If you love vintage flair, then you’ll love this 50’s inspired wedding!
Ruth and Cornelius married at the spectacular Mottram Parish Church in Buxton, Manchester. It was a wonderful vintage wedding and the venue made it that extra bit more special with its awesome stained glass windows and organ and black stone exterior.
Our cool couple met through a mutual friend, and Cornelius asked Ruth out during a walk near a reservoir not too far from her home. They have been together for nearly two years.
The excitement before the wedding
Ruth got ready 5 minutes away from the church at a family friend’s gorgeous house along with her bridesmaids. There was such an exciting vibe as the bridal party took their time getting ready. Ruth wore a lace dress from Sister Organics paired with a matching white petticoat – following the theme for the day. Her bridesmaids wore red petticoats, underneath their blue and white polka dotted frocks, finished with a red ribbon. The wedding party then hopped into a classic Morris Minor which transported them to the ceremony. When Ruth arrived at Mottram Parish Church, she was greeted by her dad at the entrance gate, who then walked her down the aisle.
Cornelius got ready in Buxton with his three brothers and brother in law who were also his groomsmen.
The vintage wedding ceremony
The ceremony took place inside Mottram Parish Church. Ruth chose the church because she could see it from her house and had always imagined herself getting married there as a young girl. The wedding ceremony was held in the main church hall, which was just brilliant, as they were able to include everyone on their special day. Their unique ceremony began with beautiful prayers, scripture readings and songs of praise before the exchanging of rings, and finished with a dramatic first kiss. It was a moving ceremony, full of so much love and excited hand squeezes.
After the ceremony, everyone mingled on the church grounds, which was the perfect time for us to capture some candid photos. We got some lovely candid photos as they enjoyed the afternoon with everyone, congratulating them on tying the knot. The weather was also holding up for the time being – nothing but blue skies.
Their vintage reception
Before the reception began the couple headed for a private portrait session in the Rye Valleys. The views were spectacular and it felt as though we had so much space to ourselves. This was a great opportunity for the couple to take a breather.
Meanwhile, the guests were having a whale of a time playing lawn games in the Pavillion Garden – Something Ruth used to do as a child growing up. Once the bride and groom joined their guests again, we had about 30 mins of group photographs before the ran began (we were lucky up until this point with the weather. The day before it was chucking down with rain). It turned out the rain couldn’t have come at a better time as guests were shuffling towards the warm indoor reception venue. Once in, we all enjoyed some good wedding grub which hit the spot. After dessert, there were speeches followed by a German tradition: 12-month gifting ceremony for the newlyweds. The couple then proceeded to cut the beautiful cake baked by Ruths nan, who was awarded a bunch of flowers and round of applause.
Time to party
After the speeches, guests enjoyed the dessert table, and the dance floor was opened by Ruth and Cornelius after their first dance. The live band called The Innovators played all the best songs to get everyone grooving. It was an awesome night with so many smiles and hilarious dance moves.
The evening ended with an awesome sparkler exit, which was hilarious – everyone rushed to get their sparklers lit in time for the couple’s exit. The whole wedding was everything I love about weddings, from the romantic vows to the awesome live band. Ruth and Cornelius was our dream couple and we wish them every ounce of happiness for the future.
Brides Dress – Sister Organics
Petticoat – Doris Designs
Jewellery – A B Davies at John Lewis
Shoes – Ruby Shoo
Bridesmaids Dresses – CandyCottonStore on Etsy
Live band – The Innovators