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HowAboutWe…

After our first year of marriage we decided it was important to keep dating each other…to keep discovering, learning and growing together. Thanks to HowAboutWe’s new service for couples, for those of us who want to “stay in love”, we have been able to easily achieve this goal we have set. Of course we still do the classic nights at the ballet and all those oh-so-glamorous events as dates, but with HowAboutWe we get to really do something different. Last month we tried our hand at glass blowing (I now show off our lopsided glasses on photo shoots at the studio like a proud parent) and this month it was a hot air balloon ride, planned and booked through the HowAboutWe Concierge! The concierge service allows you to make special one of a kind dates like this one with the help of a HowAboutWe planning expert…perfect for celebrating anniversaries, planning a baby moon, or setting up the proposal just so…

I don’t know if you guys caught this but we just bought our first car! I’m still trying to name her (deciding between Jolene because she is a lady that has been around, you know, Khaleesi because she is such a queen, or E.H. Yuppie…you know, to celebrate the 80′s). So I really wanted a date where we could drive out of the city! Such an exciting new adventure!

      

Watching the balloons take shape… feeling very trepidatious!

We can’t stop being photographers. With such a cool new experience, we wanted to capture the moments. Also, Kevin looked so cute in his L.L. Bean Signature fall wardrobe (remember THIS trip?!)…an autumn sweater with flannel / plaid lined jacket and classic fall lace ups.

I was so amazed at the landscape from this angle. No smudgy airplane window to try to shoot from, totally clear horizons, the feel of the morning sun on my face and the heat from the flames keeping us warm on this brisk autumn morning. We could look at life from a new perspective. As we began to emerge just over the tree tops, looking at small-town America from a bird’s eye view reminded me of Gregory Crewdson’s work and the way he visually tells the story of American life.

I’ll be honest, as we went up! up! up! I began to feel fear – not of heights but of this totally new sensation…nothing holding me in or down, no engines, no 5 minute safety talk on what to do in case of an emergency. Just you and space. I wondered if we’d ever stop going up! But once I got used to this weightlessness, it began to become enchanting…as if we were lovebirds soaring over the Hudson Valley landscape. What seemed like a cloudy day on the ground was now a sparkling golden sunrise over a valley of low lying fog. There would be moments of total silence, your visual senses taking over.

I HAD felt this sensation before… I remembered… in a dream. One where I floated over the heavens. But on this day, I got to do it with my love by my side. Now that’s a dream worth living…

           

Landed! Survived! Take a picture to remember!

Fall is my *favorite* season. The colors, the way you can cozy up to a fire but not freeze your buns off in the day. After our MAINE trip I’ve been itching to wear the L.L. Bean Signature staples: Quilted jacket, white button up, ALWAYS riding boots, Elizabeth & James fitted jeans, my favorite autumn scarf I got from the souk on this trip with my Ralph Lauren saddle bag I’ve had since then.

      

We continued the date by driving north to the town of Rhinebeck, NY. I love this place. It’s tiny, it’s charming, it has the most beautiful farm houses, and it’s full of personal memories: we spent an Oscar night at this movie theatre once!

The food and shopping here is excellent. Our favorite haunts are Gigi’s for the pizza (I heard Bill Clinton loves it here too!), Market for the ambiance, The Local for an interesting new menu, Mercato for every reason under the sun, shopping for the studio at Hammertown,  for gifts at Paper Trail, for me at the Beekman Arms Antique Mall, for him at Oliver Kita chocolatier, and for dreams- one day I will do THIS.

I found one of my favorite photography books at Hammertown signed and some new napkins for the studio.

It can be such a small world!… I loved coming across Leilani Bishop’s three oil scents at this little boutique shop! Remember when I shot her HERE?

What can I say, just because you’re married doesn’t mean you have to stop dating! Our friends at HowAboutWe offered $50 OFF any date in their collection (GUYS, ARE YOU LISTENING?) by clicking here. Obvi you need to become a member, but a member of love?… sign me up. Xx

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  • http://scrapsofmylove.tumblr.com/ Arzoo Amer

    You and Kevin are absolutely adorable! The opening shot is absolutely majestic and this entire post made me feel so warm and fuzzy for love, autumn and keeping romance alive even after marriage! Hoping HowAboutWe comes to the DC area soon so I can find new adventures with the hubby! And congrats on the new car, she’s a beauty and definitely looks like a Jolene to me! :)

    • http://annstreetstudio.com/ Jamie Beck

      hahahaha, thanks doll! :)
      I’m sure they will expand to DC one day, it’s really SO. MUCH. FUN.
      ps- i just started watching Scandal speaking of DC!

      • http://scrapsofmylove.tumblr.com/ Arzoo Amer

        Ooo I’ve heard good things about Scandal, I’ll have to check it out! I found House Of Cards on Netflix right before the Emmy’s this year and that’s pretty amazing and set in DC too if you’re looking for a new show! You won’t be disappointed!!

