So a few months ago Son and I celebrated our four year wedding anniversary. Time has absolutely flown by and we’re loving every single moment. It really feels like just yesterday that I was nervously waiting for her to walk down the aisle…and yet here we are four years on, with a little family of our own!
So naturally, I began to think of what I could give Son for her present. Google taught me that it is customary to give a gift of linen or flowers on the fourth anniversary. Google also suggested a contemporary alternative: appliances.
Hmmmm…linen/flowers or appliances. Tough decision. A bread maker is practical and romantic, right?
No it is not.
I’ll go with flowers. And photography.
So under the guise of a normal work day I headed off to the flower markets with Son none the wiser. I filled my car with as many flowers as I could fit and went to the studio for a day of medium format view camera fun (Sinar P3, 90mm, eVolution 75 33 mega pixel back for any gear geeks).
The shots below are the result and I managed to print and frame the first image of the tulips to give to Son on the day without her knowing a thing! It’s only the second time I’ve tried to keep something a secret from her; the first was organising the ring to propose and it is not something I enjoy. In fact I was so anxious in the lead up to the proposal that I was completely sick on the day and actually had to have a nap in between popping the question and going out to dinner to celebrate! Yep, I don’t do secrets very well! So it was with great pleasure and relief that after a couple of months of planning I was able to finally give her the print and see the big smile on her beautiful face!
Happy anniversary indeed.
Love you babe.