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Commemorate your Wedding Day with an Anniversary Session

May 16, 2018

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Commemorate Your Wedding Day with an Anniversary Session | How to make your Anniversary Experience Extra Special | Alicia Yarrish Photography | Paris, France and Houston, Texas Wedding & Anniversary Photographer

For most of my couples, their very first professional photos with one another are at their engagement session. Our relationship continues until their wedding day and by that time they are the ones who are professionals in front of the camera!

And it’s my goal that professional photography, along with our relationship, doesn’t stop at a wedding day, but is used in a way that commemorates the wedding day year after year.

Your marriage changes and grows with the two of you every year, and the Anniversary Experience is an amazing way to capture those subtle movements in your marriage as well the big milestones. And while I think an anniversary session is special even ‘as is’, planning it in a way that commemorates your wedding day and your commitment to one another is so much more powerful that just pretty photographs.

How to Commemorate Your Wedding Day with an Anniversary Session

Exchange letters at your anniversary session

I had to start with my absolute favorite way to commemorate your marriage- a letter exchange! Remember back to your wedding day. Did you two exchange a letter? Did you have a first look? If you did, think of how that made you feel. You had a small amount of time when all of the wedding tasks and timeline went away. You were completely focused on each other even just for a few minutes and it felt like the reason for the day. Reading those words about how excited your fiancé was to say, “I do” or how he knew before he even saw you that you were the most beautiful bride.

Now imagine taking a few moments to yourselves like you did on your wedding day, at your anniversary session. Writing letters to each other and reading them to one another just like you said your vows. You can write any kind of letter you’d like. There are no rules.

You could write about how you felt on your wedding day and how you’ve felt since days since. You could write about how even in the tough times you’re still proud and blessed to be his wife. You could write about how meaningful the commitment you made is to you and how you strive to keep that and think on it often. These letters are yours.

No matter what letter you write to each other- whether light hearted and witty or deep and sincere, I promise it will make your anniversary session tenfold more powerful.

A thoughtful bouquet

I love flowers. I’m not sure I’ve ever met a bride that didn’t love flowers! I might not know their names or how to grow them, but I have a soft spot in my heart for them. An amazing way to commemorate your wedding day with an anniversary session is to incorporate the same flowers from your wedding day into your anniversary session bouquet!

Another fun idea is to look up meanings of flowers. I hear that every flower has a meaning or symbolizes a certain theme. Picking flowers for you anniversary session bouquet based on meaning is a fun way to commemorate your marriage and the season of life you two are in together.

Incorporate an element from your wedding day

There are so many details from your wedding day that don’t get much love anymore. We all want to save a certain amount of details from our wedding day to commemorate it, but they likely don’t get much love on the regular. When is the last time you wore the same earrings as on your wedding day? The same hairpiece? What about your wedding shoes? Have you looked at your guestbook recently?

There are so many ways to bring those wedding day details back into your lives, and it’s the perfect way to commemorate your wedding day. Those little elements can surface emotions that you haven’t felt since you wore them while exchanging your vows.

Ready for your Anniversary Experience?

Let’s get in touch and celebrate your marriage (bubbly optional, but encouraged!)

Want suggestions as to where you should jet set to for your Anniversary Session? Look no further! Enter your name and email below and I’ll get those locations right over to ya, friend.

(Psst! Not convinced you need a destination anniversary session? Read this then email me!)

Commemorate Your Wedding Day with an Anniversary Session | How to make your Anniversary Experience Extra Special | Alicia Yarrish Photography | Paris, France and Houston, Texas Wedding & Anniversary Photographer

For most of my couples, their very first professional photos with one another are at their engagement session. Our relationship continues until their wedding day and by that time they are the ones who are professionals in front of the camera!

And it’s my goal that professional photography, along with our relationship, doesn’t stop at a wedding day, but is used in a way that commemorates the wedding day year after year.

Your marriage changes and grows with the two of you every year, and the Anniversary Experience is an amazing way to capture those subtle movements in your marriage as well the big milestones. And while I think an anniversary session is special even ‘as is’, planning it in a way that commemorates your wedding day and your commitment to one another is so much more powerful that just pretty photographs.

