me and you {january}


I think that what makes a relationship work
is different for every relationship.
But for me, I think ours is tied up in those three lines.
We are different,
so so very different in so many ways.
But something about those differences can bring out the best in the other.
At times it brings out the worst too of course,
but mostly it opens our eyes to another way of seeing things,
our differences remind us to look at things a different way.
And ultimately, together we can forget the world,
because we are each other's world,
and we've created our perfect world around us; our family.

This month's words come from Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol.
We danced our first dance at our wedding to that song,
which was one of my favourite moments of the whole day,
and the words of the song are just so incredibly beautiful.
And for me,
finding your soul mate
is all about finding someone who you can simple waste time with,
happily in each others' company.
It's so easy to take your other half for granted.
And I think that can be especially obvious in photos.
In the early days of our relationship,
we would proudly pose for photos,
so excited to just be together.
And then like many things,
the longer you are together,
you just don't worry about being together in photos as much,
because the fact you 'go together' is kind of a given.

I know that we have become so focused on being in photos with the children,
or photos all together as a family,
that somewhere along the line,
photos of us as a couple kind of got forgotten a bit.
But the reality is that our relationship is the beginning of our family,
and when the kids are grown and have moved out,
our relationship will still be the centre of what makes us a family.

This year is kind of a big one for us.
In March we will celebrate ten years of being together.
In July we will celebrate five years of marriage.
And we really want to celebrate our relationship, 
the bit that came before the babies,
and is the foundation of our family.
So recording a monthly photo of just us
seemed like a great way to do it.


There are five of us (actually make that ten including the other halves)
who are committed to sharing a couple photo every month this year.
And we would love to have you join in with us.
I mean, who doesn't love a bit of smoochy, cutesy romance once a month?
So go and check out BeckyFrithaKirsty and Lauren photos.




dear beautiful


51 comments

  1. Oh wow I love that! This is such a fab photo to start the series off with.
    This part is so true " you just don't worry about being together in photos as much, because the fact you 'go together' is kind of a given."
    I think this project will be a perfect way to "fix" that habit x

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    1. Thanks lovely, I'm determined to take some arty couple shots, so I thought I'd better start as I mean to go on. I really hope you're right, and this project really stops us taking our relationship for granted and not bothering to record and celebrate it. I think everybody could afford to celebrate their relationships a bit more. x

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  2. Such stunning composition! I adore this. I totally agree with what you say. We just made sure M was in photos.

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    1. Thanks. Would you believe this was a one shot wonder? I literally got one. All the others were just of Rich while I fiddled around with the remote (which wasn't working!) Luckily the light played along at exactly the right moment. x

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  3. Stunning photo, I love how you say it is ok to be different, so many people focus on finding a mate who likes the same. I am excited for your big year as I am ours xxx

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    1. Thanks lovely, I'm pleased with how it came out. Well you've met us both, I think we're pretty different. But then we have a lot of similarities too. It makes like a bit more exciting I reckon. x

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  4. This photo is stunning! I love the light in it.

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    1. Thanks. The light was so lovely and I was determined to get something close to us being silhouettes. x

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  5. Such a gorgeous photo! And the words are so true. x

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    1. Thanks lovely. So glad you're joining in too. x

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  6. Amazingly beautiful Photo, this post was so beautifully written, I couldn't agree more

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    1. Thank-you. I'm so glad you liked my picture, and my words. I just feel really strongly that we all should be recorded in the photos so we're all there when we look back on them in future. x

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  7. What a beautiful photo :) I can completely relate to being so different from my Other Half but in a way that makes it work really well! So excited to be joining in with this project, we have hardly any pictures of us together.

