As you may know, there are supposedly guidelines for anniversary gifts. Hallmark has the full list, if you’re interested. Traditionally, the first anniversary is the “Paper Anniversary.” The idea is, your gift has to have something to do with paper.
My sister Katie and her husband Chris just celebrated their Paper Anniversary. Katie got Chris tickets to something awesome. Tickets made of paper. Well done.
Chris… well, Chris had me make Katie a photo album. Sure, that’s a perfect and amazing gift anyway. But this album was special.
You see, due to unforeseen circumstances, half of Katie’s wedding pictures were lost by her photographer’s assistant. Luckily the photographer covered the entire event herself so 99% of the day was still there, just not as much of it. Except one part: the guys getting ready. While the main photographer was capturing us ladies getting ready, the assistant captured the fellas. Where the main photographer was with us the entire time, that meant all of those photos were lost. Katie and Chris were obviously bummed. Katie was really bummed. She wanted to see that part of the day so badly.
Immediately upon hearing this news, Chris sent me a message and said, “I want to recreate it. You on board?” And I of course said yes!
With the exception of one of Chris’ brothers who lives waaay up north in Maine and couldn’t make it down, ALL of the guys showed up for Chris. This unquestioning support within their group is astounding. It’s truly a beautiful thing and I am so in awe of it! While their suits didn’t match (as they did on that day), and the location was different (we used my parent’s basement/backyard which was where we ladies got ready but all the other spots the fellas went to weren’t available), the images from our setup are as close to the real thing as you can possibly get. And even if every detail was somehow wrong, the LOVE was certainly there. This was such an amazing thing to be a part of!
Here are some of my favorites:
If you know Katie, you know about her love for dinosaurs.
So this happened…
And here is the entire gallery for your viewing pleasure.
Fellas, if you’re reading this, THANK YOU for doing such an incredible thing for my sister (and brother in law too!). I am so honored to have been a part of this! And if you’re not yet married, yes, you should hire me for YOUR wedding. Hahaha