ten years ago, I was standing in a field in a white dress

……I became Ashley Campbell.

You’d think at some point in the last ten years I could have moved our wedding pictures from the temporary albums to nicer ones. I pulled out a few my favorites to share with you. They aren’t digital, so I took pictures of my pictures:)

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Ten years ago, wedding photography is nothing like it is today. There were a few photographers starting the trend of more candid, story telling type wedding photography. I looked all over my area for a photographer that would capture my wedding day like the photographers on my yearbooks staffs captured student life. I found none. Most wedding photography back then consisted of about 20 poses that every photographer took. I ended up convincing two friends that worked with me on my high school yearbook to photograph my wedding. Thanks Kevin & Katie! I was a genius. I treasure these.

I look like I am about 12, but I was just about to turn 22. Some might consider that too young. It was right for us. We got married in a field…with crepe paper flowers.
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My sweet friends and family helped me decorate the field the day of the wedding. I left to go take a shower and fix my hair about 2 hours before the wedding started.
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Chris had more hair back then…not sure what that says about being married to me. Maybe that is the result of living with too many ‘in process’ projects.
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We set up a white tent in the back of the field to wait to walk out…I tore a hole in it to peek out.
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My dad…
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We look SO YOUNG! We were young. I hear people say you should wait to get married until you discover who you are and live a little life on your own. I am sure that works for some people. I am so grateful that is not the course we took. I’ve figured out who I am while I’ve been married. Chris has not defined me, but instead encouraged me and supported me as I’ve learned who God has made me. Instead of pursuing things on my own, I’ve lived a daily adventure with Chris. We’ve grown together and experienced life together. Moments and experiences have been sweeter because he has been by my side. Our first ten years together included welcoming 4 children into our lives…our greatest adventure yet.

It has been an amazing ten years. Not perfect, because we are far from perfect. We are still learning to love each other. We are still growing up. We still have a lot of life to live. But, I pray we get long lifetimes to do it together.8.11ten-06
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I used RadLab for these photos. Honestly, I was going to use something different just to share something new with you….but RadLab is so fun. You know when you get something new…you find any reason to use it? Well that is what happened. However, I do have some new actions and a giveaway to share with you tomorrow.

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  • andy - the was lovely. happy anniversary. my hushand and i are rounding the corner to 10 years and i will be 31 at the end of this year so we got married young too and it was the best decision for us. we have got to live and experiance so much together. it has been quite an adventure and still is. especially with out two kids. they keep us on our toes. i think your pictures came out great. mine are really traditional but that is fine, it’s what it was then. the dress you are in setting up…i think i had that one too. :) hope you have a wonderful day and may blessed years to follow. Happy Anniversary

  • Katie @ Wildwood Creek - So beautiful!

  • allison - Happy Anniversary!

  • Kelly Moeller - Congratulations! My husband and I are celebrating 4 years today! We are only up to one child though, praying for more. My how time flys when you are with someone you love. Cheers!

  • Celia - Happy Anniversary and thank you for sharing those with all of us!! It’s so sweet to look back. You and your husband sound like you have been so blessed and have a wonderful relationship! Hope you guys have a great day!

  • jenn - Happy 10th anniversary! We celebrated ours on August 4th, and like you are so glad we married young, and have grown up together. Only a small part of wishes we’d waited, but only so that our pictures were digital!

  • Wendy - Awww…. happy anniversary! I had just turned 23 when I got married ~ waiting shmating, it’s been fabulous! Great pictures, I have an album of the same poses that millions of other people have, And, I think I have 2 bridesmaids dresses in that exact shade of blue! :)

  • jenn - Happy Anniversary! We celebrated our 10th in August, and like you, I’m so glad we married young nad have grown up together. Only a tiny part of me wishes we’d waited, and only so that our photos would have been digital!

  • sarah - happy anniversary! thank you for sharing your pictures!

  • Tracie - We were 21 and 22 when we got married and I have no regrets at all about getting married young. We had been married 7 years when we welcomed our first baby and we just celebrated 14 years this May. I love my husband and the life we have. I thank God that He brought us together. I think everyone is different and you have to do what works for you.

