Wedding anniversary party ideas
I’ve already shared a few wedding anniversary party ideas from this lovely celebration over on my Instagram feed. I thought it was time to share some more images from this beautiful house party.
Wedding anniversary party ideas vary widely of course. But how about this for an elegant way to celebrate?
Capture the castle
This couple held a high tea reception, followed by a dinner party. Some guests also stayed on in the beautiful accommodation at the private castle in Devon.
I was asked to capture the castle, the guests arriving at the celebration, and the scenes which followed.
This one-year anniversary dinner was hosted at Shute Barton. Shute was built in the mid-15th century and today it is recognised as one of the more important surviving non-fortified manor houses of the Middle Ages.
Celebrate the small things
Every year is a milestone worth celebrating. We don’t always hire castles and throw dinner parties of course! But it is good to mark the occasion somehow, and get it captured. Whether it’s just the two of you, or whether welcoming family and friends to share your achievement.
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Joni and George celebrated 4 years of marriage with this anniversary session – a collection of fine art film images.
They have always loved to take a break together along the coast in West Dorset – a chance to get away and spend some quiet time together. It was almost as if they were retracing old footsteps in the sand as they wandered by the waves, talking together about these first years of their marriage, and their precious young daughter.
The coast is a great place to go for an engagement shoot or an anniversary session, especially if you can easily access both the cliffs above and the beach below. This kind of location offers both variety as well as beauty, drama and romance. I love to shoot at the coast whenever I have the chance!
Although there had been sunshine all day, banks of cloud rolled in off the sea as we began the shoot, creating some spectacular skies over the distant cliffs as the sun shone through, and a maritime feel to the images as the blue-green light bounced around us. This too provided a reflection of their marriage: it’s certainly not always sunny in such a close and demanding relationship and cloudy weather is all part of the package, yet that too is beautiful in its own way.
I believe that the actual process of the shoot – taking the time out, carrying a bouquet, reflecting on the exchange of rings to name just a few aspects – this process is in itself an encouragement to a couple, and an affirmation of their commitment. Grounded in the day-to-day reality of marriage, this celebration is so much more poignant than the original wedding.
For this reason I absolutely love these sessions and the images they produce, which declare to the world, “I still do.”.
We are all too familiar with rain all year round in the British Isles, but English summer evenings can rival other parts of Europe for their pretty, romance light. The evening light is the most flattering for couple session portraits because the rays from the sun really are hitting us sideways on. This means contrast and shadows are at a minimum. The same is of course true of the early hours of the morning, but this light is cooler and fresher as opposed to the warm glow cast in the hour or two before sunset. Even if there is some cloud cover the angle of the light still makes for more attractive portraits, as seen in this Dorset beach engagement.
The colour of the light as it lands on our skin really does affect the colour our skin will look, so the golden evening sun leads to golden skin tones. Light is literally a mixture of the colours it is bouncing off so if you stand by a gold-coloured hamstone wall then those tones will be reflected in your skin. If you stand right underneath a tree in dark shade you will look a little green around the gills! This reflected tone effect is much more significant in digital photography; film is much more forgiving here.
I stepped out on one such evening for a couple session with these two, who are as beautiful inside as they are out. I think you will agree that, as the sun prepared to dip behind the hedgerows, we captured some really romantic and tender moments, as well as bucketloads of the joy that this couple naturally exudes. They really did laugh their way around these Somerset fields! This lovely English backdrop was just beyond the back gate, and the hand-tied posy thrown together with roses and herbs from the garden – proving it is easy to achieve beautiful, natural, fine art portraiture.