Oct 21

An Anniversary Party

Did you know I hated my wedding day? I loved that I got to marry Paul but other than that it was an awful emotional unorganized day! I used to feel bad about it until I would mention that to people and many would say they felt the same way! Ha! For that reason this anniversary party appealed to me so much. Three years after their simple wedding (that they liked!) Drew and Lynette Danburry had a beautiful dinner party at a friend’s home to celebrate their anniversary. They have lots of talented friends who contributed the flowers and the cake (that cake!). Even the linens and dishes were borrowed. It’s all the party none of the pressure! The amazing Leo Patrone took these photos and I’m so happy to share them here. Vendor credits are listed below. Would you ever have a fancy anniversary party? Paul and I are coming up on 7 years and I’d love to have a do over!

Photography: Leo Patrone / Cake: Pink Peach Cakes / Flowers: Honey of a Thousand Flowers / Dress: Lynette Danbury / Event Design: Audrey Moore / Location, Linens and China: The Villa, Cedar Hills, Utah


  • Francophile says:

    P.S. Thank you for saying this out loud (in print). And thank you to everyone who commented. For 17 years I have felt ashamed of hating my wedding day. I thought I was alone. An anniversary party is the perfect way to let that hard day go and redo it.

  • My husband Owen and I are friends with Drew & Lynette—this celebration is so them. Love love love them. They are the sweetest.

  • I loved our wedding but our 10th anniversary is next year and we are already talking about what we are going to do. We know we want to renew our vows. And we talked about a small dinner party at a destination. We just need to figure out the location and then I know the other details will start to form!

  • Damaris says:

    I had a lovely wedding except for the fact that no one in my family (o.k fine, my little sister came) got to go. My husband and I got married in Hawaii and then a week later we were coming to Brazil to have a big party/ceremony with my family and friends. The year we got married a bunch of immigration laws changed and a week before our wedding in Hawaii our immigration lawyer called us and told us that I couldn’t leave the US on a Student Visa if I was already married and that I would have to either wait to go to Brazil or not get married in Hawaii and get married in Brazil. It was such a stressful decision. In the end we decided we were going to do the wedding in Hawaii because it was a week before the wedding and all of my husband’s siblings had already flown in. I think it was a good decision but to this day I’m still super sad that my parents, grandparents, family in general, and all my friends never got to see me in my wedding dress. I want to do a reception in Brazil in 2 years when we hit our 10 year mark. Hopefully I’ll still fit in my wedding dress.

  • I love this idea. I’m getting married in a few weeks so I can’t comment on my wedding yet but think a fancy anniversary party would be fun. I love dinner parties, any excuse is good enough for me!

  • Lauren says:

    John and I totally did this for our 5th – and in 2.5 more years we’ll do it for our 10th. Sad to say I hated my wedding day too, but the anniversary party was the best thing we ever did to celebrate “us.” We’ve decided it will be a tradition every 5 years.

  • Megan says:

    Urrrghhh–I hated my wedding, too. My parents were never really sold on my fiance and, even while we were waiting at the Oakland Temple for our sealing, I was stressing over whether I was making the right choice because my MOM wasn’t happy. ??? Not the greatest way to start out a marriage. And I was trying so hard not to be a bridezilla that I let me MIL plan the CA reception and my mom plan the OR reception, and I did my own hair and makeup for both my wedding & receptions. And I should never be in charge of my own hair or makeup. I look like I rolled out of bed, threw on some mascara and a wedding dress, and walked out the door. I’m TOTALLY in favor of a 10-year redo on the reception!!! And that’ll be in 3 years. Plenty of time to find a stylist, eh? (Note: my mother got over my choice of spouse. Sort of. And I got over her issues with it.)

  • I loved my wedding, but the idea of a do-over without all the pressure is really appealing. And, that cake! My word!

  • My husband and I had a very small wedding (just us an our parents) 3 1/2 years ago. We plan on having a “7 year itch” party to celebrate our 7th anniversary on our farm (when the day comes). Can’t wait!

  • Alison says:

    My wedding was the best day of my life, but not what I expected. I spent around 3 hours crying in a car with my new husband. Only two of my family members could come and I am one of 9 children so you can imagine how sad that was for me. But ultimately the reason I would like a “do-over” anniversary party is because the day was a big blur instead of the celebration of our marriage I wanted it to be. Do it. Post pictures.

  • Erin says:

    It actually makes me feel better to hear that I’m not the only one who felt their wedding day was lacking. Of course, I’m completely over the moon that I got to marry my wonderful husband, but yes, it definitely was not the day I had wanted. I have always told my husband that we’re going to have a do-over some time!

  • Ah, Drew and Lynette are the most adorable couple! I was friends with Drew in college, so it’s really fun to see them here. What a great idea, too. I did love my wedding, but there were definitely elements of it that were stressful and/or not what I wanted. It’d be so lovely to do something like this.

  • Diana says:

    Word! So refreshing to hear someone else *admit* to hating their wedding day. Mine was beauitful but a few of out attendants made it so dramatic and uncomfortable. I tried to keep my head up and focus on what was really important – my lovely husband – and I did a good job of it. But when I look back at the pictures my first thought is always the drama! I can’t even frame a photo of the whole wedding party. It’s too pinful. So, I second the do over idea!

  • Natasha says:

    I love this party, it looks amazing!
    I loved my wedding day, the only thing I would change was I hated my photographer and that he made me miss my cocktail hour.

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