Any Other Photo {Emily and Keith}

It’s Friday! Again! Hurrah! And make that a double hurrah, because I can guarantee you are going to love this picture (well, actually, there are two pictures. We let Emily sneak an extra one in, because we’re nice like that). This AOP is a combination of every single great AOP ever. It features love, fun, happiness, laughter, and pure joy, mixed in with gratitude and compromise. See… I told you you’d love it…

We don’t look at our most elegant in this picture (we were lucky enough to have the fabulous Lucy Stendall as our photographer, so there were LOTS of beautiful ones and I think she has taken some of the best photos of me that anyone ever has) and goodness knows why I’m holding my bouquet practically under my chin, but it is the one which really transports me back to that day.  I feel the complete, stomach-twisting happiness that I felt at that moment, walking down the aisle with my new husband.  I remember looking down and smiling, just for a moment not at everyone else or at Keith, but to myself.

Keith is a clergyman so the service was incredibly important to us.  It was as beautiful as I could have hoped, with a wonderful scratch local choir and Army clergy who went to such trouble to get to know me as well as Keith and then to make the service so personal to both of us.  I had a pang of sadness when our final hymn began that it was over but then Keith did his little diddle around in front of me on the altar step (suggested by the Bishop: “Never walk backwards in a wedding dress”.  Excellent advice.) to end up on the correct side of me and as we laughed I was overwhelmed with joy at finally being Mrs B.

You can also see Keith talking to me as we walk, which also makes me laugh (Lucy called me the Laughing Bride…).  I love walking.  When I’m angry, upset, happy, walking is my remedy and my outlet.  Keith is less keen, and the “pro/anti walk as cure for all ills” debate is a long running joke between us.   I was very conscious of not galloping up the aisle, as my mother claims she did up the same aisle, with flowers arranged by the same lady from the village, 35 years earlier.   And Keith and I had discussed taking our time as we walked back down, so we could take in our friends and families smiling back at us.  But when it came to it, with Widor’s Toccata thundering out, as Keith’s wife and with a stonking reception to get to, I wanted to run with joy!  Keith had to physically hold me back and seeing the slightly exasperated expression on his face makes me think of all of the hills and wet beaches he has walked with me.  I know how lucky I am.

Image by the ever talented Lucy Stendall

And this second photo is just one that my Uncle took; I’m brushing confetti off Keith’s uniform.  I love the fact that he looks so lovely and happy, despite The Uniform being covered in flower petals.  Unthinkable.

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17 Comments

  1. Becca
    Posted June 22, 2012 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    That dress…….the only noise I can make is nhugncsegjmmmmmm……

    Clicks for Lucy ***

    Clicks for Emily ***

  2. Posted June 22, 2012 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    How lovely I was hoping Emily would submit to AOP. Especially love the comment about smiling to oneself. Yes in amongst the many people, the newness of we two, there’s the stream of consciousness of me & my thoughts & emotions that have always, & will always be together Lovely writing, photographs & more importantly love. Happy Friday.

  3. Posted June 22, 2012 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    As someone who also galloped up the same aisle her mother had years before, this beautiful AOP is actually my new favourite. And oh my, that gorgeous dress and veil… and don’t get me started on ‘The Uniform’! so lovely. x

  4. Caroline
    Posted June 22, 2012 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    To echo the comments before me…the veil. WOW. It is beautiful. I have no words other than….mmm pretty, I want, I want, I want!

  5. Posted June 22, 2012 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    Emily and Keith’s ceremony was one of my top 5 favourites of all time. Including mine.

    Show me a service in a church where the bride’s parents married, that includes a choir, an organ that is capable of Toccata, an Archdeacon *and* a Bishop, that veil, some uniforms and those smiles and I’ll show you a happy photographer.

    What a beautiful piece of writing Emily, I’m sitting here with tears in my eyes thinking how lucky I was to be part of your day. Happy Friday everybody x

    • Emily
      Posted June 22, 2012 at 9:41 am | Permalink

      Oh Lucy thank you! And we were so pleased that you and Tom were part of our day – the photos just bring the day back so perfectly whenever we look at them (this is something I do quite a lot when I’m a bit down… is that normal?!). xxx

  6. Posted June 22, 2012 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Lovely, lovely, lovely. Keith’s face in the second photo says it all!!

    xx

  7. Steff
    Posted June 22, 2012 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    I didn’t have a veil but this makes me want one… not necessarily to get married in, just for day to day wear.

    Gorgeous pictures Emily :) xx

    • Posted June 22, 2012 at 9:48 am | Permalink

      I might start wearing my veil to the supermarket. Just because.

      K x

      • Steff
        Posted June 22, 2012 at 10:30 am | Permalink

        Jealous.com… can I borrow??

  8. Emily
    Posted June 22, 2012 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    Ooooh thank you for the lovely comments! I was a bit nervous that I had picked a bit of an odd photo! Happy Friday indeed.

  9. Posted June 22, 2012 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Love the write-up, love the pictures. Gorgeous gorgeous AOP.

    K x

  10. Alex D
    Posted June 22, 2012 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    Beautiful photos! And THAT dress! Wowzaah! Thank you for sharing x

  11. Posted June 22, 2012 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    I’m a sucker for a good write up…and the line about hills and wet beaches has me in bits…love this, Emily. Love it.

  12. Peridot
    Posted June 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    That DRESS! Just lovely…

  13. Posted June 22, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    That smile is so wonderful. So special it was caught on film by such a special photographer.

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