Any Other Photo {Shaun and Jackie}

Tom’s post this week on why we should all be feminists was the talk of twitterland all day and led to some pretty thought-provoking and interesting comments, so we know that you love a post from a man here on AOW. And we love nothing more than pleasing you lot, so today dear readers, we have the treat of our first ever “groom’s AOP” (more of these please. Get your husbands on this). 

I think it’s really interesting that we’ve had a few AOPs recently that haven’t included the significant other in the picture, but instead have shown the writer with someone else who means something to them. It’s a great reminder that, yes, the day is about the two of you and your everlasting love, but it’s also about more than that. It’s about building community, sharing with family and cementing friendships…

[Anna butting in here: What's amazing is that Shaun didn't show a picture of his wife who is just about the most smoking hot bride I have ever seen.  Which goes to show how much this picture means to him and how shallow I am.  So...get on that, Shaun.  An AOP from Jackie.  Stat.] 

I originally tweeted at Anna about men contributing to the blog just to wind her up because it’s something I enjoy doing. I honestly did not expect to be posting anything let alone tell you about a picture.

The photograph below is not of my beautiful bride and myself, it is actually of the best man, Giles and myself.  The picture was taken just after we had gotten to the venue, while we were discussing how to use the chains on the sporrans to send each other messages over the day. I think we decided on signals for specific drinks and indicating whose turn it was to go to the bar.

I chose it as it reminds me that, while it was a very special day shared with friends and family, I got to do silly things with a friend. He suffered through the wedding preparations as much as I did for two reasons. Firstly, his then fiancee was my future wife’s Maid-of-Honour and passed all her complaints onto him, so that he could inform me what I  apparently was doing wrong. Secondly, whenever he asked me about anything to do with the Bachelor’s Party, I would stall and put off for as long as I could. I think it got to the point of him threatening me with bodily harm.  He was there when I needed someone to confide in or if I just had to hear “Stop being stupid.”

However, it is a mark of a real friend who says “Let’s do it!” when you inform them that you want to wear a kilt at the wedding. Seven months later we got to repeat the whole performance when I was one of his best men at his wedding.
Categories: Any Other Photo
4 interesting thoughts on this


  1. Posted February 10, 2012 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    I'm sorry, what? You can send signals through kilt chains!? The intrigue.

  2. Posted February 10, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Such a great photo! I must admit, I love hearing a male perspective.

  3. Posted February 10, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    Ooo love AOP from the groom's perspective! And the chain signalling? Genius!

    Liking the presence of some male perspective on AOW this week.


  4. Posted February 10, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

    I love this! I've been trying to comment all day but my phone is playing silly buggers. But I love the insight into a shared moment with a best friend. I think some of the best AOPs are the moments with friends and family.

    More Groom AOPs please!

    K x

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