Rob & Jessica | Buffalo River State Park Anniversary Pictures

Pictures by Chelsea Joy Photography, a North Dakota wedding photographer.

Fargo, North Dakota anniversary photos

Rob, Jessica, and I headed out to Buffalo State Park to take advantage of the gorgeous fall colors for their anniversary pictures!

Buffalo River State Park couples photos - Chelsea Joy Photography
Fargo, ND anniversary photos - Chelsea Joy Photography

There's something special about anniversary photos. For many couples, the last time they get professional photos of just the two of them is their wedding day.

And that's a shame. Even though your wedding day is a big day of celebration, that's when your marriage and love is still fairly new. To catch a couple after that big day, when their marriage has had a chance to grow and your love deepens...what a treat!

Fargo, North Dakota couples photos - Chelsea Joy Photography

Rob and Jessica's anniversary session makes that apparent.

This couple celebrated their 5th anniversary in September 2017!

Fargo, North Dakota couples photos - Chelsea Joy Photography
Fargo, ND anniversary photos - Chelsea Joy Photography

Seriously, that's amazing. Five years! I can't wait to hit that landmark with my spouse. In my experience, marriage just gets better with time. Rob and Jessica confirm that belief for me.

Fargo, North Dakota anniversary photos - Chelsea Joy Photography

The weather wasn't what we hoped it would be, but the gloom and drizzle didn't stop us from dancing in the sumac, chasing frogs, and oggling over the deer we chanced upon. Oh, and the pictures? Simpy stunning.

North Dakota anniversary photos - Chelsea Joy Photography

When a couple interacts like this, my job is that much easier. The way husband and wife comfortably hold each other, gaze at one another with a deep, knowing love. The whispers in each others' ears and the laughs that follow. 

Buffalo River State Park anniversary photos - Chelsea Joy Photography
North Dakota couples photos - Chelsea Joy Photography

Okay, quick rewind. Jess told me something that blew my mind because of how positively cinematic it is. These two met at Tailgator's in Fargo. See, Jessica's family owns the place, so naturally she worked there as a young adult. Rob was a regular, and he fell head over heels for Jess.

Fargo, ND anniversary photos - Chelsea Joy Photography
Fargo, North Dakota couples photos - Chelsea Joy Photography
North Dakota couples photos - Chelsea Joy Photography

Jessica thought he was crazy, and repeatedly deflected his attempts to date her. I mean, date a customer? Especially a customer who was clearly older than her (even though he told her he was younger)? No way! But eventually, she realized she kinda liked him, too. The rest is history, as they say.

Fargo, ND engagement photos - Chelsea Joy Photography

As the light faded and our session came to a close, Rob and Jess opened a bottle of wine. The lovebirds enjoyed a glass and watched the river for a while. A quiet, relaxing way to end the evening.

Fargo, ND couples photos - Chelsea Joy Photography
Fargo, North Dakota engagement photos - Chelsea Joy Photography

Happy anniversary, Rob and Jessica! Here's to many more years!