Year 1 // The Paper Anniversary

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ASOS pleated dress sz 0 (length cut shorter – no sewing needed; similar),
Manolo Blahnik shoes (similar here or here), Baublebar earrings (also sold here)

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Last week Nick and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary and 12 years of being together … my, how time flies! Apparently paper is the traditional gift for a first anniversary which I was unaware of (now that I’m privy to the list, however, I have no excuse for future years ; ). I woke up to a sweet note and these framed paper prints, with words from Nick’s wedding vows. I had been aimlessly print shopping for the barren walls in our home, and these were so much more meaningful than anything I could’ve found.

paper first year anniversary gift vows prints


Some of you may recognize these shoes from our wedding post…I had hand-stitched on crystal bracelets across the front to jazz them up a bit, which I then snipped off after the big day to make them more versatile. I got the idea from a creative friend who hot glue-gunned bracelets to her shoes, which is of course more permanent, but so much quicker and easier for fellow DIY enthusiasts!

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I got lots of questions on this dress which is now low in sizes, but it’s been fully restocked once already so I’m hopeful it will be again! It doesn’t hurt to bookmark the page and check back in the mornings. I’m wearing a regular size US 0 with several inches cut off the bottom. It was originally an unfinished hem so I just took scissors to it for a customized length, with no sewing needed (the nature of the fabric does not seem fray-prone). It has a lot of stretch and give to it, and I’ve tried on my friend’s size 2 in the same dress as well and it fit fine for a flowy look. Btw, if you liked my yellow maxi skirt from a prior post, ASOS just came out with an affordable pleated yellow skirt in petite sizing. The skirt I have was in regular sizing and needed lots of alterations, but ASOS petites sizing runs very small so this one should fit shorter ladies off the rack.

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We couldn’t resist popping into the Boston library, and taking some photos at the same spot where we said our I do’s. I was inspired by our friends Darren and Khatu who go back to where they got married each year and take a pictures together. I can only imagine looking back on all the photos one day and remembering the memories and milestones that each year held. I’m so excited to be their photographer this year, as she’ll be sporting an almost 9-month bump!

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Do you guys celebrate anniversaries with the traditional gifts? I’d love to hear some of your favorite anniversary traditions, or about the gifts you found most creative or meaningful!


44 thoughts on “Year 1 // The Paper Anniversary

  • Reply Maria Abad July 5, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    Such cute photos, congrats on your anniversary. I love the twirl shots, I tried to do something similar while a shooting a twirl perfect dress and they came out blurry. I like the neck cut and the color on this pleated maxi dress. Have a great rest of your week.
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  • Reply Kblossoms July 5, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Taking trips is what we do for our anniversary

  • Reply Julia W July 5, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    You two are such wonderful style and relationship role models! ♥

  • Reply Uyen July 6, 2016 at 1:40 am

    Congrats on your anniversary! Such a beautiful couple!


  • Reply Meghan July 6, 2016 at 2:47 am

    Congratulations on your anniversary!! Me and my boyfriend don't really exchange gifts. We do go out and celebrate each other's company 🙂

    Meghan |

  • Reply Trang Do July 6, 2016 at 2:47 am

    Gorgeous dress!! You are so beautiful!
    Love from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  • Reply Dressed With Soul July 6, 2016 at 2:51 am

    You look like a very beautiful princess in the wonderful blue dress!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  • Reply Chloe Zee July 6, 2016 at 2:54 am

    Happy Anniversary! Looking forward to future celebrations

  • Reply Petite and So What July 6, 2016 at 3:40 am

    Happy Anniversary!!! <3
    Your outfit is awesome, in love with this long blue dress! <3

    Julie, Petite and So What?

  • Reply La Bijoux Bella | by mia July 6, 2016 at 4:09 am

    Simply beautiful! 🙂

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  • Reply Kristina July 6, 2016 at 7:18 am

    You are positively glowing in that first shot! Congratulations on your anniversary!

  • Reply Cheyanne Jordan July 6, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Beautiful dress!

  • Reply Tara | The Mix July 6, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Happy Anniversary!

  • Reply Julie Hiller July 6, 2016 at 10:35 am

    I love how flowy and pretty that dress is! It's a great color.

    It sounds like you had a great anniversary. Your husband is so sweet!

    Lifestyle by Joules

  • Reply Sharan Kaur July 6, 2016 at 10:43 am

    Happy anniversary! You both are SO adorable! Love your dress!


  • Reply Keri H July 6, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Omg the photos with you and your husband warm my heart!! Looks like it's straight out of a film. So beautiful!

    Enclothed Cognition

  • Reply BW02 July 6, 2016 at 11:17 am

    We usually go out for dinner for anniversaries. I'm also thinking of continuing the whole, "Book a couples photoshoot at grand travel destinations," like I had done for us in Paris. I like the idea especially because we both like to travel – myself a little more (I would even go alone) – and it's a fun – albeit expensive – couples activity. PLUS a momento!

