Any Other Photo – {Martha and Chris}

I know that AOW is traditionally all about the emotion and not SO much about the pretty, but before we focus in the fact that Martha so beautifully sums up what so many people worry about, and the fact that you can actually feel the happiness (and relief) radiating out of this picture, can we please talk about the dress?! The dress! 
When Martha first sent us this post it provoked a flurry of emails between the three of us declaring how much we all adored the dress, and how utterly beautiful Martha looked in it. This is such a wonderful example of someone choosing the right dress for them and really 'owning' it (sorry for the amercanism but it's absolutely the right word here). 
But enough of the dress love - I'll leave you with Martha and her wonderful photo...

Walking back down the aisle…the look of relief on our faces as we had finally said “I do” and all that planning and fretting and stressing was over. For Chris and I, the actual wedding logistics had not been a worry…our venue, As You Like It, a very eclectic and “shabby-chic” eatery and bar in Jesmond, Newcastle, had everything we needed and we enjoyed all the usual prep, assisted by the wonderfully helpful staff. No, we were worried about standing up in front of our families and loved ones, being the centre of attention, being photographed and speaking in public. The actual marriage thing – pah, all fine! I was so nervous that the week beforehand saw me crying in the toilets at work, unable to say anything to anyone without appearing a jabbering wreck and being sick at the thought of walking down the aisle! For Chris too, it was hard as he hates reading / speaking in public due to suffering from dyslexia, so the pair of us were no good to anyone on Thursday 22nd September! 

This picture therefore, sums up the complete contrast in our emotions as we actually said our vows…we loved every single minute and from start to finish we were proud to have made that commitment to each other so publicly, and felt at peace with our pre-wedding worry demons!

Categories: Any Other Photo
6 interesting thoughts on this


  1. Posted January 6, 2012 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Not just the dress, but the fascinator too – amazeballs!


  2. Posted January 6, 2012 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    That dress is beyond amazing. Stunning!

    I love the write-up, too. I'm nervous about the ceremony but you reassure me that it's okay when you're up there and it's you two together. Thanks.

    K x

  3. Posted January 6, 2012 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    Ditto all of the comments already and what a stunning photo, Martha! So romantic, pretty and magical.

    Any Other Photo is definitely my favourite thing on Any Other Wedding- and it works perfectly on a Friday!

    Have a gorgeous weekend all x

  4. Anonymous
    Posted January 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Thanks everyone for the really sweet comments! As You Like It is indeed a magical place – have a look at their website and wedding brochure via the hyperlink above!Katie – dont be nervous! As soon as everything dtarts getting underway you'll be swept along ona tide of excitement and joy :-) x

  5. Posted January 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Love the dress! Stunning bride!

    Also loving the words and that Martha and Chris both felt so nervous before and so comfortable on the day – meant to be together! :)


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  • By Every sorrow halved on September 6, 2012 at 7:01 am

    [...] Martha’s post today is a brave one.   There’s a taboo around what you do when it feels like your family is actually contributing to the destruction of your marriage, rather than being a rock, your support, your joy.  Martha and Chris are working this out together, but it can’t be easy.  Families are supposed to give you strength when you falter and remind you where you came from when things go wrong.  What if you don’t have that?  Where’s the precedent? [...]

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