Ruby and Joe were married in a small family and friends wedding ceremony at the St Leonards Church in Wollaton, Nottingham on a lovely sunny Saturday in June 2021
WOLLATON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
RUBY AND THE GIRLS
The days started off with a little trip to Wollaton where Ruby and her girls were getting ready.
The morning of a wedding can sometimes be a tense affair, with different people worrying about different things which makes for a stressful morning for the Bride to be; but thankfully when I arrived it was all very chilled, everyone smiling and chatting away like it was a normal morning.
JOES PREDICTABLE GIFT
Once Ruby had finished having her make-up and hair done, it was time for a little gift-giving; first up was a present from Joe which Ruby rightly predicted was going to be a nice big bottle of her favourite perfume.
How did Ruby guess what it was going to be?
Joe asked her what her favourite perfume was and rushed to the door when the amazon parcel arrived!
GETTING THE WEDDING DRESS ON
Getting the wedding dress on can be a complicated affair, often needing many hands holding, pushing and pulling various parts to get the dress done up, not for Ruby; as I hid in a bedroom Ruby stepped into the dress and with a little a little help from Mum she was in.
I like grabbing images of the dress finally being done up, seeing the reactions of Mum, Dad and the friends – it’s a magical moment.
Pretty much no images are off-limits for me, I take pictures of everything on a wedding day – Bride getting help with deodorant – click and picture taken.
ST LEONARDS CHURCH
Lovely church, really is a lovely place and thanks to Charlie who was officiating the wedding (probably not the right words – but you get the gist) who said to me “go and do what you need to do, get in their face if you need to, but don’t get in mine” and with that, I nodded smiled and thanked him for giving me the best chance to get the images of the wedding ceremony that Ruby and Joe deserved.
BRIDE AND HER DAD ARRIVING AT THE CHURCH
Big moment at any wedding, the Bride arriving with her Dad, some people go all in with massive limos, some go for something that means something to them, like a VW Camper Van or their first car – Ruby had gone for a lovely classic car with controls that I would never have gotten my head around if I was driving it.
After Ruby had managed to gracefully get down from the back carriage of the car, it was time for the small walk with Dad to the Church.
WALKING DOWN THE AISLE
A great thing about Churches is they have lovely long aisle’s to walk down, often with registry offices – you walk in the room and after two or three paces you are at the front; with St Leonards Church you have a lovely long aisle which gives people plenty of time to catch a glimpse of the Bride in her dress.
THE WEDDING CEREMONY
The ceremony was a great one, really was – the girls that Ruby and Joe asked to perform during the ceremony were ‘stop in your tracks’ amazing, absolutely amazing.
Charlie did a great ceremony as well; I photograph a lot of Church weddings and I hear the same things said over and over again, but Charlie was different, he had everyone with him; giving not only Ruby and Joe some advice for their new life together but he did it with humour, he did it as a friend and that’s was very special.
CONFETTI IN THE FACE
I love it when we get a chance to have confetti throwing, some venues don’t allow it and most Churches do not allow it on their grounds, but for Ruby and Joe they made an exception and with plenty of confetti to go around – the newly wed’s were covered and Joe especially got a good handful to the face.
ARRIVING FOR THE WEDDING RECEPTION
It’s not often that I get a chance to ride along with the happy couple in their wedding car, I jumped at the chance and it made for some great pictures as Ruby and Joe chatted away; just taking it all in.
Once the car was parked up and the guys managed to get out (not an easy task in wedding outfits) it was time for a little bit of fizz, in the sunshine with family and friends.
THE WEDDING SPEECHES
After everyone had finished their paella (love it when couples go different to the normal food), it was time for the all important wedding speeches, with Ruby’s Dad up first, with some cracking stories it was then time for Joe and then finally the Best Man.
Something a lot of my couples are having as part of their wedding coverage with me is a Wedding Photofilm, these Photofilms range from mixing the sounds of the day, along with music and stills, to full Hybrid wedding photography and video.
Joe and Ruby went with my standard photofilm which uses sound recordings from the ceremony and speeches to create a unique legacy of their wedding day, it’s great to be able to listen back to the speeches and to listen out for all the embarrassing stories that are being told, so when its your turn to embarrass the Best Man you know how far to push it!
I don’t often post many family formal pictures, I take them and my couples enjoy them (for the most part) but they are not my favourite part of the day, but with the sun setting it was time to nip outside and grab some wedding family formals.
With my couples I always say that 6ish group shots on a wedding day gets everyone in a picture who is important to you, that’s not to say that people later on in the day people can’t have a few extra informal group shot , but by keeping the official formals down to around 6, we can get them done nice and quick, they are all in the same location and then everyone can go back to the bar without to much fuss.
To read more about the way I do my family formals, head over to this FAMILY FORMALS blog post.
THE FIRST DANCE
The first dance or the first shuffle I call it, is normally when the happy couple awkwardly shuffle around each other just waiting for the first dance song to end so they can have a proper boogie; but Ruby and Joe had been practising in secret and had a full routine mapped out; just look at the hold Joe has in this picture; textbook stuff!
Oh the disco; how I’ve missed you over the last 12-15 months!
SOME KIND WORDS FROM RUBY & JOE
Couldn’t recommend Andy enough, he worked with us through covid in such a professional and calming way. He was great on his responses and is reliable and well organised. On the day, he was friendly, relaxed and really unobtrusive. The photos are amazing.RUBY & JOE