Wow! What a romantic guy Ashley is, never met anyone like him! Do you know for the five days leading up to the wedding he sent Caitlyn a bouquet of flowers every single day. (You will see a great photo of them below).
Caitlyn and Ashley you may remember live in Braintree, I did a pre wedding photo shoot with them some weeks ago. Ashley’s parents live in Gosfield (very close to me) and it’s in their beautiful gardens that they held their wedding reception in a fantastic wedding marquee. The wedding ceremony itself was also held in the village at St Catherine’s Church.
The day started photographing the bridal prep, at Caitlyn and Ashley’s house in Braintree. It was here I met up with Caitlyn, her maid of honour Tamara, and her bridesmaids Zoe, Jenny and Kirsten also present were her mum and dad. A pretty full house and there was a real buzz of excitement (and girlie laughter) going on.
Whilst here we captured some great detail shots of the dress, shoes. Flowers and jewellery but also some wonderful window light portraits of Caitlyn…. and well actually of everyone else as well.
Caitlyn and Ashley spent a lot of time planning their wedding and paid attention to all the detail, in fact they booked me some 18 – 20 months in advance. They also chose what should have been a beautiful sunny day in the middle of July. However what they could not have foreseen was the wettest English summer on record. It rained for days and days before the wedding and it rained on the big day itself, so badly in fact that the marquee in the garden was flooded out and on the morning of the wedding Ashley, his dad and others spent hour moving everything out and arranging for the floor to be relayed.
They did a great job though and were still down at the church in plenty of time. In fact when I met up with Ashley his best man, John and ushers, Phil, Adam and Mat they looked very smart, very dapper indeed and we captured some great shots as they escorted guests back and forth under an army of black umbrellas.
Caitlyn arrived with her dad and looked absolutely stunning in her wedding dress, much to the delight of all the family and friends who had come to witness this long awaited and very special occasion. She was joined here not only by her bridesmaids but also her delightful flower girl Chloe and her page boy Aiden (what a character he is).
Gosfield church is of course my local church, it’s a beautiful building and I love to photograph weddings here. It was also special to watch our local vicar Sue Cruz take the ceremony.
The whole day ran very smoothly and everyone clearly had a wonderful time, the wedding breakfast looked fantastic and the speeches were entertaining, amusing and at times hilarious especially when the best man produced a whole series of photos of Ashley from what appeared to be a previous life.
The first dance was also a wonderful mix of romance and fun especially in the knowledge that Caitlyn danced it all (brilliantly) in her purple wellies!
What a fantastic couple Caitlyn and Ashley are, it was truly a pleasure to photograph their wedding and I wish them both lots of luck and happiness and a long and loving life together.
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