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16th April
written by Steph
Last night Tony and I celebrated our three-year anniversary!  We're both pretty on the ball when it comes to remembering dates (except when I maybe, accidentally told someone the wrong date when they asked us when we got married... but in my defense, I'd had maybe three too many drinks that night), but the anniversary of our first date is also Tax Day here in the U.S., and really, what says romance better than the IRS, am I right? 😉 But really, after a few weeks of sending emails back and forth on, and one phone conversation, Tony and I first laid eyes on one another in real life on April 15, 2007, around 5 pm.  And the rest, as they say, is history.  Sparks flew, and they only burn brighter three years later. To celebrate this year we decided to try out a new restaurant (well, new to us), and went to one of Nashville's fancier restaurants, F. Scott's (leave it to us to go to a literary-inspired eatery!). Hey, I'll take any excuse to wear a pretty dress! 🙂  After much research on my part, I settled on this place because it had the adventurous kind of menu that I love.  When we eat out, I like to try out stuff that I'd never have the stones (or the skill) to cook in my own kitchen, and F. Scott's definitely didn't disappoint! Click through the gallery below if you'd like detailed descriptions of what we ate: This meal was SO good.  Definitely our new favourite splurge restaurant, I think.  Everything we ate was divine, and even things we had eaten before at other places were finessed in really interesting and updated ways.  One of the things I love best about Tony (of course there's so much to love), is just how adventurous he is as a diner.  He never shirks away when I say things like "let's order chicken livers" (in fact, he kept most of it to himself...) or "oooh, fried marrow"! I figure there are plenty of ways to measure compatibility, but a couple that can happily dine together and guess what the other person wants to order off of the menu are bound for greatness, right? It's little wonder ranked us as 100% perfect matches! Three years in, I still marvel at how lucky I was to find Tony and how fortunate I am to spend my life with my best friend, a man who cherishes and challenges me every day. A poem by Neruda, and then one more tidbit:
‘Perhaps not to be is to be without your being.’
Perhaps not to be is to be without your being, without your going, that cuts noon light like a blue flower, without your passing later through fog and stones, without the torch you lift in your hand that others may not see as golden, that perhaps no one believed blossomed the glowing origin of the rose, without, in the end, your being, your coming suddenly, inspiringly, to know my life, blaze of the rose-tree, wheat of the breeze: and it follows that I am, because you are: it follows from ‘you are’, that I am, and we: and, because of love, you will, I will, We will, come to be.
In three months' time we celebrate our one-year wedding anniversary, which we promise to do in style!  After much discussion of possible getaways, the tickets have been bought, and from July 3 - July 12, 2010 Tony and I will find ourselves vacationing in.... PUERTO RICO! Soooo excited! Anyone who has ever been, recommendations/suggestions are greatly appreciated!


  1. 04/16/2010

    I’ve never been to Puerto Rico, but I wish you a wonderful trip!

    And of course, congrats!!

  2. Congratulations! I don’t even remember what date I got together with my husband, or even what month we first talked. I went to the same school as him, so it was a very gradual process.

    I hope that you have a wonderful 1st wedding anniversary and a great time in Puerto Rico.

  3. 04/16/2010

    Congratulations on your anniversary! I know just how it feels to be so excited to be spending your life with the perfect person. It sounds like you had an amazing dinner, and of course, the photos are wonderful! I hope that you also have a wonderful time on your trip to Puerto-Rico(!!) and that you bring back wonderful memories and lots of pictures to share!

  4. 04/16/2010

    Congratulations on your 3 year anniversary! If you both can eat chicken livers and fried marrow, I’d say you are definitely meant for one another! :–)

  5. 04/16/2010

    Puerto Rico? I’m going to try really hard not to turn on major jealousy vibes here! 😀 Congrats to you guys. My husband and I met through email through a mutual friends and didn’t see each other in real life until after two months, so we could the date of our first letters as our meet-anniversary. Ironically, I was in France at the time, so he wrote the letter on June 2nd but I got it on the 3rd. We disagree on the day we met. 😀

  6. Eva

    Happy anniversary! 🙂 Love your dress: turquoise is so wonderful!

  7. 04/16/2010

    Happy Anniversary! Looks and sounds like you enjoyed a wonderful celebration.

  8. Lu

    You guys are adorable! Z and I didn’t remember the date of our first anniversary, let alone the date of our first date, so we just made one up! Looks like you had a fabulous time and I’m really jealous about Puerto Rico. I’ve never been there, but I have a few friends who are from there, so I’ll have to ask them what they do for fun 😉

  9. Abby

    Cutest couple ever. Happy 3 year! We’ll continue celebrating in style tonight!

  10. 04/16/2010

    Awwww 😀 Happt, happy anniversary, Steph and Tony!

  11. Sim


    Although I’ve never been to Puerto Rico, I’m sure you’ll have a fantastic time!

  12. 04/17/2010

    Happy Anniversary! Sounds like you had such a wonderful time celebrating it. And Puerto Rico – wow! That is going to be so much fun. By the by, loved your dress – the color was fab!

  13. 04/17/2010

    Congratulations on your anniversary! How wonderful — it’s so clear that you two are happy together 🙂 Eating out is a wonderful way to celebrate. I’m glad the restaurant turned out to be so good.

  14. Happy (belated) anniversary, Steph & Tony! The boy and I celebrated our seven year anniversary (not an itch in sight) last weekend. Amazing looking meal and even more amazingly envy-inducing news about Puerto Rico!

  15. 04/18/2010

    You are so often a blast of bloggish happiness! Just admire your viewpoint of the world. So wishing you happy anniversary or anniversaries, and the best on that special trip.

  16. 04/19/2010

    YEAY! Happy anniversary. And enjoy Puerto Rico! Sounds lovely.

  17. 04/20/2010

    Happy belated anniversary (can you tell I haven’t opened my Google Reader in days? :D) Firstly, I agree, that IS a pretty dress, but then it’s blue, and you know how I feel about blue. Secondly, the food looks delish! Cheers to an adventurous diner of a husband! Thirdly, I love the name of the restaurant, magical. And finally, enjoy Puerto Rico!!! xo

  18. 04/21/2010

    Happy, Happy Anniversary!! We were in Puerto Rico last year for a conference – stayed at the Intercontinental near the airport. The resort/beach was beautiful, but if we ever go again, I’d think about staying a little closer to Old Town San Juan where all the restaurants, shops, sights, etc. are. I know you’ll have a great time there!!

  19. 04/23/2010

    Congratulations! Puerto Rico sounds wonderful.

  20. 04/25/2010

    Delurking to say happy anniversary! I have a friend who is a Puerto Rican native and goes back there frequently, so I will ask her.

    Your dress is probably the same color as the “blue flower” in Neruda’s poem!

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