Charlie and Ash’s Beautifully Rustic Wedding In Cheshire
6th March 2014
by Marina Licht
You can’t help but adore Charlie and Ash’s stunning rustic wedding. When I interview key figures in the bridal industry, I often ask them what ‘style’ means to them. For me, being ‘stylish’ has nothing to do with your bank balance. On the contrary, it is something inside of one, that is very difficult to imitate or emulate. When I saw the rustic wedding of Charlie and Ash, photographed so exquisitely by Kate Hopewell-Smith, I knew that the bride Charlie was one innately ‘stylish’ individual. Charlie and Ash are Arboriculturists (in other words, a person who cultivates and manages trees). She spends her days wearing no make up, climbing trees, but knows looks like a modern day ‘Titania’ from Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer’s Nights Dream.’
You may think that Charlie and Ash’s big day is far removed from that of a certain supermodel Kate Moss, but in my eyes, I believe their day has echoes of Kate’s country style wedding. And to think they achieved all they did without the budget Kate must have had is completely incredible!
Charlie and Ash got married on 20th July 2013 at Worleston Church in Cheshire and their reception was at The Shed, (yes, you heard it, The Shed, which is a 60 x 45ft agricultural steel frame they built to house their business on a small holding that Charlie’s family own.
The couple first met when they were 14, but according to Charlie, ‘he didn’t pluck up the courage to ask me out for 16 years!’ They got engaged in the moonlight sat by the water in Los Abrigos, a fishing village harbour near Ash’s parents apartment in Tenerife. The couple were engaged for a couple of years before getting married as they were simply too busy setting up their business.
The main inspiration behind Charlie and Ash’s wedding was naturally trees. ‘We love what we do, we have no aspirations to be anything other than we are,’ says Charlie. ‘I am a farmer’s daughter who climbs tree for a living and Ash’s love of the rustic and rural equals me. So the style came from what we do and who we are.’
I am sure you will adore Charlie and Ash and their gorgeous wedding as much as I do! What is clear from Charlie and Ash’s photographs is how well Kate as a photographer got to know them. ‘The only way I can describe the beautiful Kate Hopewell-Smith is AMAZING!,’ says Charlie. ‘Not only did she take the most beautiful photographs capturing the love, effort, and fun of our day that we and our families will always treasure, but she helped us stay calm, have time for ourselves and assured us how wonderful our day was and how amazing we looked.’
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