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...

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


I 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.

“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.”


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.


Butterfly 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.

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


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.


My friend Ruth Lincoln made the cake. It was decorated with silver and gold filigree lace iced butterflies and it looked and tasted fab!

We used a three-tier metal stand with glass test tubes filled with flowers to display the table plan.


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

Bride's hair
Hair at Fusion

Bride's make-up
Becky Louise Beauty Clinc

Bridesmaids' dresses

Stock and Bailey

Ceremony venue
St Peter's Church, Copdock

Entertainment - Photobooth
Strictly photobooth

Entertainment - Acoustic duo
The Tide

Entertainment - Band
Bears UK

Flowergirl's dress

Jill Worrall

Groom and groomsmen's suits

Bush Fire Photography

Reception venue
Copdock Hall

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