Any Other Photo {Elizabeth and Zee}

It’s a real delight for us to feature a fellow Wedding Blogger and all-things-bridal-obsessive here on AnyOtherWedding-it’s so lovely to support and encourage the relationships we’re building and to celebrate the community we’re building. As always, it’s always fascinating and touching to discover what photo our readers treasure the most, it really makes you feel like you know the couple a little, doesn’t it? We are genuinely so pleased to present the beautiful Elizabeth from the chic and sweet Bridal Musings.


How can I possibly choose just one photo when I love so many of them? Especially our professional photos! Our photographer, Hannah MacGregor, did an amazing job of capturing the special moments of our day and making us all look rather lovely.
I adore the photos of me getting reading with my beautiful maids at my Aunt & Uncle’s house, and the shots of me having a cuddle with Putney, their old sheepdog who’s been with me through it all. (Yes, I realise it’s a strange name for a dog but my cousin, Emma, named him when she was too young to appreciate how weird it would be standing in the middle of Putney Common shouting ‘Putney’!) 
Or the photos of my dad giving me fatherly advice in the car on the way to the ceremony. Want to hear his pearls of wisdom? ‘Don’t do what your mother and I did’ (my mum and dad separated when I was 4 but have miraculously remained amicable.) Gee thanks Dad, that’s helpful!)
Of course there were lots of tender moments captured in the photos from the ceremony, including ‘the first kiss’, the gentle holding of hands and the infamous confetti shot. I think I bought too much confetti. Such was the explosion of horseshoes and bells that you could hardly see Zee & I through it all! But it’s still a brilliant photo!
Or how about the photos of our wonderful friends and family during the evening, chatting, laughing and throwing some serious shapes on the dancefloor? Or the photos from the photobooth that got sillier and sillier as the evening went on?
In the end, I chose the photo that I kept coming back to over and over again. The one which I was extremely reluctant to remove from my profile picture on Facebook. (It was past the 6 month mark and I felt I was milking the ‘Newlywed’ thing just a bit too much!) 
It’s a photo of Zee and I during our first dance (which I had been dreading as soon as we’d finished dessert). We hadn’t planned a dance, we were just going to do ‘the loved up shuffle’ but the thought of all eyes on us had me feeling very nervous. Why oh why hadn’t we hired a professional? Or at least practised a few moves in the comfort of our flat…alone? I’m not the most co-ordinated person at the best of times and Zee, well Zee was really rather tipsy!
In his tipsy state, Zee was loving being the centre of attention, doing some flashy, Arabic dance moves around me with his hands in the air, clapping away while I stood rigid with my hands covering my face, nervously laughing and secretly willing the dance to be over soon. But Zee took my hands and pulled me close for a hug & a quick kiss, then he spun me around and wrapped his big strong arms around me and we swayed softly from side to side.
As you can probably tell, it’s not a professional photo but it’s special to me because it captured the moment when I started to relax, forget about everyone watching, listen to the beautiful song and enjoy our first dance together as husband and wife, with Zee’s arms wrapped around me, protecting and comforting me.
In case you were wondering, the song was Otis Redding ‘These arms of mine’ which makes that photo even more perfect.
Thank you for featuring me on Any Other Wedding, ladies! I’m a big fan of your blog as I love how genuine, lovely and eloquent you both are. You offer us readers an intelligent and heart felt perspective on life, love and all things wedding!
Categories: Any Other Photo
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3 Comments

  1. Posted April 15, 2011 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    What a beautiful photo Elizabeth and a lovely story behind it :) x x

  2. Posted April 15, 2011 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Lovely – the words, pictures and more importantly the emotion. I say keep it as your profile picture.

  3. Katie
    Posted April 15, 2011 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    This may sound an odd think to say to a grown lady, but you and your husband look utterly adorable! Lovely post. x

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