Today’s AOP would win Most Adorable in the 2013 Any Other Photo Awards. (Which I totally think should be a thing, except I would undoubtedly come up with a category for every.single.picture and everyone would win.)
Frances’ own AOP was the perfect example of quiet, thoughtful beauty captured with no pretence or agenda – just two people, so in love. Alan’s is exactly the same, which goes to show how wonderful they are together.
Happy weekend, readers.
I’ve been meaning to sit down and write an Any Other Photo ever since Frances submitted hers, but the rollercoaster of life moves quickly and distractions have come thick and fast.
The photo that I’ve chosen is the “you may now kiss the bride” shot (although they never said those words exactly, but we knew our cue!). Not only does it bring me great joy to see the moment that we were married so neatly captured, but it reminds me of everything that I am proud of about our wedding day.
Our hands are firmly clasped together. We planned this wedding as a team, and ever since have said how much we enjoyed the journey almost as much as the day itself. From the moment that Frances arrived at the Church, looking stunning and beaming from ear to ear, I grabbed hold of her and barely let go throughout the ceremony. We were a team beforehand, and will be a team forever after – but this was the day that we symbolised that in front of loved ones.
We both look so calm. Neither of us likes to be the focus of a room full of people, and I’d privately feared ending up stood at the front, shaking like a leaf. But when the day came I couldn’t have been more at ease. When I look at this photo I see how relaxed we both look, and it brings back the sense of radiating joy that I felt, helped by the look of genuine happiness on the faces of Frances’ parents and the satisfied beams from the vicar and the rabbi looking on!
Finally, Frances is kissing me tenderly on the nose. We’d talked about doing the kiss this way, although I didn’t think that we’d actually be coordinated enough to manage it! Seeing it is a reminder of two things: that we managed to pull off the wedding of our dreams and that we did it in our way.
From many photos that I could have chosen, this is the one that brings the biggest smile to my face and reminds me of everything that I have to be excited about with our future together.