Erin Napier and her husband Ben are celebrating their 13th wedding anniversary with sweet posts to each other on Instagram. Erin recently posted an emotional caption featuring their first renovation project together, coinciding with their anniversary.
“In 2008, when we got married we did our first renovation: a very drafty 100 year old loft in downtown Laurel,” Erin Napier wrote. The caption accompanies a video of her husband Ben opening Chinese food containers on a table lined with ginkgo leaves. She pans around the room of that same loft, showing her wedding shoes and a keepsake box on a table. Erin goes on to explain why the anniversary is so special to the two of them.
“When we got home from our honeymoon 13 years ago, we put up our first Christmas tree of our own in the corner in the living room. We started our first company in that loft, and we’ve kept it as my studio all these years,” she wrote. “In a few weeks, it will be a new home for someone we love dearly and we will pack our last boxes into a truck and say goodbye.”
A bittersweet ending for the Napiers, but a wonderful beginning for someone else in their loft. The couple still lives in Laurel, Miss. with their two daughters, Helen and Mae. Their second child, Mae, was born May 28, 2021.
‘Home Town’: Erin Napier Writes Beautiful Anniversary Post
Erin Napier chronicled their anniversary celebration in the loft, continuing her caption, “For our 13th wedding anniversary he brought me home to the old apartment one last time.” She explained the Chinese food, as they used to eat it as newlyweds, and the ginkgo leaves on the table, writing, “The same tree’s leaves showered us as we ran to the car after our reception. We drank our favorite soda in the glasses we bought on our honeymoon at Fishs Eddy. He made a playlist of songs from our beginning, from our wedding reception, to now. Our box of wedding mementos and my shoes were there.”
If there’s one thing you can say about Ben Napier, it’s that he’s thoughtful. That comes through in the video and the caption, as you can tell they’re both romantics at heart who love each other dearly.
Erin continued, “I cried for how thankful I am that God gave us each other. Tonight Ben told me, ‘He knew you needed someone who understood your tender heart.'” She ended her caption with a resounding, “Yes. To be completely understood (for better or for worse) and found valuable anyway: that’s love.”
The Napiers may be giving up their wedding loft after 13 years, but they seem confident that it will be loved as much as they loved it. Not to mention, how much they love each other.