Naomi and Rich had an intimate Humanist Ceremony amongst the rolling Cotswolds at the picturesque Kingscote Barn. I'd attended a Humanist ceremony as a guest before, in fact, at the wedding I met Naomi and Rich at, and I couldn't wait to shoot their day. Humanists believe positively in the value of their current life, as what may lie beyond is unknown. As a couple, they truly embodied this principle, having travelled extensively and really made the most out of their time together. As Hannah, their celebrant said, they did not marry out of obligation, or social pressure, as Humanists, they simply wanted to get married for each other.
The ceremony was beautiful, I love how much time Hannah had spent getting to know the couple and was able to really reflect their passions and lives together in her delivery. For those of you who have not attended such a ceremony, I'd liken it to a cross between this is your life and a warm best man's speech. Everyone could feel the relaxed fun love between this beautiful couple. With personal written vows and reworded songs for the bridal party and guests, this was a wedding full of personality and individual touches!
These individual touches continued throughout the rest of the day. Naomi and Rich both delivered heart felt and amusing speeches and Rich's two best men ran a challenging game of 'Mr and Mrs' for the happy couple, resulting in more embarrassing revelations. Not content with this, the whole wedding party crashed the first dance with a highly involved number and West End show would have been proud of, choreographed by Naomi herself! With a fire pit and s'mores, and alcoholic hot chocolate bar, and a photo booth providing much joy, the dancing continued well into the night.
Entertainment was fantastic, with both a DJ and a band, the dance floor was never empty. Having now seen a fair few bands, I was blown away by the range of The Wedding Crashers, formed simply by Joe on piano and Jayme on drums. They belted out songs long into the night and really worked the room well. Everyone was up on the dance floor, including Naomi's grandparents who were in their 90s!
Kingscote Barn was a beautiful venue, with multiple separate rooms and a grand but intimate main barn. This had been dressed beautifully with fairy lights and candles throughout. With the wedding only a couple of weeks before Christmas, there was a tree and the tables were themed around Santa's reindeer. The cold weather and rollings mists really added to the magical atmosphere of the day.
Having met at a previous wedding, and after shooting their engagement photos on a trip to London, Naomi and Rich's wedding day really felt like a day spent with old friends, which is what I always aim for. I can't wait to see them again soon.
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