Any Other Photo {Alanah and Robert}

When Alanah first sent me through this picture, my first thought was movement. A still, but amidst  so much movement. They’re my favourite kind.  It’s almost like this picture was never meant to be taken, but it was, and it captured what Lana loved most about her day.  That feeling of release and relief when you realise that you’ve done it, you’re in it, this is you, him, and forever.  Bring it on.  

Oh, and the dog.   

Thank-you, Lani (I must be the only person in the world who still calls you that.  Sorry). Over to you:

 Picture taken by the frankly genius Guy Collier

Robert and I both wanted a wedding in a church that meant something to us, not just something that would look pretty in the pictures, so the Norman church opposite our house in our little Hampshire hamlet made perfect sense – despite only seating 60! So on a cold, crisp November day, 80 of our closest friends and family got rather cosy together in a church filled with roses and lit by candles. The service was overwhelmingly emotional – not the “tears and fainting” kind, but just sheer glee. I have honestly never felt happier than that first kiss in the church together – that sense of both the culmination of our relationship so far, and of all that we have ahead of us.

Once the service was over and we emerged into the daylight, we were suddenly surrounded by family and friends, some of whom we hadn’t seen for ages, so it was absolute chaos in the tiny church yard, as people crowded around us, and I remember wanting to talk to everyone at once, but equally impatient to get into the car just the pair of us. And then there was Tilly, our little dog, waiting for us at the gate! So, trying desperately hard not to get muddy paws on my dress, we walked with her down the church path, with Tills trying to catch every bit of confetti, as we took our first steps into marriage together: me, my husband, and our dog.

Epilogue. That was then. But one of the other, retrospective reasons why I love this pic, is because it captures so many of the details which we spent so long planning and sourcing together. The vintage morning suits, which took forever to find. The pewter grey colour scheme with soft pink accents, which made it impossible to use any generic wedding stuff, and even harder to find confetti to match. Robert’s pocket watch, originally his great-grandfathers, and the compass fob I bought him as a wedding gift. And the magnificent floral arch and bouquet, with the most beautiful roses I’d ever seen. So now, when I look at it, I fell really, really content. Not because I look great, or we look great, like some Hallmark couple in love – that’s not really us, and that’s not what this picture shows . But because it shows a newly married couple, full of joy, who were mad enough to insist that their dog was part of their special day – and that’s us.
Categories: Any Other Photo
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  1. Mahj
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    Oh this is just lovely. Really lovely. Other than squealing like a maniac when I saw the dog (soooo cute), I love the look on Alanah and Robert's face. If I had to sum it up into one word, it would be "yippeee!"


    PS. Even though our dog would've been a lunatic on our wedding day, I did miss him terribly so am loving that you guys both included yours.

  2. Posted October 14, 2011 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    Love this. Such an elegant wedding. I want to get married all over again, just so I can steal Alanah and Robert's idea of vintage morning suits for the men. So fetching.


  3. Posted October 14, 2011 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    Mahj, I agree that 'yippeee' sums this up exactly! I love that this is a twist on the traditional confetti shot x

  4. Posted October 14, 2011 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    Oh this is such a beautiful picture! You look fab- I love LOVE your bouquet and your hubby's dotty tie! and the combination of pale pink and cold crisp November is truly beautiful. It's also so nice seeing everyone's smiling faces in the background as they share in your happy day.

  5. Posted October 14, 2011 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Er, so you're telling me this isn't a still from a Richard Curtis film!?

  6. Posted October 14, 2011 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Bouquet is amazing. This is a great picture Alanah, pure joy. And your dog is the CUTEST. Mahj, we were gutted we couldn't have our cat at our wedding! As if a cat would have even wanted to go!


  7. Posted October 14, 2011 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    Amy F – Exactly. My. Thoughts.

    And Alanah – what a stunning picture that just absolutely captures that moment. And I can't deny the INCREDIBLY cute dog helps.

  8. Posted October 14, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    What a gorgeous moment frozen in time. Love this pic! I'm so agreeing with the 'yipee' and Richard Curtis looks!

    I love those spotty ties!

    Alanah you set the picture up so well with your description, it totally makes me want to see more of your day!


  9. Posted October 15, 2011 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    Alannah this is like the dream church exit scene, everything looks so joyous and I can almost hear all the woops and excited chatter frozen into this image. You and your husband look beautiful together. Plus, your dog is the cutest! Thank you for sharing, xxx

  10. Alanah
    Posted December 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Belated thanks for your lovely comments and feedback. That's exactly it – the typical English countryside wedding, very Richard Curtis with dapper gents, women in hats and oodles of roses: being a city girl through and through, who moved (somewhat reluctantly) to the country to be with Robert (country man) I felt it was only a fair compromise…

    Alanah (Lani) x

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