Any Other Photo {Liz and Mark}

Readers, consider this your Friday morning warning.  Today’s Any Other Photo had me in bits.  Dealing with the themes of love, loss, family, history, it wraps them all into one moment.  You can hear the love in the way Liz writes about her Nan, and the pride with which she talks about two families being brought together.  And that’s one of the most powerful results of a wedding, isn’t it? 

Photography by the incredibly talented James Davidson.

There are so many of our wedding photos that I absolutely adore and could have picked, but somehow it’s this one that gets me every time.

I’m not in it – in fact I think I was probably still at home when it was taken – and you can only see the back of Mark’s head, but even so it seems to sum up all the love and happiness that the day brought together.

The photo is of Mark meeting my Nan at the door of the church as she arrived. My Nan looks so happy and pleased to see Mark.

There’s a background to all of this, which is probably why it means so much. Nan had a horrific year and a bit before our wedding. My Grandad had been diagnosed with a cancer which took hold so quickly and so violently. He passed away a year and two weeks before our wedding and his funeral was almost a year to the day.

During the intervening year I remember very few times when I had seen my Nan truly happy and yet here she is being welcomed by someone who is, about half an hour later, about to become part of her family and she is absolutely beaming.

As much our Mark and my wedding was about the completely love we have for each other, it was more than that and I think that’s what comes across in this picture. It was about bringing our families together, and creating this wider group of people who all genuinely love you and consider you to be part of their family. If that’s not something to beam about then I don’t know what is!

Oh readers.  It’s not over yet.  Liz also sent me her runner-up photo.  I don’t usually do this but I clocked the dress and the laughter and just knew you would all kill me if I kept it from you.  This photo is taken at the moment that Liz got out of the car and realised that she had forgotten her bouquet. I’ll let Liz explain it to you, as she did in her email to me:

In this photograph there are three things going on: 1) I am doubled up laughing thinking that I couldn’t care less if I got married without flowers in my hand, 2) as one of my friends pointed out when looking at the photo ‘aren’t bridesmaids meant to help you carry you dress so it doens’t get covered in dirt?’ and 3) Dad and my godfather have just been talking about whether they can make it home to retrieve the flowers.

Luckily home was only a mile away so my godfather did a mad dash and sorted everything out!

Categories: Any Other Photo
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  1. Posted July 6, 2012 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    I love them both!!! A lesson to all bridesmaids there- get your Pippa on.

    Such beautiful words and so true that it’s more than just the couple being brought together. It’s always one of my favourite bits in the service when (in church anyway) the priest asks those gathered will they support the couple in their marriage.

    Gorgeous photos and I’m glad you broke the rules as they’re both lovely x

    • Posted July 6, 2012 at 10:37 am | Permalink

      Get your Pippa on! If this were twitter I’d favourite your comment.

      • Liz
        Posted July 9, 2012 at 9:16 am | Permalink

        This made me laugh!! One of my bridesmaids is called Pippa!! ha ha!

  2. Katielase
    Posted July 6, 2012 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    Totally weeping on a train over here. Should maybe have heeded that warning! Beautiful picture, your Nan looks amazing, and so very happy and I love the sentiment behind it. One of my favourite things about our day was the coming together of two families, and how joyful everyone in both families seemed. You are surrounded by such love, it’s beautiful

    K x

  3. Emily
    Posted July 6, 2012 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    This is so lovely, both the photos and the write up. And I love the serious, emotional pic and then the one that just makes you giggle.

  4. Esme
    Posted July 6, 2012 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Yep, teary eyed here too! Love the first picture and the story. A reminder that weddings aren’t all about YOU, they’re important to the family too.

    Beautiful.
    xxx

  5. Posted July 6, 2012 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    How lovely! I love a Nan photo. Sadly my Nan was too ill to make our wedding but I know she’d have loved it. I’m so pleased yours was able to be there and give your almost-husband such a welcoming smile.

  6. Posted July 6, 2012 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    Fantastic, I love both of them! Such happiness in them :-) Congratulations

  7. Posted July 6, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful photo, beautiful story.

    And the second one is a treat – BRILLIANT!!!

  8. Jo S
    Posted July 6, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    I love the photo of your nan and the 2nd photo is brilliant. Laughter is the best medicine when things don’t go to plan. Glad you got your bouquet in the end though!

  9. Liz
    Posted July 9, 2012 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    Apologies for such late reply to your lovely comments, have a spent the weekend as a bridesmaid at my brother’s wedding, with our family growing once again! – so very apt timing for this to be posted here! xx

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