Any Other Photo {Mahj and Martin}

I know we say this a lot, but this time it’s true.  We have been waiting for today for weeks.  Oh, Any Other Party?  Pfft, that little thing?  No.  We are beyond excited because we are posting Mahj’s Any Other Photo.  Yes, Mahj, the funniest, most loyal, best phrase-coiner in the blogosphere.  Here.  On these peachy pages.  Today. 
Le Sigh. (copyright Mahj Brammell circa 2010)
We’ve all been dying to know what Mahj wore on her wedding day (the Internet’s most closely guarded secret) and Here.  It.  Is.  But more importantly, we’ve all been dying to know what Mahj felt on her wedding day.  Here.  It.  Is.  In her own words. 
Over to Mahj:


I actually really loved this photo when I first saw it. Then on closer inspection I thought I looked a bit cheesy but Martin looked oh-so-handsome. Then someone far wiser than me told me to shush my engines because I didn’t look cheesy, I looked happy. Really really happy. So I looked at the photo again and saw it for myself.
When I’m excited or happy, I don’t have the ability to smile in a genial and modest way (who does?). I instead wear a big sh*t eating grin and let’s face it, your wedding day should be the one day when you wear a big sh*t eating grin ALL DAY!
Literally five minutes before this photo was taken, Martin and I had been standing at the entrance to the suite where the wedding breakfast would happen, marvelling that after 2 years we had tied the knot and at the same time, trying desperately to unpin the duputta (kinda shawl thingy that was draped over my shoulder) from my outfit, because that mutha was h-e-a-v-y!
Needless to say we managed to unpin it by the time the guests started to come down the corridor to greet us, but not without hysterically giggling, lots of kissing and a bit of an assist from our events manager!
This photo was taken by one of our bridesmaids. She wanted a shot of us together and so she thrust her bouquet at Martin and snapped. I love her for that. Now that I’ve perused the photo (from every possible angle), it just screams so many things at me, but the main thing is love. I look at this photo and I remember exactly how I felt on that day, how it felt to stand beside my new husband, how every person that was coming down that corridor was so kind and sweet and happy for us and how very very happy I was. Cheesy, sh*t eating grin an’ all.
Categories: Any Other Photo
19 interesting thoughts on this


  1. Jean
    Posted September 9, 2011 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    Cheesy sh*t eating grin. AMAZING. You look so beautiful lady. Congratulations!

  2. Anonymous
    Posted September 9, 2011 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    I just had tears in my eyes at my desk! I got married 2 weeks ago and I know exactly what you mean about how it felt on the day and you just look SO SO happy! :-)

  3. Esme
    Posted September 9, 2011 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    You look SO SO happy, which is the best way to look on your wedding day. Plus I love a pic of a groom holding flowers!

    You set the scene beautifully for this photo. But more importantly – your dress! And jewelry! So special and, I hope, just what you wanted.

    Congratulations Mahj and Martin!


  4. Posted September 9, 2011 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    Your makeup! Your dress! Your bouquets! Your grin! Le jealous x

  5. Posted September 9, 2011 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Shush my engines (I am going to have to use that now!)

    Sometimes the cheese is the best thing.

  6. Posted September 9, 2011 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    Properly brilliant picture! And I am so going to start saying 'sh*t eating grin'!

  7. Mahj
    Posted September 9, 2011 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Bugger me, its ME!
    Thank you all so much for your kind words, you lovely delicious ladies.

    Anon – do you still keep giggling like a maniac when you remember something from your big day? Thats what I did for the whole of our honeymoon!

    I think I'm going to have to get this photo framed or summat!

    Cheesy sh*t eating grins RULE!

    Mahj xoxo

  8. Posted September 9, 2011 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    Too cute. Could we have more pictures of this wedding, pretty please? xx

  9. Posted September 9, 2011 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Mahj, you like stunning and SO So SO happy! It's truly an amazing feeling isn't it? Congrats to the both of you, and yes, we need LOTS more photos please. Cx

  10. Posted September 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Ooo Mahj so exciting to see a glimpse of your big day! You look so happy and so beautiful. Love this photo! I bet you wore than grin all day, I know I did on my wedding day!


  11. Sarah
    Posted September 9, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    I've been waiting to see Mahj's pics! As fabulous as I expected,will there be more…? x

  12. Anonymous
    Posted September 9, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    Yep, lots of giggles and just emotion in general! The photos are keeping me going…saw the first ones the other day!

    K xx

  13. Posted September 9, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    WOW Mahj you look so so stunning – and so happy.

    It feels so real, a real capture the essence of the moment kinda thing – gorgeous.

    Please look at this photo every day!! xx

  14. Rebecca Norris
    Posted September 10, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Love it Mahj! Can't wait to see more :)

  15. Posted September 10, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    WoW Mahj you look gorge as I thought!
    Love the shit eating grin an all! You make a lush couple and can't wait to see more of your pics and about your big day!
    Lots of love and cheese
    Alex xx

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

    100% LOVE IT!!

    Oh Mahj you look absolutely gorgeous lady and i also cant wait to see more!!

    Also your flowers are STUNNING! I love them!

    Rachie xo

  17. Posted September 11, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    What a beautiful bride! I love this photo!

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