I must admit I was pretty chuffed with being booked for this wedding at Ratsbury Barn just up the road from me in Tenterden, as it was the owners son, Tom, who was getting married! I’d met with Beth and Tom last year and after chatting with them got the impression they were keen to get lots of natural photographs of them and their guests enjoying themselves and weren’t super keen on being the centre of attention.
So I started the day at the White Lion in Tenterden high street where Beth and her 4 bridesmaids were getting ready. The day was hot and sunny which was perfect if a little warm in the hotel! With hair and make up pretty much done it was just a case of getting the dresses on and a few finishing touches before everyone was ready. Beth’s bridesmaids looked fabulous and Beth herself, unaware that she is so photogenic, was the picture of cool elegance in her beautiful wedding dress!
At the barn guests had begun to arrive and the setting looked lovely with coloured paper decorations hanging from the Oak tree and the sun shining ready for their outdoor ceremony.
Tom’s little nieces led the bridal party down the aisle scattering rose petals, followed by her bridesmaids. Then with a look to her father, Beth made her way towards a very happy looking groom! Taking their vows in glorious sunshine against a backdrop of idyllic Kent and smiling, and at times dewy eyed, wedding guests was very special.
With a choice of drinks and canapés in the orchard, croquet and table tennis on the vast lawn area and even a bouncy castle, everyone was catered for and entertained. After Beth and Tom had had time with their guests I took the opportunity to get some photographs of them together around the grounds and on the popular red footbridge bridge that stretches across the lily adorned pond. Totally at ease in front of the camera and so obviously smitten with each other very little direction was needed to get some gorgeous natural photographs of them together.
Food was soon ready, provided by the excellent Charley & Nick’s Real Food company and for dessert Mr Whipys from a fabulous vintage ice cream van which went down brilliantly! The whole day was a truly magical one and after the speeches, more ice cream and cake cutting, it was time for the dancing to commence led of by Beth and Toms first dance and then to the tunes played by ‘ Autumn Stone’ who really got the party going!
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