    We had a cousin who begged us to wait. He had gotten married at 18 and the marriage had failed. His wife reminded him that we were believers and that God was at the center of our marriage. That definitely makes a HUGE difference!

  • Brittaney - Happy Anniversary! Love your candid wedding shots. Those are always my favorite!

  • Sara - Happy Anniversary! Your wedding was so pretty. And you were ADORABLE!
    Xoxo,
    Sara

  • Jen @ RamblingRenovators - Happy 10th Anniversary to you and Chris! You guys did look young, but what struck me even more is how much Firecracker looks like you!

    Your wedding photos are beautiful. So great that you were able to get friends to capture your day in a style you wanted. Wishing you many more years of happiness and adventure together.

  • Elise - Happy Anniversary!!! My husband and I will celebrate our 10th anniversary in November!! We have also had 4 children in that time.
    Enjoy your day!!!!
    Elise

  • jacky {the sweetest petunia} - Oh, such sweet photos – happy anniversary!!

    P.S. You were older than I will be when I get married in October. ;)

  • Kristin S - Timeless! Your dress and the whole feel was timeless. I don’t think you’ll look back and say, “That was so 2001.” It was beautiful.

    Ya’ll looked so very happy too.

    The cake topper is so perfect. Kinda makes me think about your boys and the Lego figures everywhere. Not sure why.

    Congratulations!

  • Nancy Barr - I LOVE your pictures!!!!! BEAUTIFUL!

    Nancy

  • Nancy Barr - Happy Anniversary!

  • Melanie Norman - Beautiful! I was 22 when I married as well and I love what you said…soo true. I would not change a thing about being married “young, I am so blessed and thankful for that! LOOOOOVE this post!

  • Alicia - That’s the same age I was when I got married! and I looked just as young we’ll be celebrating 5 years later this month. I’m with you… I’m glad we got to do some growing up together and look forward to growing old together. You got some great pictures! Congratulations on 10 wonderful years..and 4 beautiful children!

  • Mindy - Ashley,
    Shawn was 21 and I was 22 when we got married. We are high school sweethearts and I agree wholeheartedly with how you explained the pros of getting married that young. I still look at Shawn & think he is the coolest person OF ALL TIME.
    You look adorable in your photos. I got married 8 years ago and unfortunately photography was about the same. I was about 40 lbs thinner in my pics so I have yet to find the courage to post them on my blog. While at my house, someone saw a wedding pic of just me and asked, “who’s that?” Now there’s only 1 wedding picture out and it’s in the dark hallway. see you in SEpt! promise i’m not a debbie downer…u just got me thinking!!

  • Abigail - those pictures are great! you did a good thing convincing your friends to take them!

  • Sandi - Silly me, I kept looking for your children in your wedding photos. They are so a part of you and your husband that I just felt like they were supposed to be there. Crazy huh?

    My grandchildren sometimes look at my wedding photos and ask why they aren’t in them. I feel like they are so much a part of me that I feel like they have been in my life forever.

  • Mel from Barcelona - You were a true visionary!. Your friends captured very well the essence of your wedding day and everything happening around all those involved. You are right wishing for a long life together. That´s all you need to enjoy your other blessings. Congratulations!

  • Liene - Happy Anniversary! Beautiful pictures. 10 years and 1 day ago I got married in a golden yellow dress with a wedding party in the fields. Have a happy day!

  • Abigail - Happy Anniversary!! Beautiful love story and great pictures of your special day! Enjoy celebrating #10! We call our anniversary our “family birthday” and love celebrating our family and all that God has done!!

  • Anna Marie - Oh wow! You guys got married RIGHT before the 9/11 attacks. What was that like? Happening right after getting married. Were you on your honeymoon? I am not trying to be a “Debbie Downer” I just think it is interesting to hear where other people were in their lives on that major day in our history.

    Congrats!

  • Johanna Rocco - Happy Anniversary to you both!

