Normally I jump around and attempt to depict different moments or scenes from the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy in no particular order. Basically, if something pops into my head and I can completely picture how I would like to sketch and paint the piece, then I go from there. But since July 30 is most likely the date of Christian and Ana’s wedding (the exact date is never actually noted in the trilogy) I thought I would try to mark the occasion with a sketch. I have to admit, the date crept up on me and I found that I didn’t have enough time for a full illustration. Also, to be honest, I really want to take my time figuring out how to depict anything from the actual wedding (since again, the details from this part of the book was left a bit vague.)
With that in mind, I decided to look at their anniversary date from a bit of a different perspective…
Ever the one to stand on ceremony, this was not the first time Christian carried Ana over the threshold. But this seemed more ‘official’ since it took place where they called home. The first time–as they boarded his jet after their wedding–was more like he carried her over the threshold to what you could technically call their ‘honeymoon suite.’
The two enjoyed a wonderful time traveling through Europe and staying on a beautiful luxury yacht. But now, the honeymoon was quite literally over and it was back to Seattle and their home at Escala. Christian would soon be back dealing with his many mergers and acquisitions and Ana back to her position as editor at SIP. So, I decided to choose this particular moment to pay tribute to their wedding anniversary. As Christian carried his new bride Ana over the threshold, it marked the beginning of their new life as a married couple in the reality they had set aside during the three amazing weeks of their honeymoon.
Not that arriving back home and settling back into their usual routine would be at all dull or boring. As if they ever really experienced what most would call a ‘usual routine!’ Their relationship had progressed lightning fast and both had experienced a gamut of emotions and first experiences. But even after marrying, this did not at all mean they would now be settling down and into a uneventful married life. Not by a long shot! If anything, it strengthened their bond and just days after arriving home, all sorts of events–both good and bad–would end up testing it.
These two just never seem to get a chance to catch their breath, do they?!