My Eight Photos of Happiness – Moments Captured in Time

Photos are little captured moments of time, when you look at one not only do you smile and think ahhh, often memories from the surrounding events of the photo taking come into your head.  Evoking memories (often good and bad). 

camera quote

I was tagged by the lovely Nicola from Lady Nicci and the equally lovely Jo from MommaBoss opened up her tag to everyone as she says whenever she tags people they’ve already done it to share my eight photos of happiness (and then told me after I commented she expected to see mine soon!).

My eight captured moments in time.

Our Wedding Day

I married my best friend, in a really personal to us ceremony and we had a fantastic party after with everyone we loved.  It was an incredible day, with incredible people and incredible food.  As well as an amazing photographer in Karena Cipikoff who captured the moment when my husband told me where we were going on honeymoon during the speeches (Singapore and Bali if you’re wondering).  A secret he had been keeping for months.

WEdding Speeches

But this photo also reminds me of my mums brave Father of the Bride speech and the hilarious offering from the Best Man who had tamed down some stories thankfully!

The Toddler’s Birth

Category One Emergency C-Section with no photos as it was so rushed and a baby lucky to be here.  I haven’t been able to wash in days.  I am still in my hospital gown.  The spinal block hasn’t quite worn off but I had a healthy baby boy.


Brotherly Love

Finding out bump was in fact Baby Boy and the Toddler coming into hospital to meet him for the very first time so excited to be a big brother.  It’s lovely that these tender moments have continued to grow between them.  The baby looks a lot less terrified when he sees the Toddler bounding in for a slap-cuddle and even smiles and laughs at him!

boys meeting

Saying Hello

Even though Baby Boys birth was as dramatic as his brothers it was less rushed. We were able to take the camera. We were able to get the photo of the first meeting.


Family Portrait

We have very few family photos, we had some great ones taken by Sophia Mattia Photography, and then there is this one.

family portrait

Which is not only our family portrait but was taken at my little brothers wedding bringing back lovely memories of watching him marry his true love. Who he met. By licking her face (my brother is weird).

My Dad

My Dad passed away unexpectedly nearly four years ago, and has missed out on so much in this time. I love this picture of me and my Dad, we were on holiday on a mini cruise, laughing at an inside joke (at the expense of my mum probably). It upsets me to think just how much he is missing out on by not being here, the Toddler, the Baby, the new son-in-law, the new daughter-in-law.


First Wedding Anniversary

As we got married after the Toddler was born he was at our wedding, and at our (incredible) honeymoon. We were lucky enough that my mum offered to come out to Dubai for our first wedding anniversary to stay for a few days so we could go away. So go away we did. To the Maldives.


A weekend of snorkelling (together), eating (together), sunbathing (together), being freaked out by baby sharks (me)…..this picture was taken by balancing the camera on a tree as no one was around!

Travelling Tots

Just because it proves the theory – have children, will travel – we took the Toddler to Petra as he was learning to walk. About 30 seconds after this photo outside the Treasury was taken he fell splat on his bum, I’m about 3 seconds out of shot having stood him up, balanced him, then sprinted off…..


And as with all good tag posts I now pass the gauntlet on…..I can’t wait to see what yours are

Sparkles and Stretchmarks

Lamb and Bear

Diary of a Fat Bottomed Girl

Where Roots and Wings Entwine

Confessions of a New Mummy

Loving my Finley

Birds and Lillies

Someplace Strange

Cuddle Fairy


  1. October 24, 2015 / 11:08 am

    What a lovely set of pictures bringing to life wonderful memories xx

    • Laura
      October 24, 2015 / 9:40 pm

      Thanks Becky – it’s such a wonderful post to write I couldn’t stop smiling! Can’t wait to see yours x

  2. October 25, 2015 / 12:00 am

    Lovely pics and loved the stories behind them. Thanks for the tag – I look forward to sharing mine! xx

    • Laura
      October 29, 2015 / 12:25 pm

      Look forward to seeing yours! X

  3. October 25, 2015 / 6:27 pm

    Such beautiful memories! I love the “Saying Hello” moment. These are truly photos to cherish! I haven’t been tagged but am thinking about doing a similar post! xx

    • Laura
      October 29, 2015 / 12:26 pm

      Thank you – do it!! I love photo posts x

    • Laura
      October 29, 2015 / 12:27 pm

      I managed to hobble out of bed hours after my csection to get that one. He was so happy to be a big brother!

  4. October 25, 2015 / 11:21 pm

    Aw lovely idea for a post, I need to do this soon! x

    • Laura
      October 29, 2015 / 12:28 pm

      Definitely, it brought back so many wonderful memories x

  5. October 25, 2015 / 11:35 pm

    I absolutely love seeing these posts and you have a truly beautiful collection of photographs here. I’m so sorry about your dad, that is really sad. My husband’s dad passed away unexpectedly some years ago and I always feel sad that I never got to meet him and that he never got to meet his granddaughter. We always point him out in photographs to our daughter though so his memory lives on. 🙂 xx

    • Laura
      October 29, 2015 / 12:29 pm

      We do the same with my dad and my eldest knows grandad is in the sky though I’m not sure how much he gets yet!

  6. October 26, 2015 / 2:06 am

    What lovely photos and a lovely idea to choose your favourite. The one of the four of you is lovely it’s nice to get family photos!:)

  7. October 26, 2015 / 2:38 am

    Oh Laura you looked stunning on your wedding day. A lovely round of happiness photos!

  8. October 26, 2015 / 10:46 am

    gorgeous, my favourite has to be the saying hello photo, just divine #candidcuddles

  9. October 27, 2015 / 12:44 am

    what a gorgeous bunch of photos I am now mentally going through some of my faves thinking about what I would chose! x

  10. October 27, 2015 / 2:40 am

    What special memories to rememeber. I love how phones let us capture so much now!

  11. October 27, 2015 / 9:02 pm

    So funny because I am often the butt of every work and family joke because I am known for taking a pic at any given moment. This is so beautiful …… capturing these moments are very special.

  12. October 31, 2015 / 3:47 pm

    Ahhh Laura, what touching photos! You choose amazing memories. I love the family photo of you four. And, I’m so sorry that your dad passed away so young. Your quote is so true – you have the photographs to remind you of these amazing memories forever! Thanks so much for sharing with #candidcuddles, I hope you will join in again tomorrow x

    • Laura
      November 4, 2015 / 7:41 am

      Thanks Becky – it’s one of my favourites as well, we just don’t take enough! Must come and join in I have more….

  13. November 4, 2015 / 10:09 pm

    This article was so heart warming to read and touched on something about being human that is so deeply universal and yet ephemeral. The photos are just beautiful. Thank you so much for giving me this moment.

    • Laura
      November 12, 2015 / 7:41 am

      Thank you for your lovely comment – they are my favourite photos and I simply love them each one makes me smile

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