Today we venture to that most romantic getaway city, Paris, for a little coffee shop excursion with Hannah & Anthony, captured so beautifully by Shay Photography.
from the photographer: “I always wanted to do a photo shoot in Paris, that would capture the essence of the city. This is how I see Paris. It is the city of love, passion and romance. Walking down the streets of Paris we see couples enjoying their coffee, stealing a kiss and enjoying the moment. I was really happy when Hannah and Anthony agreed to this idea. You know when things are right and that is exactly how I felt while I was shooting.”
How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another?
Anthony and I met through mutual friends our senior year in college. He added me on Facebook the next day and we hit it off instantly. We went on our first date a few days later and spent hours just chatting in a coffee shop. We’ve been together ever since. The first week we spent a lot of time together, and we were worried that it would be weird or too much. We just realized early on that we love spending time together and stopped worrying what other people might think about it!
Anthony: My first impression of her was that she was not only beautiful, but easy to have a conversation with and shared the same taste in music as me.
Hannah: My first impression of him was that he was super smart and hardworking and a gentleman, and just really easy to be around.
Tell us a funny story relating to your wedding day or relationship!
Anthony never had pets growing up, and I’ve always been a cat person. I got two kittens shortly after we started dating and I could tell Anthony didn’t really know how to interact with them. However, he quickly grew into a cat person himself. When we moved in together, we both wanted another cat. I never thought I would end up with someone who wouldn’t say no every time I wanted another pet. Now he’s the best cat dad and might actually be more of a cat person than I am!
Anthony and I went to Paris together and did an engagement session with Shay Photography. I love having photos taken of us and Anthony is always such a good sport about playing model for a few hours. I knew I wanted some photos of our time in Paris, and Shay captured it so perfectly!
Describe a hurdle you had to overcome in your relationship or during your wedding planning.
I’m a wedding photographer, so it’s hard to “turn off” the wedding shopping mode. I got a dress right after we got engaged, and was so indecisive that I ended up buying two more wedding dresses before finally picking THE one.
Any special ways you incorporated your family or family history into your wedding day?
Anthony is half Italian and I am half Mexican, so we wanted to incorporate both types of cuisine into our wedding menu. We decided to do a pasta bar and a taco bar to highlight both of our cultures. We also will have a table featuring wedding photos from both sides of our families (parents, grandparents, etc.) and I think that will be really special.
What part of your wedding day was/is most important to you?
As a photographer, I naturally was very specific with the photography element of the wedding. We also really wanted our reception space to make a statement, so we’ve put a lot of time and effort into perfecting the details.
What is the best thing you’ve learned from one another?
We have learned together how to truly be a support system. We are each others’ biggest fans and supporters, and it’s so important to have that in a relationship and successful marriage.
What is your favorite thing about each other?
Anthony: My favorite part about her is how much fun it is to hang out regardless of where we are or what we’re doing.
Hannah: My favorite part about him is that he’s extremely supportive of all of my endeavors and always makes me feel like I’m important.
What was your favorite part about planning your wedding?
The design! We’ve had so much fun imagining our tablescapes and other touches.
If you had one piece of advice for other couples, what would it be?
Learn early on how to communicate with each other. It’s okay to disagree, but doing so from a place of respect and understanding is crucial for a successful relationship.
What is the most honest thing you can say about love?
Love doesn’t need to be hard.