Wedding Anniversary Celebration

It’s still crazy to think that we’ve been married for a year!!

Here’s how we celebrated our anniversary. We originally planned to go up to Taupo but I didn’t have enough leave for Taupo and Japan, so we decided to cancel the trip for now. We pretty much had a chill day together.

In the morning we visited the Neko Ngeru Cat Cafe again. It’s becoming a favourite hang out. They had a new cat there called Jake, he was 6 months old and so playful! There was also another cat called Eva, who was magnetised to anyone who had food. Like Rory. She kept cuddling him while at the same time trying to steal a bite of his pie!

I managed to capture a video of two of the older resident cats having a play fight which was fascinating to me. I’ve never owned any felines, so it was interesting watching them wrestle each other. Then they would stop and have a cuddle.

Sarah was with us, and afterwards, we all had lunch together at a nearby cafe. It was a really good catch up! Once back home, we decided to give each other our gifts. The traditional gift for your first anniversary is paper.

As you know, one of my gifts to Rory was my boudoir album (which was well-received), but I also wanted to get an extra something. I got him a concept art book on one of the Magic the Gathering collections. It’s been a long-time hobby of his, and I’ll be honest, I like the art on all the cards too!

rorys gifts

Rory got me three things, which I was low-key offended by as I thought we agreed on two and he went and one-upped me. But the gifts were all amazing so I’ll forgive him πŸ˜›

He got me another of the Harry Potter Illustrated Editions which I was not expecting at all! Soon I will have them all! He also got me two of the blogging books I’d heard lots about and kept talking about buying as I couldn’t find copies to loan from the library. These were Big Magic (all about unlocking creativity), and Capture Your Style (a guide in OOTD, and getting the most out of Instagram). I’m so keen to dive into these books already! I know they’re going to be great for inspiring me! (Also, I can use them in flatlays hehe).

angelas gifts

For dinner we went back to our current favourite restaurant, La Bella Italia. We didn’t eat too much as we were still full from lunch.


All in all, it was just a nice relaxed day to spend together and reminisce. We’ve been dating for over 6 years, and now we’ve been married for a year. Things are going great.Β  My original original plan (before taupo), was to go to Japan, but with work scheduling, we had to push it back to May. So now we still have that to look forward to!!


I would never have imagined this time last year that in a year we would be living in our own house. Who knows where we’ll be in life when we celebrate our second wedding anniversary?? πŸ™‚


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Hello internet! My name is Angela. I write daily about my travels, life, thoughts, and ramblings. I live down in New Zealand with my lovely husband, Rory. Thanks for stopping by!
  1. I don’t blame you for going back to the cat cafe, it looks like so much fun! glad to hear he liked the boudoir album, such a great gift πŸ™‚ the pizza & fries look delicious & this sounds like such a lovely way to celebrate!!

    1. Haha, we feel like we’ll go back again soon, it’s so much fun! Thanks Jamie! It was a really nice and relaxed way for us to have our anniversary πŸ˜€


    1. Thank you so much πŸ˜€

  3. I love the Harry potter illustration books!! Would love to get one myself some day xx

    1. They’re so beautiful! I love that I have two of them now πŸ€—

  4. Happy anniversary!!
    Cat cafes are so fun, who doesn’t like being surrounded by cuddly kittens!? Our cats wrestle all the time but the cats in your video are a lot bigger than ours. I’m always worries they’ll take it too far but it’s just play fighting 😹
    The gifts you guys got each other are so sweet! I think our husbands would be friends, Mike has an ever growing collection of magic cards. πŸ˜„

    I hope you enjoy the books, I’ve been wanting to read capture your style for a long time so I’d love to hear what you think once you’ve read it.

    Congrats on 1 year!

    1. Thanks Cleia!
      There’s only one cat cafe in our town and it’s its pretty popular! It also doubles as a rescue centre and adoption agency which is pretty awesome. So a lot of the cats who come in end up getting adopted. If we ever get a cat we’ll get one from there πŸ˜„
      The play fighting is a bit scary πŸ˜‚ but I guess it’s how they show affection.
      Haha, Rory has been into MtG for a few years now. His card collection is getting impressive!
      I’m really enjoying Capture Your Style. It’s definitely got lots of inspiration there πŸ€—

  5. Let me know how you like all those books (I’ve read HP of course but not the illustrated version yet)! Hahahaha that’s hilarious that Rory snuck in an extra present.

    1. I definitely will! I’m really enjoying Capture Your Style at the moment! πŸ˜„

  6. Happy anniversary! Such a sweet couple πŸ€—πŸ’›

    1. Thank you so much! πŸ€—

  7. Happy anniversary! The cat cafe looks really cute, I would like to go to one some day! Hope you had a great day together! xx

    1. Thank you! It is such a fun place to visit! It’s the first cat cafe to open in town πŸ™‚

  8. Happy Anniversary!

    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚

  9. Happy anniversary! Your gifts to each other are lovely and thoughtful. The cat cafe sounds adorable <3

    1. Thank you so much Chanelle!! It’s definitely such a fun place to visit! I’m so glad it opened in town πŸ™‚

      1. Does it cost to visit? Do you have to purchase food/drinks?

        1. It costs $10 to visit for an hour. They do have food/drink for purchase but you don’t have to buy anything. Some of the cats did seem to spend more time with the people who had food though lol!

  10. Awwww it sounds like you had an amazing day together!! Congrats again on 1 year married πŸ˜€ xx

    1. We definitely had a good day! Thanks Amelia πŸ™‚

      1. Awww I’m glad and it’s okay 😘

  11. Reading, food, and a best friend. Everything you could want πŸ™‚

    1. Exactly πŸ™‚

  12. Aww happy first wedding anniversary. It looks like you had a lovely day and got quality time together. You look beautiful in your boudoir photos xx

    1. Thanks so much Dannii! πŸ˜€

  13. Rory sounds a lot like my cat, cheeky & always on the look out for food.
    Happy Anniversary!!! β™₯🌹
    Caz xx

    1. Haha, thanks Caz!! πŸ˜€

  14. Cute!! I haven’t found a cat cafe around here but I know they have a few in Japan lol

    1. I think that’s where they started and got big haha! I didn’t know about this one till a friend told me about it. They’ve only been around for a year, but I’m so glad they decided to open so close to me πŸ˜€

  15. Good choice with the HP illustrated edition Rory!! πŸ˜‰

    1. Haha, I totally agree!! πŸ˜„

  16. This is really sweet :3 Chill days can be some of the nicest dates! Cat cafes are so cool, we have a few here in Montreal too! Happy belated anniversary!

    1. Thank you! I really agree, sometimes it’s nice to just kick back and relax with your partner πŸ˜„

  17. Happy Anniversary beauty! What a fun chill day! <3

    1. Thanks Kate! ❀ it was definitely a perfect relaxed day πŸ€—

      1. I am so glad sweets! <3

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