Celebrating Marriage Series:  5th Anniversary

Celebrating Marriage Series: 5th Anniversary

When your legs don’t work
  like they used to before

And I can’t sweep you off of your feet
Will your mouth still remember
 the taste of my love
Will your eyes still smile from your cheeks

And darling I will be loving you ‘til we’re seventy
And baby my heart
could still fall as hard at twenty-three
And I’m thinking ‘bout how
people fall in love in mysterious ways
Maybe just the touch of a hand
Oh me I fall in love
with you every single day
And I just wanna tell you I am

So honey now
Take me into your loving arms
Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars
Place your head on my beating heart
I’m thinking out loud
Maybe we found love right where we are…

Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran

Congratulations wedded lovebirds, whether young or young at heart, on hitting the five-year milestone of matrimony.   Here’s a toast to another year of memorable life’s events as a couple –perhaps, the addition of children (human or animal), a first home or downsizing, job transitioning, partnering in a business venture or nearing retirement; the many challenges and joys, battles and truces.   In doing five years of self-introspection and relationship work, perhaps clarity and understanding of your spouse has unfolded – motivations, strengths and weaknesses, dreams and goals for each other and as a couple.   Celebrate this milestone of a half a decade of legal coupling by honoring each other’s love, devotion, and commitment with thoughtful and intentional gifts.    

Let’s start with a review of this anniversary’s themes, meanings and symbols, followed by suggested gifts to exchange and experience together.   As with all of our blogs, our hope is to elevate the gift giving suggestions for couples with deep pockets and whose sole focus is to make this turning point occasion as memorable as their wedding day. 

TRADITIONAL GIFT:  WOOD

Taking the imagery of a younger tree that has begun to spread wide and deep and intertwine its roots building towards a strong foundation, that is what year 5 represents – as a couple you have built your foundation to endure all that life has and will throw at you.   

MODERN GIFT:  SILVERWARE

Silverware represents the past, present and future meals that you will share

COLOR(S):  BLUE, PINK OR TURQUOISE

FLOWER:  DAISY

The pretty Daisy opens its petals as the sun rises and closes as to sleep at sunset, these flowers represent innocence, purity, and cheerfulness.

GEMSTONES: SAPPHIRE

Sapphires are hard and durable symbolizing a couples’ relationship standing the test of time.

Incorporating Wood

Wood is the theme of this anniversary and the options are endless.  Ordering custom woodcarving pieces that are digitally designed and fabricated with tools such as CAD programs and laser cutters allows artists to expand monogrammed kitchen cutting boards, wood boards with the family surname for hanging,  personalization art to capture important dates of the couple (first date, proposal date, wedding date, children’s birth, etc.),  or wall art with lyrics to the first dance or wedding vows carved in wood.    Wood can also be incorporated into  rings, cuff links, watches, keepsake boxes, humidors, wine boxes, photo albums, welcome to our home signs, picture frames, music and jewelry boxes.

Splurge by hiring a woodcarving artisan who embraces the traditional carving methods that date back to the Renaissance period of using only hands and chisel tools.  Similar to leather, wood contains its own nuances and elements that no duplication will exists.  Sculptured art can consist of furniture ranging from family crests,  bed headboards, dining room table, wall art ,and fireplace mantles, outdoor furniture, and chess sets.

On the other hand, perhaps preservation of trees would mean more to you as a couple.   Incorporating a philanthropic activity involving the theme of wood and giving back to planet earth.   Trees/forests are described as Mother Earth’s lungs and some third world communities have been devastated by the deforestation of companies not replacing trees that were ravaged.   There are a number of local, national and international charities that offer an array of opportunities to give money for planting a tree in another locale that desperately needs to replenish the forestry  including the charities that partner with the United States Department of Foresty or you can actually plant an entire forest with TreeGirl non profit or perhaps donating to an city non profit in developing and growing trees in areas that are seen as cement. 

Living among the trees to reflect, renew, and romance.  So many selections across the United States, being prejudicial the Midwest has some exceptional forests and woods that are so beautiful and offer a palatte of colors and changes depending on the season.  If “glamping” is more your style as opposed to roughing it, there are a number of companies that have created exceptional living camping quarters which include +++++++.  If you’re more like me, snobbish about accommodations with indoor amenties the North Shore area in Minnesota.  Unfortuanetly, at this posting of this blog,  Canada has only opened its borders to essential workers and not to the general traveling public from the U.S.   

https://www.lakesuperiorstreams.org/communities/northshore.html

Commissioning a jewelry Designer

Investing in silver cutlery for all occasions, including “no special reason” meals.    Europe leads in this silversmith category of creating works of art to adorn your table including Silversmith tableware company Puiforcat that offers customization & Bespoke pieces or the flatware collections of Christofle.

Planting trees/forest

https://treesisters.org/grow-your-own-forest

Staying in a log cabin

Glamping

   -AJ

Share Your own thoughts and ideas on celebrating the fifth anniversary in the comment section below or on Twitter!

Thank you to the websites for additional content sources:

Wood Carving Illustration

Artsy.net  

Artsy.net – wood artisans

Etsy – 5th Anniversary Gifts of Wood

Hat tip to the following photographers for contributing beautiful photos

Richard Iwaki – Elysee Puiforcat Silverware

Aaron Burden – Daisies at Sunrise

Pezibear – Pink Daisies

Nick Kwan – The Raven and the First Men at Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, BC, Canada

Arek Socha – Couple on Boardwalk

Mali Maeder – Base of an oak tree

Hans Braxmeier – Sapphire and Diamond Rings

Lucas Ludwig – Lake Superior

Emma Frances Logan – Cabin in Berkeley Springs

Miguel R Perez Rivas – Couple holding hands

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