New Yorker Moments: One Year

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I mentioned to him that as an anniversary gift (because 1st year = paper, right?), I’d like to make a tradition of taking photos each July 7th.  Ya know, kind of like how some families do the annual Christmas card photo?  Well, same idea, but instead marking our anniversary, so by the time we’re 80, we’ll have 50 years of photos of us celebrating each year of marriage (and of course documenting crazy outfit trends, too)!
The day was perfect…7.7 fell on a Monday this year, so we met up after work with the darling Ashley from Generic Brand Human (the best wedding videographer, ever!), and strolled around Central Park snapping photos in our favorite places (mini bouquet is from Whole Foods…because a girl needs a prop!)  It was, of course, a million degrees out, but I think Ashley did a brilliant job photoshopping the glisten off our faces;-)
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Afterwards, we went to the Surrey Hotel on the UES (where we got married, on the rooftop!) and had a beautiful little dinner, renewing our vows between courses.  Such a special way to reflect on our year, and to get excited for what’s to come!

I’m a sucker for traditions (obvs!)  Do you have any annual family traditions?  I’d love to hear, please share below!






  • Melissa says:

    Happy anniversary!! Do you mind if I steal your idea? :) I was actually thinking of traditions to start with my bf (and our pets)… I LOVE the idea of a silly Christmas card, so I think we will try that this year. Beautiful pictures, by the way! :)

    • Used York City says:

      Yay, you totally should steal it!!! I would love to see your silly Christmas card photos, especially if they involve your fur-kiddos, aww!!:-)

  • Beautiful pictures! Great tradition that you are taking! Happy first anniversary Jess to you and your hubby! Best wishes!
    I saw that you have ads of Once on your blog. Have you seen it? It’s playing in Melbourne at the moment.

  • Heather says:

    Happy anniversary! This is such a brilliant idea and I wish I’d thought of it! Looking back at all your gorgeous photos will be so special! We sadly haven’t instituted any fun traditions. Though we did just celebrate our 5-year anniversary in the Frankfurt airport – it was the day we moved to Riga!!

    • Used York City says:

      Oh happy anniversary to YOU, Heather! 5 years is quite the accomplishment, and what a special way to spend it by moving on to this very exciting chapter of your lives together!:-)

  • Lydia says:

    Ahh what a great idea – these are so cute! You guys look great. Congratulations!

  • Freya says:

    Congratulations !!! Such a great idea and beautiful photos, so romantic

  • Love this post and your pix are just wonderful. I was trying to imagine being 80 and looking at those pictures! What a smile it will bring to your faces, even 5 years from now. I wish I’d thought of that idea – duh – but we can start now and celebrate the next 20 with pictures!! Thanks for the idea.

    • Used York City says:

      Haha, it will be super fun to look at the photos years from now! Even when we look back on photos from when we first started dating we’re like, “omg, look how young we were!” I look forward to seeing your photos over the years, too!:-)

  • memographer says:

    Romantic photos, Jess! Love your dress! Happy Anniversary!

  • Catherine says:

    So sweet! Love the photos and the whole idea is just really lovely – think I might steal it if I ever get wed!

  • Maria Falvey says:

    You look so happy – very contagious you know, lifted my mood right away. 😀

  • Mike says:

    Wow on 1 year and a VERY Happy Anniversary to you both, Jess! All of these photos are absolutely priceless but I really like that header pic! I speaks soooo many words in my opinion…like a bashful, tingling love between you two :)

    • Used York City says:

      Yay, thanks Mike! We really wanted Gillman to be in the photos, but it was in the 90’s that day and too hot for the little guy to be running around the park;-)

  • Awww…this is so sweet! I recently mentioned to Jave how we need to take some professional pics together. This is motivating me to do just that! Great pics, by the way. Don’t you just love Photoshop?!

    • Used York City says:

      Yay, I look forward to seeing YOUR pics on the blog!:-) Haha, it felt like the only photos we had together recently were selfies, so I’m definitely glad we took the time to do this!

  • Tamara says:

    This is wonderful. I was just thinking today about how every July we go to Provincetown and my daughter plays around a fountain. And the last two years I’ve taken photos there and I forgot my camera today! I want this to be a thing. It’s not too late.

    • Used York City says:

      That’s a great idea, Tamara! It will be lovely to make a scrapbook of all those fountain photos!:-)

  • This is a wonderful tradition to begin and document with annual photos. Today’s families are so fortunate to have digital cameras, but a professional photographer does an expert job of capturing the moment. As you can tell by my blog name, I have a few more married years to brag about – 53 to be exact. My blog stories is my way of documenting our life in a digital scrapbook.

    • Used York City says:

      Yay, congrats on the 53 years! Such an inspiration! And totally agree with the documenting your life via your blog…while most of my posts are city/travel related, I definitely post the occasional personal post (like this one!), which I’m sure will be great to have as the years go by!

  • Debbie says:

    Happy Anniversary! Lovely pics and what a great idea to take them every year. Wish we had thought of that. Hope you and hubby had a wonderful time :)

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    • Used York City says:

      Thanks Debbie!

      And ahhh with the CommentLuv! Will definitely be looking into that, so sorry!;-)

  • Scarlett says:

    You are SO pretty!! Such a cute idea, and happy anniversary!! x

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