Lauren and Erik’s anniversary shoot is so damn cute, I just couldn’t resist featuring it even though they’re already married and know you all usually prefer to see actual weddings!
I’m pretty sure you’ll all make an exception for this one though! Pin up babet Lauren looks so elegant with her fiery red hair and epic blue dress. Plus, of course, the location is to die for! Take me to the beach immediately!
Today’s feature isn’t a wedding, but I think when you see these photos you’ll understand why I’ve made an exception to share them! Jade and Matthew’s 10th anniversary party was held at a friend’s house. It was a completely DIY event. The couple are wedding photographers, so they even shot it themselves!
“When we decided to celebrate our 10th anniversary we knew we had to include some of our favourite things!” said Jade. “When we got married 10 years ago things were a little different, so we wanted to put our own little spin on our anniversary.”
“We decided to celebrate with a small group of friends with a backyard BBQ feel – no stuffiness, just good times. We wanted our friends to eat, drink, and be merry!! There were a lot of laughs. Matthew made sure of that with this two signature cocktails – a homemade strawberry infused gin fizz and smoked pineapple mezcal cocktail. They were delicious!!”
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.”
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.”
After their wedding Emma & Owen decided they wanted to do a shoot that really showed off their personalities and personal style. They hadn’t had any portraits taken at their wedding eight years ago, and so they contacted photographer Jess Petrie to ask if she’d like to shoot them.
Owen told us all about their relationship and why they wanted to do this shoot. “I met Emma when I was fifteen and we’ve been together ever since. It really was love at first sight – that’s probably the only way it could have worked as I was too shy to speak to her at the time! As a teenager with a paper round, I had to save up for an engagement ring; I picked a ring at a jewellers and went there every week to add to the down-payment on a tiny gold ring with two small diamonds holding a larger third in the middle. I’d literally go there some weeks with 82 pence in copper coins to add to the pot, but I paid it off eventually and took it home! We went to sixth form and then University together, Emma to study Fine Art Painting and me to study Film & Video Production. Nowadays, Emma is a successful portrait painter and I run a film production company and am about to direct my first feature film.”
“We got married just under eight years ago at Hedingham Castle in Essex, a Norman castle from the 11th Century. The wedding was brilliant, with an all-black dress code and we wrote our own vows. Being a film maker with a professional photographer for a father, most of my friends are pretty good at wielding a camera, so we didn’t hire a photographer for the day (we obviously didn’t know Jess then). I’d been to a few weddings where the photographer had made the whole day revolve around themselves which seemed to kill any romance or spontaneity in the couple; too much ‘Stand here! Move there! Now we need the Bride’s Mother and the Groom’s Father…’ for my liking when we just wanted a day to celebrate being in love. After the wedding we were sent discs from everyone and had just under 5,000 images to sift through which was great fun, if a little slow! One thing we realised afterwards was that although we’d documented the day thoroughly, it would have been nice to get a few shots which were just about ‘us’ rather than the event. Hence booking in with Jess for this shoot.”
“Nowadays, wedding photographers seem to have evolved, thank goodness! I went to a wedding recently where the photographer got in a fight with the bride’s uncle over ordering people about too much, so it still happens and it’s not just me it bothers – but there is a new and wonderful trend for photographers like Jess. Essentially, it’s their job to be very subtle and just capture unguarded, natural moments where people are celebrating, laughing, crying and playing. If wedding photographers like Jess had been around in 2004 when we married, we’d have booked her!”
Lisa & Geoff wanted to do something different, fun and cute for their two year anniversary shoot. “Geoff and I got exclusive permission to do a photo shoot inside the Up House replica in Herriman, Utah,” Lisa wrote. “When we heard about it being built we got a crazy little idea to drive out from California and take photos there. We are huge Pixar fanatics and absolutely LOVE the movie Up. We watched it the day it came out and we were engaged at the time. So watching the ‘Married Life’ sequence at the beginning of the film really hit home (read: bawling in the theatre). It still makes me tear up every time I watch it.”
“With less than a month to plan the shoot and trip, we made many-a-trip to Goodwill (I love thrifting!) to get the perfect costumes. I made our very own Adventure Book from scratch and I made the yellow dress too (at 5:30 am the day we were supposed to leave!) We have admired Blue Lily Photography for some time now, so we were overjoyed that they could be in Utah and could be our photographers. Being wedding photographers ourselves (The Goodness), it was huge to get such an awesome couple to create these amazing photos.”
“We dressed in costumes, recreated scenes from the movie, had a picnic, the whole nine yards! It was AMAZING! So much fun. I even made one of the dresses I wore that day.”
Aww this just melts my heart. I love it so!
Happy Halloweeeeen mwaaaah hahaha!
I’ve got a couple of suitably spooky posts ready to scare you out of your wedding wits today, starting with this zombie ‘newly-dead’ shoot by wedding photographer Al Overdrive.
I’m sure most of you saw this Zombie Attack engagement that I feature back in August, but for this shoot it was the couple who actually zombied themselves up!
Nicola & Colin were married in 2010, and as a wedding gift, a number of their guests clubbed together and arranged for them to have a photo shoot with professional special effects make up artist Lucy Darkness and Al Overdrive.
“We shot in East London, getting some funny looks off the public as it was a Saturday afternoon in the middle of the heatwave,” Al told me. “For the most part people were very positive and curious, and thought it was an awesome idea for a newly wed couple to have done as a wedding gift.”
“As you can see from the photos, the couple had a great time, and Lucy and I enjoyed working with them on this unique wedding gift. Nic says she ‘can’t wait to get ’em printed! Would love to hang them in fancy frames when we move into our own place soon’ now that is something I’d like to see.”
Susan wanted to get back into her wedding dress for a memorable photo shoot for her anniversary. When she married Jesse 10 years ago they had some trouble with their photographer (who, ahem, ended up in jail) so although they received some 4 x 6 prints, they didn’t manage to get an album or any photo enlargements made. They were also pretty unhappy with the portraits of Susan from the images they did get, and none of them showed off her beautiful dress in all it’s glory.
So, Susan contacted photographer Colleen of Color Me Rad and asked if they could do a trash the dress shoot – with paint and her two kids involved!
“This session was more than just trashing the dress” Colleen told me. “It was about giving Susan the bridal portraits she never had.”