A Virginia wedding at The Black Horse Inn with two of the finest flower girls ever (if I do say so myself) :: Part one.

Because this was the wedding of my niece, Kate, and her boyfriend, Dennis, and my girls were the flower girls. They were amazing. From sun up through WAY past sun down they smiled and danced and charmed the pants off everyone. I was very proud.

It was a wonderful weekend and I started taking photos as we arrived for the rehearsal and did not really stop until it was time to go to the reception. I stayed out of the way of the official photographer, but since she did not arrive until it was time for the formal photos anyway, I wanted to get the behind the scenes moments for Kate and Dennis as those are the favorites of mine from my wedding. I had to also manage two tired little flower girls, so I did not get all that I wanted (the rings, the guys getting ready in the “man cave”, the decorations on their own…), but I did my best. I had a great time too.

Day one, the rehearsal.


I shot all of these with my new (very old) 35mm f/2 lens. It is manual focus, but works on the D3. It may have just been me feeling the spirit of all the film that was shot with this lens in the past, but the images really came out looking less “digital” than a lot of my D3 work. I am going to be talking to my workshop attendees (Thursday and Friday!!!!) about incorporating old glass into their modern kits for a way to push their creativity.

Next post, the wedding day.



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  • maggie - I have to photograph my cousin’s wedding soon, so hurry up and show them all!!! So I can imagine what to do, I have no idea.
    Part one: amazing.October 3, 2011 – 9:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Carrie - Awww, I love the pictures with Julie (we’re friends from college)! What a great time with cousins. 🙂October 3, 2011 – 9:50 pmReplyCancel

  • Cass - Wonderful pictures as usual – I especially love the ones with the very stern looking pastor and the contrast with your beautiful smiling girls. Also, I LOVE the rainbow dress. LOVE it. Do they do it in grown-up sizes? Ha.October 4, 2011 – 6:49 amReplyCancel

  • Guðrún Vald. - Beautiful photos! I especially love the one of your girls where Clover is holding a grape (or something) and Gemma is looking the other way, it’s so cute and funny.October 4, 2011 – 12:17 pmReplyCancel

  • Kate Devine - Thank you Auntie Rachel for coming all the way to Virginia with your beautiful girls for our wedding, and taking so many amazing photographs!!!October 11, 2011 – 7:25 pmReplyCancel

  • Nan - Beautiful. I love them (and all of your work). Do you ever share your settings? Or is that like giving away sacred family secret recipes? :^) I’ve been at this photography thing for a while but I have so much to learn. So very much. And what I wouldn’t give for a few more lenses. I sold my D700 and all of my lenses and bought a Canon 5D MkII and could only afford one lens so I have the 24-70. I love it but I would love a 135mm 2.0 and an 85mm 1.2. ((It’s good to dream right?!))October 20, 2011 – 12:43 amReplyCancel