Hello Friends! Kimmy here again with a really fun photoshoot to share with you! As some of you may know, Ryan and I celebrated our 4th Wedding Anniversary on July 30th! I really cannot believe it has already been 4 years!
We started a tradition back on our 1st anniversary to do a photoshoot for each consecutive anniversary. We decided to have themes based on the traditional anniversary gifts for the corresponding year. For example, the traditional anniversary gift for year 1 is paper. So Ryan and I made a paper kite and did a photoshoot of us trying to fly it for our 1st Anniversary Photoshoot. Unfortunately, we weren't able to actually fly the kite because we think it was too heavy, but it still made for a very fun and different photoshoot. The 2nd year's traditional gift is cotton, so Ryan and I had a pillow fight in the middle of a field for our 2nd Anniversary Photoshoot. We made sure we had cotton pillowcases and cotton sheets, but of course the pillows were filled with feathers which provided some really great shots when they were busted open! The 3rd year's traditional gift is leather, so we decided to have a Native American themed 3rd Anniversary Photoshoot, making a teepee in the middle of the woods and binding it together with leather cord.
This brings me to the 4th traditional anniversary gift which is fruit and/or flowers. Me, being a floral designer, thought of many amazing floral pictures we could have done but then I thought of another idea involving fruit that would not only make for a great photoshoot but also help me check something off my bucket list. Something I have always wanted to do is stomp on grapes. I have always thought this would be so much fun and such a cool feeling! As I looked into local wineries, I found that there weren't really any options where we could do this. So a co-worker of mine gave me the great idea that we could stomp on blueberries instead. This was a brilliant idea because it just so happens that my new brother in-law's family owns a blueberry farm with the most delicious blueberries ever called Ingalls Blueberry Hill.
I contacted my brother in-law's father, David Ingalls who owns the farm and he allowed us to come take some pictures in his beautiful field! Just to be clear, we didn't pick the delicious and organic blueberries and waste them by stomping on them, because let's face it, whatever berries we stomped on certainly were not going to be consumed afterwards. So Mr. Ingalls allowed us to pick the blueberries that had already fallen to the ground to use as our stomping berries. We also cheated and bought some cheap blueberries from Walmart to fill in.
After I had a theme and a place and all the props in place, I still needed a photographer! Our good friend, Lee Pfeil, had photographed our last three anniversaries but he moved down to NYC and was unable to come up for this year's shoot. So, I instantly thought of a new person who takes amazing pictures! Her name is Hannah Boulier and she is an incredible photographer who I definitely recommend =) She and her boyfriend, Jake, were excellent at making us feel comfortable during the shoot. We had a lot of fun and I am so thankful she was available last minute! Make sure you check her tumblr out and also follow her on Instagram! She is the type of photographer who could even make a boring scotch tape dispenser look amazing.
So there you have it- another year, another photoshoot, and a lifetime ahead of us to continue to make memories together. I am so grateful for my husband and best friend and look forward to whatever our future holds! Next year's traditional gift is wood and I already have an idea of what we will do! =)