Any Other Photo {Emilie and John}

***Enjoy the bank holiday weekend, readers…we’ll be taking a break and back on Tuesday, bright and early.  See you then!***


This AOP makes me grin.  A lot.  It was taken seven years ago and is full of adventure and excitement and memories.  It was taken by chance.  It’s full of secrets.  It hasn’t been shared and liked and wallpapered ad infiniutm.  It’s loved for what it is.  I love that I look at this picture and feel like I can see that moment, on a busy street in New York, with everyone going about their daily business, and then Emilie and John, not a care in the world.  

Perfection.  Over to you, Emilie:       

Well, this all started with a bit of Twitter banter. Oh that lovely new blog thing I’ve been reading needs wedding photos! Yes, I’ve got a cool picture! Send it in? Why not, I mean it’s not like you’ll want to………..Oooooh you want to use it? And I’ve got to write something witty or touching or powerful about the meaning of life, relationships, men and women together in matrimonial bliss overcoming adversity at every turn……………Ah. Bugger.


This photo is one of those pictures that means a lot to me, but it is rarely seen. It hasn’t been shared on Facebook for people to ‘like’. It hasn’t been posted onto Twitter for my friends and random admirers to coo over. We never did get around to having it blown up and put onto canvas to decorate our flat. It may be languishing on a CD in a drawer, but it also nestles in a warm spot in my memory, glowing gently.


It was a complete fluke. The 2 previous shots are one of the street looking the other way, then one of us pulling dodgy faces mid-sentence. Then BAM. The most perfect, atmospheric, simple, gentle kiss shot you ever did see.

Our photographer was Edward, husband of my good friend and ‘bridesmaid’ Arianna. He had taken photos throughout the day on my slightly ropey digital camera. He also managed to capture the wedding ceremony (all 2 minutes and 16 seconds of it) on movie mode. We had tried to do some ‘proper’ shots in the park at City Hall, but we were giggling too much. Not even phoning the grandparents to tell them what we had just done calmed us down.


I suppose it does sum up our wedding. Just the two of us, in New York, feeling a bit naughty and ever so slightly awestruck by what we managed to do on our own.


It is almost seven years to the day that photo was taken, and 17 years since we first met. Every once in a while he kisses me like this, and my stomach still does back-flips.

Categories: Any Other Photo
18 interesting thoughts on this


  1. Claire
    Posted May 24, 2013 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    This is just so perfect – just the two of you amid everything. Plus it looks like an awesome kiss – if we’re still kissing like that after 17 years then I will be v happy! Thanks for sharing this, it’s really lovely

    Claire x

  2. Elsie
    Posted May 24, 2013 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    “it also nestles in a warm spot in my memory, glowing gently”
    Love that description, a delight of a picture. Is anyone else intrigued to hear more about the wedding or is it just me being nosey!?

    • Posted May 24, 2013 at 9:18 am | Permalink

      Ooh snap, wrote my comment before I saw yours. I’m dreadfully nosey so I definitely would love to hear about it!

  3. Steff
    Posted May 24, 2013 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    Awwwwwww so lovely! A perfect moment. Xx

  4. Posted May 24, 2013 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    Just perfect!!

  5. Posted May 24, 2013 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    Oh this is so beautiful. And a precious token of how that moment felt.

  6. Chirsty
    Posted May 24, 2013 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    What I love most about this photo is that, even though both your faces are both half hidden in that wonderful kiss, you can see happiness glowing out of every bit of both of your expressions. Perfect:)

  7. Posted May 24, 2013 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    Awwwww! I love this line the most: ‘Just the two of us, in New York, feeling a bit naughty and ever so slightly awestruck by what we managed to do on our own.’

    I love it when a couple feel like an awesome team and totally in cahoots. Tis what marriage is all about – having a partner in crime!


  8. Posted May 24, 2013 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Aaah I love this one.
    The last sentence in particular….sigh.
    I would love to hear more about your wedding…..!!! (write a post write a post write a post write a post write a post write a post)

  9. Amanda M
    Posted May 24, 2013 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    Ohhh I’ve gone all gooey. Lovely writing, lovely shot. Please DO get blown up on to canva.

  10. Posted May 24, 2013 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    I love this!

  11. Posted May 24, 2013 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    This is just what I needed to see on a dreary Friday morning! Such a wonderful description and as Claire says if we’re still kissing like this after 17 years I’ll be one very happy lady indeed. Have to say I totally echo what the others said… can we have a bit more about your wedding? I love a good elopement story!

    Hope you have a wonderful seventh anniversary when it arrives xx

  12. Posted May 24, 2013 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    This is wonderful! Anna’s words “full of secrets” sums it up for me. I love the contrast between your monumental moment, and the everydayness of the street behind you. A perfect picture to cherish. thank you for sharing x

  13. Posted May 24, 2013 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous! Print it. Please print it. You would be devastated if the file corrupted *photographer face*

  14. Posted May 24, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    I can’t stop looking at this. It’s lovely. And yes I know I’ve already commented. Twice.

  15. Fiona Richards
    Posted May 24, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    Love it! Still gutted we didn’t share in the celebraations – think you should have a repeat UK performance!! ;-) xx

  16. Posted May 25, 2013 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    The last sentence of this is the best ever.

    K x

  17. Lucy s
    Posted May 28, 2013 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    Just wow. Totally amazing photo xxx

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