Theresa & Bryce’s Stylish and Sweet Paper Anniversary Shoot
To commemorate their first year anniversary, Theresa & Bryce aptly decided on a “paper” theme and infused their photo session with paper-themed elements that were significant to them — books they love, Bryce’s sketchbook with his design of their engagement ring, heart confetti, etc. I know you can’t wait to see the photos but before that, I’d like you to hear what photographer Natalie Champa Jennings Photography had to say about the shoot:
Why not celebrate love anniversary style? That’s what Theresa & Bryce wanted to do with this gorgeous session on Boom Island in Minneapolis, MN. With a little help from Byerly’s bakery and some incredible style, Theresa pulled off this semi-styled, semi-candid shoot. As a symbol of their wedding cake, a small autumn colored cupcake made a delicious prop along with the duo’s favorite: hot coffee. Theresa & Bryce like to read and spend time together, so it made sense that this shoot was centered around some fun and colorful hard cover books and a family patchwork quilt. Bryce is also a talented artist who designed Theresa’s ring. The couple leafs through his drawings reminiscing about their engagement. We finished at sunset near the Mississippi river. Theresa brought along some heart-shaped bio-degradable confetti, but with no breeze, she was able to pick them all up to save for another time. Not only was the weather perfect for this shoot, but it was wonderful to have the opportunity to celebrate an anniversary with photographs. There is something really special about love as it grows, and I certainly captured that between these two.
Here’s a little bit about the couple in the lovely Theresa’s own words. Don’t forget to check out their cute love story, coming shortly!
Bryce and I live and work in Minneapolis–he’s a mechanical engineer and I’m a Child Life Specialist. We enjoy spending time trying new restaurants, kayaking, traveling, and fixing up our home.
There are two versions of how we met.
Theresa’s version: Theresa went out to the bar Skinners one night in January 2009 with her friend Mandy and met a boy. He was nice, tall, and taught her about beer (foreshadowing for the rest of her life). At the time Theresa was dating someone so she wasn’t looking for her soul mate that night. From then on Theresa saw this boy every now and then when she went to Skinners. Then in May this boy somewhat invited himself to her graduation party. When he arrived at the party he brought wine and a card. Theresa’s mom asked her if that tall, good looking boy liked her. Theresa replied, ‘no’. At said graduation party this boy asked Theresa for her number and she gave it to him. Over the summer the boy courted Theresa and by the time she left for grad school, Theresa knew that this boy was someone very special.
Bryce’s version: Bryce went to Skinners one night in December 2008 with a few friends. A pretty girl sat down next to him and he struck up a conversation with her (which was out the ordinary for him). They talked and by the end of the evening Bryce knew that this girl was someone he wanted to get to know. However, he didn’t see her again until January and when he did she didn’t remember that they had met and she was dating someone else. While some boys may have accepted this as defeat, Bryce did not as he is no ordinary boy. Instead he wrote on her wall on facebook, came to Brookings every now and then to try to catch a glimpse of her, and waited patiently until she was single. When he found out she was having a graduation party, Bryce seized his chance and asked when it was. She sent him a facebook invite. Bryce came to the party (suited up) with his wingmen and asked for the girl’s phone number. Once he had her number he began to court her and show the girl how sweet, kind, funny, and slightly ridiculous he was. She was won over quickly. Before she left for grad school that fall he asked her if she would like to continue dating even though she was going to be far away. She said ‘yes’.
A behind the scenes look at their anniversary shoot:
For our first anniversary we decided we wanted to do a photo shoot with the theme of paper, the traditional first year gift. I really, really love pictures, and Bryce was game, so we went for it! We included a lot of paper elements that were special to us–paper coffee cups (Bryce’s favorite beverage), bio-degradable heart confetti, the sketch book where Bryce drew the design for my engagement ring, and a selection of special books (Harry Potter, Sookie Stackhouse, etc). We also brought a cupcake with to create the traditional “eating the cake topper” thing. Working with Natalie was amazing because she allowed us to be ourselves and helped us incorporate our paper items into our shoot.
My favorite picture out of the series is one with the Minneapolis skyline in the background. I think I like it so much because the city is really becoming a part of our story. It shows how far we’ve come from our small towns and how much we’ve grown.
We enjoyed the experience so much that we actually just had a 2nd year shoot with a cotton theme (we used cotton candy). Bryce loves it as it takes the pressure of figuring out what to get me for each anniversary : )
Huge thanks to Natalie for sending her always-gorgeous images my way, and happy anniversary Theresa and Bryce! Here’s to infinite more anniversaries (and creative themed shoots) 🙂
Photographer: Natalie Champa Jennings Photography
Location: Private residence, Minnesota
Image submission via Two Bright Lights