Katie and I met in 5th grade, the year that I moved to Texas from Canada. She taught me that the word “homely” didn’t mean “cute” like I thought it did, that wearing deodorant is important, and how to make a pallet on the ground at slumber parties. We wore matching overalls, dressed like M&M’s at Halloween, were in a band together with our then boyfriends, and basically experienced life together in a big way. We haven’t lived in the same state or country since we were 17, so it was so incredibly special for me to travel to England to photograph her wedding.
Being surrounded by the new family that she’s made for herself in London was amazing. The friends that Katie and Ed have made are the kind of friends that welcome you immediately. And Ed? Perfect for Katie. The way that they make each other laugh is so contagious. They decided to walk in to the ceremony together, so the very last moment before they entered the room was just for the two of them. I could see them through the glass window and it took everything in me to not start sobbing on the spot. Their relationship, and now their marriage, is for them. They walked up holding hands with all of their friends and family gathered on the staircase, watching and smiling, and I realized I had never seen such a happy room. During their ceremony, they took turns telling the story of how they fell in love. It was personal and I know that everyone felt lucky to be there. I definitely felt lucky to be there.