuses on love. We here at A Southern Soiree have written a little post about love, marriage, and what we think being married is really all about!  Check out our Valentine’s Day (and every other day!) love advice below.  Thanks for stopping by! 

MEGAN

Megan Love Blog

Photos by: F8 Studios and Robin Lin Photography

The secret to a happy marriage is: Remembering to laugh every day and support each other through the ups and downs of life.

What one word describes you as a couple? Light-hearted

What made you realize you could spend the rest of your lives together? On our first date, I knew Jason was someone special. I can’t pinpoint the exact moment but after dating several frogs, I knew he was someone to hold on to because he made me laugh, truly took the time to get to know me, and made an effort to put me first in his life.  Marriage before kids was easy (for us).  Balancing kids, a business, and general every day life is CRAZY and has made me appreciate how supportive he truly is and how lucky I am to have him as my friend and partner.

What is the most important piece of marriage advice you have? Be kind.  Even when you don’t want to be. 😉


Favorite Restaurant in town for a date night: With two little ones at home, date nights are harder than ever to come by these days!  A few of our favorites (pre-kids and on the nights we can sneak out) are: Vivace, Mura (our first date!), and Humble Pie

GINA

Gina Love Blog

Photos by: Azul Photography

The secret to a happy marriage is: Make time for one another. Zach and I are hitting our 1 year anniversary (WOW! Time has flown by!) this coming March! There have been a lot of bumps throughout the way (family health scares, lots and lots of travel, etc.), but one thing that has gotten us through all of that is to make sure we make time for each other.  We always make sure to ask about each others day or how we are feeling and we make sure to spend quality time with one another (either at home on the couch or out on a date night). 

What one word describes you as a couple? Patient.

What made you realize you could spend the rest of your lives together?  Let’s just say I was not an easy catch. Zach tried to ask me out on a date for a couple months before I finally said yes. I’m not sure why it took me so long, but I’m so happy I said yes. Our first date was not the most romantic, but it was perfect! We laughed (at ourselves and each other), talked each others ears off, and were able to just be ourselves. I knew after this date, he was something special … and I was right! 

What is the most important piece of marriage advice you have? Remember the little things. Make sure to thank your partner for doing those things that make your life a little easier. Like washing dishes, filling up your car with gas, bringing home your favorite treat, or watching your favorite show with you. Try to do the same for your partner… leave a little note on the bathroom mirror or bring them an unexpected surprise during their workday to brighten their day. These special moments make such a big impact and are easy to do to make someone feel loved.

Favorite Restaurant in town for a date night: 
We’ve recently started cooking more at home, but when we do go out for a date night, we love casual and intimate restaurants. One that comes to mind is Moonlight Pizza! We are somewhat obsessed with pizza!

KELLEY ANN

KA Love Blog

Photo by: Michael Moss and Robin Lin

The secret to a happy marriage is:  Compromise.  Its all about a little give and take.

 

What one word describes you as a couple? Opposites

What made you realize you could spend the rest of your lives together? I quickly realized after moving to Washington DC and attempting a long distance relationship, Travis was someone I couldn’t imagine not being in my life. I guess absence really does make the heart grow fonder!  Not being able to see Travis each and every day made me truly appreciate him and how much better life is when he’s around.  Travis is a calming force, has a ridiculously witty sense of humor and as cheesy as it sounds, makes my world a brighter place!

What is the most important piece of marriage advice you have? Listen to one another.  Try your very hardest to understand where the other person is coming from as difficult as it may be sometimes.  Put yourself in their shoes, talk it out and most importantly, listen.


Favorite Restaurant in town for a date night: Travis and I try to go to as many new restaurants as possible which is proving more difficult these days with two little ones at home.  Up next on our date night list is Standard Foods in downtown Raleigh.

 

KAILEY

Kailey Love Blog

Photos by: JAGG Photography 

The secret to a happy marriage is: I think the secret to a happy marriage is knowing when to admit that you’re wrong.  This is sometimes difficult for Billy and I because we’re both stubborn, but we know deep down if we’re wrong we need to admit it and move on.  However, I’m right a lot- happy wife, happy life, right? 🙂

What one word describes you as a couple? Happy.  There has never been a time that I can think of when Billy didn’t want to make sure I was happy and vice versa.  Granted, we have our moments, but when all is said and done we each have a smile on our face knowing that we are so happy we found each other.

What made you realize you could spend the rest of your lives together? I knew this immediately when he met my family for the first time.  He was so comfortable around everyone and it made me love him that much more.  

What is the most important piece of marriage advice you have? We are newlyweds (married last September!) so I don’t have as much experience with marriage as the girls, but I will say that communication is important for any relationship.  I feel that you should always talk through issues that arise, so that you don’t hold them in and let the problem get worse. 

Favorite Restaurant in town for a date night:
For a special date night out on the town we almost always unanimously vote on Sullivan’s Steakhouse- delicious!