Any Other Photo {Ginny and Nathan}

So when Ginny sent me her submission for Any Other Photo, I felt it all; happiness, awe, a little sadness too. I have never seen an Any Other Photo like this. I love that Ginny’s favourite photo represents something that subverts expectations but rings so real, and so true.

Joy doesn’t cover the photo you’re about to see. It goes beyond that, it’s something primal, a connection severed neither by time nor distance (Ginny lives in London, her mother 4,799 miles away in Seattle). We’re not all lucky enough to have had our mothers at our weddings, and this is the ultimate display of what a mother-daughter relationship can be, if you let it.

Here’s Ginny:

My husband makes my heart skip a beat, but my mum is the one who started it beating in the first place.

I had a very hard time putting into words what this picture means to me because it evokes emotions that are so overwhelming I instantly feel the urge to laugh, cry and pee all at once. Yes, I said pee. Pee yourself with emotion, just once. Go ahead, try it, I’ll wait…

My mum and I are what some people might call freakishly close.

She is my best friend. She instilled in me a sense of adventure. She encouraged me to follow my passions. She taught me to never be afraid of the unknown. She always made sure I never had to go without, even when she often had to.

She gave her only child away on her wedding day, simultaneously ecstatic and quietly broken hearted.

This photo is a moment that perfectly captures who we are together, most people who know us would likely agree (and can probably hear her distinctive laugh in their heads right now).

Without her, my quickie ramshackle wedding, nay my existence, would not have been possible. I am, to this day, awed by her love and strength, she showed me how to love with your whole heart and for that, my husband thanks her.
Categories: Any Other Photo
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  1. alittlewife
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Peeing with emotion….I've been there!

    Beautiful photo – the love between them shines so true from it


  2. Posted June 24, 2011 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    This has proper cheered me up! Somebody was quick on the shutter to capture this – it's just perfect. Just goes to show – weddings are very rarely just about the bride and groom!


  3. Robyn
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    I laughed out loud and then nearly cried at the end! What a fantastic photo that clearly reflects an amazing relationship. Rxx

  4. Posted June 24, 2011 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    Thank you for your kind words Anna. Moving to London (a week later!) was a lot easier when I knew I had already had a friend here waiting for me.

    @Penny, my husband took the photo with my camera! When I say 'quickie' and 'ramshackle' wedding I'm not kidding.
    We didn't have enough time to hire a professional photographer so we asked those in attendance to bring their cameras. It made for some beautifully candid and some fabulously random shots. My other choice for this was a pic of my Gram and husband where it looks as though he's checking out her boobs she's telling him 'get a load of these puppies!' I still giggle out loud when I see that one.

  5. Posted June 26, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    what a fantastic shot! Ginny if your husband isn't already a professional photographer, maybe he should consider it-he has completely captured the emotion, joy, hilarity and love shared between you and your mum!

  6. Posted July 3, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    LOVE this! Love love love it.

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  • By Any Other Party: Full Disclosure on February 29, 2012 at 10:12 am

    [...] Ginny.  Ah, Ginny, who, in her own inimitable style became everyone’s best friend in about thirty seconds flat.  She also regaled Clare with the shameful story of how Ginny and Anna actually met, whilst a bottle of wine down.  Thanks, Gin.  Blog post coming there.  It’s not pretty. [...]

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