  • Nicole (Mrs. Muffins) - I love the photos! My husband and I married when I was 18 and he was 21 so we heard often how “too young” we were. This year will be our six year anniversary though, so we hear it a lot less now. Happy Anniversary!

  • Lanny Lou - Wow you two are so cute ! Happy 10th :)

  • Jeannette - Happy Anniversary to 2 of the most kind, sweet and compassionate people I know! Thank you for sharing your life with so many! Is Chicago an anniversary trip? You think wedding photography was bad 10 years ago – you should see what I have from 15 years ago!

  • Megan - Beautifully written! Thank you so much for sharing and your words. My husband and I got married when we were 21 (my husband had only been 21 for just a couple weeks!). And I know many people thought that was too young but not for us and its nice to know that other people get that! :)

    Happy Anniversary!

  • cailan - You WERE a genius, even at 22 (and still are, of course). Those are lovely pictures, and I love what you say about learning who you are in the context of the support and love in marriage. Happy Anniversary!

  • Sarah w - Beautiful!
    Happy Anniversary to you both!

  • Brook S. - Happy Anniversary!! The picture of you and your dad totally made me tear up!

  • Ryan - Happy 10th anniversary you crazy kiddos! :) Love the pics.

  • Christie - Congrats! This year is our 10 year anniversary as well. I was 2 weeks away from turning 22. My husband also had more hair when we were married ;). We were also so young but right for us. You are so right in the journey together. Happy Anniversary! You are adorable and they are great pictures! Mine unfortunately are all posed…

  • Marianne - A very happy 10th anniversary to you!

  • Erica - Happy Anniversary! We share the same date! My husband and I are celebrating our tenth anniversary together today as well!

  • Julie B - I got married at 21! We will be celebrating 7 years this December and I feel just as you do! I knew what I was doing marrying my husband. We went to the courthouse and then for our “reception” we went to a Caroline’s Spine concert where they dedicated our song to us (first dedication they’d ever done!) It was perfect for us. We have 4 beautiful children and everyday we grow closer together. Congratulations on 10 years!

  • Lisa Johnson - thank you for posting these Ashley. I love weddings in a field! :) You were a beautiful bride. I’ve been thinking alot about young love lately. I too was a young bride and I will soon see my young daughter marry. It is definitely not the societal trend these days, but I am so thankful for the bond of strength my husband and I built in those early years of growing up together. It’s true that I sure didn’t have everything figured out and we had challenges along the way, but i wouldn’t trade it for the world. Happy Anniversary to two lovely people!

  • Anna Joy - Happy Anniversary!! So glad you got to have wonderful photos to look through. :)

  • Nicole Ahrens - Ashley, I remember that day so vividly! That was probably one of the coolest weddings I’ve ever been to. Here’s to another many, many years of happiness and love for you and Chris!

  • Natalie@TheShadyAcre - Happy 10th anniversary! I love the pictures–they are priceless. I’m sure your kids love seeing them, too.

  • Tiah - Happy Anniversary! I too got married early, I was 19. My parents freaked. But when you find your man why wait when you found your soul mate? Plus dating is the WORST!

  • the inadvertent farmer - Congrats on ten years! I got married young also (19) and your words about growing together stuck a strong chord in me…you are so right. It is a blessing to learn who you are with the person that is your spouse…you learn and grow together!

    May you have many, many more loving years together.

    And yes you do look 12! Kim

  • angie webb - I too celebrated ten years this year. Such a wonderful milestone given the rate marriages fall apart these days. Congratulations on growing together, working together and loving together! Happy anniversary!

  • Molly - Happy Anniversary! I love your story! My husband and I were married young too…what is meant to be will be :)

  • Lacey - Happy Anniversary!! Your cake topper is great and anyone can tell by looking at these photos what a wonderful love you and Chris share.

