Oh friends, today's anniversary session will no doubt you leave you dreaming of a snowy, romantic weekend with the love of your life. Our preferred vendor, Jess Watson Photography, dreamed up an epic editorial shoot on the New York City Highline and Whitney Museum of Art, and just so happened to find a fellow photographer who was headed to NYC for their anniversary! From a hand-lettered love note to stunning paper flowers, and a romantic bistro table with THE most gorgeous cake, this anniversary session is as gorgeous as it gets.
From Jess Watson Photography: The first time I walked the High Line I fell in love. Its' peacefulness above the crazy hustle and bustle of the city gave it a romanticism that was undeniable. I knew it would make the perfect setting for the right couple! So a few creative genius' and I started planning what we thought was just another styled shoot. Then came along the lovely Sara of Sara Lynn Photography posting on The Rising Tide Society how she was coming to NYC to celebrate her anniversary and I just knew that this was it. I reached out to Sara and told her my vision of shooting on the High Line. How I wanted to capture NYC from another perspective and she was in love with it as much as I was. She went on to tell me how at one point she wanted to move to the city, but it didn't happen. And for their 3 year anniversary Levon surprised her with a trip to her dream place! I knew than that this was the perfect way to celebrate their love. Knowing how much the city meant to her, I wanted to really pull all the elements of it together! It's romanticism with the calligraphied love letter, love and unique fashion with the metal bow tie and paper flowers. As well as embracing the concrete jungle with the grey and silver tones of the marble buttercream cake. On the day of our shoot, the weather wasn't completely our friend...but just like normal life in the city, we couldn't just stop going. At the end of the High Line is The Whitney Museum, which turned into the perfect location to spend the afternoon surrounded by gorgeous art and then celebrating their love out on the High Line.
From the Bride: The city has always been my happy place. I know it's cliché, but the energy of the city just sucks me in. I was a little nervous about Levon going to my favorite place for the first time and that he wouldn't love it or get it, and I didn't want that to cause it to lose its charm. Thankfully, he loved it. He felt the same energy. He is a structural engineer so the buildings and bridges mesmerized by it. We both love that you can still find natural beauty in such an urban area. I remember standing on the roof of The Whitney Museum and him gasping because he realized he could see mountains beyond the city skyline. Another thing we both loved, being from a smaller city, was the romanticism of being nameless faces in a crowd. In our town if we are in a crowd there will always be someone we know, and there's no just us. In New York, despite being surrounded by so many people, we were able to share moments. Just the two of us. Not concerned with anyone else around us. Levon and I were celebrating our 3 year wedding anniversary. Last fall, we were throwing around tons of different ideas for places for an anniversary trip. One night while I was up late working, Levon came downstairs and told me to look up flights from our area to New York. I thought he was teasing since he never showed any interest in going. I was happier than a child on Christmas morning. In that moment, I couldn't wait to celebrte 3 years with him. Not because I got my way or even because I was getting to travel to my favorite city. But because, in that moment, I was reminded of how selfless, kind, and giving he is and how we both would do anything for each other. That's what marriage is about and I'm thankful to have shared 3 years with him. I absolutely loved the details Jessica pieced together for us- and had us contribute to! The cake was a simplistic beauty as was the bistro table set up. The letter was a love letter from me to Levon for our anniversary. Jessica had Leigh from Lovely Scribe beautifully write it in calligraphy.
I'm a firm believer in celebrating love. New love, old love, somewhere in the middle of love- it all deserves to be recognized and remembered. Anniversary shoots help you create memories and celebrate the love that you choose each day, the vows that you hold up no matter how hard things may be, the changing of seasons of life with one consistent factor-each other. Weddings are great and (obviously) should be celebrated, but a lasting marriage through good times and bad? That's something really special.
Vendors: Photographer: Jess Watson Photo | Cake: Love Bites by Erika | Paper Flowers: The Paper Petal Shoppe | Metal Bowties: Refined Bowties | Calligraphy Love Letter: The Lovely Scribe | Event Stylist: Stephanie Williamsen | Make-up & Hair Artist: Michelle Elise Artistry | Tulle Skirt: Alexandra Grecco | Table Runner: Bellame Ribbon Co | Candle Sticks: Ikea | Votives: BHLDN | Shoes: Christian Dior | Models – Sara & Levon Hoomes – Sara Lynn Photography Film Processing Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Locations: The Highline – NYC & The Whitney Museum of American Art – NYC