Any Other Photo {Annabel and Philip}

Today’s AnyOtherPhoto makes me smile. A proper, cheshire-cat, full-on-face-stretching smile. It’s the dictionary definition of ‘heart-warming’ and once your brain catches up and you understand the perspective, you’ll be thinking about it all day. Guaranteed. I won’t spoil it anymore, as the gorgeous Annabel tells the story so well…

Image captured by Annabel and Philip’s daughter, Eska.

I recall thinking it might be a good idea to get some disposable camera’s to leave out for the children on the day of our wedding, but it wasn’t until some months after our nuptials that I finally got round to getting the films developed.  When this one came through, I couldn’t stop smiling.
That’s our wedding photographer Karen McGowran in the middle there, along with her assistant on the left and several guests, all aiming their lenses at the same subject – my 3 year old Daughter Eska, who had just discovered a sparkly disposable camera in her goody bag. This was her very first snap of the day. 
It made me consider what the whole day must have been like through the eyes of a 3 year old child – seeing all that love and adoration for her beloved parents, having so much attention rained down on her by friends and family – and access to an endless supply of pink striped candy at the sweety bar.  Couple this with an old country hotel full of curious nooks, crannies, hallways to investigate and tables to hide under {whilst scoffing said candy bars} and my Daughter must have felt like she was in some weird, wonderful, confusing but magical world. 
There is the age old debate about whether to invite children to your wedding – people worry about how disruptive they may be and get anxious that a noisy child might ruin their big day.  I guess as we were parents of a 3 year old at the time of marrying, this wasn’t an issue for us – we decided to embrace the notion of children running around and having fun and I’m so glad we did.  I’m a firm believer that if you show children respect and empathy, that if you don’t shout at them when you are trying to explain something – then they are usually pretty good.  I wanted all the children to feel as valued as guests on our wedding day as the adults did.  Some of my fondest memories of the day are hearing the children’s laughter and giggles and gasps of delight as they revealed the contents of their personalised goody bags.  I loved watching them focus studiously on their colouring in books as they tried to ‘keep within the lines’, connecting the pieces of their mini jigsaws together, playing cards, blowing bubbles and attempting carthweels on the grass outside. 
Getting these disposable camera films processed was such a treat for us and I will be including all the images snapped by the children who attended our wedding day in my big ‘wedding book’, that’s if I ever find time in between being a super-star blogging Mummy to get my head around Blurb.
Annabel 
xXx
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  1. Posted September 30, 2011 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    This is amazing!! I wish we had thought to give disposable cameras to the kids at our wedding, what an awesome idea. I spent probably too much of our evening do playing with friends' children and I loved how much they engaged with all the details (one little girl still has one of our unicorns as her best teddy that goes everywhere with her). I would have loved to see it through their eyes.

    Plus, what a great shot. Eska has a terrific eye for a picture! I sense a career in the making….

    Px

  2. Posted September 30, 2011 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    What a fabulous post!

    We have 2 children of our own and around 20 other babies and toddlers attending our wedding. I'm really looking forward to their presence on the day and the laughter and fun they will no doubt bring to the proceedings.

    That said, there are disadvantages to planning a wedding after you've had children. Shopping for my wedding ring with our 2 year old was possibly one of the most stressful experiences of my life. We may never be allowed back into Goldsmiths again ;)

    Loveaudrey xXx

  3. Mahj
    Posted September 30, 2011 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Aww Annabel, this has given me total melt! And what a brilliant idea to give the cameras to the kids. We decided in the end to not have disposable cameras at all but we never once considered not having any kids at our wedding and for that I'm glad. It was worth it to have seen Martin's 4 yr old godson running around like an absolute lunatic on the dancefloor in the evening!

    Also I'm with Penny. Eska has the beginning of some mad photography skills there!

    xoxo

  4. Posted September 30, 2011 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    We had a wedding full of kids and it was lovely to see how unselfconciously they revelled in the 'dressing up' and 'special-occasioness' of it… I can see why you love this shot! I'd love to see the photo your photographer was taking, too. Yet another clever take on any other photo… you guys are certainly not prone to fridayitis like normal people!

  5. Posted September 30, 2011 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    Its a lovely photo, and I love that your daughter took it. She's the star, taking a photo of the paparazzi.

    We didn't have children. I wanted them included, but my husband didn't. I spoke to my friend who had a one year old, and she said she'd rather leave her daughter with grandma for the day. She was our only friend with a child.

    My husband's cousin had children. Three girls aged from one to seven. They would have been the only children. I was concerned it may be awkward for inlaws inviting them to ours, when they hadn't been invited to my husbands sisters childfree weddings, which had been one and two years before ours. My parents hosted ours, and inlaws hosted (and paid) for their daughters weddings.

    The above paragraph probably makes no sense, sorry. I just thought having them to ours, may possibly embarrass sisters and inlaws. I therefore agreed with husband on childfree.

    If we'd had any nephews or nieces, they would have definitely been included.

    We did have five pregnant friends at wedding, so if we were marrying next year, we would have changed our no child policy, as some of these were university friends, who would not have a grandma down the road to look after children for day.

    xx

  6. Posted September 30, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    oooooh lovely pic and fab story.

    Totally understand everyone's views for/against inviting little ones (sorry is that an annoying phrase?!!) to their wedding, but we had quite a relaxed wedding day plus i love children and couldn't bear to not invite them!

    So everyone we invited were welcome to bring their small people with them…sooo we had two babies, seven children and lots of teenagers at our wedding and it was fab! there was a teens' table and a kids' table and worked out brilliantly. goody bags is always a winning idea!

    Anyway great photo and i'm now off to check out 'Love My Dress' as never been before!

    Frankie x

  7. Posted September 30, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    I missed the bit, when I read post, on Annabel being from Love my Dress. I was always dazzled by the beauty on Love my Dress.

    Annabel, my favourite blog wedding was on Love my Dress, it is this one:

    http://www.lovemydress.net/blog/2010/06/english-country-garden-wedding.html#more

    I found it on a random google search, for English country garden wedding, and was enchanted.

    xx

  8. Posted September 30, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    This is so cute! I'd love to see the whole day through Eska's eyes! Excellent idea for an Any Other Photo.

    We didn't really discuss the children or no children dilemna before our big day. If people had kids they were invited. Some came and some parents decided they wanted a night on their own (mainly the evening guests to be fair).

    Some of my favourite pictures of our wedding are of our gorgeous little flower girl, she is way more photogenic than me and seemed to love posing for the camera! In one of my bridesmaid's pictures there is one of the top table that is a little bit wonky with just me looking at the camera and whenever I look at it I remember our flower girl deciding it was her turn and taking charge of the camera! Giving her a disposal camera for the whole day would have been such a good idea!

    xXx

  9. Posted September 30, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    I love this, Annabel. I'm sure it's a photo she will treasure too when she gets older x

  10. Posted October 1, 2011 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    Girls thank you for featuring this photo of mine, it's so kind of you, and thanks everyone for your sweet comments and kind words.

    Annabel xXx

    ps – I'm getting Eska a camera for Christmas!! ;)

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