Any Other Photo {Victoria and Nick}

I have a confession to make.  When I asked Victoria, who blogs over at Sugar Plum Slipper, to submit an Any Other Photo, I thought I knew what her photo choice was going to be.  Which reminds me I should not assume anything about our readers.   
I have probably read Victoria’s account of her wedding twenty times over; it remains one of my favourite wedding reports of all time and the styling, design and creative vision still inspire me after two whole years of having teacups and vintage pink thrown at me from every angle.  So whilst I knew her write-up would be good, I simply didn’t  imagine it would be this good.  And bam, the lesson.  Doing the right thing  because it feels right, not because you should.  And this picture captures the ultimate expression of that.
Over to Victoria:       

Moment captured by Jasmine Hawkins when she was at Paul’s Studio 
Having been to or been involved in a number of weddings recently I’ve really been reminiscing about our day a lot in the last few months. So when Anna K asked me to pick a picture for Any Other Wedding’s Any Other Photo feature, firstly I was über-honoured, and secondly I thought “Absolutely! I know exactly which one to pick”… and then proceeded to change my mind about 15 times in the next five minutes. Clearly I didn’t. It was like choosing my wedding album photos all over again. I spent a whole two hour drive (home from a wedding, incidentally) thinking about it and flicking through my pictures on my mobile telephonic device (no product placement here people) and realised that there are so many photos that represent so many different aspects of our big day.

The family pictures, the ones of me and my best girls, the “reaction” pictures of hubby during the speech by the best men, the picture with my beloved late Nanna, the best men holding the bouquets, the girls holding the groom (girl power!), a few touching (but posed) ones of me and the mister the one of me pulling a pretend “eeeeek” face over the vicar’s shoulder after signing the register,  me looking a complete state on the dancefloor in fancy dress but having the time of my life, some hilarious unofficial candids caught by guests. They all represented the day perfectly, but they were too much about that specific moment. I wanted something that was about whole day, and all the love, excluding no one and nothing… and then I saw it, on the wall in my hallway whilst sorting the dirty washing in to piles (three weddings in three weeks = some very confusing washing schedules).

 

The first dance…

 

…that we spent lots of money to have choreographed (I used to be a dancer), lots of time rehearsing (sorry, downstairs neighbours), lots of energy convincing Nick it was what we should do (he plays rugby – it wasn’t pretty), lots of swearing when he couldn’t get the twirls right (he hates to be anything less than perfect), lots of negotiating and feeling bad and blah blah blah… because it was what everyone was expecting us to do.

 

And then on the day we spent lots of time NOT thinking about it and just didn’t bother.

We did what was right, not was expected.

So there it was. Our perfect photo.

It’s not sentimental or lovey-dovey or perfect, it’s me and my new hubby, dancing away to a song that meant both something and nothing (that’s another story), enjoying ourselves, clowning around, not taking ourselves too seriously, surrounded by people that loved us, were smiling for us, were celebrating with us. What’s happening there is us having fun, being our natural selves, a little bit tipsy (ok, maybe slightly more than that), looking completely dishevelled and completely high on the feelings of love, friendship and support that surrounded us on that Greatest Day of our lives… ;-)

At that moment I was probably happier than I can put in to words. Even using the Microsoft Office Thesaurus. So I’m not going to try.

What Anna K just did was remind me that I can choreograph life as much as I like, but when it comes down to it, I need to do what feels right and natural and THAT is what will make me truly happy.

Thanks Anna K, and thanks AOW for having me!

Peas and love

Mrs G 
x
Categories: Any Other Photo
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8 Comments

  1. Posted August 26, 2011 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    Tis' a good un, that's for sure! Thank you for sharing x

  2. Frankie
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    Love the out of control laughter! Brilliant, happy picture!

  3. Posted August 26, 2011 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    It's so JOYOUS, this picture. No wonder you've got it hanging up in your hallway-I'd have it as wallpaper! Our twitter feed has gone potty with love for this pic too-making everyone smiley on this rainy day!

    X

  4. Posted August 26, 2011 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous!

    Px

  5. Posted August 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Lovely photo & even lovelier sentiment. I like that you chose something to show the whole day, not just a moment. I also have another new blog to read. Happy Friday x

  6. Posted August 26, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    I want to see the 'Eeeeek' face photo!

  7. Posted August 26, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    awwww, loving the love today – and what a hideously grey and yucky day it is. Thanks AOW for cheering me up.

    The "eeeek" picture is here: http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=301367810412&set;=a.301346825412.324799.839340412&type;=1&theater;

    You might not be able to access it though…

  8. Posted August 29, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    What sweet words. Perfect sentiment!

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