How to Commemorate Your Wedding Day with an Anniversary Session

Exchange letters at your anniversary session

I had to start with my absolute favorite way to commemorate your marriage- a letter exchange! Remember back to your wedding day. Did you two exchange a letter? Did you have a first look? If you did, think of how that made you feel. You had a small amount of time when all of the wedding tasks and timeline went away. You were completely focused on each other even just for a few minutes and it felt like the reason for the day. Reading those words about how excited your fiancé was to say, “I do” or how he knew before he even saw you that you were the most beautiful bride.

Now imagine taking a few moments to yourselves like you did on your wedding day, at your anniversary session. Writing letters to each other and reading them to one another just like you said your vows. You can write any kind of letter you’d like. There are no rules.

You could write about how you felt on your wedding day and how you’ve felt since days since. You could write about how even in the tough times you’re still proud and blessed to be his wife. You could write about how meaningful the commitment you made is to you and how you strive to keep that and think on it often. These letters are yours.

No matter what letter you write to each other- whether light hearted and witty or deep and sincere, I promise it will make your anniversary session tenfold more powerful.

A thoughtful bouquet

I love flowers. I’m not sure I’ve ever met a bride that didn’t love flowers! I might not know their names or how to grow them, but I have a soft spot in my heart for them. An amazing way to commemorate your wedding day with an anniversary session is to incorporate the same flowers from your wedding day into your anniversary session bouquet!

Another fun idea is to look up meanings of flowers. I hear that every flower has a meaning or symbolizes a certain theme. Picking flowers for you anniversary session bouquet based on meaning is a fun way to commemorate your marriage and the season of life you two are in together.

Incorporate an element from your wedding day

There are so many details from your wedding day that don’t get much love anymore. We all want to save a certain amount of details from our wedding day to commemorate it, but they likely don’t get much love on the regular. When is the last time you wore the same earrings as on your wedding day? The same hairpiece? What about your wedding shoes? Have you looked at your guestbook recently?

There are so many ways to bring those wedding day details back into your lives, and it’s the perfect way to commemorate your wedding day. Those little elements can surface emotions that you haven’t felt since you wore them while exchanging your vows.

Ready for your Anniversary Experience?

Let’s get in touch and celebrate your marriage (bubbly optional, but encouraged!)

Want suggestions as to where you should jet set to for your Anniversary Session? Look no further! Enter your name and email below and I’ll get those locations right over to ya, friend.

(Psst! Not convinced you need a destination anniversary session? Read this then email me!)

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  1. Erin says:

    I love the idea of incorporating elements from your wedding day into your anniversary session! What a wonderful way to reflect on those good emotions and memories from the wedding day. Great Post!

  2. Deb B. says:

    This is such a lovely idea. I have never thought of an anniversary session – and I love the idea of exchanging letters and incorporating something from your wedding day. How sweet and lovely to do with your spouse.

  3. Mira McDaniel says:

    i love the idae of an anniversary experience! It seems like such a simple thing but yet so important to keep the love alive and empowering each other at the same time.

  4. Emily says:

    I love the idea of an anniversary session! Especially incorporating the same flowers from your wedding day! My fiancé hates photos so we haven’t even taken engagement photos yet!!

  5. Jan says:

    I love this idea. Thank You for inspiration. I think I’m going to offer this to my clients!

  6. Alyssa Bouma says:

    I LOVE Anniversary sessions! They are so fun because there’s none of the stress of the wedding day. Just happy memories and at that point you’re already experienced in front of the camera!

  7. Jess says:

    I love these ideas for commemorating your wedding at your anniversary session! I am definitely going to have to plan one for my husband. I think it is so sweet to incorporate things from your wedding day to make it really special.

  8. Lynn Marie says:

    I love these anniversary photo ideas! I’d never thought about doing a letter exchange or pulling out my wedding earrings but now I want to! These are wonderful ideas for couples to remember their special day. Thanks for sharing!

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