  • Reply affecionada July 6, 2016 at 11:35 am

    That dress, these photos, and that location! The writing and the prints made me tear up – they reminded me of the clip of your wedding. Happy anniversary! x

    Jen | affecionada

  • Reply Rach101601 July 6, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Hi, Jean!! What a thoughtful anniversary gift! Stunning photos! Happy Anniversary! I'm keeping my eye out for this dress to come back in size 0. Meanwhile would you mind linking your previous post in which you mention a similar yellow, pleated skirt? I don't recall it, for some reason! Would love to see how you styled it. Thank you so much!

  • Reply The Short (dis)Order Cook July 6, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    I don't know why I never thought to do the traditional gifts. Every anniversary (and it's almost 15 years now) seems to bring something new. Sometimes we plan it and sometimes we wing it. We never neglect to celebrate. Maybe I should try to be traditional this year.

    12 years??? You are patient! After dating my husband for 2 years I was on the brink of giving him the "Sh*t or get off the pot" talk." 😀

    I love those shoes so much! I always have trouble finding shoes in blue and yet I always want them because I have so much blue in my wardrobe.

  • Reply BE MY MEMORIES July 6, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Happy Anniversary!! You both are amazing 🙂



  • Reply Lo July 6, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Happy Anniversary, and gorgeous photos, as usual!! We did plane tickets for the paper anniversary and took a trip, and for the second one, cotton, we got plush robes to go in our new master bath for the house we'd built that finished just weeks before our second anniversary (and ironically found to feel just like the robes we loved on the trip we took from the first anniversary!). Hoping the leather coming up this year gives us a good excuse to go jacket shopping since our anniversary is in the fall!

  • Reply Carol P July 6, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Gorgeous as always!

  • Reply Joyce Pak July 6, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    Congratulations, I can't believe that it's already been one full year! Nick is so sweet and these photos look amazing 🙂

    Characters & Carry-ons

  • Reply Valeri July 6, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Sweet paper gift from your man. I love it. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply THE NEON FACTOR | Diana July 6, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    Your dress is so beautiful!
    ||D I A N A||

  • Reply Maggie Zemanek July 6, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Happy anniversary!! My husband and I are at one and a half years and didn't do the traditional gift for our first year… But I might need to start!!

  • Reply Diane Hoang July 6, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    You two are so cute! 12 years is such a long time, wow! I've never heard of a paper anniversary, but I'm glad that you brought it up because I know now 🙂

    xx, Diane ||

  • Reply Sophie Stewart July 7, 2016 at 5:39 am

    Beautiful dress! Sophie x

  • Reply Kristie Glenn July 7, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Congratulations and such you're such a beautiful couple. That dress is everything!!

  • Reply Fashion Fills Your Heart July 7, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Such a wonderful post! Congratulations!

  • Reply mary July 7, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    I love the prints! Did you have them made somewhere? Would love to see the source if possible!

  • Reply t'sshania July 7, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    You look stunning in that dress, and such cute photos love!.

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  • Reply Linda Tran July 7, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Oh my god, happy anniversary to you two! You look absolutely lovely! 🙂

  • Reply Julia Mazzucato July 7, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Happy anniversary! I remember watching your wedding video (and tearing up) like it was yesterday! You look gorgeous and so happy.
    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

  • Reply Jean July 7, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Hi! Thank you…and here you go! It's a winter-y post but for summer I've worn it with a cropped top or camisole tucked in.

  • Reply Jean July 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Congrats on almost 15! That's definitely something to celebrate this year. And yes I was very patient and it eventually paid off, ha ; )

  • Reply Jean July 7, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    I love those ideas!! Sentimental and utilitarian as well : )

  • Reply Jean July 7, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    Thank you! Ah I wish I could help, but I think he had a friend of ours do it.

  • Reply Jean July 7, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    I love just a dinner out as well, but any excuse to travel the world with a loved one (and potentially take pretty photos together) is a good one for me!

  • Reply Liz Perry July 10, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Your husband's gift to you is so awesome! My husband & I also celebrate our anniversary with traditional gifts – but we usually put a spin on it. We just celebrated 4 years of marriage (fruit/flowers or appliances). In lieu of appliances my husband got me some much-desired cooking supplies. I got him a coordinating pocket square & tie, and the pocket square had a floral pattern. 🙂 LOVE your ASOS dress and your anniversary picture idea!!

  • Reply Jen July 15, 2016 at 2:57 am

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  • Reply Jen July 15, 2016 at 3:00 am

    I'm a little late, but happy anniversary! What a great way to celebrate 🙂

    I did have a few questions in regards to the dress:

    -I noticed the material of the dress if heavier than I am used to. That being so, how do you store it–is hanging it okay or will that weigh the straps down and cause them to stretch?

    -Since it is a pleated dress, is it okay to steam it to get any wrinkles out?

    Thank you!

  • Reply Olga Żak Ms.WildHead July 18, 2016 at 8:43 am

    You look so beautiful here. The last pic is awesome 😀

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