This story first appeared in the Fall/Winter 2019 issue of Columbus Weddings, published June 2019.

As my husband Evan and I were planning our wedding, we wanted to incorporate something special into the ceremony that we could later have to remind us of the day. A lot of people do sand ceremonies, but we wanted to do something less overdone, and it was our officiant who actually suggested doing a time capsule. The idea is to fill it with items that remind you of each other and then write letters about what you mean to one another, why you’re together and anything else you want to include about the other person to read whenever you decide to open it. We liked the idea and decided it would be something we would open on our 10th wedding anniversary, or maybe if we are ever having a hard time in our relationship.

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We were trying to find something that would symbolize our relationship to put inside, and we decided on beers to represent our first night out together—everyone kind of laughs about that. We actually met several years ago at work, but it wasn’t until 2016 that we reconnected over drinks at Roosters. He was drinking a Miller Lite, and I had a Bud Light. Even though I’m not a huge beer drinker, it felt like the perfect way to honor our start.

On the day of our ceremony, after we finished our vows, our officiant explained the time capsule to our guests. We put everything inside, locked it together and then threw the key out into the distance—ensuring neither one of us can peek in and open it without breaking the lock. To tie it all together, our first dance was to “It All Started with A Beer” by Frankie Ballard.

Initially, finding the right box was challenging, but when we finally did, we had the lock put on it and painted it together in gray and white to match our home décor. We have a loft sitting area in our house where it’s now located; that way it’s out in the open and reminds us that it’s there.

A lot of people asked us if we are going to drink the actual beers inside when the time comes—but no! We’ll buy a new Miller Lite and Bud Light to drink, but we haven’t planned much beyond that yet. We might do another time capsule at that time and reseal it again.

It’s pretty simple, but the biggest thing is that it’s a reminder of our love.