My husband Jason and I just passed our NINE YEAR anniversary. For some of you, that might not be so long. For others, it’s quite a lengthy time. I’m certainly proud of the accomplishment and I can tell you that while the past nine years haven’t always been super easy, I wouldn’t change a thing about the journey we’ve been on together.
So to celebrate this year, we did a little something different! Seeing that we are both wedding photographers, and that we are around weddings all. the. time., we have recently been inspired to have our wedding photos redone. Wedding photography has changed SO MUCH in the past decade and to say that our wedding photographs are terrible would be a huge understatement.
I AM thankful that the day was at least captured. But they are not fun to look at, they are not creatively inspiring, and they do not represent who Jason and I are or our wedding day well. Sad moment. I have a feeling a lot of you can relate.
So I went wedding dress shopping! I found a used dress for dirt cheap at Goodwill, hired Mike Olbinski to be our photographer, arranged for hair and makeup and we booked a photo shoot on the day of our anniversary, in hopes of capturing some new photos that we could consider art! The end result?
I FINALLY have some amazing photographs of my husband and I in wedding attire that are artistic, creative and represent our personalities well.
Jason and I had such an amazing day together getting all dolled up and remember that we were getting ready in this very same way, nine years ago to the day, to say our vows to one another. And I actually felt prettier on my nine year anniversary than I did on my wedding day! Imagine that!
The real reason I’m writing this?
Is to encourage YOU to think outside the box a little bit for your anniversary. Marriage doesn’t have to be mundane and boring. And while there is nothing wrong with going to a fancy dinner to celebrate, there IS something to be said about having an adventure together; even if it’s a small one! We never left town and we were getting ready at our own home most of the day. But it was different, outside of the box, and gave us something to look back on together. While marriage can be super challenging at times, it’s SO important to focus on why you fell in love in the first place. And doing something a little out of your norm for your anniversary is a fantastic way to celebrate how many years you’ve been together.
It was a total blast.
I encourage everyone to do your own Anniversary Photo Shoot. It was beyond fun and now we have something to show for it, for years to come. To see the FULL post on Mike Olbinski’s blog, click HERE.
Quick Add ons-
First, you might be wondering why on earth did we do this for nine years and not our tenth? I’ve been asked that a lot! The short answer is that we believe in celebrating life NOW. So instead of waiting, we chose to just jump in and celebrate right where we are at.
And second, I HAVE to give a few shout outs to the peeps that made this photo shoot possible. Mike Olbinski for the amazing photography, Alexandra Evjen, fashionista and stylist guru with AVE Styles for styling our wardrobes, Kim Cornwell with Triple Threat Studios (no website) for doing my hair, AND to Christine Valero with Hair Story for doing my makeup. Christine also colors my hair and is FAB.
Ok, that’s all. 😉