Amy and Matt • Beach Chic Anniversary

May 31, 2013

I honestly don’t know where to begin this post… that’s how much I loved this shoot. This is going to be a long one (that is well worth it). You’ve been warned!

For a very, very long time I felt like I was meant to become a photographer. I saw people falling in love and wanted to take a picture of that exact moment (in a non-creepy way, of course.) And after almost a year and a half I have found that one thing I really want to pursue is helping people celebrate their marriage; not just when a couple is engaged or on their wedding day, but years later when they are still crazy about each other. A lot of people get married and have children and it becomes all about them- which is great! But it is also so important to remember where that family began. To look back to that first date, that first kiss, to the day you said “I do”… and remember why.

Enter an amazing opportunity. Amy contacted me asking if I would like to do a shoot in honor of her anniversary. After one wedding, two kids, and a full decade together, all she wanted to do was celebrate this amazing life she has been blessed with. My head started spinning with ideas. She said her and Matt were married on the beach in Malibu and instantly I knew I wanted to do a “Beach Chic” theme that I had been dreaming about…. It would be a modern and glamorous, with little nostalgic touches to remind them where it all began 10 years ago. Forgoing the turquoise and seashells cliches, this would be oh-so chic with a touch a sparkle.

Before I share some of my favorite photos I’d like to give some love to the incredibly talented vendors that worked on this shoot. Somehow they managed to bring this vision of mine to life and I am forever grateful for their amazing talent.

Photography: Jessica M. Wood Photography
(and Sincerely, A. Photography)
Venue: Shade Hotel
Florist: FlorUnique
Event Rentals: Sparkles and Vintage
Design Concept and Bridal Styling: Nicole Alexandra Designs
Bakery: Cake Bakeshop
Dresses and Accessories: Chic Little Devil Style House
Suit: Mattuchi Tailors
Headpiece: DeLoop
Invitations: Andrea Dickherber
Make-up: Cheryl Nacario
Hair: Marcy Villa
Models: Amy and Matthew Atkins

The bouquet and centerpiece were absolutely incredible. FlorUnique took inspiration from things found in the ocean… annndd then I become her biggest fan.

Isn’t this dress AMAZING? Oh my.

They let their inner models come out, and then I died.

I hope this idea inspires you to celebrate the fact that you are married to your favorite person. Whether its with a photo shoot, a date night or just a little note left on the kitchen counter, remind one another where it all began. (And check back soon for the second part of this session where Amy gets back in her original wedding dress 🙂 )



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FABULOUS!!!! Love every single image. I’m only on year 3, but you make me excited for year 10 with my husband! Gorgeous work, girl!

Wow! What an amazing job you did! Loved how you were able to capture all the details and emotions from the event. Just really beautiful.

Jessica, once again you created such beautiful photographs. Thank you for letting me be a part for such an inspiring day and this great team!!

Impressive! This is beautifully shot and the details are superb. I love crispness and romantic together to help the couple’s story scream who they are. I’ve often thought about offering anniversary shoots and you show here why a little planning and a lot if hard work can make for an incredible celebration of love!

Love this! Your attention to the details are great. Knocked the beach photos out of the park. I still need to master the art of a beach pic. Keep up the good photography work! 🙂

Perfection!!! Oh, these photos are gorgeous!! Great job!!

What a gorgeous couple! She’s sooo pretty! Love the last shot. 🙂 (and the rest of course)

This is so beautiful!! I agree with Sarah, you should have this featured! Can’t wait for part two =).

These are beyond amazing. I love every single one – and all the details!! absolutely stunning work and gorgeous couple!!

This photo shoot is to die for! You have to submit this to a Wedding Blog Jessica!

Loving that forth shot from the bottom! (And the whole concept) I hope I look as good as her on my 10th anniversary! 🙂

Wow, the last photo and also the one where Matt is carrying Amy, just gorgeous! Such a fantastic idea too, well done!

OH. MY. GOSH. This is beautiful. I actually know Amy & Matt & they are a beautiful couple anyway, but you made them look fantastic & amazing. So gorgeous. Amy you look so…..gorgeous amazing fantastic! Beautiful work.

Absolutely GORGEOUS!! Especially that last photo…

AH-MAZ-ING. Everything was seriously perfection 🙂