Any Other Photo {Roz and Barry}

My first reaction to reading Roz’s Any Other Photo is that it’s unlike any that we’ve ever had before.  I know they all are, to an extent, and that’s the beauty of this series.  But this one is even more different.  This is a moment taken away from when you’re “on show”, taken by a bridesmaid, at a point in the day very few of us get to see.  This is a moment of deepest relaxation and contentment.    And Roz’s final sentence?  I think she’s nailed it.  That’s what a good marriage should be.   Putting the other person first. 

Over to you, Roz:

Barry and I got married three years ago, it was our third anniversary on 6th February, but I’ve never sat down and picked a photo for one of these posts.  There are many reasons I could give for this, the obvious being it’s too hard to pick just one photo that I love the most / want to share with you all, but if I’m being honest I have never submitted a photo because I never felt my photo and words would be worthy of this feature.

Ridiculous really because I’ve already had the most wonderful group of friends on twitter get excited at the thought of seeing and reading my AOP post.  Girls I love you all.  I urge anyone reading who has not already submitted an AOP to do it!!

I picked this photo as I find it impossible not to look at it and grin like a loon.  My new husband looks so content and quite frankly gorgeous!  It was taken by my beautiful bridesmaid Clare who had popped up to our honeymoon suite to help me fasten up the full skirt of my dress for our first dance.  Barry had been feeling unwell for most of the day – he believes it was food poisoning, I believe it was because he was up drinking with his best man and my brother until 2am the night before the wedding!  The reality was probably a combination of something he ate, the booze and nerves. 

Despite him feeling poorly we had the most amazing day.  Our day was spent laughing, dancing and making memories with our wonderful  friends and family, many of whom had travelled a fair distance to share our day with us, whilst also managing to sneak away and enjoy that feeling of being just married, just the two of us.  I think if I had been the one to feel poorly it could have been a different story, I would have felt quite sorry for myself after so much planning and excitement in the run up to the day and I’m not sure the control freak in me would have coped very well at all.  At the very least there would have been tears and time wasted away from our guests.  I’m pretty sure my husband didn’t complain once, except when he couldn’t eat his warm apple tart tatin and cinnamon ice cream.  Oh well two deserts for the bride! 

This photo captures the first chance we got to actually sit down and chill out for a few minutes.  It really was lovely to lie down and sip our favourite pink champagne as husband and wife.  Apart from making me wish we could get married all over again (does that feeling ever go away??) this photo will always remind me how my husband puts me first in so many aspects of our life together.  

Categories: Any Other Photo
22 interesting thoughts on this


  1. Posted February 15, 2013 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    Ahhhhh, Roz it’s here!! I have SO been waiting for this! And your words, your photo? So very worthy!!

    I love the message here, the glimpse into a private moment. And Anna is right, the last line is perfect. That’s what it’s all about, what a gorgeous reminder of that fact!

    K x

  2. Posted February 15, 2013 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    Roz it’s the perfect AOP in every way! So worth getting over excited!

  3. Mahj
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    Love this Roz and love you! xoxo

  4. Steff
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    Love love love! Just perfect.

    And your dress? Stunning!!

    4 hours sleep is preventing the formation of whole sentences… But suffice to say this is awesome! Xx

  5. Sharon
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    Awesome AOP, love this, great post Roz x

  6. Zan
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    Brilliant AOP Rozz! See, no reason to worry :)

  7. Posted February 15, 2013 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    I’m sorry he didn’t feel good and it’s nice to hear it didn’t ruin anything – I’ve sometimes thought how rubbishy it would be planning for 18 months and then having a bad cold or something on the day!

    The glimpse of you I see looks beautiful. The words you have written are definitely 100% gorgeous :) xxx

  8. Gemma C-S
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    Oh Roz, I cried. But then the thought of two apple tarte tartins with icecream cheered me up. This is a lovely lovely writeup and lovely photo. xxx

  9. Posted February 15, 2013 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    ah this is beautiful and such lovely words!

    I have one Q – who are you on the phone to!? roomservice for more bubbly I hope :P


    • Roz
      Posted February 15, 2013 at 9:40 am | Permalink

      I am actually on the phone to my mum! She had also taken the opportunity to retire to their room for a wee break. Clare and I couldn’t actually work out how to attach the train on my dress so it was very much a call for help xx

  10. Roz
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    Ah ladies you are all so wonderful! You have properly made my morning :D xx

  11. Posted February 15, 2013 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    I love this moment and that this is what you picked. Its just brilliant! x

  12. Posted February 15, 2013 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    Aaw Roz, I love it! What an unusual moment to have captured and such perfect words to go with it xxx

  13. Posted February 15, 2013 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Oh, look at his little face!!!! He looks like he just won the lottery even though he’s ill.

    Love it. Lovely words to go with it too.

    I know there are some AOW-ers who are really nervous about non-official photos and I want to urge them all to look, LOOK at this. This is just a quick snap, the photographer was probably off eating on a little break somewhere. Your friends and family see little moments the photographer doesn’t see, they so know who everyone is and capture moments between other people the photographer doesn’t know are significant.

    Sure, it’s a bit nerve wracking particularly if you don’t like having your photo taken or are a bit self conscious of your appearance but little magical moments happen, it’s a day celebrating love so of course they do. And you can always untag yourself or ask them to take photos off Facebook.

    … You might get a little gem like this though!!

    Anna x

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

      *also know not “so know” I’m English

    • Posted February 15, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

      Probably my favourite comment ever.

      K x

  14. Posted February 15, 2013 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    This is just wonderful.

    I’m not feeling at my most articulate but that sums up my thoughts!

  15. Elsie
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Roz I’m so glad you came to your senses and realised your photo and words are worthy, this is a chuckler of a picture. Love it.
    I text my friend that I’m bridesmaid for this morning saying nothing other than “Apple Tarte Tatin and cinnamon ice cream for your wedding please”

  16. Posted February 15, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    Awww look at his rosy cheeks and that big contented grin! Love it! Your sum up of this moment and what it means is just perfect :) x

  17. penny
    Posted February 16, 2013 at 3:56 am | Permalink

    This is the cutest!!! And these are the best moments, the ones where you get to step back and take everything in. They’re the moments where it actually feels real and not just like a frantic dream. Worth waiting for x100


  18. Rach M
    Posted February 16, 2013 at 5:40 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous Roz. Love it x

  19. Posted February 16, 2013 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    Aww ros lovely! I love it, brilliant picture to have picked!


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