Any Other Photo {Vicky and Didier}

There are some pictures that people send in for their AOP and you just *know* what the writer is going to say. The picture speaks for itself.  I looked at this picture, and my first thought was how magical that moment must have been for the bride and groom, with all of their family and friends beaming with happiness for them, whilst they looked at each other and basked in the moment of being newly married.
What I didn’t know until reading it though was how special it really was that all of these people were in the same place; aged grandparents, long distances, and differing cultures were all dealt with, and yet, still, this perfect moment was captured. 
Perfect moment captured by Michel Gilli, Didier’s uncle
We got married in September last year in Nice where my husband Didier was born and raised and where I’ve lived for the last 13 years. The ceremony was held in a tiny chapel about 5 minutes drive from where we live and then we had the reception in a castle high up in the hills above Nice.
Getting my entire family (including my two 85 year old grandmothers) out to join us for the wedding was a bit of a logistical nightmare because of some on-going health issues but we managed it in the end and on the big day itself we were surrounded by pretty much all the people we love best in the world!
When I was looking through our photos to pick one for AOW, I kept coming back to this photo which I had on my computer as wallpaper for months after the wedding. It was taken by my husband’s uncle as we came out of the tiny chapel and he waited in the doorway until we’d gone past to get a shot from the inside. Every time I look at it, it makes me smile. There we are standing in front of a group of friends and family some of whom met for the first time 45 minutes earlier, half of whom are French and the other half are English but they’re are all mixed up together and everyone is smiling and happy. I can almost feel the love coming off the photo and it reminds me of how lucky we are and what a fantastic day we had. Every time I look at it it makes me happy to see my Dad standing with my best friend from university, Didier’s godmother standing with his friend from work on one side and my  aunt on the other. I grin when I see our friend Fabrice up on the wall at the back because it reminds me that totally unbeknownst to us beforehand he filmed the ceremony (and most of the reception!) with his fish-eye lens camera so he could give us a wedding video “with a difference”. And I smile to myself when I remember how Didier’s little 8 year old cousin on the right asked her mother for a red and white dress for the big day because she knew they were our wedding colours and how she ended up being my second bridesmaid and carrying my dress around for me all evening.
Our wedding was 100% DIY from the invitations to the cake, the guest book to the favours, the bouquets to the table decorations etc etc and it took us months of planning, of organizing, making and crafting to get it all done. On the day itself, we spent the morning preparing the reception room at the castle, making the bouquets, helping my brother’s girlfriend finish icing the cake and just getting everything ready so by the time the ceremony started I didn’t have any time at all for nerves, I was just so excited to get down the aisle, get married and get the party started and I think the smiles on both our faces here are a mixture of happiness, relief and sheer joy at being in this moment. During the day lots of little things went wrong of course as they always do, but we had glorious French Riviera sunshine, family, friends, music, champagne and even a surprise full-on Andrew Lloyd Webber musical number arranged in secret by my Dad so although our day wasn’t by any means perfect, it was absolutely perfect for us and this photo reminds me of how happy we were every time I see it.
Categories: Any Other Photo
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  1. Posted September 28, 2012 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    I just love this photo and write-up. Wonderful.

  2. Posted September 28, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    What a brilliant description Vicky! I love knowing that as good as a photo is, it’s the stories behind it that make them really good. You look totally radiant in this photo!

    • Posted October 1, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Lucy! I’m so happy to be able to share one of my favourite photos with one of my favourite websites! :)

  3. Lara Blue
    Posted September 28, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful picture and beautiful description :)

  4. Posted October 1, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much for your nice comments guys! I have been MIA for a few days following an accident and I’ve only just seen our AOP up on the website from last week- that has definitely cheered me up! :)

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