  • Clémence.

    I can’t get over the perfection of this shoot. The whole article kept me flying, grazing clouds and fantastic landscapes. The pictures are so vibrant (oh, those autumn colours)…

    • http://annstreetstudio.com/ Jamie Beck

      Such a dreamy comment :)

  • http://francieidette.blogspot.com/ Francie Idette (Federica Tenti

    oh my god! I’m so in love with this, I should definitely try it

  • http://www.luvandkiwi.com/ Tish

    I want to tag along for a day… Just a day. You’re one of those classic iconic women…up there with Katherine, Amelia…

    • http://annstreetstudio.com/ Jamie Beck

      Xoxo

      • http://www.luvandkiwi.com/ Tish

        The next time you’re in LA…or Kansas City for that matter (my hometown) :) You have a free shadow!

  • http://www.luvandkiwi.com/ Tish

    Ps…”Jolene, please don’t take him just because you can”

  • Tarragona IN

    What a nice love moment!!!! Thank you for sharing it :o)
    http://tarragonain.blogspot.com.es

  • http://www.NameNecklaceSale.com/ Dana Name Necklace

    my dream is to do a safari but with hot air balloon instead the regular 4×4

  • http://www.thankfifi.com/ thankfifi

    this looks just incredible – your shots always set the most perfect scene in my minds eye

    Thankfifi

  • http://www.chevronsandeclairs.com/ Supal

    This is so romantic and dreamy! What an adventure! x

  • raggiante

    wow… nice, perfect adventure to experience with your sweetheart, but I like better to sit on my chair and watch your gorgeous photos!

  • http://barefoot-duchess.blogspot.gr/ barefoot duchess blog

    even on an air balloon you have great tailored style! love you!

  • Marsha @ Splenderosa

    I have just discovered your beautiful website and blog. How absolutely splendid it is.
    Brilliant post about the hot air balloon, the continuing to date, etc. And, I really love the pics of your departure showing the cow in it’s pasture. I would really like to speak with you guys. My name is Marsha Harris Scott, email is
    splenderosa@gmail.com
    my blog is
    http://www.splenderosa.blogspot.com/
    xx’s

  • candace

    jamie and kevin, once again thank you for your sharing your experience. my husband and i just celebrated our 1 yr anniverary 10/13. i am going to join the website – your photographs are incredible –
    have a wonderful week – your fan in houston, tx
    candace

    • http://annstreetstudio.com/ Jamie Beck

      Happy Anniversary Candace! Any amazing plans? We looked at our wedding photos and tried to recount every last detail on our anniversay. :)

      • candace

        my husband’s business schedule has kept him traveling this month, but we did spend the night of our anniversay at a romantic resturant that had a wonderful jazz band playing. and i did spend the day going through the photos. the one thing i regret since we were on a budget i did not have a professional photographer.
        anyway as always thank you for sharing.

  • http://cuddledays.blogspot.pt/ Micaela Vieira

    Hello! I’ve just discovered your blog (I don’t know why it took so long)! So pretty! Your photos are so inspiring! Love the colors, the perspectives.. Just wow! Great quality! Fantastic work! Best success!

  • http://endlesslyenraptured.com/ Jade Sheldon

    I must admit, my knees begin to knock just thinking about getting in a hot air balloon, haha! But it is definitely a goal of mind to take a trip in the sky in one of them someday. Fall is hands down my favorite too. I feel very blessed to have been born and raised in the Pacific Northwest where I get to really experience it. And I have to say I LOVE your new car! How fun!!

  • Molly {Dreams in HD}

    oh my gosh these photos are absolutely breathtaking. the colors are perfect! and i definitely am getting my BF to sign up on HowAboutWe as we speak :)

    Molly {Dreams in HD}
    http://dreamsinhd.blogspot.com/

  • Hannah

    I grew up in Red Hook, the town neighboring Rhinebeck, and it’s so exciting to see people exploring the area! Papertrail was my friends’ and my favorite shop in High School it has the loveliest selection of knick-knacks and stationary. Mercato is around the corner from my parents’ house in Red Hook, although I’ve never eaten there because it appeared as I was leaving for college. Upstate films is where I saw Pan’s Labrynth, Juno, Bend it like Beckham (my friends’ dad rented out the place just for us when we were twelve!!), and many more and I LOVE that you mentioned it.

    It’s strange how giddy it makes me to hear about the area, but it really really is full of treasures.

    Beautiful photos! (as always)

  • http://feedmewithart.tumblr.com/ Francois Bresmal

    Jamie, Kevin. You had me once again. I just cannot handle so much beauty and I’m meaning every word out of it. The first picture had me dropping my jaws on my keyboard for 10 minutes then I told my friend who dropped hers too. The shots of the landscapes with the sunrise & the fog are… breathtaking is not strong enough. I really cannot tell what I’m feeling right now. And thank you for the Gregory Crewdson reference, I fell in love with him ♥ -F, your loyal Belgian admirateur