Any Other Photo {Esme and Tom}

Clare, Aisling and I collectively adore Esme.  Aisling and I collectively adore Tom (Clare would as well, fact, but she was inconveniently in Russia when we met him).  As well as being possibly the most genuine couple we’ve ever had the pleasure to meet, Esme and Tom turned preconceptions on their head when planning their wedding, and you’ll get to hear more about this very, very soon.  
Esme has a remarkable way with words, making this picture come to life whilst simultaneously being matter-of-fact and funny, oh-so-funny.  This Any Other Photo tells many a story, with many a character, but the end result remains Esme and Tom, elated, smiling, married.  As it should.  Happy Friday, readers.    

Over to Esme:    

I may have only seen about 10 photos of our wedding, all of which were taken by friends and family, but I am completely in love with this particular shot. It’s a moment captured (we were on our way to have some photographs taken away from the ‘crowds’), rather than a set-up posed one, it makes me think of other moments from an incredible day and reminds me of many lovely things about the other people caught in the background.
There’s my brother, just over Tom’s shoulder who, despite not having even owned a suit until about 15 hours before this moment, looked incredibly handsome (a school friend certainly thought so, ifyouknowwhatImean); there’s the recently engaged friend playing it’s-supposed-to-be-fun-but-it-actually-got-quite-heated game of croquet, and then there’s the friend who took the picture. As we were walking by, we waved hello to the group and quickly looked at the camera being pointed at us by J. J’s girlfriend, S, was apparently not convinced that her lovely boyfriend was taking interesting enough pictures, so as I came closer towards them, she grabbed the camera out of J’s hand and quickly took a shot. Right. Down. The. Front. Of. My. Dress. So, slightly shocked, I did what any bride would do and laughed it off, declaring that if she wanted to have a closer look, she really should ask my new husband first. About two hours later, we were approached by a sheepish looking J who assured me that the offending picture had been deleted and that S was incredibly sorry and embarrassed. Bless her.
You can just about see our fabulous Capri tents, peaking above the hedge, which reminds me of just how cool they looked. I can also see the perfect pink roses in my bouquet and in Tom’s button hole that my sister bought from Asda, after the ones she had ordered from the florist were awful. And, course, there’s my husband, looking gorgeous.
But the main thing that I can see when I look at this picture is happiness. Our wedding day was so happy, so full of smiles and fun, full of us laughing till it hurt and then turning to look at each other and smiling some more because we simply so ecstatic that we were married.
Categories: Any Other Photo
10 interesting thoughts on this


  1. Mahj
    Posted September 16, 2011 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Aww, this photo is so cute. I love Esme's smile. Its just bursting and so content and I dont know what it is, but I always love a groom (or bride for that matter) who wears their glasses. Something very comfortable and lovely about it if that make sense?!

    Happy Friday y'all!


  2. Posted September 16, 2011 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    Oh Esme, you look gorgeous!

    Yay for the love!

  3. Posted September 16, 2011 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous photo, and love the commentary too. Esme, you are one of the most beautiful brides I have ever seen. Stunning. xx

  4. Becca
    Posted September 16, 2011 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Add me to the list of people that heart Esme please.

    Heart sign.

    Last day of not working today-but I have updates. Although the bloody bike is still there every morning.

  5. Esme
    Posted September 16, 2011 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    Wow – thanks guys! Smile on my face today is almost as big as the one in the picture.


  6. Posted September 16, 2011 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Hi Esme! *waves* I know her and there she is right there on AOW today, wowsa! Gorgeous smile Esme, you and Tom both look so so happy. Wonderful, I love this shot too!

    Can't wait to see and hear more about the Capri tents, exciting!


  7. Posted September 16, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    Esme – you look AMAZING!!! (and naughty, naughty school friend…)


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