Any Other Photo

We’re starting a series here, ladies. Oh yes. An actual once a week, lots of contributors, downright stonkingly fabulous series. It was all Clare’s idea-during one of our many conversations about the blog, life, carrot cake and everything in between, we got to discussing how your own favourite wedding photo is often one that no-one else would expect. Or that your favouite of someone else’s wedding photo’s might be one they’ve not given much though to. It’s all down to The Moment that’s been captured, really. And whoever captured that moment, be it your photographer or your Uncle or your 12 year old nephew-if that picture is the one that seals itself into your heart and behind your eyes-that’s the one. That’s the photo. Any Other Photo might be better composed, more technically perfect, show you in a better profile. But that photo, the one that makes you proud to just look at it-this is what we have to share with you over the coming weeks. From our readers and from other bloggers, the selection is just gorgeous. AND, we’re still accepting submissions! One photo and as few or as many words as you like to explain why it’s The One for you.

Without further ado, I give you mine.

I know. It’s not a picture of Phil and I looking dreamy and loved up and generally newlywed. We have LOTS of those and I do have my favourites of them, for sure. There’s several from the registry office where to look at us, you’d be certain we were the only 2 people in the world to have known love. There’s a confetti shot that I have as the background on my ‘phone, my work laptop, our home computer and as a giant wall adornment in our living room. There’s a picture of me that’s lovingly referred to as the ‘What was Katy Perry doing at your wedding? picture’…which I frickin’ LOVE. Obviously!
But this one, this picture, it makes my heart sing. The colours, the sunlight, the brothers-and-cousins who couldn’t ‘be cool’ and ignore the camera. The stream, the pile of shoes by the water’s edge, the rickety bridge that I had wanted to replace and the way the silk streamers had twisted themselves into the trees. This picture makes me smile. It is a picture of friends and family, sitting on mismatched chairs in their shorts and t-shirts. Of boys who, mere hours later, would be throwing each other into that freezing-cold-despite-the-30-degree-heat stream. It’s a shot of the beautiful grass that Phil spent months tending to and of the embankments he worked so hard to get ‘just right’.
It is this picture that prompts a thousand others in my head. The grass and the bridge take me back to the countless evenings and weekends Phil and I spent in the garden in the months before the wedding-precious hours we spent giggling and planting rose bushes and arguing about what was a weed and what wasn’t. Time we wouldn’t have had together if not for our wedding. The boys with their beer, sitting around their hay bales make me laugh every time. I’d consider hiring them out as wedding entertainment if there were a market for groups of ’pleasantly drunk, charmingly loud, will-shamelessly-chat-up-any-single-female-in-the-vicinty 18-21 year olds’. No? No massive demand for that? Shame…! In the background of this picture is Phil’s Uncle John, a helicopter engineer who speaks fluent Italian and has encyclopaedic knowledge of cider. He’s a.mazing. Also, quite, um, rotund, shall we say?! He broke 2 plastic garden chairs and one wooden one. In a row. This is impressive by any standards I think you’ll agree?! The silk streamers will forever be a reminder of the day before the wedding when all the boys went to the beach and all the girls decorated the garden. My best friends, my Mum, my aunties and godmothers all there in my garden, in shorts and bikini tops armed with string and scissors and tin cans and chair cushions galore. I can smell the fresh lemonade and the rose bushes when I think of that wonderful, hectic, busy and unforgettable day. I get all this and more everytime I look at this one picture. It’s more, far more, than a thousand words to me. It’s everything.
I also love to imagine where Phil and I were when the picture was being taken. It’s only of half the garden, were we in the other half with our other friends and family? Or was it taken whilst we had gone for a moment of peace out in the front garden, when a cavalcade of Hells Angels rode past the house and honked their horns at us in our wedding garb? Or during one of the bordering-on-hundreds of times that we snuck upstairs to gaze in wonder at our little cat and her four teeny kittens, born that very morning? The possibilities are endless. And that is why this picture of a garden is my favourite wedding photo. 9 months after the event and I can live the whole day, and the weeks before, all through this one shot.
Thank you, Mr Fazackarley.
Categories: Any Other Photo
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  1. Posted February 25, 2011 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    In the year that I've been scrutinising wedding blogs, your wedding is honestly the one that I'm most envious of. Your photos were so beautiful and the day looked like it was straight out of an Enid Blyton book – all ginger beer and sunshine.

  2. Posted February 25, 2011 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    A dreamy summer's day…. beautiful photo! I just love the flashes of colour.

    Pretty please can I submit a photo?? xx

  3. Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    @ Rach – Yes PLEASE! Your wedding was stunning and so different from either mine or Aisling's, so yes please (wait…did I say that already?) Anyone who would like to submit one is very welcome – just send us an email to anyotherwedding {at} with the picture and something around 200 – 500 words (ish – there are no word limites here) telling us about the picture.

    ALSO – Is Aisling's photo, and post, a real beauty or what?

  4. Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    oh Aisling you've written it so beautifully I can almost smell the roses, taste the lemonade and feel the love… Great picture, and writing.

  5. Posted February 25, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Wow, this is your garden? Where do you live- it looks amazing! I'm a relatively new follower so havent managed to read the back catalogue of posts yet- is there a link to your wedding itself, i'd love to see it, please!

  6. Posted February 25, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    Awe thank you so much! Once I get the disk back from the inlaws I'll get right on it!

    Perfect writing by Aisling as always, your writing is so evocative xx

  7. Posted February 25, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    @Pointy Pix-you win a prize for making Clare and I realise that my wedding should reall be here on this blog! Silly me! We live in a little village in Berkshire in the smallest cottage EVER with the biggest garden in the world…complete with stream! Please may you send us your 'Any Other Photo'? Thank you very much!

    @Laura-why, thank you! I voted for you over on RMW because your wedding sounded like it might be like ours on steroids! I cannot WAIT til you get wed, I really can't!

    Thanks for being lovely as always ladies, I do worry that I waffle sometimes so it's nice to know it's appreciated! Very excited to show you all these fabulous photos we've got for you!

  8. Anna K
    Posted February 26, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Love this post. Seriously. I love that you talk about the parts of a wedding that make the whole. Not just the glamorous stuff.

  9. Katie
    Posted February 27, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    Such a dreamy photo. Your wedding looks so relaxed, and utterly gorgeous.

  10. Posted March 2, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Will I be too late to submit once I get married in 6 weeks?? (eek!) xxx

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