  • Jill R - Although I like the DIY posts, I really love the more personal posts like this one. I am sure they are a little more difficult to share with the world, but I love them! So sweet! Happy anniversary! ps – you look even better ten years & four kids later….that is so not fair…. ; )

  • BriBedell - Happy Anniversary!! I was 19 when my hubby popped the question while we were vacationing in Hawaii!!! So of course we just got married there :) best thing we ever did! Almost 5 years of being married we are currently cooking our 3rd baby :)

  • Lisa - Happy Anniversary, Ashley! Our 10th is in May…I had just turned 23 when we got married…that was old though compared to my mom who was 18 when she married Dad! When it’s right it’s right…I know that’s the case for me, my parents, and you and Chris as well.

  • Hannah B - Happy Anniversary! I got married when I was 21 so when you say, “I’ve figured out who I am while I’ve been married. Chris has not defined me, but instead encouraged me and supported me as I’ve learned who God has made me.” That’s the perfect way to describe mine and my husband, Aaron’s, relationship. How blessed we are to have such Godly, encouraging husbands. I pray that you and Chris are blessed beyond your wildest dreams as you continue on your lifelong journey together!

  • Julie - Happy anniversary!! I love your words about getting married young. I also got married very young (younger than you did). I agree with your thoughts about how I have gotten to grow and experience life with my husband. That we made (and are still making) all of our young stupid mistakes together. I have been married almost 12 years now and am sure that I got married when the time was right for me.

  • Julie - Happy anniversary!! I love your words about getting married young. I also got married young (younger than you did) and think that it happened for a reason.

  • Yolanda - I am so with you on this one. Married at 21. We are about to cross the fourteen year mark, and I would not change anything about that. Our partnership is stronger because we didn’t spend a decade or more of our adulthood forging separate adventure. Our stories are inextricably intertwined. I love that. I love him. Happy Anniversary to you and Chris!

  • Ashley - Happy Anniversary! You guys do look incredibly young in the photos, but oh I love them so much. You both look amazingly happy, it makes me smile.

    I was only 20 when my husband and I got engaged, and people said the same stuff to us. Don’t you want to go out and explore the world? Find yourself? Be your own person? But I wouldn’t change it for anything. We have grown up together, we know each other so well, we’ve encouraged each other through ever major milestone since I was 15! It is a special relationship.

    Hope you guys get to enjoy your day, doing whatever makes you happiest!

  • Charity - Happy Anniversary. I agree with you that living life before getting married isn’t always best (not for some people). Besides, it’s more fun when there’s someone to share it with. I was married at 21 and can’t imagine what the last 7.5 years would have been like if I had waited to get married so my husband and I could “discover” who we are or make sure we had the best jobs or whatever.

  • Jessica @ MyArdentLife - Happy Anniversary! These are beautiful pictures! 10 years is a milestone. We’re celebrating 5 years next week and we also have 4 children – 2 under 2yo and two in heaven. We weren’t as young (25 and 27) but we got married FAST (met in May, engaged in June, and married in Sept, and no, I wasn’t pregnant). He had a house, we had college behind us and careers on track, and my mother was in cancer treatment… why wait? We had dated others enough in the past to know what we needed in a mate and we knew God had brought us together – we were made for each other for sure. I wouldn’t want/ expect my children to follow the same plan but it worked for us and we couldn’t be more blessed.

  • Gevay - You to are too adorable! Happy Anniversary!

  • steph - awww… happy anniversary!!
    those are wonderful pictures!
    we got married in december of 1999 and we have all those ‘typical’ wedding shots.
    sigh… there are so many better options today.
    oh well!
    i still treasure all my photographs because we look like babies too.
    and yup… my husband had a lot more hair as well! ;)
    we were only 20 (me) and 21 (hubby).
    we were babies too… and yup, we essentially grew up together!
    i’d have it no other way either!
    my husband is my best friend and he’s been steady by my side for almost 12 years!
    congrats to you and chris!
    all the best… hope you can get away to celebrate one on one!! :)

  • Tammy - You do look so young and I adore it!! How cool is that?! I recently heard the philosophy about how it is sometimes a better idea to ‘grow up’ together so it’s not as hard to learn how to adjust after marriage. You two are a delightful example of this at work!! Happy Anniversary Chris & Ashley! Can’t wait to see the pictures of the next ten!

