Monday, 14 February 2011

A Decadent Day for a Decade - how we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary


When our 10th wedding anniversary was approaching my husband and I were discussing, over the course of  a few weeks, how we would celebrate it. We didn't want the occasion to go by without doing something to mark a decade of a marriage. We discussed having a big party and inviting our family and friends. We discussed renewing our wedding vows in an intimate gathering. But what we decided on, was a day just about us - and I'm so glad that we did!

Mighty Prince Warrior offered to plan the whole day for us. This made it extra special for me. It was so exciting anticipating what fun awaited me. And ladies, if you want to drop hints to your man, let them read this post. He did good. He did real good in planning the whole day. In fact, both my husband and I agree that the day was as special, and as memorable as our wedding day.

So here's what we did.
Anticipating the surprises that awaited me!
First he surprised me with this as our ride for the day - Audi A5 convertible.

We enjoyed glorious weather with the top down, and then drove to Marina Mirage. Hmmm, I was curious what he had in store. I suspected something on the water when I received my invitation. I was then told that we were booked in to go para-sailing. At this point I reminded my husband that I was afraid of heights. He said, "I didn't know that." I still love him, it's OK. He just forgot. 

I faced my fear and calmed my nerves. We were launched off the deck of a 300 h.p. 8.8metre speed boat. We were winched out 100 metres from the platform and para-sailed 55 metres above the water. Once I was up there, and got over the fact that we were really high up, I enjoyed myself. It was so beautiful and serene. The views were amazing. On saying that, it's not an experience I want to repeat. I'm happier with my feet planted firmly on the ground.

Where to next? Time to have some lunch at Broadbeach, as you do when you're driving an Audi A5 convertible! Lunch at Sage Restaurant  was sublime. The food was incredible.

My next activity was one I had dreamed of doing for along time. He had organised massages for us both at the same time, at Splash Day Spa, Surfers Paradise. (I told you he did an amazing job organising the day.)

Here we are waiting for our treatment room and masseurs.
After having a relaxing one hour massage together, we headed to Starbucks for a beverage.

I seriously didn't think that it could get much better, but it did. When driving out of  Surfers Paradise we were nearly involved in an accident at a red light. The driver in front of us was busy looking for something in his car and didn't realise that his car was about to collide with ours as his car reversed backwards. Yikes! It was close. Missed the Audi by centimetres. 

Next we headed up the mountain to O'Reillys. We enjoyed the drive up the windy roads. It was so nice not to worry about the boys, school work or business. The day was all about us. We chatted like we didn't have a care in the world and enjoyed each others company as a couple.

We took a leisurely stroll through the trees on  the tree walk, hand in hand. We had no where to be or no time restrictions.

Next I changed out of my shorts and shirt into a little black dress. We dined in the restaurant to end a perfect day, celebrating us!

On the way home we had to avoid driving over this snake and almost hit a small kangaroo. What an adventure. This day was anything but ordinary.

The Decadent Day for Decade helped us reconnect again on a deeper level. Away from the business and children and responsibilities, we were able to remember why we got married in the first place. I felt so spoiled and special by the end of the day.

I am so blessed to have such an amazing husband. I marvel at the last 10 years. I look forward to the next decade in my marriage.

Still taking lessons from the King,


  1. Wow! What a beautiful and memorable day! May you have many more wonderful years ahead. (I'm going to bookmark this post and leave it open for my husband to discover!)

  2. Jo what a fantastic job your husband did!
    Just gorgeous xxx

  3. What a beautiful day! Happy Anniversary! Thank you for sharing that with us!

  4. Oh I loved reading about your day... I loved seeing your pictures... You look gorgeous as usual!...

    What a blessed day!


  5. LOVED reading about your day, and yes I will point this out to my dd when it comes time for our 20th anniversary:) our dd was a teeny baby when it was our 10th and we went away for the weekend *with* her but it was all good as we were so in love with her after waiting for so many years:)

  6. What a special day! I am already thinking about our 10 year anniversary, and it's still 4 years away, hehe!
    You are blessed xx

  7. Wow! what an awesome day! Treated like a true princess! That husband of yours is a keeper ;) xx

  8. wow your hubby did well, sounds like an beuatiful day togther!! :-)

    My hubby and I had massages togther on our honeymoon as part of our accomodation package but the whole experience was very awkward for 2 people who only saw each other naked for the first time 2 days beforehand cause they covered us in mud stuff and then we had to shower together and we were all nervous, looking back it is quite funny, would love to try it again now that it's nearly 5 years on :-)

  9. Happy 10 years!! I'm so glad you had such a good time!! It is so awesome getting time like that alone. We've been talking about our ten year anniversary, we've still got two more years, but I can't wait- It's sooo special!

  10. Feels like we are right there with you on that special day's journey! Wow! So cool! Love it all! Especially love that photo of the bridge path in the woods!

    Choosing JOY in this season,

  11. Congratulations sweet, lovely, wonderful Jo-Anne!
    What a very special day you both shared!! thanks HEAPS for sharing the pic's with us all!! LOVE THEM!! May God continue to pour HIS blessings on you and your marriage in the years to come!!
    Smiles, love and hugs
    Sharnee :)

  12. What a wonderful way to celebrate 10 years together! The photos are awesome. Wishing you many more happy years to come x p.s. When i get to 10 yrs, I'm showing hubby this post hee hee!

  13. You have one awesome Hubby! What a beautifully planned day :) and Happy Tenth Anniversary :D

  14. Wow Jo, what an incredible celebration. I just adore the photo of you and your beloved on the sofa awaiting your massage, just so in love!

    You have come through so much and our awesome God is leading you on to great things.

    Love you lot's! xxx

  15. I have tears in my special! Thank you for sharing your special day, Happy Anniversary! May God continue to bless you and draw you closer to Him and each other. =)

    Keeping it Personal,
    Teri Johnson

  16. What a special day! What an awesome job he did organising as well! Must remember to get my hubby to read this because our decade is coming up next January.

    Ps found your blog through your comments on a few of my friends blog. Loving your writing! :)

  17. Oh my!! What a fabulous day!!! Your husband did a great job. I am so glad that the two of you had such a special time together on your anniversary! That's one to remember for sure! Thanks for posting what you did - I so enjoyed sharing in your joy!

    Blessings, Joan

  18. What a wonderful way to spend the day on your 10th anniversary. My 20th is coming up in another year... can't wait to plan it out now...:)

  19. Way to go, hubby dude! Happy Anniversary. I didn't realize you were from Australia and the whole kangaroo incident took me aback...

  20. What a lovely day the two of you had! It sounds perfect to me!


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