Any Other Photo {Rach and Rich}

Today’s AnyOtherPhoto is very special. To me, yes, but I think it will be to you too. It’s RachBakes, you see. And you know we love her. If you met her at AnyOtherParty, chances are you love her too.

Her AOP is completely delightful and a twist on the theme-which we always love! I received the text from Rach first and even without seeing the accompanying photo, I had a lump in my thriat. So lovely. 

(Ooh…also, when you leave your comment, be sure to wish Rach a Happy Birthday too!)

Anyone that knows me will know just how much my family means to me. They are everything to me. I’m incredibly lucky to have them, and even luckier to have a husband who understands how important they are to me and how I need to be with them and talk to them a LOT.
My parents were the absolute BEST wedding planners you could ever have. From dealing with last minute panics about licencing with the local council, to swearing their street to secrecy about a surprise fireworks display, to doing numerous airport runs in the week before and after – they were seriously brilliant. The fact that they managed to devote so much time and energy to organising everything whilst doing their often, very demanding and time-consuming,day jobs at the same time, leaves me a bit gobsmacked, although not surprised. They do so much for me and Rich and for my brothers.
 Stunning photo by Zoe Collyer
I love this photo so much. I love how happy they look. I love that after all their hard work they managed to grab a few minutes together to have a dance before they rushed off to summon everyone outside for the surprise fireworks.
They are always there for us. Welcoming us back home and letting us (and our cats!) live with them for weeks while we sold our house and waited to get into our dream house. And then letting us do it again next month while we have extensive renovation work done. Supporting us, encouraging us, and cheering us on in everything that we do – small or large.
When I look at this photo, what I feel the most is this massive rush of pride. I’m so proud to be their daughter.
Categories: Any Other Photo
18 interesting thoughts on this


  1. Posted October 28, 2011 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    I'm pitching in first to say a massive happy birthday, hope you have a fabulous day Rach! I'm baking a cake in our honour this morning ;)

    I love this picture, the heart-meltingly adorable words that go with it, and exsqueeze me, HOW glam is your Mum???


  2. Posted October 28, 2011 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    Happy Birthday!! (she says through sobs)


  3. Posted October 28, 2011 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    Happy Birthday (said in a similar snotty/teary fashion as Jenny 0) xxx

  4. Posted October 28, 2011 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Oh I love this. What a wonderful choice. :-)

    Happy Birthday Rach!

    K x

  5. Posted October 28, 2011 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    Ruddy hell, Rach…I'm weeping into my Americano! Perfection. What a tribute. And what incredible parents you have. And I love how you know it. And yep, your mother is a fox!

    Happy birthday, lady x

  6. Mahj
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    I have to agree, your Mum is quite the hot mama!
    Your last sentence was the one that did it for me, so lovely.

    And also a big Happy Birthday wish to you, hope someone makes YOU a cake today!


  7. Posted October 28, 2011 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    I love AOP for showing us what REALLY matters and this is a beauty! Your parents sound incredibly supportive, Rach, and this is a lovely tribute. I'm sure they will love reading it. And happy birthday to you!

  8. Posted October 28, 2011 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    I have to agree with everybody else,your mum is gorgeous. Your parents sound wonderful.

    Happy Birthday! xx

  9. Posted October 28, 2011 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous photo – and such lovely words. Your parents sound (and look) fantastic!

    Happy birthday! x

  10. Posted October 28, 2011 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    I love this so much. I'm sure they're very proud of you too :)

    Happy Birthday! x

  11. Posted October 28, 2011 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    Rach what a truly lovely thought – honestly I love AOP so much for the absolutely original take that every single person has on it. And can't you just tell where Rach gets her looks from?!

    Oh, and Happy Happy Birthday Mrs Bakes! (That IS your actual name right? Don't disappoint us all.)


  12. Posted October 28, 2011 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    I posted this morning but it isn't here!

    Happy Birthday! Hope you have a fab day. Also, your writing/the beautiful sentiment here makes me sure that your folks are incredibly proud of you :)

    Stunning xx

  13. Posted October 28, 2011 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Rach, you have made me cry. Knowing your family and how wonderful they all are makes me feel very special myself x Love you too much x x

  14. Posted October 28, 2011 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    Lovely AOP today. I'm pretty sure that most AOP's aren't just of the bride & groom but include other important people in our lives. That's what makes AOP such a genius series. Happy Weekending & Birthdaying.

  15. Posted October 28, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday!!
    I presume you are having an AMAZING Birthday Cake!

    And this is lovely, lovely, lovely!

    Your parents look so nice and happy…and particularly good looking!

  16. Posted October 28, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Ah RachBakes this is so sweet, what a lovely nod to your parents. They sound like amazing people! Also, I remember your Mum's outfit from your RMW report and thinking how fab it was then.

    Happy Birthday too, hope you're having an amazing day!


  17. Posted October 28, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday!

    Also I think this is my favourite AOP. I can completely relate to so much of what you said and I cannot wait to have a picture of my mum & dad all dressed up and smiling.

    I remember when I knew Mr C was the one I was going to spend my life with, its when I realised he didnt just love me, he loved my family too… that sealed the deal.

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