After meeting with Iulia and John last spring, I had many months to look forward to the romantic Boone Hall wedding anniversary session that Iulia wanted to bring to fruition. Iulia is Russian and has been in New York for a while, teaching dance at a Fred Astaire studio. I asked her to recount the story she told me as we wandered Boone Hall Plantation, and her charming e-mailed version follows.
“My husband came to learn how to dance so that when he will go out he will be able to attract more women, because women always like to dance. And there is not that many guys out there knowing what they are doing. So he googled Fred Astaire Dance Studio and this is how it began.”
“I was not his teacher from the beginning; his teacher got sick one day and I substituted. After that I have never switched my dance partner again. 🙂 We danced for couple months and we decided to be friends, but we both knew there was so much more than that. We have been together for a little more then five years now. Two years ago, during our dance class, John proposed to me in the middle of it, saying that this is our second beginning at the same place. We got engaged on April 7th, and a few days later, we got married at the court.”
“We did not have a wedding, and for the family and friends, we have decided to have our vow exchange ceremony on our fifth wedding anniversary, so they all will be able to celebrate it with us. Different couples do it their own way, but we both always knew, that once we have decided to be together, we wouldn’t be a couple who is engaged for a year or two.”
“As for wedding pictures we had a gorgeous photo shoot at Lyndhurst Castle
at Tarrytown, New York. I was wearing a long raspberry wedding dress. We had so much fun that day, but also wanted to do it more traditionally. I am a very romantic person, so John had found this unbelievably beautiful plantation, and he took me there one weekend, probably by seeing how happy I am there, and how I completely fell in love with the place, he offered to do second year anniversary wedding shoot, and it was such a great time together! Everything was simple, but so unusual at the same time. We both felt like we were getting married again.”
“Thank you so much Jennifer so making it so special to us! We both love the photos, and now we have so many warm and happy memories from Boone Hall Plantation.
Iulia and John, thanks so much for choosing me to document your dreamy anniversary session!