Any Other Photo {Ashleigh and Rodney}

There is so much beauty in this AOP. It radiates out, so that you can almost feel it. The dress (and the bride inside it!), those flowers, the stunning windows, the gorgeous groom.

And then those smiles.

That, there, is happiness defined.

Happy weekend readers.

It was a real struggle picking my AOP; there have been so many lovely ones throughout my engagement that I didn’t think mine could live up to them. What I was most worried about was the story that goes behind each gorgeous photo.

I’m not the best with touchy feely emotions especially not infront of 100 people which is why before the wedding I had been so worried about the ceremony, would I cry? Would I be so shy that I would spend the ceremony looking at my toes? Would everybody find our Unitarian ceremony a little bit too out there? Would I trip walking down the aisle? Would I somehow ruin the moment that all this planning had been building up to. But in the end the ceremony was my favourite part of the day and I think part of the loveliness of this photo is the surprise and relief that we had not only made it through the ceremony but that we had loved absolutely every moment of it.

What I really love about this photo is that it brings me straight back to the moment my new husband and I walked out of the ceremony room into the glorious sunshine, sunshine we were convinced we wouldn’t get. I can hear the Ghanaian High Life music and all our friends and family whooping and cheering. I can smell the scented candles and flowers.  I can feel my dress tight around my ribs, my hand being squeezed by my handsome man and the grin almost splitting my face. I can see my Dad in his kilt and my new father in law in traditional Ghanaian Kente just as we had spent weeks talking about. Everybody is winking and smiling at us as we leave the room and I have never felt as loved or as happy as I do in this moment.

Categories: Any Other Photo
23 interesting thoughts on this


  1. Posted August 9, 2013 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    Only a Mahjism will do for this one!… Le Sigh!

  2. Alison
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    Awww this is lovely, such a happy photo. And I know it’s not the point of the photo but your flowers are stunning!!

    • Posted August 9, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

      Thank you. Our florist did an amazing job, I nearly cried when I saw the room all set up!! xox

  3. Posted August 9, 2013 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    Yay you did it! Also so much gorgeousness, love. Xxx

  4. Posted August 9, 2013 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    I want to marry this couple. They’re SO HAPPY!

  5. Elsie
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    Absolutely beautiful. I knew your AOP would be a good one after seeing some of the pics you’d blogged from other bits of your wedding.
    Going to nosy at your other pics now!

  6. Posted August 9, 2013 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    Love this picture! You look so happy!

  7. Posted August 9, 2013 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Wow, this has actually made me well up at my desk. Your joy is completely radiant, infectiously, deliriously radiant. It makes me feel like I was there, because the joy just leaps from the screen. OH SO happy, what a gorgeous memory to have.

    KL xx

  8. Posted August 9, 2013 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Eeeee Ashleigh!! This is so amazing. You look so, so happy and Rodney is just bursting with pride. He’s almost showing you off! *Check out my WIFE in all her gorgeousness*.

    As Amy (and Mahj) have said, actual Le Sigh.

  9. Zan
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    Oh. So. Gorgeous! You both look so amazingly happy, it’s jumping out of the picture. Wonderful :)

  10. Posted August 9, 2013 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    Oh Ashleigh, this is just so beautiful and full of joy :) Congratulations again!

  11. Posted August 9, 2013 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    I have to echo what everyone else has said, this is just such a lovely happy photograph.
    Ashleigh, you look radiant and Rodney looks so handsome and pleased as punch!
    What a wonderful AOP.

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

    So gorgeous in everyway! X

  13. Posted August 9, 2013 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    So lovely! I can’t stop looking at your bouquet, it’s a beaut! x

    • Posted August 9, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

      Thanks! I was so happy with all the flowers, I still have my dried bouquet hanging in our hall, no idea what to do with it!! xox

  14. Bex (GingerBee)
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    Stunning! Such a gorgeous gorgeous photo. Beautiful. I can’t even make sentences! Amazing. Xx

  15. Posted August 9, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely beautiful – it’s like an injection of happiness just bursting out of the screen :-)

  16. Katielase
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    I’ve just had to come back to this to say that your dress is SO pretty! I was too caught up in the joy to say that earlier but it is quite quite gorgeous.

    KL x

  17. Posted August 9, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Thank you everyone for such lovely comments, I was a bit shy sending this in but you have made it worthwhile xoxox

  18. Posted August 9, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    Just gorgeous!!

  19. Morwenna
    Posted August 10, 2013 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    How proud of his new wife does the groom look! Gorgeous pic x

  20. Posted August 13, 2013 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    Oh I LOVE this. x

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