I have said it so many times before, yet it still remains true – the best part about being a wedding photographer is the people you meet. While shooting my first Indian wedding, I was introduced to Pavan, a fellow photographer with an amazing eye for design. (In addition to being a photographer, she is also an avid painter and produces beautiful work.) After seeing some of my work, she asked if I would help her and her husband Sam start a new tradition – taking photos of them celebrating their anniversary while surrounded by symbolic things from the past year. Pavan hopes to continue this event every year with new things, in new places, creating new memories. Her and Sam live in downtown Detroit and have traveled expensively this past year, visiting Paris, Amsterdam, and various other places, where the picked up the souvenirs surrounding them. One of the most unique of those items is the rug they are sitting on, handmade by Pavan’s grandma. Together, they celebrated their first year of marriage, tried their cake (spoiler: it was very dry), and opened cards and advice their wedding guests wrote to them for every year of their marriage. While the sun set on Belle Isle, Sam and Pavan enjoyed a glass of their favorite port and looked forward to another year together.