Any Other Photo {Liana and James}

Hurrah – tis nearly Christmas! Merry Christmas everyone! May you all have the Christmas weekend that you wish for. And presents. Lots of presents. (Us, shallow?!)

But before you all rush off and put on silly hats and start devouring mince-pies and mulled wine, we’ve got the last Any Other Photo of the year to share with you, and a heartwarming one it is too. 

This is a photo that tells a story of love and sacrifice, and being best friends. Sounds a familiar story between husband and wife, no?

But wait, it’s not about who you think it’s about. Although I’m sure Liana and James have those things too, this is about Liana and her mum…

Your any other photo section is  beautiful so I thought I’d share my favourite photo. It’s not of my husband and I, although there are many amazing ones that I treasure. My photo captures a moment between my mum and I that I am so grateful to have.

My mum is the kindest, cleverest and most beautiful woman that I know and she has always been my best friend. She brought me, my sister and brother up on her own and worked so hard in her job as a nurse to give us everything we needed and a lot of the things she just wanted us to have.

When I had to move from my mum’s in Liverpool to South Yorkshire to be with my husband to be,  it was very hard. I felt like I was abandoning her but Mum was so brave. The day I moved she gave me a lovely card to keep in my purse that said she was always thinking of me and would always be there. 

It was important to me that Mum was involved in the wedding day. She insisted on paying for so much of the wedding which I knew was hard for her on her own. She even did a fantastic speech in place of my father despite being terrified of public speaking.  I was so grateful for her generosity. 

The day before our wedding was a total disaster. I lost my mind. All my wonderful planning and organisation went out the window and I was a jittering ( and swearing) mess. I got to the venue and realised I’d left a dozen things behind. My mum didn’t moan just ordered a taxi and went to get my forgotten items. On the way back, several bottle of wine smashed in the boot, drenching my mum’s clothes. Mum spent the rest of the evening handwashing everything in the hotel bath and trying to dry them. She finally went to bed at 2am but when I, unable to sleep, crept in for a hug I found her with her specs on practicing her speech. As usual she wasn’t going to rest until she knew everything was perfect.

We had some photos taken on the wedding morning. When mum walked in, I was blown away by how beautiful she looked and I remember her coming to stand next to me and I felt so proud not just because she looked amazing but because I knew how much she’d sacrificed for me to have my wedding. But typical mum, she didn’t get all emotional, instead made a joke about having lipstick on her teeth and making me laugh. This is the moment you see here. My mum and me. Me with the mum who loves me unconditionally and would give me anything in the world. My best friend.

Categories: Any Other Photo
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  1. Posted December 23, 2011 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    Yesterday I couldn't chose a favourite post of 2011 – they have all been amazing – but this takes the crown. Liana, congratulations on your marriage, and wow how beautiful are you and your mum!

    A few short paragraphs have never moved me so much, your mum sounds awesome and it is just a beautiful piece. Merry Christmas, all xx

  2. Posted December 23, 2011 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    I'm so glad that you have this photograph to remind you of what you and your mum share. And you have the same smile. What a strong woman your mum is. I bet she's so proud of you.

  3. Gemma
    Posted December 23, 2011 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    This is beautifully written, and just look at you and your mum. The photo truly says it all – her pride and your happiness are written all over your faces. x

  4. Posted December 23, 2011 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Ah this is definitely one of the lovliest AOPs ever! And such a heart-warming story. Brought a tear to my eye. Your Mum sounds like an amazing person, Liana, and it's so lovely that your so close.

    My Dad raised me and my sister alone since I was 9 and I sometimes forget how much he sacrificed for us – thank you for reminding me how wonderful our parents are!


    P.S. You and your Mum are both gorgeous! It really is a fab photo.

  5. Posted December 23, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    What a wonderful AOP, especially at Christmas, when family is so important. Just perfect.

    Liana, your photo and your writing made me cry, thinking of my Mum and how strong she is. I bet your Mum is so proud of you, and I'm sure you're so proud to be her daughter. You're also both unfairly gorgeous :-)

    Merry Christmas lovely AOWettes

    K xx

  6. Liana
    Posted December 24, 2011 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much ladies for the wonderful compliments. She really is wonderful. I am about to send my mum a link to this. I know she'll be so pleased. Thank you to all at AOW for posting this. It's a lovely early christmas present to my mum.
    Merry Christmas!

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