Saturday, January 29, 2011

Whistle Along Now...

Eleven years ago today, the Mr and I were ‘hitched’ at the Wandsworth Town Hall in London, because if we wanted to see if we wanted to be together, then this Australian needed a visa. As we exchanged a just-married, Leap of Faith kiss, the strains of a Monty Python musical masterpiece could be heard, catching the guests a little off guard...

Always Look On The Bright Side of Life
Some things in life are bad
They can really make you mad
Other things just make you swear and curse.
When you’re chewing on life’s gristle
Don't grumble, give a whistle
And this'll help things turn out for the best...

And...always look on the bright side of life...
Always look on the light side of life...(etcetera)


No Whitney Houston for us, this song seemed just right – appropriate even – as much as it does eleven years down the track. Although I suppose there’s a whole measure of appropriate and I did get married in a reddest-red dress.

I reckon it’s been our trickiest year yet: more to juggle, too many curve balls to deal with, too much time together with most of the work happening from home and amongst the day-to-day. And then not enough time, only together, to remember how it is to be, well, us.

Today is glorious. We’ll get the inevitable navigation-themed, clear-the-air argument over, as soon as we drop the kids off at Grandma and Grandad’s. Then it’s a lazy lunch involving a vineyard, a summer breeze and no need to be any place in particular, the Mr and me, until tomorrow morning.

BLISS.

This is a photograph of my Mr, my mother’s hand and me. We don’t have many pictures of our wedding (particularly with my mother’s hand) and many are questionably composed, entirely unflattering and shot with a flash as darkness descended at 4pm on a dreary, wintry day. They are all the more precious for their scarcity. This is the one taken as Our Song played.



I hope you have a whistling, bright-side-of-life weekend too.

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And just in case you haven’t whistled along yet, here it is, for your convenience...

44 comments:

BubzRugz said...

Happy Anniversary... that's a lovely picture - caught a special moment....
Hugz

Posie Patchwork said...

I love it!! We got married nearly 14 years ago, not for something as classy as a Visa, but my husband desperately wanted to get out of living in Army Barracks, so after 3 years of dating we were engaged anyway, so speedy wedding & into our own home. See, Army housing trumps visa!!
Guess what, Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life was the last song played at our wedding & my parents neighbours said they all sang along & thought it was a fantastic surprise wedding song. Even better, the following day the marquee was still up & all the neighbours came for lunch (which stretched to dinner) eating left overs. That's how we do it on the leafy fancy North Shore of Sydney, share the love!!
Happy anniversary, love Posie

Kylie said...

This is so beautiful - congratulations guys :) Love the dress, love the song too! Kx

CurlyPops said...

Awww Happy Anniversary! You two look so happy in that photo. I hope you have a lovely romantic day, just the two of you.

Andi said...

Happy happies!
"Just remember that the last laugh is on you".
Andi x

SmitoniusAndSonata said...
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SmitoniusAndSonata said...

That has to be the best wedding photo I've seen for a long time .
You're both so awed by the solemnity of the moment !

Thea said...

I love this photo! What a gorgeous moment captured in time and your red dress is sooo you. Beautiful! Happy Anniversary and many, many more years filled with love, health and happiness and keep looking on the bright side of life - it will take you far. xx

sophie said...

Congratulations, have an awesome day/night. I love your dress, your face, you're so happy, it's fantastic!

kirsty said...

thanks for sharing Tania, gorgeous man, woman, dress, hand, song. i will be smiling and whistling all day. have yourselves a grand anniversary!

x

librarygirl said...

Oh Tania you look gorgeous (still do)
Congratulations!
Glad your song wasn't Lady in Red!
(Knew somehow you wouldn't be a bride in a meringue dress).
x

mel @ loved said...

Happy Anniversary! Sounds like the perfect day ahead, & talk about perfect weather! Enjoy..

sooz said...

I never got married, but 18 years down the track (I KNOW!) I can't think of a song I would rather have played at my fictional wedding. The hand totally makes the photo. Many happiness for you my dear.

Elizabeth said...

Happy Anniversary! I love your story and your wedding picture.

Red Red Completely Red said...

What an amazing story! From the red dress to the cheery song, it sounds like a magical day. Congratulations!

Stomper Girl said...

