We’re adding a new series on Offbeat Home & Life called “Where Are They Now?” where we catch up with the couples from Offbeat Bride profiles past. First up is Trisha & Matt whom you may remember from their adorable DIY wedding in California.
Name & Occupation: Trisha, Uhh homemaker?
Partner’s Name & Occupation: Matthew, Database Administrator/Web Developer
Wedding date: February 19, 2012
Your Offbeat Bride profile: Trisha & Matthew’s lots of DIY colorful wedding
It’s been about a year and a half since our wedding. Eight months after our wedding we went on an AMAZING honeymoon in Italy for two weeks. Shortly after that, I left my job of almost nine years to “follow my dreams” and took a cake decorating job. Unfortunately the new job didn’t work out and I left five months later.
Now I’m working at home and helping Matthew with some side projects he’s working on. Eventually we’d like to be self-employed. Matt’s been making YouTube videos about comic books for a while now, and recently I decided to start my own YouTube channel where I do recipe videos and cake decorating tutorials, so I’ve been spending a lot of time on that.
Looking back all these years later, what do you remember most about your wedding?
The main thing that stands out about our wedding is just how much fun everyone had. People still tell us that it was a really laid back and fun wedding, which makes me happy because that’s exactly what I was going for.
Did you re-purpose any wedding decor or attire? We want to see!
Some of the paper flowers are in vases in our house, and the rest got distributed to friends and family Also, the bouquets are in vases on the mantel. And of course, the jukebox is in our living room!
What big challenges have you faced? What have you learned from them?
The roughest times we’ve had since getting married have revolved around work. I left my long time job for a cake decorating job which I ended up really disliking. Along with disliking the job itself, it was a long drive from home and the hours were really rough.
This caused a lot of stress and resulted in us eating out a lot and feeling really unhealthy. I was an emotional wreck because I felt like I had made a mistake, and missed my old job so much. We made the decision for me to quit, and came up with a plan for me to work from home which has given me more time to focus on our home and getting healthy. We are feeling so much better now with the way things are going.
What I have learned through all of this is that you have to pursue what you want or it won’t happen. Matt has really helped me to see that when you’re having a rough time, sitting down together with a pen and paper and coming up with a plan is a much more productive solution than being miserable and taking it out on each other which is really easy to fall into.
How do you keep your romance alive?
We haven’t been going on too many dates lately, I think we need to work on that. Lately, our thing has been watching Star Trek: The Original Series together. We try and watch one every night and just relax for a bit.
What advice do you have for newlyweds?
Well, we’re still working on that stuff too, especially the housekeeping thing! We’re both equally bad at it. But, I think what I said at the end of the “challenges” section would have to be the best advice I have.
So what other Offbeat Bride couples should we follow up on? Get in on the discussion here.