Our First Anniversary Photographs – Photographed by Jenni Westbrook

For our First Anniversary, I commissioned the fabulous Jenni Westbrook to do a little photoshoot for us.  I thought it was a cute idea for the traditional “paper” anniversary.

The photos are important for us for a few reasons.  For one, we feel it is really important to have personal photographs of the two of us.  We have to ton of photographs of ourselves individually or the really classy photographs where one of us holds the camera and we squeeze our faces close together (you know which ones I’m talking about!  Just imagine doing it with a DSLR that weighs a little lot more than your iPhone).  The following are photographs from our anniversary trip to Asheville, NC.  The first two are taken at the Biltmore Estate.  The photo of the two of us was taken on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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For two, so often once people get married, they stop taking pictures!  This is the man that I love so much.  That I got to choose to live the rest of my life with.  And he chose the same thing (woohoo!)!  I want to document our love as it grows and matures.

And final reason?  Our apartment complex had just informed us as we were about to leave on our trip that we had one month to find a new apartment.  I loved our first apartment and the great first year that we spent there.  We wanted to document a little of that before it was torn down (probably to make way for some ugly condos.  Currently it’s just a flat lot with nothing on it.  So sad!)

Jenni is a great friend who you might remember from our blog post where her fiancée Alex proposed.  You can see some of her work on her Flickr site.  I’m only posting a few of our favorite images.  If I wanted to post all of our favorites, this blog post would be way too long.  Jenni shoots a lot of film.  I’m so impressed with that because film kinda… scares me!  I don’t get the instant gratification of seeing if my images are good, if eyes are closed, etc.  Maybe Jenni will give me some lessons in patience and film shooting.  For our session, she shot with a Nikon D300s and some of her crazy cameras.  I don’t even know the names…

Okay.  Too much talking (err. Typing, I suppose).  To the photographs!  We broke out my wedding dress for a few shots.  I still love this dress, but I don’t think I’ll be keeping it.  Anyone know someone who needs a wedding dress who is about my size?  :-)

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I almost just wrote “favorite” in front of all of these.  I’m ordering a bunch so they don’t just sit on my computer forgotten!  Thank you so much Jenni for the amazing photographs!  I’m so thankful that we were able to make this happen.

If you are way overdue for couple photographs, please let me know.  I’d love to give some of the same joy that we got from seeing our love in print form.  Jenni is, of course, available too and I’d love to get you guys in contact with her!

With love,

Rachel

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