Providence, RI: Our Anniversary Trip | Personal | Maryland Personal Branding Photographer
Time for a Trip!
Travel is one of my favorite things to do. I get to take pictures, see a new place, eat new food (okay not really new food, but it’s definitely different from my usual) and this time I got to go with my sweetie. We were celebrating 5 years of being together and I wanted to do something special. Something that would only last a weekend, since we both had work, but was far enough away that it would feel like a getaway. That is how we settled on Providence, RI. Our initial reason for going was to see the Little Italy and the Waterfire. Unfortunately, we got there a bit too early and missed those. BUT that’s a perfect reason to go back, so no regrets! Providence was such a bustling and fun downtown area! And the spring blooms were just starting so the pops of pink just made my day. One of my favorite spots has got to be the Athaneum. This sweet little library is straight out a storybook (up the steepest hill imaginable) and not only did I find a new read there, but it was so nice to just sit together in the confines of bookshelves while the rain pounded down on the windows, lost in our stories. Something truly calming and magical about that moment…Speaking of magical, did I forget to mention the state house and it’s grandiose presence? Just walking up to it, I immediately understood almost immediately why it is a preferred engagement session spot. It was just so elegant and refined. I admit, I imagined my fair share of shoots happening at this location, and may have gotten lost in my own mind for a while.
How it began…
I mean when you think about it, it’s really not that long of a time, but every second of those 5 years has made me so very happy. Knowing this person more and more and growing together. It’s beautiful. I admit there are days where I get more than little impatient with him, but that’s to be expected every now and then. When I think back on that first day we met, I can’t help but smile. I was soooo late because (wait for it) I couldn’t park in those tiny little spots! Figures right? But eventually I braved the parking and made it to our meeting. We talked about movies, our families, and ofcourse our churches and the communities we had built over these past few years. One of the things that I made absolutely mandatory whilst using a dating app, was he had to be Christian. It took maybe a few months in before Corey and I connected. His profile pic was handsome and he had a kind smile, so I kept reading and was overjoyed (no. not joking. You have no idea how hard it is to find a christian on this app) when I saw that he too was very attached to his church and faith. I had to know more. So after a few weeks of texting I asked him if he wanted to meet. (I know, I never expected something so brave out of myself). That meeting went so well, it turned into a date after we left the restaurant. We walked and talked for hours while the time just passed us by. It is one of my fondest memories.
It’s All About the Food!
After planning our trip I was expecting Italian food like you wouldn’t believe, but instead I found a huge melting pot of options. It’s interesting how these travel sites misread a town. There was Korean, Japanese, American, you name it. It was there. Since food is a huge part of travel, we made to sure to check out the local bars. He tried the drinks. I tried the food. Nachos one night (we had just been held up in a 2+ our delay so the munchies were very evident. Then pretzel waffles a la mode. It does not taste like what you expect it to, but MAN was it GOOD! Dinner consisted of burgers and fries one night…. and back to that same place for fries that next night. What can I say? If I find good french fries I want them more than once.
A Simple Lesson
And then when I ate breakfast at the hotel! MAN! That was the BEST brioche french toast yet! Brioche and I don’t usually mix. It’s usually way to thick and hard for me, so I tend to avoid it. I decided to be adventurous though and tried it. This french toast was not thick nor hard. It was soft and perfect. Honestly just what I needed to do this hike we had coming up at Beavertail. I never would’ve found this place had it not been for another blogger, so yay for bloggers! When we got there the sun was out and shining oh so beautifully on the crashing waves. And then in a whole 2 minutes, the sky opened and rain poured down. ( Mind you it had been raining all weekend, so this really shouldn’t have been a surprise) This was probably the hardest part of the trip for me, because I had to leave my camera behind. Major withdrawal occurred and I found myself continually starring at my hand, waiting for the rain to stop. I regret this behavior as I really missed out on a great moment of appreciating the natural beauty God created in this place. But every adventure has a lesson and this was surely mine. I stopped starring at my hand, took my sweeties hand instead and let him lead me around the cliffs. I forgot how balanced he was from his days of rock climbing, as he was the perfect support I needed to navigate the hike. (Otherwise there would have been a lot of tripping)
Meant to Be
Just as we were getting ready to leave, the rain stopped and I shamefully admit I was back at the car with camera in hand in less than 2 seconds flat. Something to work on I suppose. We went back to my favorite spots for those shots I wanted to get better quality images of and captured the moments I so desperately wanted to photograph. While we stood there holding each other waiting for the shutter to click, I looked up at him and had a brief moment of happiness flit on by. It was strange, but I suppose that is what happens when you are moving a mile a minute.