Any Other Photo {Jenni and Dave}

Today’s AOP (Happy Friday everyone!) is so blooming lovely, it makes my face hurt from smiling. It’s not just the sunflowers, the smiley guests, those chandeliers or even that beautiful dress…it’s the giddy joy and love that emanates from the photograph. It’s infectious.

I love Jenni’s description of ’the reality of the day’, you hear so many newlyweds saying, ‘x,y or z happened and it SHOULD have been awful but d’you what?! It was FIIIINE!’ and Jenni really captures that it her gorgeous write-up. 

Get ready to smile, readers. Over to Jenni… 

I chose this picture because it sums up what the whole day was about for me: laughter. I just couldn’t stop laughing, smiling, grinning, some may even say gurning at points. In more or less every formal posed picture of us I am smiling so widely that my new husband Dave is practically kissing my teeth.

Moment captured by the very talented Claire of Ella Photography

This photo was taken at the very serious moment of the civil ceremony, where the registrar asks, ‘Does anybody know of any reason why these two people should not be joined in marriage?’ (or something to that effect) For a split second there was silence, and then from somewhere amongst my almost-husband’s family came a prolonged, drawn out ‘ah-ah-ahem’ throat-clearing that felt endless. There was nothing I could do but laugh. Dave pulled a face, as if he was trying to remember a reason we shouldn’t be married. It tickled me, and everyone laughed along with me.

If someone had told me, on one of the manic days between getting my dress repaired and last minute replacement favours sorted, that at the moment of about-to-say-our-vows solemnity me and my taller half would be laughing like loons, I would not have believed it. I would have been horrified if anyone had told me that interruption had happened at their wedding. I would have thought, ‘How rude of somebody to do that during the ceremony.’ But in the reality of that moment, the comedy released us all from the stiff formality, and it was brilliant.

I thought I had worked out who it was when we got our pictures back, but that particular guest denies all responsibility, saying the throat-clearing came from behind him. We still haven’t found out who the actual throat-clearer was, but whoever he is, he is responsible for one of the best memories from our wedding day.

I spent the rest of the vows smiling, and my new husband tells me his aim is to keep me laughing or smiling each and every day of our marriage.

Categories: Any Other Photo
7 interesting thoughts on this


  1. Mahj
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    I really want some sunflowers now…Jenni, a similar thing happened during my wedding except that in that instance, both my husband and I turned round to check the guests in attendance when the question was asked, to see if anyone would object! And just like you said, it did release the tension and formality massively.

    I also love how your photographer got all your guests in the shot laughing as well. Great photo.


  2. Posted October 26, 2012 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    I love this post. And I am stealing the phrase “my taller half”. Smiling and laughing – wonderful!

  3. Posted October 26, 2012 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    Happy faces, happy flowers and a very happy write up! So, so lovely.

    AOP is def one of my favourite things ever.


  4. Katielase
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    Oh I love this! My fave AOPs are always the ones filled with joy and shared love and laughter. This is so perfect. And I want sunflowers to be everywhere today.

    K x

  5. Lara Blue
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    Aaw, lovely AOP- I adore the sunflowers! We realised afterwards that our celebrant didn’t ask for any objections (much to the disappointment of some of our guests who apparently had objections ready although I’m pretty sure they were teasing us when they said this!)…. X

  6. Zan
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    LOVING the sunflowers! Such a lovely picture (on such a dreary morning) :D

  7. Vicki
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    Awww lovely photo :) I remember all the laughs during my own ceremony so well too, its just the best kind of memory to have isn’t it! xx

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