Any Other Photo {Lauren and Mark}

This is one of those AOPs where the sheer happiness, the genuine delight in being married to your person, just shines off the page. I read what Lauren had to say, and I couldn’t help feeling happier and more content after reading it, because Lauren is clearly so happy and content herself, despite some of the set-backs that they had along the way.

Go, read, and have a happy weekend readers!

Looking at this photo makes me smile, lots.  On Sunday 18th August 2013 on a thankfully sunny day Mark and I got married and it was the most wonderful day of my life.  When I see our smiles I am so proud that we made this journey after four wonderful years of knowing each other despite the obstacles we encountered.

For starters when Mark asked me out on a date I told him we couldn’t possibly go out.  After a number of dubious crushes Mark seemed so perfect I felt either he was the nicest guy in the world or else he was a massive player.  Rejecting him seemed the safest option.  Expecting him to drop me instantly, Mark continued to look out for me and be a wonderful friend.  Just before I left for a family holiday I realised I was crazy about Mark but that he would move on with his life, a life without me if I didn’t make my feelings clear.  The night before I caught my flight I met up with Mark and several friends, prepared to ask him out for a second date.  I arrived at the pub to see him flirting with a beautiful Italian girl.  He barely talked to me all evening but as lovely as he is, he offered me a lift home at the end of the evening aware I didn’t drive and wanting me to get home safe.  Parked in my parents drive, haltingly and very painfully I asked him out.  Much to my enduring joy he said yes.

On our second year anniversary Mark proposed.  What should have been a very happy time became a sad time when my parents, unable to reconcile our plans for a civil ceremony in the face of their Catholic views made it clear they would not attend our wedding.  I love my parents very much and I can see that our decision to discard my family faith hurt them as much as their decision hurt me.  For many desolate months I suffered from anxiety and  it was Mark that made me face up to the fact that I should have the wedding I wanted but could still have a great relationship with my parents despite their absence.  Unfortunately, my pain led me to foolishly worry if we were compatible after all and if I should have had lots of relationships before settling down.  Poor Mark supported and loved me through all my doubts and my cold feet.

Then a job came up in Shropshire and Mark got it and we moved from Surrey.  We both love living in the countryside (a shock to me!) we are near Mark’s family, our quality of life is better and there is more of a sense of community.  A couple of weeks before the wedding  we put an offer on our dream house only having to withdraw it as Mark faced redundancy.  Yet when I look at that photo I see that Mark and I are ecstatic.  We’ve found each other and were true to ourselves and no matter what life throws at us it is us against the world for the rest of our lives.

Ps after the wedding Mark got told his job is safe and we are now going through again with buying our dream house!

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  1. Posted September 27, 2013 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    *proud face*

    Lauren & Mark’s wedding day was perfect, it was a wonderful reflection of their life together and their love, and I still can’t get over how calm and serene Lauren was!

    • Posted September 27, 2013 at 9:05 am | Permalink

      Proud face indeed – well done lady!

    • Lauren
      Posted September 27, 2013 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

      Aw, thanks Amy! You’re an amazing friend to us both and we LOVE this photo – it’s such a special reflection of our day – thank you!! Hope to see you soon. Much love xxxx

    • Posted September 27, 2013 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

      Aw, thanks Amy. You’re such an amazing friend to us both and your photo is such a special reflection of our day – thank you!! Hope to see you soon!! Much love xxxx

    • Posted September 27, 2013 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

      Aw thanks Amy. You’re an amazing friend to us both and your photo is such a special reflection of our day – thank you!! Hope to see you soon!! Much love xxxx

  2. Posted September 27, 2013 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    Oh, and their cake LOOKED LIKE BOOKS!

    • Amanda M
      Posted October 1, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

      I saw your photo of that cake and it sent me into a frenzy of excitement from which I’ve still not recovered.

  3. Posted September 27, 2013 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    awwww Amy! I love how excited you are!

    I also love how Lauren’s love for Mark just gushes from this write up. This peach and grey pages just can’t contain it. Gorgeous.


    • Posted September 27, 2013 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

      Aw, thanks Laura – feel really touched and humble to read your message! Thank you!!

    • Posted September 27, 2013 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

      Aw thanks Laura – feel really touched and humble to read your message! Thank you!! xx

  4. Posted September 27, 2013 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

  5. Posted September 27, 2013 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous photo and even more beautiful words. Your love for Mark just radiates off the page, as his does for you.

    Oh and huge congratulations on buying your dream house!


    • Posted September 27, 2013 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Hollie – your words mean a lot!! xx

  6. PiriyaP
    Posted September 27, 2013 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    So lovely, well done for getting over all those obstacles, true love always wins.

  7. Morwenna
    Posted September 27, 2013 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Such a lovely write up and pic! Loving the Panama hat x

    • Posted September 27, 2013 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

      Thank you!! Yes, I thought the panama was rather sexy too!! xx

  8. Posted September 27, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    This is lovely! :-)

  9. Posted September 27, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Eeeeee! So glad it all worked out for you with the job and house.

    I love the photos that are all about the couple, the real reason for having the wedding, the love and faith and journey of the two of you! Sorry that you’ve had a hard time but I’m sure your beautiful smiles and day made up for it all.

    Gorgeous :)

    P.S. Well done Amy, good skillz.

    • Posted September 27, 2013 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

      Yes, Amy is a talented lady!! Thank you!! Think everything has been worth it to get to where we are at!! Thanks for your good wishes xx

  10. Posted September 27, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    This picture is so lovely, you both look so incredibly happy! And Amy, you should be proud – are you sure you should be on Lucy’s course? :-P

    Also, I’ve seen pictures of your cake. It was AMAZING! I had serious cake envy there, although I would have found it difficult to cut into.

    I love the story behind it, and how you two managed to overcome so much. I can also sympathise with you about the Catholic parents and how hurtful that must have been. I’m so very, very happy you two made it through. In all the pictures I’ve seen (I’m not a creepy, I’ve just seen a few more pictures on Amy’s Facebook!) you two look so full of joy and love. This picture reflects that perfectly!

    Good luck with the house purchase!

    • Posted September 27, 2013 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

      Thank you!! Don’t worry I so facebook stalk too!! It was the perfect day. My talented sister made the cake and it really was a day of joy and love despite everything. So glad to be able to share it with you!! xx

  11. Posted September 27, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    This is such a perfect AOP. I love how your love shines out of both the words and pictures. You seem like you are both so lucky to have found each other and I love that you have worked so hard to support each other through so much but seem to (hopefully) be coming to the other side.

    This got me a little bit teary this morning but I had no time to comment then but I *had* to come back and say this.

    Also: fingers crossed for the dream home – I really hope it all goes well! xx

    • Posted September 27, 2013 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Siobhan – your words mean a lot. It makes me feel very humble that our story has touched others. I think we are so lucky to have found each other and we are just starting our new phase of our journey together with excitement and happiness. Thank you for your kind words. xx

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