Readers, as it’s a bank holiday weekend, we’re going to take a long weekend, have a break, and be back with you on Tuesday morning, 7am sharp, coffee in hand. See you then!
When I received Abi’s submission, it was 10.47pm and I couldn’t get to sleep because I was grinning like a loon. It’s not just the picture itself, but oh , it is special. Look at the sheer joy on the face of those guests. Look at them! What really made me smile was the reason why Abi chose this picture.
Because yes, a wedding is about the bride and groom and immediate family. But it’s also about the people who have travelled cross country (and often across borders) to see you, who have arranged for babysitters and locked up their houses and sat in traffic jams and bought train tickets and checked into hotels and given up their weekends to be there, to be with you, to support you, to love you. And this AOP celebrates that, unapologetically.
Photograph by the talented Tom Smith Photography. Congratulations, Abi and Mike…and happy Friday readers:
Like many of you, when I got my pictures, I started to think, what one will I submit for Any Other Photo? What photo means the most to me? Why? What does it say that others don’t?
I might be unusal here but I really love all our pictures, including the ones taken on phones by friends.
There are so many that summed up what an incredible day we had with our amazing friends and family.
The first photo that I thought might be my AOP was a picture taken by a friend and sent to me the morning after. It was amazing to see this picture the day after. I was laughing, confetti thrown at me, dancing down the aisle, clutching my bouquet as Mike held on to me.
The morning of pictures, with my sister and my bridesmaids laughing as we are getting ready, sitting on my hotel bed drinking pink champagne out of plastic glasses (always classy!).
Photos that sums up my love of these girls and how happy I was to be sharing my day with them.
The one that nearly was, is a picture of me and my dad walking down the aisle together, Dad with tears in his eyes, looking so proud, me with the biggest smile, looking at the man I was about to marry.
There were many photos that show how much fun we had, tons that show how happy we are together and all of them I am smiling from ear to ear.
But my AOP isn’t a picture of us and our happiness.
My AOP summed up for me what we wanted, what we had always hoped our wedding would look like.
Very simply, this is a picture of everyone having fun.
However, it is also a picture that tells a 1000 words to me as, its a picture of so many people and their stories. All brought together, from all over the country, to be at our wedding.
And this is what happens when the DJ starts the music and a fair amount of wine has been drunk.