  • Andrea - How wonderful to have such sweet photos! Congrats on 10 years!

  • kristina - your wedding was so beautiful! congrats on 10 years!

  • Emily - Happy Anniversary! I love everything about your wedding – and especially your cake topper! What a great idea! Congratulations, and I’m very glad you listened to your hearts and not the naysayers. As the song goes: “C’est la vie, said the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell!” :-D

  • beth - i was 20 when we got married….i’m sure there were a few naysayers, but we’ll be celebrating 27 years in december, so i think we’ve done something right…..and i looked 12 when i got married, too :)

    congrats to you both of you…..i love your photos.
    mine from almost 27 years ago…well honestly, they pretty much suck :(

  • ellen - this post makes me think of andrew peterson’s song “dancing in the minefields.” have you heard it? such a lovely interpretation of the adventure of marriage.

    congratulations on 10 years!

  • Stephanie May of MayDae - Congrats to you! My husband and I will celebrate our 10th anniversary in December! We were also young when we got married (I was 19, and he was 21), and we are SO glad that it happened that way! I get to be with my best friend and HOT guy for most of my life. Love it! <3

  • Courtney Connelly - Happy 10th! Loved seeing the photos again. Such great memories!

  • Pip - 22 is OLD to get married lol…says I who was married at 18 (13yrs ago). “Growing up” with my husband (he was 20 when we married) was not an easy thing nor was it a bad thing. We love each other so much and are committed to our life together, who cares when it started!?

    PS..now you can say..oh 22 wasn’t so young, I know a girl who got married at 18! (and I got pregnant 2mths after, so I had a baby at 19!) Ugh..that baby just started Grade 7 today..I’m so old.

  • Josie - I love the part where you talked about being grateful about taking the course of getting married young and growing together. I got married at 19 and 11 years, 4 kids later ( 3 boys and a girl like you), I am so happy about my decision. My relationship with my husband has matured me into someone greater than I believe I would have become alone. Thanks for taking us both down memory lane this morning. I love your blog.

  • rachael - Happy Anniversary! 10 years does go by so fast, we just celebrated our’s last november. I am also so thankful to have been able to “grow up” with the love of my amazing husband in my life. You guys are so cute together :)

  • pattilouwho - so great! i always love wedding photos – we didn’t really have any. Our ceremony was so bittersweet because we sped up our wedding due to my mother-in-law being very sick (stage 4 cancer.) We had a ceremony with 6 people present (8 if you count us.)and my in-laws renewed their vows for their 50th wedding anniversary as we shared our vows for the first time. we don’t have good photos at all because my sister-in-law took pics with a point and shoot, and let’s just say in the last ten years, she’s learned to get a little closer with the camera so we don’t always have the ENTIRE body in the shot. :)

  • Alison - I married my high school sweetheart (and no, I’m not a fan of that term!) when I was 22 and he was 23 because we were just tired of waiting for our friends and family to be ‘ready’ for us to get married. We ended up eloping to city hall in San Francisco (not a bad place to do it) and now a few years later we’re finally planning the big bash – just so everyone will calm down about it. But I completely agree with you. When you know you know and there’s no right or wrong way to do it. But then again, I have encouraged my little sister year in and year out that exact same advice: “Are you sure he’s for you? like…really sure? maybe you should live by yourself and get a better job and everything first. Maybe. Isn’t your age too young to be getting married?!?!”

  • katelyn - your cake topper=genius.

  • Sarah @ Redhead in Ruffled Flats - Happy anniversary! I just got married at 22 almost three weeks ago now! I already know it is the right thing for us. We have been together almost 6 years and I can’t picture my life without him. So far, married life has been, well pretty normal, but also pretty amazing. We hope to have 5 children (won’t know until we try, though), and live a simple, crafty life much like your’s! Thanks for sharing your photos and details about your marriage to help inspire us!

