Anniversaries are really special, a time to celebrate your lives together as a couple and reconnect. I love when couples celebrate their anniversaries with a photo shoot! Which is exactly what Jennifer and Tyler did!
Here is what Jennifer had to say: “Tyler and I were married two years ago; an amazing, adventuresome, action-packed year where we tie-the-knot, packed up our lives, moved across country, bought a historic bed & breakfast and jumped into renovating it.
“We have shared a whirlwind of experiences in this new thing called marriage. Our anniversary seemed like a perfect occasion to celebrate, capture and preserve it.
“We planned a little getaway to nearby Manchester, Vermont, found a charming inn, pulled out our wedding clothes and designed a small photo shoot that told the story of our first year. We topped off the day with a fancy dinner and quiet evening all to ourselves. It was a lovely celebration and we now have a pretty set of photographs that highlight the joyful aspects of year #1.”
“I chose blush-colored silk for my wedding dress for an important reason, I wanted a very special dress that was not just for one day, but could be worn year after year to celebrate our marriage. I love my dress and was so sad to pack it away after our wedding.
“Putting it on again was a magical feeling. On our wedding day I wore it with a vintage mink stole and it was fun to restyle it this year with an ivory cardigan and some of my mother’s vintage gloves. I also added my grandmother’s crystal necklace to add a little sparkle.
“Tyler, who is always searching for opportunities to wear his bespoke three-piece suit and fedora, opted leave out the jacket so his blue shirt could add a pop of color to our look.”
“The pieces of luggage were added to the scene to represent our big move. The little suitcase is a DIY project that I antiqued and hand-painted with old-fashioned looking luggage and postage stamps that describe our journey: we met in Philadelphia, were engaged in Salt Lake City, got married in Pittsfield, Vermont, and then moved to Rensselaerville, New York.
“The framed painting is of Catalpa House, our new bed & breakfast, which was built in 1806. The artwork was left for us by the previous owners and normally hangs happily in our entryway. Living in a historic home has given us a new appreciation for antiques and we love to search for old treasures in our free time.
“We gathered collections of rustic tools to represent our renovation projects and teacups to represent our new undertaking of serving breakfast to our guests. We purchased the teacups, the vintage linens and many of the other items at an antique store near our new home.
“I also made the paper mache #1 and painted it a cheerful blue. A bouquet of dried eucalyptus, lotus and grasses seemed to fit perfectly with the antique items we had assembled and I added a few feather flowers to give it some wintery softness.”
Photographer: Carrie Ann Photography
Location: Seth Warner Inn, Manchester, VT
Dress: Custom design by Nancy Barrus Couture for Avenia Bridal
Suit/Fedora: Beckett & Robb
Hair & Make-up: American Hairlines
Tea Cups, Antique Pail, Linens: II. U. Tripp Antiques and Collectibles
Cashmere Sweater: Bluefly
Dried Flowers: Joann Fabric and Crafts