Any Other Photo {Amy and Alastair}

When Amy sent me her submission for Any Other Photo, it had me grinning all day. Like a loon. Her enthusiasm had me right back at this moment last July. I was lucky enough to be a guest at this wedding and let me tell you; I have never attended a ceremony as filled with love and laughter as this one. Amy’s photo reminds us all of what a wedding ceremony can be, if you let it, and if you lose yourself in the moment.

You don’t need to know Amy and Al to be able to see, through this photo, how happy they make each other. I love the sheer concentration on the faces of the guests, the oh-we-shouldn’t-but-oh-look-we-ARE of the bride and groom, the joy, the love, and this is a perfect moment captured.

Without further ado I hand you over to Amy:

Photography by J K Photography

This picture was taken quite near the beginning of the ceremony, at The Pump House in Battersea Park. Our wedding wasn’t until 5pm, so after all the planning, all the build up of the day, I’d had a whole day to get into “oh my god I’m going to be a wife!” mode, getting through about 3 bottles of Bucks Fizz, my dad literally squeezing my hand off as we walked into the ceremony room .. you’d imagine this would be the one bit of the day I’d be really serious.

It was our fault really. We decided we would get everyone there to relax with each other by singing a song together – and we chose “Going To The Chapel”. However, as the ceremony was non-religious, we were told that the guests weren’t allowed to sing “Chapel” because of the religious connotations, and if anyone actually sang “Chapel” someone would stop the ceremony. So! We improvised, and instead we had to print in the programme in BIG letters that, instead, we were “Going to the PUMPHOUSE and we’re going to get maaarried, going to the PUMPHOUSE and we’re going to get maaarried” :) .

We were absolutely convinced one of our lovely guests were going to sing it wrong. But they didn’t. They were brilliant. It sounded brilliant. And we had a backing track and everything.

And so we relaxed. My husband and I. And then…. we lost it.

We tried so hard. But the more professional, and brilliant, everyone else was, the more we were rubbish and laughed our socks off. I think we only sang about 8 words in 3 verses.

We were so very rubbish. But at that moment in time, there was no one else I’d rather have shared that joke with. And there still isn’t.

Categories: Any Other Photo
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  1. Posted June 17, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    This is lovely – such genuine smiles and no doubt when you have all your friends and family singing along shouting PUMPHOUSE! I think I would have died laughing….

  2. Posted June 17, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    ALW…the best bit was, the guests were concentrating so hard on getting their words right that the did not have A CLUE that the main even were up there nearly wetting themselves laughing! x

  3. Posted June 17, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    I want to go back and do my wedding all over again, purely to have this exact song sung (nevermind that our wedding wasn't in a pumphouse). What an amazing idea, that created an amazing moment!

    Also, can we talk about how beautiful the bride looks please?! I LOVE the headband.


  4. Posted June 17, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    I love the headband too…and the flowing, natural hair (jealous!)

  5. Posted June 17, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    I have totally been singing 'gooooing to the CANTEEN and we're gonnnnna get chiiiiiiiips….' and generally narrating my day to the tune of that song. It's been awesome. For me, anyway. Co-workers not so much!

    Amy, you look UHMAYZING. And you both look so goddamn happy, it's delicious.

    And what a fantastic story. And cheeky shot of Anna there…very nice.

    Thank you Amy and Alistair x

  6. Posted June 18, 2011 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    This is amazing!! Thanks for sharing.
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  7. Posted June 18, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    I have only just started looking on here and I love it!!
    I love this pic, the laughing is so catching it makes you smile looking at it!
    Gorgeous bride and groom!
    Gonna have to add another blog to the addiction
    Alex xx

  8. Amez
    Posted June 18, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    oh my god you have made me so "grinny" :) – thank you so much for all your beautiful comments!!!

    I looked at my piccies for the first time in ages, and I absolutely am so touched you like one as much as I do!

    One year on and we are still laughing at completely !!!inappropriate things :) . So I guess nothing ever changes :) .. !

    My headband was a copy of something I'd seen in the Never Ending Story when I was six(!) – and the delectable Mrs K was the best help ever in helping me source someone to make it :) .

    This website is amazing! What a lovely way of making you put a smile on your face :) . xxxx

  9. Posted June 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    This is so right, I want to join in a rerun of the chorus please? Also, can I just say that more people should have things at their wedding that they saw in a film in their childhood, that headband's so cute!

    Except for me it would be that cone hat thing with the floaty bit coming out of the top which Marion wore in the animated version of Robin Hood (you KNOW, the one with the fox as Robin…) Not sure that would look even half as cool as this here bride though…

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