  • Courtney Henson - Happy Anniversary! I think your wedding could have been in Country Living…beautiful crepe paper flowers…you were ahead of your time! And you were genius to hire your friends to photograph your wedding! I was married ten years ago in December and my biggest regret – well, only regret is the photographer we used. Posed and cheesy and I realized shortly after my wedding, not my style at all! Beautiful wedding, beautiful couple! Congratulations!

  • Lisa Pummel - I was 21 when I got married too. Best decision I ever made. It’s not your age that matters, it’s you and your husband. It’s your connection and bond. It’s your shared faith, dreams, and dedication to each other. Bravo on the big 10!

  • Sarah C - True story, I woke up smiling at my husband, wished him a ‘Happy 10 year Anniversary’ and then thought of you. I noticed awhile ago that we have the same anniversary when you had posted a picture of your bedroom. Congratulations to both of us and prayers for many more happy years.

  • katie phillips - Happy Anniversary!!! The pictures are great! I got married 2 years ago when I was 28. I wish I had been 22. I always wanted to get married young and spend forever with my husband. That is what is happening, just not as soon as I had always dreamed it would. It’s funny though, the last 8 years have been such very important years in my life- years I needed to be alone to learn and grow, years I could not have lived without. so while they did not follow my plan- AT ALL, I know they follow HIS plan for me. I believe my husband and I will be growing and learning together forever. I am glad we can change and grow…together.
    Congratulations Ashley & Chris!

  • Jill E. - happy anniversary! those are such special precious images.

  • Kassie - it is shocking how much firecracker looks like you, especially in the picture of you and Chris with your bouquet. Beautiful pictures…i’m getting married in 44 days. Yikes! haha it’s creeping up on me fast!

  • giozi - You was super beautiful, super yougn and super blond :D. You really looked like Reese Witherspoon ;)

    Chris was so young too, he was child face :)

    Everything was so beauty.
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  • Alice H - Happy Anniversary! I love the picture of you and your dad. Such a sweet moment. I also found it amusing how TALL all of the groomsmen were compared to the rest of the group. LOL.

  • Jennifer - This may be my favorite post yet. Then again, I will probably say the same thing tomorrow. You two are so beautiful- inside and out. The world is really a better place since you two are together. Your love for each other is so easy to see. I love the photo with your dad- it almost made me cry. I also love the “cheesing” picture with the marriage license!! Have a wonderful anniversary!

  • Desiree - I was also married very young.19 to be exact. And I feel like you do. We grew up together know everything about each other and wouldnt have it any other way. We are also coming up on 10 years!

  • Leslie - Happy Anniversary! I still remember how FUN your wedding was, and the awesome Blue Bell ice cream :) I even spotted myself making a good effort to catch your bouquet up there!

  • emily anderson - this post made me smile, smile, smile. i love your young self. :)

  • Emily - Congratulations! I was 21 when I got married and I’m still married to him 11 years later-so I must not have been too young ;)
    What is so amazing to me is that as we (my husband and I) grow older and become wiser (I hope!), our love gets so much better. He makes me feel young and giddy and I feel so grateful that God would think so highly of me to give me such a wonderful man to be with through this life.

  • Alisa Biggs - Have a great 10th Anniversary! My husband & me are on our 15th year & it just keeps getting better. I love him more then the day I married him if that is even possible.

  • Faith - These are so sweet!! I have been married for ten years as well (and just had baby #5!) I totally agree with everything you wrote. I am SO glad that my character has been formed by marriage and motherhood. I love too what you wrote about your pics not being digital – wow, that really takes me back! I remember getting our first digital camera when our first baby was a couple months old – it’s hard to remember what life was like before digital cameras!

  • Jess - Happy Anniversary! Ours is next summer…so we will be right behind you! Loved seeing a glimpse into your wedding day. It looked beautiful.

