Any Other Photo {Claire and Jon}

When Claire, she of Zen and the Smashed Wedding Cake sent me her Any Other Photo I was at work, and had to do an “I’ve got hayfever (in February)” sniffle.  Look at it!  Look at the love, look at Jon’s hands, look at the moment.  And then read the description. 

I defy you, readers, not to have a “hayfever” moment of your own.  This photograph was made for this series, and makes for a perfect Friday. 

The weekend starts here, readers.  Over to Claire:


Beautiful photograph by the talented Hannah Dornford-May

Of all the amazing photos our photographer took that day, there is no competition for my favourite. It just makes me happy every time I look at it – and I’m holding my flowers, which I loved beyond belief!

We’d just had the wedding we worked hard to make work – conducted by a friend, on a beautiful spot on top of a hill in Somerset. We’d said our vows and kissed and walked down the aisle (between the hay bales) and through the arch into the woods. 

Our guests had yet to turn around and point their cameras at us. It was just Jon and I – and I didn’t even notice that Hannah, the photographer was there – I’d last seen her at the front before we said our vows. 

In a second, we would turn around and walk back through the arch, be showered with so much confetti, have a thousand more photos taken and it would all begin again. But for that moment, it was just us.

We did it, didn’t we? 

Categories: Any Other Photo
17 interesting thoughts on this


  1. Posted February 17, 2012 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    You sure did.

    Your face, the tenderness of your husbands hand….it's more than deserving of favourite photo status


  2. Posted February 17, 2012 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    Wow!!! Gorgeous photo filled with so much love :-)

  3. Becca
    Posted February 17, 2012 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    I know you can't see the grooms face but you also know its saying "I love you more than I could possibhy imagine". Am also teary. But not at work today (hooray!)

  4. Posted February 17, 2012 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    So incredibly wonderful, what a picture for you both to treasure forever!

  5. Posted February 17, 2012 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    What a gorgeous way to start Friday x

  6. mahj
    Posted February 17, 2012 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    I don't know what it is about a man holding a woman's face in his hands, but i get all goosebumpy!


  7. Posted February 17, 2012 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    Wow. Yep, hayfever starting early over here too!

    What a perfect moment captured. Impossible to see it and not smile.

    K x

  8. Posted February 17, 2012 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    I want a picture JUST LIKE THIS from our wedding!

  9. Posted February 17, 2012 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    My heart just melted. Beautiful photo.

  10. Posted February 17, 2012 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Claire, just look at the comments and the Twitter love for your AOP! Unprecedented! x

  11. L
    Posted February 17, 2012 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Beautiful x

  12. Posted February 17, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Sobbing. Nothing to do with being sick, all to do with you. So many congratulations, this is beautiful xxx

  13. Posted February 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Ah this really is such a beautiful AOP! Such happiness!

    Pictures taken when you don't know the photographer is there are so the best!


  14. Posted February 17, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Also, those flowers are absolutely gorgeous!

  15. Posted February 17, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    Gorgeous pic! Wow, made my stomach do a somersault. Congratulations! R xx

  16. Posted February 25, 2012 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    what a beautiful, natural photo, filled with so much joy, I've got fingers crossed that our fab photographer can capture a moment like this on our wedding day in June xxx

  17. Posted February 26, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Joy joy joy! Such a tender photograph but so full of love.

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