Four Years Strong

Comments 21 by Rebecca Bollwitt

It was four years ago today that I walked down the aisle and joined John Bollwitt at the altar. Our hands trembled as they joined together while my little nephew Cameron fell off a pew with an echoing ‘thud!’. The cold, grey, miserable February day outside was damp and harsh. Wet snow pelted down soaking my veil as we posed for our only outdoor photo of the entire event.

Inside the hall friends and family from Surrey to Seattle and Toronto to Iowa gathered over smoked salmon, caesar salad and white chocolate raspberry buttercream to toast our union. I’d say a third of our guests traveled great distances on short notice just to be with us on the 25th of February 2006 and that was one just element that made everything that much more special. We dined, we danced, we giggled, and when we woke up in the morning we realized we got married with the wrong rings — I was wearing his and he, mine. It wasn’t the perfect day, but it was the perfect union.


My mother in law has said it a few times, she can’t believe her boy met a girl as geeky as him and I was asked just the other day how John and I “stay so much in love”. I wasn’t sure how to answer but maybe the former is part of it.

All I know is that I’m crazy about this man. He makes me weak in the knees whenever we get ready for a night out and he tries on that new button-up shirt. He makes me grin when he tucks my hair behind my ear when we’re snuggled up on the couch watching hockey. I swoon when he takes amazing photos with his new camera, and boy does he make my heart melt when he can solve a PHP code issue I’ve had trouble solving all day.

Lately I’ve been able to go on many adventures by myself, from ascending the Alps in Switzerland and speedskating on an outdoor oval in Prince George. He never complains, he just thinks what I’m thinking: “I can’t wait to do that together.”

Us in Iowa on New Years Eve

He has been beaming during these Olympics. He thinks of his friends, family, and his brother Matt often while at events or collecting pins to attach to his media credential lanyard. He’s been dreaming of attending the Olympics since he was a young boy and this is one adventure that we get to live and experience together. We’ve been waiting for this year, this month, and this moment to see our city shine, and this is one experience with my husband that I will never forget.

Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr

It has been brought up by friends and family many times during the Games and it must be known that John cheers for the USA. This fact is not detrimental to his Canadian pride nor should it be. In fact, it’s something that I truly admire about him. It shows support for your home country, your family and your friends. I would expect the same courtesy if I were a Canadian living under the stars and stripes.

We won’t have time to sit back and celebrate out anniversary until this is all over. During this time all I can do is continue to wake up each day and give him a kiss as he leaves for work before I go out and soak all of this in. I don’t know if he was kidding when I asked him yesterday but I think he might both cry during the closing ceremony. This city has been on one amazingly exciting ride over the last few weeks and many don’t want this feeling to end.

As we recognize our fourth year of marriage, something that we’ve been looking forward to the entire time is now ending. We’ve had quite the adventure getting to this point already and we’re more than ready to take on anything else that may come our way now.

Black and White Fun

Happy anniversary John, I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without you and I want to make sure I get to do even more with you in the future.

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21 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. GusFThursday, February 25th, 2010 — 9:44am PST

    Congratulations to the both of you! Hard to believe it’s been 4 years for you guys now!

    All the best to a lifetime together.

  2. Keira-AnneThursday, February 25th, 2010 — 9:46am PST

    Love you both like crazy.

  3. Kristi FergusonThursday, February 25th, 2010 — 9:47am PST

    Aww, congratulations!!!

  4. LindsayThursday, February 25th, 2010 — 9:49am PST

    Congratulations! we are heading to our 3rd anniversary and I know what its like to have him cheering for the usa with his flag and all ;p

  5. Mom604Thursday, February 25th, 2010 — 9:52am PST

    Again, you bring tears of joy and pride to my eyes and my heart. Love you both!

  6. SteveThursday, February 25th, 2010 — 10:01am PST

    Very sweet post! My girlfriend and I are getting married in 4 months and this post makes me look forward to our big day even more!

  7. VancityAllieThursday, February 25th, 2010 — 10:03am PST

    You guys make a wonderful couple! Congratulations!

  8. RaulThursday, February 25th, 2010 — 10:34am PST

    Happy Anniversary, John and Rebecca! (psst. check my blog – you’ll know why!)

  9. fotoeinsThursday, February 25th, 2010 — 10:46am PST

    Congratulations on four great years together!

  10. Tyler IngramThursday, February 25th, 2010 — 10:47am PST

    Happy Anniversary you two!

  11. Mom-in-lawThursday, February 25th, 2010 — 11:11am PST

    Four years ago, we gained a very beautiful daughter. Congratulations on four good years with many more ahead. We love you both!

  12. Kasia FinkThursday, February 25th, 2010 — 11:29am PST

    What a lovely post. Congratulations, you two.

  13. evaThursday, February 25th, 2010 — 12:21pm PST

    Congratulations!! Reading this post makes my heart smile =)

  14. KatThursday, February 25th, 2010 — 12:50pm PST

    Such a beautiful perfect match…and a post written with such love…brought me to tears too! xo

  15. Dom RichardsThursday, February 25th, 2010 — 3:23pm PST

    Congratulations to you both.

  16. Angela HubbardThursday, February 25th, 2010 — 3:25pm PST

    Oh Rebecca!!! this post is so sweet and AMAZING! Happy Anniversary! Being a wedding photographer, I know how important photos are.. My heart saddened a little when I read the part of only having 1 image of your big day. Should you and John ever care to play dress up again, I’d be happy to take some snaps of you two! I know it’s not the same thing – but just putting it out there. much happiness and happy anniversary! You two are just the cutest ever!

  17. Jen DuguayThursday, February 25th, 2010 — 10:40pm PST

    What a beautiful reminder of what true love looks like! Congratulations. 🙂

  18. LingFriday, February 26th, 2010 — 1:52am PST

    congratulations! this is such a wonderful and sweet post – it’s obviously you’re madly, madly in love with this man. best to you both!

  19. Gillian ShawFriday, February 26th, 2010 — 8:17am PST

    Wonderful story of your life together – congratulations and best wishes for this day and the many anniversaries to come!

  20. VictorFriday, February 26th, 2010 — 9:51am PST

    congrats on the four years! hope your olympic schedule cools down a bit so that the two of you can enjoy time together!

  21. Judy BishopWednesday, March 3rd, 2010 — 6:46pm PST

    You two deserve ALL the happiness that life can possibly heap onto you !

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