  • Kelly - Ashley, happy anniversary! It is so much fun seeing your wedding that is “so you” as we “know” you from your blog these days. Love that you did an untraditional cake topper! I would have peeked out of the tent too! I did peek at my wedding. :) The field and flowers are perfect and decorating for my wedding is one of my favorite parts from the day. A bunch of people I love all helping me make this grand scheme in my head come true was a blast. I’m off to comment on your Chicago questions post and read other comments. We *love* Chicago and in fact just got back from our 4th trip there together week before last. Kelly

  • Aunt Sandy - Wow how time flies. What an amazing wedding it was and I’m so glad I got to share that day with you and Chris. Yes, you both looked really young, but, you both showed us all what real Love is all about. Here’s to many, many, more Anniversaries and lot more adventures. Love you guys.

  • RaD - You’re the same age I am but my husband and I got married three years sooner (well, almost 3 1/2) and I believe it worked for us too. We’ve learned who we are because the other has encouraged us to step up and be those people (gosh I hope that made sense).

  • Callie - Happy anniversary! I still remember your wedding well. It was so fun and unique.

  • Carissa Miller - I remember that day. It was beautiful. I loved what you wrote. I have grown up with the man I chose to spend the rest of my life with too…and I wouldn’t have it any other way either. We are who we are because of each other and I love that. Oh, and although I love all the pics, the marriage license one kills me. You guys looks SO. STINKIN. HAPPY. Love to you both. Happy 10 years!

  • georgia - Great trip down memory lane. It was a wonderful day.

  • Sarah - Happy anniversary! I’m 22 now and my husband and I got married when we were 20 and 19. A lot of people thought that was to young, but so far it’s working out just fine for us! It’s all about the couple if you ask me. :)

  • RachelC - Oh wow. It so many ways, that seems like only yesterday. One of my favorite things about you is that you make the most of every moment….time doesn’t seem to pass you by. Congratulations, friends. You rock!

  • Stephanie Campbell - Beautiful pictures – thanks for sharing! My favorite is all the really tall men and the really short women in the wedding party. (Or were you just going down hill?) HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

  • tracy a - congrats you two! that was a fun day…sad to not see myself in the background of any of theose pictures….teehee! congratulations again! (love the picture of you two holding up the marriage cert.)

  • Margie - What a pretty bride!! Congrats on 10 years! And to answer a couple of your questions from yesterdays post, check out this bag Nicole is giving away on her blog, Making it Lovely…the giveaway ends at midnight tomorrow, it is so cute…I love it! http://makingitlovely.com/2011/08/30/brooklyn-camera-bag-giveaway/comment-page-44/#comment-82662

    As for style, I love Anthro… so a pretty dress or a tank top paired with a funky skirt and cool accessories would be pretty for your photo session!

  • Katie Sellers - Congrats!! Here is to many more!!

  • Amy S. - We share an anniversary! 10 years ago my husband and I got married! Happy anniversary! it’s a fun marker. I hope your next ten years are just as fruitful and blessed and yay for Labor Day weekend!

  • Lindsay - My husband and I began dating one another when we were 15 years old. We’ve been together ever since and were married at 23. (We’re 25 and 26 now, and have our first baby — a two month old little boy!) Our entire relationship, I’ve had people tell us we’re too young to be so serious, too young to want to commit to one person forever, throwing our lives away, missing out on life, too young to get engaged, too young to get married…and it makes me laugh. Because, really, I feel so lucky everyday that I thank my lucky stars I was able to grow up alongside the love of my life. We have made a beautiful life together, and I feel lucky for it!

    Happy anniversary!

  • Becca C - what a testimony to how God has a perfect plan.
    i just turned 22. married my best friend 3 months ago. and became a Campbell as well. i indeed feel young…and most of the time so young that i don’t believe i’m allowed to live this life! God is good! hooray young Campbell marriages!

  • Carly - Ashley! I’m getting married in a month and I’m desperate to find a vintage looking marriage certificate like you and Chris are pictured with. Where did you get that?

  • Brianna - Ashley,
    Thank you so much for this post. It honestly made me feel so happy. I will be getting married in one year exactly. I will be 22, and like you were here, I look about 13. This post made me so very happy. Thanks!

