Any Other Photo {Felicity and Mike}

It’s amazing how Any Other Photo has grown from a tiny seedling one day nearly two years ago, to the beautiful posts that we get today. I love that each one has its own unique story, how to someone, that one photo means everything. We’ve had pictures capturing moments between best friends, we’ve had poignant moments with loved ones, and we’ve had fabulous, hilarious moments, captured forever. 

This photo though, is more than that. It’s from a wedding only a few weeks ago. It’s one of the first pictures Felicity saw from her wedding.  It’s helping Felicity deal with her husband not being around right now…

My husband Mike and I got married on the 21st September and it was a fantastic day. I’d been worrying about whether everyone would have fun and whether everything would go well for weeks, probably months, beforehand so when it really turned out to be the perfect day I genuinely couldn’t stop smiling. I’m intrigued to get the professional pictures back as all I remember about walking up the aisle in the registy office is seeing Mike and grinning like an idiot – and I don’t think I stopped all day.

We both had the week off after the wedding and although we didn’t go anywhere we had a lovely week just being with each other and going out and doing all the little things that we never get to do. Mike’s in the army and while we have a flat in London, he’s based in Devon and is there for the majority of the time. We get to see each other at weekends when he’s not working so having a whole week together was the most wonderful thing.

I suppose I’m writing this really because I feel a bit sad and down in the dumps. On the Sunday after the wedding Mike had to go back to Devon as he was going away on a training exercise abroad until Christmas. I know it’s not the worst place that he could be sent, being in the army but it’s the longest continual period of time that we’ve not been able to see each other (one of his initial training courses required no contact with family members/friends for the first five weeks and that was bad enough – although we did write to each other so I suppose that’s cheating!) and I think that because it was just after the wedding, at the end of our ‘honeymoon’ that it made it so much worse.

The photo I’ve attached is one my mum took of us signing the register – or rather pretending to sign the fake register once we’d done all of the official stuff! I love the fact that we’re both smiling so much and it really sums up how we were both feeling for the whole day. When I’d walked in I could see Mike looked very, very nervous. I don’t think I’d ever seen him that worried about anything before – it’s like he’d taken all of my nerves that I’d had for the year of wedding planning and had it all going on at that one time! I like that in the picture he seems completely relaxed and just happy.

Anyway it’s only been two days since he went away, I’ve not heard from him yet and I’m not sure when, or if, I will. I’m currently wading through all the paperwork that needs to be done if I want to change my surname, getting reminders about the gift list delivery which will happen before he comes back (I won’t open the presents before he’s home of course) and feeling very incredibly happy about being married, but at the same time incredibly sad.

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  1. Becca
    Posted November 23, 2012 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    Firstly, congratulations. I love it when a AOW bride gets married.

    Secondly, its OK to be pissed off and a bit down in the dumps with your situation. This isn’t the best time of year to have the person you love gone either with the cold and the dark nights. I had two winters apart with no phone or email contact either (he was in the Jungle) and I’d get home and just put the electric blanket on and crawl into bed at 7pm.

    You know it’s temporary and it’ll be amazing when he gets back. That’s what you focus on.

    And that bit in Friends when Monica opens the presents? I would actually do that. You have amazing willpower.

  2. Lara Blue
    Posted November 23, 2012 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    You both do look so happy! :) It was hard enough to deal with mine going back to work straight after the honeymoon when me home alone during the day so I can’t imagine what you’re dealing with not seeing him at all.
    Hopefully you’ll have heard from him now and friends & family have rallied round you to keep you occupied in the meantime. Not too much longer until Christmas now either xx

  3. Posted November 23, 2012 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    What a lovely picture! I hope you’ll be back together soon

  4. Katielase
    Posted November 23, 2012 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Oh, gorgeous photo! I love the smiles. You look so happy. I hope you can hang on in there and remember all that joy until he comes back home to you!

    K x

  5. Kandra
    Posted November 23, 2012 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    What a beautiful picture, (and a really stunning looking registy office!) you both look so happy. I cant imagine how hard it must be to have to be apart with no contact so soon after the wedding. Keep looking forward to christmas, and the hugs, I always look forward to hugs!x

  6. Posted November 23, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    What an amazing Christmas it’s going to be… Congratulations both of you x

  7. Posted November 23, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    oh man that sucks! Hope you’ve got stuff to do…are you on Twitter? There’s always someone over there to talk nonsense to if you’re feeling rubbish
    Anna @skinblisterblog

  8. Felicity
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much for the lovely comments! I am on twitter, still figuring out how to use it though. I’m definitly looking forward to the hugs, although I’m still not sure when he’s back. x

  9. Emma
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful photo, and its ok to feel down about it. But it will make the welcome home hugs and kisses all the more sweeter. I hope you have a lovely Christmas xx

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