Naomi and Richard - Ratsbury Barn

Naomi and Richard – Ratsbury Barn

May 26, 2011  |  Weddings
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After a wedding I generally have a small folder of pictures called “pretty things”.  After Naomi and Richard’s wedding I have a BIG folder full of pretty things.  Like this flower arrangement – in a trug made by one very proud father.  Simple, elegant, beautiful.  Just like the flowers really.

weddings  Naomi and Richard   Ratsbury Barn

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.  Let’s start with the dress….

weddings  Naomi and Richard   Ratsbury Barn

A rather sumptuous Blue by Enzoani from Benjamin Roberts.  Yeah, pretty big….

Meanwhile Naomi was being attended to downstairs.

weddings  Naomi and Richard   Ratsbury Barn

Now often at this point we would skip forward to what I call the “wow” moment.  You know, the bit where the bride suddenly looks amazing.  Well on this occasion we can’t.  Not because there wasn’t one (trust me – you’ll see later a-maz-ing) but because I was already down at Ratsbury barn.  We were running just the tiniest bit late….

So anyway, flowers…..at the house people were doing buttonholes.

weddings  Naomi and Richard   Ratsbury Barn

And at Ratsbury Barn, pretty much the same thing was happening….

weddings  Naomi and Richard   Ratsbury Barn

…and as I’ve said before, there’s a lot of emotion in hands….

weddings  Naomi and Richard   Ratsbury Barn

I had an email from Naomi a few weeks before her wedding.  It said “Just a couple more details for you…I will be arriving in a gorgeous car; a 1934 Rolls Royce Landerlette”.  Like this.

weddings  Naomi and Richard   Ratsbury Barn

Yeah.  That’s pretty gorgeous.  But you know the car isn’t the star of that picture.  Not even close….like I said “wow.

Which is pretty much what Richard was saying moments later.

weddings  Naomi and Richard   Ratsbury Barn

And then that special moment….

weddings  Naomi and Richard   Ratsbury Barn

As all their friends watched Naomi and Richard get marries at Ratsbury Barn.

weddings  Naomi and Richard   Ratsbury Barn

Apparently, the rules on photography have changed at weddings recently.  One of the registrars told me that it’s now OK to photograph the signing of the register.  But then she also said “you’d better not make them smudge it”.  So just in case I opted for the long shot.

weddings  Naomi and Richard   Ratsbury Barn

…before the traditional confetti….

weddings  Naomi and Richard   Ratsbury Barn

Now I’ve said before that wedding photographers generally grumble no matter what the weather.  And sun can make us grumble more than any other weather type – massive contrast, deep shadows, panda eyes.  But I always play the hand I’m dealt without complaint.  So….10 minutes to take a picture of bride and groom next to their beautiful Rolls Royce in front of an oast house in full sun?  No sweat.  Many people would be surprised to learn that the key to a shot like this is flash.  MASSIVE quantities of flash.  (By the way, did I mention I teach this stuff?)  Not that Naomi and Richard cared.

weddings  Naomi and Richard   Ratsbury Barn

And of course a little later there was the more traditional, safer option of finding a shady corner.

weddings  Naomi and Richard   Ratsbury Barn

…and just one picture in black and white this time (very special request from Naomi!)

weddings  Naomi and Richard   Ratsbury Barn

And then it was time for the speeches.  At our pre wedding chat I asked Naomi the question “just the usual three speeches?”  “Yes, definitely – oh and me too.”

weddings  Naomi and Richard   Ratsbury Barn

whilst the children got on with being children…

weddings  Naomi and Richard   Ratsbury Barn

…and boys will, of course, always be boys…

weddings  Naomi and Richard   Ratsbury Barn

Yes, “crazy socks” was on my shot list….

And then, the first dance of the rest of their lives together….

weddings  Naomi and Richard   Ratsbury Barn

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  • http://www.ameefarm.com/ Barn Weddings

    Ain’t that lovely. They are so cute together. I love the gown and the flower works.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=767015102 Naomi Goodman

    Adore the photo’s!!! It seems even in these few that you have captured all the aspects of our wedding day that were important to us, and even managed to get me relaxed in front of the camera – can’t wait to see the rest!!