  • Kimberly - Congrats on TEN years=)

  • Mary Lynne Jones - LOVE your wedding!! that is what I wanted, but ended up going the church route. & totally agree about photographers. that’s the biggest thing I would change if I could do it again. I have heard from friends that we went to high school together, & kept thinking if we’d met….& kept thinking that I went on a date with a guy who took me to his ex-girlfriend Ashley’s house that night. Then I saw him in your wedding picture! Ryan Payne! Happy Anniversary, congrats on 10 wonderful years, 4 (soon to be 5!) awesome little ones, & a fantastic Blog!! (my husband does media at a big Christian Camp-Pine Cove) & whenever he sees your pictures he always comments how wonderful they are.

  • Cindy - Happy Anniversary!!! I love how you and Chris LIVE life together! Also loved seeing your wedding pics…Oh Happy Day!

  • emmybrown - Happy Anniversary!! I love how you share your life with all of us in “blog world”. You’d be so cool to know in person…..great news is we’ll be together for eternity someday! :)

  • Jenny B. - Happy Anniversary! I’m a little choked up now… reminded me of reading your “love story” a while back. You should post a link to that again. It was great. :D

  • amy jupin - hope y’all had a great anniversary!
    10 years…it is a wonderful place to be, isn’t it?
    congratulations and much love!

  • Christy - I absolutely loved this post! Nic and I got married at 20 and just celebrated our 9th. Like you, I’m grateful God gave me him so young and that He made me smart enough to recognize the wonderfulness of the man He had made for me! Four kids later, I know I am not who I was when I married him, but wouldn’t change a thing because despite the transitions and the hardships, the love continues to grow. I guess we are both lucky ladies! I’m hoping to follow in your footsteps with baby 5, too, just working on the finance part! Thank you for this post and the reminder to tell my husband I love and appreciate him and am so glad he had faith in us at such a young age. Loved everything about today’s post!

  • Carol V - happy anniversary Ashley. I love the pictures of you. You’re so cute! We share the same anniversary. I posted on my blog about it as well. If you have a minute, maybe you could check it out. Have a great weekend!

  • Noelle - I loved this! My husband and I were in college when we got married, and people always comment on how young we were. But it was just the right time for us. We spent too much time worrying about what other people do instead of figuring out what God wanted for us. We’ve been married only half the time you have, but we have not regretted it for a second. We are best friends, and my life is a million times more fun because of him. Thanks for sharing your story!

  • the chronic utilitarian - hope your anniversary weekend is the bestest!
    congratulations.

  • able mabel - Happy Anniversary!! Wishing you many more happy years.

  • Laura Y - I remember both you & Chris back in the day…and you guys were SO ready to get married! And God’s glory was ALL OVER your wedding! I wasn’t there, but I remember hearing about it after having graduated a year before y’all and being in Chorale with Chris. I’ve been so blessed in the last year or so by catching up with the Campbell Clan and I’ve gotta say that you two are SHINING with that “quirky-something-or-other” that makes people wanna know what’s up with you! I’m excited that the Yan Clan is about to move a bit closer to y’all by going from Seattle to DFW in one month. Derek’ll be working at SW seminary. And I’ll be a full-time mommy while teaching music and trying to work on my new found addiction (er, I mean appreciation) of blogs like yours! Thank you for all you put into this blog…it’s been used to feed my soul on many a dreary day. =)

  • Noelle Spanne - WOW!I just found your blog quite by accident (a link from Sarah Jane when I was searching for something.) I am 34, married at 21,am a strong Christian, am crafty, & am passionate about social justice issues as well. I only have 2 kiddos, though it feels more like 8 sometimes!! lol (Was a geography major at Cal, emphasis in human rights & environment.) Maybe when the kids are older I’ll pursue my dream of studying human rights law. Have you heard about the International Justice Mission(IJM)? You have GOT to check them out! Anyway, I love your blog & am now going to follow you. I loved your post about why you blog what you do…Have a great day!

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