It was a lovely morning getting ready for Ruth and her favourite ladies. They took it in shifts to go to the hairdresser (Salon Sorcha
) while those at Ruth’s new house had their makeup done. There was a feast to see them through the rest of the day and friends turned up to play chauffeur for the ride to the church.
At the church (St James Didsbury
) we met Alfie the pageboy who carried his Haribo rings with style. The bridesmaids followed him down the aisle with Ruth and her Dad finishing the procession next to Tim and best man Charlie (who were waiting very patiently). Lots of their friends were involved in the ceremony: Rev Mark lead the proceedings, keeping a lid on Ruth who was keen to get on with the vows. Fran and Alan did readings and there was even a spot of shakespeare, and other friends led the music. Other friends served cakes and tea in the church when the ceremony was finished, while we took the family for photos in gorgeous gardens nearby. Passersby wished them congratulations as we wandered through the park of some shots of Tim & Ruth together.
At Hazel Grove
guests tucked into a hot buffet followed by scrumptious sticky toffee pudding for dessert. Once everyone’s glass was filled with bubbles Ruth's dad got the speeches underway with a prize for the furthest travelled guests. Tim followed on with warm words of thanks. Bridesmaid Fran read a poem from a dearly loved friend and Best Man Charlie finished off with a poem of his own.
Then it was time for the real party to get started - they cut the cake made Ruth’s by Step-Mum and Nanna and had their first dance with their friend singing Alice
live for them. The ceilidh was a real celebration with lots of guests getting stuck in and having great fun with the band and caller. The sun went down as guests enjoyed the evening from the balcony. Everyone joined the bride and groom for one last song, Auld Lang Syne, then they headed off through a tunnel of their happy friends and family.