Every once in awhile, a place overtakes me creatively and I know that I need to capture the beauty of it. For the NYC Highline, a gorgeous walking path high above the hustle and bustle of the city, all it took was about 5 steps of walking on it when I realized that this was going to be one of those places. So I did what every photographer does, and started planning a sweet, romantic styled shoot!
However, something even better happened. A few days after I started planning, I was procrastinating on the super awesome creatives' Facebook group, The Rising Tide and happened to come across a post from an amazingly sweet, super talented, darling photographer from Tallahassee, Florida named Sara (check her work out at Sara Lynn Photography!) asking about finding a photographer close to NYC for an anniversary shoot while her and her husband were visiting. I immediately sent a message telling her my vision and she was instantly on board! Even though the weather did cooperate, I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful Anniversary Session! I'm so honored that Sara and Levon trusted me with their private moment and allowed me to capture it behind my lens. And just wait to you hear words from the bride at the bottom of the page! Spoiler alert: you may need a tissue!
And a super big shout out to JoyWed Blog for sharing our session for the world to see! (Seriously, I love their blog, check them out!)
From the Sara Lynn: 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 him. 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 celebrte3 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 (calligrapher) 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.
Cake – Love Bites by Erika | Paper Flowers – The Paper Petal Shoppe | Metal Bowties – Refined Bowties| Calligraphy Love Letter – The Lovely Scribe | Event Stylist - Indigo and Ivy Event Services | Make-up & Hair Artist – Michelle Elise Artistry | Tulle Skirt – Alexandra Grecco | Table Runner – Bellame Ribbon Co | Votives –BHLDN | Shoes – Christian Dior | Models – Sara & Levon Hoomes – Sara Lynn Photography | Film Processing Lab – Richard Photo Lab | Locations: The Highline | The Whitney Muesum of American Art