Happy Anniversary! I hope you have a lovely date with each other to clear the air after your tricky year. It is very important to have a date with your partner I reckon, it reminds you of all the stuff you liked about them, whereas the day-to-day tends to bring up all the things they do that really annoy you!

Fer said...

Happy Anniversary!! That song is timeless (as is the movie too), my favourite line has always been "life is full of shit, when you look at it". Aahhh, Eric Idle certainly has a way with words!

Enjoy your day..... with lots of good wine.... ♥

june at noon said...

What a gorgeous picture (and gorgeous couple). Happy anniversary!

teddybearswednesday said...

HAAAAAPPY Anniversary to you and the MR.
What a gorgeous wedding photo, and that's just the best choice of wedding song I've heard.
trust you. Enjoy your just the two of you day xo

Michelle said...

Happy anniversary! Have a wonderful weeekend.

We too are married 11 years in 2 months' time. To celebrate, we are spending a special weekend apart while I do the Sew it Together thing. Strangely this didn't worry him, and I'm not too sure whether I should be concerned or not! Ha ha!

My Bearded Pigeon said...

HAPPY elevenses!! We are 11 this year too! xx

Tas said...

Aw, congrats and enjoy your "ust you two" time. Love that photo. It is gorgeous!

One Flew Over said...

Have a fantastic weekend, I couldn't think of a girl more deserving.

Happy anniversary x

Suse said...

Happy anniversary!

Perhaps on your 20th anniversary you could perform the fish slapping dance?

Catherine said...

happy anniversary! whistling and smiling along here - thank you!

Shannon said...

Happiest anniversary wishes..I might even click my heels a little as I dance and whistle.

rachelmp said...

Love it! Happy anniversary too

Megan.K. said...

That's one of the best wedding photos I've seen! Congratulations on your anniversary Tania. Have fun together.
xo

ecoMILF said...

Happy Anniversaey- may you always laugh together! xo m.

peppermintpatcher said...

Happy anniversary. I love how he's looking at you in that photo - pure adoration.

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Happy Anniversary. You are both fabulous. Here's to many more wonderful years together!

Lola Nova said...

Happiest of Anniversaries! I love that you had that song at your wedding! I also wore the reddest of dresses at my wedding = good luck.

jolijou said...

just gorgeous!! happy anniversary!!
x andrea

Nikki said...

Have a blissful time, dearest. And many more years of happy whistling ahead.

flowerpress said...

Have a wonderful happy day together :-)
Looking on the bright side is a great charter!
x

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Happy of happiest anniversaries! You've gotta love a girl that wears red to her wedding!

Jo James said...

Happy anniversary!
That song is the perfect start for a happy marriage :)
We had the Doors' Light My Fire as we walked down the aisle. And I wore white (depsite the fact that our 3 monjth old daughter was in attendance).

a very fine house said...

Well I never saw you in a white fluffy dress, so I am happy with the red, it fits. Have a lovely anniversary and if some years you can't look on the bright side of life, just peek!

Lauren said...

How wonderful! Happy Anniversary! Wandsworth...he he he the first time I heard about wandsworth was in love actually! :)

Mel said...

Happy Anniversary to you both! I hope the day was wonderful and the clear-the-air argument was over toot sweet.

How fitting your song was. And how fitting I should swing by and see this now having been in a funk all day at losing my phone then tripping awkwardly (think pregnant woman doing the splits with a full bag of rubbish in hand), on a wheeled thingy and hurting my knee :( So now I shall whistle ... as I put a bag of frozen peas on my knee.

Actually I just remembered I can't whistle. So I'll hum it instead.

Di said...

Love that song!!!!
Happy Anniversary. May you both continue to whistle in harmony for many more years to come.

the textured leaf said...

You have the most enviable smile! Gorgeous shot. Congratulations

Anonymous said...

Happy anniversary! We two/too were married on the same day for the same reason. Ah the wedded joys of visa and immigration requirements between Aus and UK!

heather said...

did you know dear friend, we've been married 11 also.

i love this post. you both look so happy. and fabulous. a red and black wedding makes me feel like life is good. that video made me laugh. i sent it to two friends. hoping to make them at least smirk.

i wonder how your day was??? hopefully full of finesse (my word veri gave me that idea)). and laughs like that one in the photo.