Any Other Photo {Zan and Noel}

Zan’s AOP has it all. Colour! Love! Happiness! All The Smiling Guests! Wedding knickers! It’s a celebration, a moment of sheer delight and contentment captured by beautiful chance. It’s going to make your heart sing, readers.

And the line, ‘it felt like just us two in the world’? Kills me. Such bliss.

I love this photo for many reasons.  It was taken by my brother-in-law and this was the moment we were married. Actually married! We’d kissed and lent forward and rested our foreheads on each other. It’s very much ‘a thing we do’, a thing we always have done.  And maybe it’s for comfort, or for closeness.  But at that specific moment all I remember being so blindingly unbelievably happy.  Happy to be married, that we hadn’t fluffed our vows, that I’d listened to my sister’s advice and focused on my now husband during the ceremony rather than getting carried away with it all.  Happy also that I had made it down the polished wooden stairs into the room without falling over and revealing my wedding knickers to 100 people (that’s one recurring wedding nightmare right there!).

I love that you can see some of our guests, smiling and clapping. I love the smiles, every single one.  I’d never felt quite so much love for us until that moment.  What you can’t see is my cheesy cheesy grin. It was there, reflected in the grin you can see on Noel’s face.  I’d run such a gauntlet of emotions that day, from happy to nervous to stressed to nervous to excited to tears to smiles.  It’s a wonder any bride is still standing by the time you’re actually married, but now I know how you are – it’s because it’s always always worth it for the actual moment you’re married.

And while the rest of the day was brilliant and fun and everything we’d planned and put together went fantastically and we had the most amazing day, for that one moment it felt like it was just us two in the world – together – embarking on a new adventure as husband and wife.

Categories: Any Other Photo
20 interesting thoughts on this


  1. Becca
    Posted July 12, 2013 at 7:15 am | Permalink

    How much do I love AOP? **this much**

    But sorry. We are going to need more details / some kind of report.

    Congratulations x x

  2. Posted July 12, 2013 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    I love this for all of the reason mentioned in the intro.
    Just lovely.

  3. Fee
    Posted July 12, 2013 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    Eeeeeeeeee! Just wonderful and lovely and gorgeous Z xxxx

  4. Posted July 12, 2013 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    This is just utterly lovely Zan! So much joy radiating from it.

  5. PiriyaP
    Posted July 12, 2013 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    This is so, so lovely. Many congratulations!

  6. Steff
    Posted July 12, 2013 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Xx

  7. Claire Coulson
    Posted July 12, 2013 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    Made me well up on a Friday morning. On a totally superficial note – 4 MILLION style points for the outfit! x

  8. Mahj
    Posted July 12, 2013 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Zainab get married again. Plllleeeeeeaaaassssseeeeeeeeee!


  9. Posted July 12, 2013 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Perfect! Love the just-married bubble.


  10. Hayley
    Posted July 12, 2013 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    This has really made me smile (at my desk – now looking a bit like a loon and boss probably wondering if I’ve over done the coffee already). Such a huge amount of joy in this photo. And your outfit is stunning – I agree we need more details/photos!

  11. Amanda M
    Posted July 12, 2013 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    Awww, just lovely – you can see it’s a moment in time. I love that all the friends look so thrilled too. And love the colours – so vibrant.

  12. Lee-Anne
    Posted July 12, 2013 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Awww, what a lovely photo xx

  13. Posted July 12, 2013 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    I love this so much – love the love and the joy and your words and of course (superficially but so what) your outfit and your hair! Gorgeous on so many levels xx

  14. Zan
    Posted July 12, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Thanks everyone for the kind words!

    And I LOVED my outfit in all it’s bright colourful glory – was a bit of a gamble that paid off :)

  15. Posted July 12, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely beautiful! Both the photo and the words xx

  16. Posted July 12, 2013 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Perfect. I think my favourite AOPs are the ones that capture that “we did it” moment, in all it’s crazy, euphoric, beautiful glory. A moment just for the two of you, surrounded by the happiness of others.

    As an aside, you look completely stunning and I’m going to need to see All. The. Photos. Please, thank you.

    KL xx

  17. Posted July 12, 2013 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful – more photos please! :-)

  18. Rach M
    Posted July 13, 2013 at 3:56 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous Zan, just gorgeous! I second the call for more photos! xx

  19. Morwenna
    Posted July 13, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely beautiful. Love the happy smiling faces x

  20. Frankie
    Posted July 13, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely gorgeous xxx

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