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“Our day was just so full of fun. My dad managed to call me Rachel (my older sister’s name) twice in his speech…!” says Ruth of her real wedding.

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WHERE: Lathom Chapel, Lancashire

WHEN: June 2009

PHOTOGRAPHER: Nicole Photography

The proposal

“Mark set up a romantic scene of candles and flowers and proposed at home,” says Ruth. “He’d kept it all a secret and had a ring made for me especially – he even managed to take some of my rings to the jewellers without me knowing to help with the size. Out of my two brothers-in-law, he was the only one of the boys to ask my dad for permission. My dad brought this up in his speech and put them both to shame!” she laughs.

The bride’s real wedding outfit

“My dress was as simple as it was elegant,” says Ruth. “Not too fussy or detailed – that wouldn’t have been me – and with a killer shape over my hips that made me feel a little sexy, too!” Ruth bought her stunning, satin, V-neckgown at The Bridal Gallery Group.

“Mark was adamant he was going to wear navy. How often does the groom dictate the colour scheme?!”

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The groom’s outfit

“If it had been up to me, Mark would have been in black to match the maids, who were going to be in ivory and black,” explains Ruth about her real wedding. “But Mark insisted he wanted a navy-blue suit from Moss Bros, and so the entire colour scheme had to change! In the end, this colour was much brighter and suited the beautiful summer’s day we had”.

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The bridesmaids

Ruth’s two sisters were her bridesmaids, with their two daughters playing flowergirls for the day! Designed by Dessy and bought from the same shop as the bride’s gown, the two grown-up girls wore chiffon dresses in ivory with a pink satin sash around the waist.

The ceremony

“Standing at the front of the church reading our vows was the most moving and memorable moment of my life,” says Ruth of her real wedding. “My dad gave me away – the last of three daughters – so he’s a free man now with no more weddings to pay for!”.

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The reception

Tall vases of fragrant summer blooms looked fabulous as centrepieces at the couple’s reception venue, Mere Court Hotel.

The stationery

“We found a brilliant company called Scissors Paper Stone that creates contemporary and bespoke stationery using photographs of flowers etc as the backdrop,” explains Ruth. “We used fuchsia pink peonies on the invites to mirror my bouquet,” she adds.

The honeymoon

The newlyweds took a two-week trip around Miami, the Bahamas, and ended up in New York.

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