Any Other Photo {Lara and Chris}

I have a few key points to make about this AOP.  Firstly, everybody should be kissed like this, frequently, and if you aren’t doing it right now, then WHY NOT.  Grab the person nearest to you.  Secondly, this picture and its description manages to capture almost every single kind of love there is, from THAT kind, to family, to friends, to ever-lasting.

It’s beautiful. 

This’ll wake you out of your Friday slump, readers.  Thank you, Lara.  Over to you:

  Photo by Candysnaps Wedding Photography

Staring at this picture, sensations and feelings submerged through the passing of ordinary days flash straight to the surface.

There is fierceness. An urgent desire to be as close as possible, to blur the lines between us, to grab onto each other and to never let go.  We are survivors on the front-line and this kiss is a desperate celebration of our existence. Intense elation radiates from every pore.


There is a sense of deep spiritual communion. A wonderment at words spoken, rings exchanged and promises made.  An amazement at the bright perfect bliss lifting us up.


There is no contradiction or conflict of the two. Both are happiness, one primal, one pure.  Both are love.


Staring at this picture, I am transported instantly to my experience of the moment, but there is more to it than that.


I can see my two fathers. They are both clapping. One is whistling. The other is beaming with delight. My father-in-law is a fragment but I can tell from the dimpling of his cheek that he is smiling too. My sister is a sliver of elbow, dress, cardigan and hair. My mother is only a trace of leg. Other guests are eclipsed by my veil or out of frame, but I know they are there. Hands are being held and glances exchanged. There are tears, laughter and smiles to amplify our joy.


For me, this picture is entirely about love. Our love at the heart of it, surrounded by the love of our family and friends. I pray that we always have both.

Categories: Any Other Photo
32 interesting thoughts on this


  1. Posted February 22, 2013 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    Absolutely PERFECT. Lara, this is what it’s all about. I couldn’t love this AOP more, the photo is amazing and your words are just utterly brilliant. Makes me want to grab my husband and kiss him with fierce joyful abandon. How wonderful!

    K x

  2. penny
    Posted February 22, 2013 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    Glorious! A kiss worthy of the silver screen and a write-up worthy of a novel. Excellent work on both counts Lara!


  3. Sandie
    Posted February 22, 2013 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    Perfect AOP!


  4. Posted February 22, 2013 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    This really is beautiful. These AOPs render me an emotional mess every Friday morning!

  5. Posted February 22, 2013 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    Oh Lara this is wonderful! Happy Anniversary x

  6. Posted February 22, 2013 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    Wonderful, wonderful writing & what a great photo too. Happy Friday everyone.

  7. Posted February 22, 2013 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    Wooo! This is definitely up there with the Gosling-Mcadams best kiss! The look of pure GLEE on the guests in the front row is amazing.

    Such a lovely write up too, beautiful :)

    L x

  8. Posted February 22, 2013 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    Wow, just stunning. The kiss and your words.


  9. Gemma C-S
    Posted February 22, 2013 at 9:36 am | Permalink


  10. Posted February 22, 2013 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    Utterly, utterly gorgeous. The words are perfection and the kiss even better! xx

  11. Kandra
    Posted February 22, 2013 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Stunning, perfect, beautiful.

  12. Zan
    Posted February 22, 2013 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Beautiful – I hope you have this framed and up at home Lara? it’s one of those pictures! x

    • Posted February 22, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

      It’s on our list to print out big and frame when funds permit….I think it would make me feel happy to catch sight of it on the wall and remind me of what’s important on those days when I forget xx

  13. Posted February 22, 2013 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    Lara, I love the words you have chosen. Amazement, elation, wonderment…you sum up exactly how that moment feels and transport me right back to my own. Thank you for a dreamy start to Friday! x

  14. Posted February 22, 2013 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    Want a kiss…NOW!

    Brilliant AOP Lara x

  15. Posted February 22, 2013 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Lara you write absolutely beautifully. As always :) xxx

  16. Posted February 22, 2013 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    *whispers* I think this might be my favourite AOP.

    • Posted February 22, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

      I actually did a wiggle of joy (it’s a thing) when I read that Kirsty….. xx

  17. Posted February 22, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Permalink


  18. Posted February 22, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Permalink


    I love a hug-kiss more than anything else in the world and yours is so beautiful!

  19. Posted February 22, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Thank you all for your wonderful wonderful words. You have made a lovely day even better. Now I am off to a posh hotel to swan around in the spa and eat a delicious dinner with my husband :)

    Kisses to all :) xxx

  20. steph
    Posted February 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely beautiful Lara, it was such a privilege to be there! Eloquent as always too :-)

  21. Roz
    Posted February 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Lara that photo is gorgeous and your write up is beautiful. Happy anniversary, enjoy the posh hotel :D xxx

  22. Leni
    Posted February 22, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Gorgeous lady, gorgeous photo, gorgeous words.Have a suitably gorgeous day Lara. xx

  23. Posted February 22, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful – you can feel the love and emotion in that kiss! Happy anniversary, I hope you’re having the best day.

    *Must go and kiss other half in same way. Right now*

  24. Amanda M
    Posted February 22, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    Oooh, I just swooned in the manner of a Victorian lady. All over my desk. Will have to go and compose myself before I have a fit of the vapours! Just lovely.

    PS I now have utter fear about my AOP – I have NOTHING that could compare to this.

    • Posted February 22, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

      Amanda, I felt that all the time when contemplating my AOP and look how nice people have been about it!

      All I can say is that every AOP is beautiful and special in its own way and I personally would love to see yours :) xxx

  25. Posted February 22, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    now, THAT is a snog!! *wolf whistles*

    L O V E

  26. Posted February 23, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Just perfect!

  27. Posted February 24, 2013 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    I really love your writing Lara. This is beautiful

  28. Posted March 3, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    I love everything about this post.

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