Sixty Years of No Regrets: Photographing an Anniversary Party

I’ve been slightly reluctant to write this blog, as I’ve had some trouble compiling my thoughts. You see, I just feel like my words could NEVER do this evening justice. The pure magic that was in the air. I was greeted with smiles in the lobby as I finally had the opportunity to meet Cindy. We took the ride up to the Presidential Suite where her parents and other family members were hanging out. As I walked into the room, I felt nothing but love. It wrapped its arms around me so quickly and eased my nerves. The nicest and most accepting people. I wasn’t just “the photographer” or “the hired help”, but I was one of them. I was family.

To quickly reference back to this post from Jessi Marie Photography, pin this:
60-Years-Marriage-Anniversary-Party-Photography P1
I unloaded my gear and got to work. I watched from behind my camera lens as family members near and far flooded into the room. They greeted each other with big bear hugs, and talked as if they’d never, ever been apart.

As the evening went on, we made our way to Jasper’s where we sat in a cozy, private room in the back of the restaurant. The lighting was warm and dim. The mood was happy. And the food, oh the food.:)

I listened as family members stood and spoke the most loving words to Charles and Ann. At one point, I teared up listening to Ann tell Charles how she loved him so much. How in SIXTY years she had no regrets and that she would do it all over again and again.

I watched as Charles surprised his bride with a beautiful diamond ring. The most gorgeous ring. I watched as he was so smitten that he could barely get the words out. He burst into tears as he presented it to her, which made me, again, tear up. I was SO blessed to be apart of this evening. They could have hired any photographer, but I’m so thankful they hired me. My pictures probably don’t do this evening the justice it deserves, but I truly think I was able to tell a beautiful story. So sit back, relax and enjoy.

DSC_0043

DSC_0046

DSC_0048

DSC_8884

DSC_8888

DSC_8898

DSC_8901

DSC_8910

DSC_8950

DSC_8966

DSC_9070

DSC_9083

DSC_9134

DSC_9167

DSC_9169

DSC_9202

DSC_9254

DSC_9279

DSC_9385

DSC_9418

DSC_9428

 

DSC_9456

DSC_9461

 

DSC_9469

DSC_9471

DSC_9601

DSC_9630

DSC_9748

DSC_9856

DSC_9924

What special events have you photographed or dream of shooting one day? Comment below!

Guest post writing + images by Jessi Gibson.

You can follow Jessi Marie Photography at the following links:

Website // Facebook

Author: MarieMasse
I help client documentary photographers fine-tune their workflow + marketing game, so their work is filled with sessions that represent their voice + client values while earning a living. I shoot undirected, off-beat stories that aren’t preserved often enough (like the story of couples before starting a fam or becoming empty-nesters – a dream project of mine), so my clients’ old box of photos is a meaningful, visual diary of their life + legacy to leave behind.

Leave a Comment:

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • I love this! Such a sweet story. I’m assuming you didn’t use a flash? How do you cope in low light conditions? Or where there is indoor artificial lighting? You’ve done such a great job!