As a wedding photographer I get an insight into a lot of relationships. Some couples are just made for each other. Katie and Ash are one of those couples. Not (just) in the lovey-dovey way that you see in movies (they’ve got their fair share of that I’m sure) but more in the way that they just complement each other perfectly.
Not compliment mind you; Ash actually dedicates a fair amount of his time to publicly mocking his new wife – but then Katie isn’t afraid to return this with interest either! No, they’re just two of a kind, and behind all the jokes Katie and Ash have been there for each other through all kinds of trials and tribulations in the last couple of years, and come through the other side even stronger together.
I was really looking forward to their wedding, having met them over a year previously for their engagement shoot. I joined Katie at Fothergill’s Hair Salon in Chesterfield early on the Saturday morning. Meanwhile Mel, who was assisting me on the day, visited the boys at Ashley and Katie’s house, where there was more kissing going on than you would usually see in the groom’s house on a wedding day! We’re fairly sure that it was mostly platonic though!
Back at Katie’s parents’ house I was busy photographing some of the beautiful details that would complete Katie’s look for the day. Meanwhile the film Frozen was playing in a loop in the background, entertaining the youngest and oldest bridemaids alike! I had never seen Frozen before, but I can pretty much quote it word for word now. For reference, Olaf the snowman is by far my favourite character, and every time I hear “Let it Go” I’ll think of Katie and Ash!.
Katie looked amazing in her beautiful gown, supplied by Nora Eve Bridal in Chesterfield, and she had an amazing unique bouquet created by Fresh Ideas Florist, who also made the beautiful bouquets for the bridesmaids.
The wedding ceremony was held at St Bartholomew’s Church in Old Whittingham, before everyone made their way to The Aston Hall Hotel for the reception, which also included our very own Wedding Studio photobooth!
Congratulations again to the new Mr and Mrs Houlton! Here’s to many, many happy years together!
Jon Cripwell is a wedding photographer in Derby, covering weddings across the UK.