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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Jenni + Alex = Engaged!

Sometimes you just know.  When Alex caught glimpse of Jenni while dancing at our wedding, he came up to Matt and asked, “Who is that girl over there?”  He thankfully didn’t hear my new husband tell him that he thought she was seeing someone, but went and talked to her.
I feel blessed to be able to have seen their relationship grow from a new friendship with shared interest to romantic love shown by mutual respect and deep caring.  When we heard that Alex was going to surprise Jenni by taking her on a nice date and then proposing, we were so excited.  And then… we got to help set it up and photograph it!

They started out the night with dinner at The Bird and the Bear and Alex told Jenni he wanted to go on a walk from there.  They ended up in front of Bethany Christian Church on Westheimer (where Matt and I got married almost a year ago) and happened upon a courtyard lit with white Christmas lights and our living room floor lamps.  He asked if he could have the dance that he missed out on the night they met (cue the “awww”s) and they spent a minute or so dancing.
From there, he led her to a bench that had a basin with a towel and a jar of water near it.  Just like Jesus showed his disciples that he came to lead with a servants heart by washing their feet, Alex washed Jenni’s feet.  And with tears in both of their eyes, he asked her if she would spend the rest of her life with him.  Cue the kissing and hugging and laughing and such…  And now they are engaged!  And I have photographs to prove it!

 

I hope you enjoyed these photographs.  I’ll be posting the rest of them all on my Facebook Page in the next couple of days, so check back!
With Love,

Rachel

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