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    1. Ahhh, that's great. And I'm so excited that you're going to join in. Different certainly works for us. We have our similarities and like a lot of similar things but our way of seeing things is so different. x

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  8. Such a beautiful photo. Lovely, true words too xxx

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  9. This photo is beautiful, I love the lighthouse and the sun poking up behind it. Love the lyrics too, that song was around when Mr E and I were first 'dating'. We will have to try and join in occasionally as I would like some photos of us that aren't selifes! We are the king and queen of selfies of each other, we never get anyone to take them for us anymore! x

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    1. That's exactly what we have gotten like; we take a selfie on our date nights and that's about it. I love those little selfies but it was nice to put some proper effort into getting a photo of us for a change. x

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  10. my goodness the lighting and composition of this is just beautiful. might have to try and join in now and then as there just never seems to be any photos of ben and i just seperate ones with the kiddos!

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    1. We're the same; we take photos as a family, and photos of us with the kids, but very rarely just us two together anymore. Which makes me kind of sad. I'm excited to have an excuse to focus on us a bit this year. x

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  11. what a magical image! love love the natural sunlight and the lighthouse! just perfect xx

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    1. Oh thank-you. The sunlight was a bit of scene stealer. It just looked so lovely, I knew we needed our photo to have that sunlight in it. x

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  12. Oh what a gorgeous photo, and lovely words to go with it too!

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    1. Ahhh, thanks lovely. I'm really pleased with how it came out. Not bad for a one shot wonder. x

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  13. that is such a great idea.. can't remember the last time me took a kidless picture

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    1. We are the same, never take kidless photos anymore, but I'm hoping this like project will change that. x

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  14. Beautiful photo :) And what a fab idea, think I will be joining in with this one :) x

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    1. Ahh, thank-you. We'd love to have you joining in. x

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  15. gorgeous post and gorgeous idea. Thrilled to be taking part xxxx

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    1. Thanks lovely, and I'm so glad you're taking part too. x

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  16. Love this photo and the whole idea behind it.I remember when Lucas passed the one year mark we started to feel like we had the time to focus on being a couple again rather than just snatched moments. It's so lovely to celebrate your relationship as well as your children, I'm looking forward to seeing more. I'm not sure we have a photo of just the two of us since our wedding three years ago! x

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    1. We had to go back a long way to get a nice couple photo, I think the last time we actually took nice ones was our wedding/honeymoon. That first year with babies it's always tough to find time together, but we're looking forward to focusing on us again a bit more. x

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  17. What a beautiful setting this is. And you've captured the light beautifully. Thanks for the inspiration to take part, I think it's going to be quite a challenge but I'm up for it!

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    1. Thank-you, it was a beautiful day and beautiful setting to take our photo. So glad you want to take part too, it's certainly a challenge but a worthwhile one I think. x

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  18. It's photographs like this, and relationships like this, that make me feel really hopeful for the future. I look forward to seeing your year as a two. xx

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    1. Ahhh, thanks lovely. You'll find that special someone, I just know it. x

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  19. Beautiful photo! This is such a lovely idea Lucy x

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    1. Ahhh, thanks lovely. Really looking forward to focusing on us a bit for a change. x

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  20. Ahh I love this!! I have enough trouble getting M in front of the camera with the kids let alone with me, in fact we hardly have any photos of us together. He reminds me of Chandler in Friends, you know the one where he pulls that camera face!! Lol xx

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    1. Hahaha. My hubby is REALLY not a fan of having his photo taken, but he's kind of learned it's easier to give me my own way and then I'll leave him alone. x

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  21. I agree wholeheartedly about being so different. On paper me and Tom would not match up at all. But in reality it works better than we could ever imagine!
    This is a beautiful location a gorgeous photo Lucy! Looking forward to seeing more 'arty' couples shots :)

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    1. I do think different personalities often give you a lot of balance in your relationship as a whole. And that has to be a good thing.
      And thank-you. I'm determined to get some nice arty ones of us over the year. x

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  22. Such a beautiful post! and I LOVE snow patrol! Our wedding recession song was Just Say Yes!! so awesome!! x

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    1. Thanks. What a great wedding recession. We had Wouldn't It Be Nice by The Beach Boys. And Chasing Cars was our first dance. x

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  23. Wow ! love these words and that photo is absolutely stunning…so so amazing xx

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