Ruth Stewart and Martin Dixon bucked convention on their big day and did it their way

When Martin proposed to Ruth, a year and four months after they first met, he chose a day and a setting she was sure never to forget. “He popped the question on my birthday in April, 2015 on the beautiful beach at Rhossili Bay in Swansea,” Ruth reveals. Voted Britain's Best Beach and 9th in the world by TripAdvisor, it was the ideal romantic spot.

“We were walking along, taking in the views, when he suddenly dropped to one knee. I knew he was going to propose at some point as he volunteered to spend four months working away in order to save up for the ring and the wedding, but I didn't know when it was going to happen, so it still took me by surprise,” Ruth recalls.

She immediately took on most of the organising and pulled off their big day in just four months. They tied the knot at St Peter's Church, Copdock on 19th September, 2015, followed by a reception at Copdock Hall.

Read on for Ruth's account of their big day...

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The location was perfect as Copdock Hall is right next to the church, so it was a 'one-stop' wedding

 

Lady in red: Image 2aI didn't really choose my wedding dress, I think it chose me! Red has always suited me and as soon as I tried it on I knew it was the one.

Lady in red: Image 2 “We wanted a relaxed atmosphere and made decisions that worked for us, such as not having a receiving line and having the speeches before the wedding breakfast.”

 

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The church arches were decorated with gypsophila, white roses and tartan ribbon. The same blooms were also used to trail down the window ledges and altar, which looked stunning.

 

Lady in red: Image 4aButterfly name and menu cards adorned the tables. We also had wooden hearts with our initials and wedding date on, and paper hearts cut from old books which became quite a talking point. As favours each guest was given a keyring for the photo booth so they could take home a lasting memory of the day.

Lady in red: Image 4 We tied in my Scottish roots by using tartan ribbon in the church floral decorations and silver thistles in the buttonholes and corsages.

 

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Two of my best friends were bridesmaids and they wore silver grey, knee-length dresses, which they chose. Luckily they had the same taste. My flowergirl carried a basket of flowers made to look like a West Highland Terrier, which our florist Jill Worrall based on her dog Bertie.

 

Lady in red: Image 6aMy friend Ruth Lincoln made the cake. It was decorated with silver and gold filigree lace iced butterflies and it looked and tasted fab!

Lady in red: Image 6 We used a three-tier metal stand with glass test tubes filled with flowers to display the table plan.

 

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We had a fairylight canopy inside the barn with white uplighters, large light-up MR & MRS letters on the dancefloor and a giant illuminated LOVE sign outside in the courtyard.

 

Ruth Stewart and Martin Dixon's contact book


Bride's dress
Bride's by Solo
www.bridesbysolo.co.uk

Bride's hair
Hair at Fusion
www.hairatfusion.co.uk

Bride's make-up
Becky Louise Beauty Clinc
www.beckylouise-beautyclinic.co.uk

Bridesmaids' dresses
BHS
www.bhs.co.uk

Catering
Stock and Bailey
www.stockandbailey.co.uk

Ceremony venue
St Peter's Church, Copdock
www.suffolkchurches.co.uk

Entertainment - Photobooth
Strictly photobooth
www.strictlyphotobooth.co.uk

Entertainment - Acoustic duo
The Tide
www.thetide.uk

Entertainment - Band
Bears UK
www.thebears.uk.com

Flowergirl's dress
Monsoon
uk.monsoon.co.uk

Flowers
Jill Worrall
jill1805@live.co.uk

Groom and groomsmen's suits
Coes
www.coes.co.uk

Photographer
Bush Fire Photography
www.bushfirephotography.co.uk

Reception venue
Copdock Hall
www.copdockhall.com