This was the day that my baby niece got married. Her name is Ashleigh. She married a soldier. His name is Ashley.
They had a beautiful wedding. A beautiful wedding for a lovely couple.
Her dress was absolutely stunning, much like she is and always has been. Her dress was elegant and she looked truly perfect in it. She found her dream dress in a bridal boutique in the quaint little town of Faversham in Kent. It is called, can you believe it – Ashley’s?!
Their day went so smoothly and emotions were running high. My niece has grown into a woman in the blink of an eye. She is sensitive, kind, sensible and sure! She is sure of who she is and what she wants from her life. When the relationship between the Ash’s started to flourish… she was sure that she wanted to spend the rest of her life with this person that makes her smile the most in the world.
Along with expressing my happiness that these two have found each other and wishing them a lifetime of love, adventure, happiness, communication, appreciation for each other, good health and understanding… I wanted to share a few of the photographs that I managed to gather amongst the wonderful festivities of the day…
Damn, My kid is cool!
My Gorgeous Matt & Me
My Big Brother & Me
Matt & Our Little Princess
My Big Sisters & Me
Such a special photograph – Noah & Ellenah with their cousins and Aunt and Uncle for a mass group hug.
Big Smiles & Hearts Full Of Love
My Beautiful Biggest Sister And Mother Of The Bride & Me
My Stunning Niece And The Maid Of Honour & Me (Mid Dancing No Doubt!)
With only five years between my niece and me, it feels so strange… and I’m going to type this fast, before I cry- she has now taken that first step to a family of her very own. In a few weeks time she will be moving away again and in to Army life with the man she loves the most (apart from her Dad!)
When I think of her, I think of her deep eyes and the cute half smiles that she made you work for -until she couldn’t hold in a laugh any more and it would burst out from her belly. I remember when she used to wear her hair with glittery clips either side of her parting and she would team that up with a tracksuit. I remember how she used to love to play schools and when she was really small, she loved it when I used to sing ‘The Yellow Submarine’ Lullaby over and over again and ‘Life Is A Flower’ by Ace Of Base to her. I remember that time in Canterbury Army Barracks when she was out to play and she came back home upset because a bigger girl was mean to her. I zoomed out of the door and made that bigger kid apologise to my baby niece. I had never been more ready for a fight in my whole life. We went on adventures to the woods, the beach, the park and were always photographed at special occasions with her standing in front of me, my arms wrapped around her. I was always just tall enough to rest my chin on her precious little head. When she lived away, I always missed her and when she came to stay, I loved sharing my bedroom with her like she was my little sister. Over the years, as we got older and I came to bed later and later… she would wait up for me, ready to talk and afraid that if she didn’t she would miss something- sometimes I brought snacks for our late night chats and stories.
I am excited for her journey ahead of her. She has been waiting for this moment for a long time and always dreamed of her wedding but more importably a marriage. I hope she has the best life ever and she smiles every single day. I hope they both do…together…FOREVER!
Lots of Love & Hugs