To my computer game playing, gym going, kitty obsessing, sleepy head husband:
You are my rock, my biggest supporter and all of my happiest moments. I’m so proud to call you my husband.
When I try to think about what to write to you on our eight year wedding anniversary, I’m not ashamed to admit I’m a bit stumped. How can you adequately put into words a love that completely engulfs you, that makes you a better person, and that truly makes life worth living?
12th April 2008 feels like eight lifetimes ago, not just eight years. So much has changed, yet nothing has. On the outside our lives could not be more different, but inside everything is completely the same. I’m still insanely in love with you. I still get excited to see you every morning. I still want to cover you with kisses every night. You still drive me nuts with all of your ways. I still can’t load the dishwasher properly.
You say that you first spotted me walking down the stairs at the dive bar we both used to frequent. I was just 16, you were 21. You assure me you can remember exactly what I was wearing – a sheer pink top with a denim pencil skirt, and freshly dyed pink tips at the bottom of my hair. “That’s the girl I’m going to marry” you turned to your friend and said. “Yeah right”, I replied when you told me this story, years later. But that is just so typically Gareth – you’re just always right about everything.
I thought you were fit but also ‘too nice’. I was still in my “I want a bad boy” stage – the cannabis smoking, skateboarding, treat ’em mean, keep ’em keen type. You were nothing like the other boys I knew.
It took me a while to give you a chance. “Hey, wanna go out for a drink?” came the text on my 18th birthday. I didn’t even remember giving you my number, but you’d saved it all that time. “What do you have to lose?” my friend reassured me, “He was cute and sweet. Go for it!”
We went to play pool. I’m pretty sure you let me win. I remember one of our very first conversations was me asking you if you liked football. You said you hated it and I breathed a huge sigh of relief.
Ainsley and Sebastien have become quite the celebrities around these parts. I fell in love with them when I shared their epic engagement session, died and went to wedding heaven when I featured their INCREDIBLE Vegas elopement (it’s definitely one of my favourite weddings of all time!) and now I want to marry them and have their babies after seeing their Bali one-year anniversary session! Photographed again by the spectacular Janneke Storm, prepare to get your freak-out on over just how awesome this pair are.
“In November 2013 Sebastien and I eloped to Vegas”, wrote Ainsley. “After one of the most amazing experiences of our lives and some rad photos taken by our incredible photographer friend Janneke, we decided to do it all again… well kinda… Minus the wedding ceremony and Elvis. Exactly a year later, in November 2014, we took our customised wedding outfits and my freshly dyed yellow hair to Bali and asked Janneke to follow us around with her camera again for our one year anniversary shoot.”
Tara and Ryan are already married, but as an anniversary gift to each other they wanted to have some photos taken while they were in around Scotland. This adventurous couple have travelled the globe together. They’ve lived in the desert in Dubai and the freezing cold of Canada.
“One early morning in Edinburgh, when the city was finally quiet, we all set out to the streets to take photos of Tara and Ryan dressed in their own creations in a steampunk theme”, wrote photographer Erika. “They were inspired by the costumes of Wicked the Musical for their outfits as well as Sherlock Holmes (old and new), and her love of literature, theatre and dramatics.”
“Her sister Tiffany is a crafter extrordinaire and she helped them create their looks. Implementing a little Scottish heritage with Ryan’s plaid tie for the MacLean Clan which is Tara’s Family Clan, and Tara wearing a modern purple tartan skirt. She found shoes from the turn of the century on eBay (although they were quite worn in, they still looked prefect!) and Ryan got steampunk goggles on eBay as well.”
Joelle & Jake’s shoot was described to me as “intimate, organic and unique” by their photographer Anna Jones and I really couldn’t say it any better. Somewhere between a boudoir, a day in the life and a wedding portrait shoot, these images that took my breath away as soon as I saw them. Perfectly honest and stunningly peaceful. They are just utterly, utterly beautiful and everything a couple shoot should be.
Sally & Mark might be a little familiar because I featured their amazing blue burlesque wedding (on a £900 budget!) in December last year. Well, as their first anniversary rolled round, the couple wanted something to commemorate, and so called up their wedding photographer Jade of GASP Photography to ask if she’d do the honours.
“We did the shoot at my parents house for our anniversary,” wrote Sally. “We love the area and the colours in the woods. We realised that our favourite pictures of us were our wedding pictures so we decided to use the same photographer and get some updated images. We wanted to have an intimate celebration feel to it but to also include the fact it was at my parents as it is such a beautiful house and area! I think that as corny as it sounds we both felt like we are still so in love and wanted to make record of it and us.”