My worst wedding photo is my favorite wedding photo

Guest post by SamanthaPink
Photo by Milestone Images.

I cried (almost) the ENTIRE way through the vows. There simply wasn't going to be a picture of us in the courthouse without me doing the ugly face. And yet, when I saw this picture, I felt before I saw. What I mean is, I didn't see my ugly cry face. I felt those feelings I felt then: the overwhelming love that broke my face into tears and snot and can't-pull-myself-together.

This is what wedding pictures have done to me.

I no longer see myself for my imperfections. I see myself for the beauty of the things I feel, the honest ways they're expressed through my skin. In an almost ironic twist of the expected, being a bride didn't make me feel fat and ugly. It made me finally aware of how gorgeous I am — even, and especially, with a face covered in tears.

My favorite wedding picture isn't the one with the best lighting or the most flattering fall of my dress. It's the one where I am sobbing while sputtering out my forevers to the man I love so much. It's him holding my hands and keeping me from dropping to the floor. It's even the judge's face of love and patience as he takes it all in. It's all of that, and it's beautiful.

Comments on My worst wedding photo is my favorite wedding photo

  1. HOLY moly, that photo is perfection. I love you crying and the way they’re both smiling at you so sweetly. It’s totally an “awww” moment, and a beautiful one at that. Good for you. πŸ™‚

  2. I laughed at this photo. Not in a mean way though. I laughed because I know I’ll be making that face come October. And because I can see in your husband’s smile just how much he loves you, no matter what face you are making. πŸ™‚

    • You and me both! I giggled as well thinking “yep, October, that’s me.” I hope my guy holds me up and smiles at me the same πŸ™‚

  3. What beautiful sentiments! I love the way you described your feelings about this photo and can relate. My favorite shot of my wedding is a simple shot where I was beaming up at my husband – my photographer was snapping at me to stop smiling (she wanted oh-so-serious shots for some reason) and my heart and face just refused to oblige!

    • <3 this. I don't want anyone telling me what to do with my emotions!
      I think the photo is wonderful! x

  4. Awwwwww! So sweet. You made me tear up a little. I feel the same about my love and did the same thing. I wish I had a picture like this!

  5. I LOVE this picture! and I can totally relate to this article because every picture I have within minutes of giving birth to my son I look exactly like this…everyone laughs at my horrible face and says that I look like I’m still in pain even though he’s out and laying on my lap but that ugly face is me feeling an indescribable emotion that we are only lucky enough to experience a few times in life…the first moment you see your child being one of those, and I’m assuming the moment I say my wedding vows will be the next (we’ve been engaged for years and still no date in sight, but I’m sure my wedding photos will look just like this too!)
    Thanks for sharing!

  6. This photo just made my day. And I just sent a link of this post to my fiance and warned him that this is what he can expect from me!!! Absolutely wonderful. πŸ™‚

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