New Year’s Eve is a time to move forward. It’s a time to reflect and a time to appreciate the past. As the clock ticks down to midnight, a whole new year with brand new expectations awaits us. Maybe you’ve gone through challenges or hardship, and look to the future as a bright light of hope. Maybe you’ve had a year of bliss, and you wish to cherish those moments and hold on to them for 2016.
New Year’s Eve holds a special place in my heart. It is the day that Grant proposed, several years ago underneath the fireworks in Central Park. We spent years traveling to see each other, until he finally took a leap of faith and moved to Manhattan, to spend our lives together. In honor of New Year’s Eve, and our special day, we chose to shoot our New Year’s post in some of the iconic places we visit on our adventures together.
Our first stop was the Brooklyn Bridge. Shooting photos on the bridge in an epic ball gown (similar here), thrilled me, yet intimidated me at the same time. I woke up at 4:30 am to get ready, creating my evening look for our shoot on the bridge. I started on my makeup, with a dramatic look. I did a smoky eye, rosy cheeks, and a magenta lip. Next I worked on styling my hair. I created soft curls, pulled through them, and swept my hair to one side. I added a crystal headband to complete the look. I wore statement crystal earrings (similar here), as well as a statement crystal bracelet.
I then stepped into the black, beauty of a gown, which is larger than than life. It had layers upon layers of tulle, and was embellished with gunmetal crystals to create a shimmering look. Since I wore crystal jewelry, I added crystallized pumps (similar here) as well and my look was finished.
We were off, traveling to lower Manhattan, in the freezing temps, early on a Sunday morning to tackle the shoot. City lights twinkled from the car window, and I was filled with anxious excitement. Together, Grant and I stood on the bridge, as the rest of the city slept. The sun rose over Manhattan, and we watched. That moment that felt irreplaceable. We spent time shooting for awhile, as I twirled and whirled, dancing into the sunlight.
Our next location was Central Park. I traveled up the stairs near Bethesda Fountain, my dress trailing behind, feeling the evening glow of the light above me. It was surreal.
In the New Year, this is my wish for you. Do the impossible. Doubt yourself. Terrify yourself. Do it anyway, and above all, believe in yourself. Dare to dream, and never give up. Travel through space and time with love, and an open heart.
If you are out there, reading this right now, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I wish you a year of adventure, love, and happiness. Cheers and best wishes for 2016, Beauties! “Life is short. Wear sequins and enjoy the party.”