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wild hearts. a wedding at chester zoo – ruth & marc

January 24th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Pastel Wedding at Chester Zoo (c) Jack Knight Photography (49)

We love it when a wedding offers up something alternative and today’s couple certainly hosted a day to remember – complete with guests of the furry variety!

Ruth and Marc exchanged vows in the magnificent St Elphin’s Church in Warrington before hosting their wedding at Chester Zoo. Guests then enjoyed a private safari with the zookeepers, with other highlights including a trip on a London Routemaster bus, afternoon tea and a special performance from the choir that first brought the couple together.

Opting for a pretty pastel palette, this wedding combines classic touches with the unconventional. Here are all the dreamy details…

With images by Jack Knight.

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ruth says: We got engaged on Monday 14 December 2015 on top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. We were on holiday in Disneyland at the time and had gone to Paris for the day. After soaking up the culture in the Louvre, visiting the Christmas markets and enjoying some lovely food, we went up the Tower that evening to enjoy the spectacular view of Paris at night. I can remember looking at Marc on the way up and thinking he looked really nervous – which was odd because he isn’t particularly scared of heights. As we were looking out at the beautiful twinkling lights I heard Marc saying my name behind me. I turned around and there he was on one knee! It was all very romantic!

We got married on Tuesday 30th August 2016. We wanted a date that was in the summer holidays as I am a teacher and so are lots of my friends.

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We tied the knot at St Elphin’s Church in Warrington, which is a truly spectacular church. I lived just round the corner when I was growing up and used to love listening to the bells. I always hoped I’d get married there!

Our reception took place at Oakfield Manor at Chester Zoo. As soon as we began looking for a venue we knew this was the one for us – we didn’t even look anywhere else! There are so many reasons why we loved this venue: it is a beautiful building with beautiful surroundings, it was budget friendly and incredibly flexible, and it’s something a bit different. We loved that we were able to have a private safari once the zoo closed, and our guests loved it, too. And even better, all the money went back into the charity so we were helping the zoo’s conservation efforts too whilst having the most amazing day!

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We didn’t have a them, but just put together a day which reflected us. I made a lot of things myself, and some friends and family made things for us too, so the whole wedding had a slightly handmade, rustic feel.

We chose pastels for our colour scheme because neither one of us wanted to choose one specific colour. I loved this choice because it gave me more freedom; provided everything was a pastel shade – it was ok! No stressing about finding things that matched an exact shade.

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I chose a White Rose dress from Wife to Be in Warrington. The staff there are amazing and so lovely. I went along with my mum expecting to just have a look and try a few styles but ended up finding ‘the one’. It was just perfect for me. I knew I had to have it when my mum started crying, which then made me cry – the shop assistant gave us all a group hug as she got caught up in the emotion too! When I went for my first fitting, the dress fit absolutely perfectly – not a single alteration was needed. It was definitely MY dress!

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culture & class. a bespoke dress for a wedding of two halves at the mere, cheshire – khadiga & ahmed

June 13th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Beautiful Wedding at The Mere (c) Jack Knight Photography (107)

Wow! What better way to start your week than with this fabulous real wedding, which combines two different styles of celebrations into one.

For the first part of their wedding, Khadiga and Ahmed chose to keep things simple with elegant styling and a neutral colour palette to contrast against the second half of the day – their Sudanese traditional celebrations – which featured opulent attire and vibrant bursts of colour in rich reds and gold.

We just love how different the two parts of the celebrations are, but that the bride and groom have managed to execute both perfectly for a varied and beautiful big day!

With images by Jack Knight Photography.

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khadiga says: Our proposal story is a little complicated in that in our culture the man has to officially go to your family to ask for your hand in marriage, along with his family. So it was more years of discussion as opposed to a romantic proposal. Having said that, once Ahmed got the green light he did surprise me with the whole down-on-one-knee shebang! I didn’t see that one coming!

Our wedding was on 9th April 2016. We chose that date simply because it was the only Saturday left available in April at the venue that we wanted. Otherwise we would have had to wait until November – and it’s cold in November.

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We got married at The Mere golf resort and spa, in Knutsford. It was one of those days with intermittent rain but luckily not when we were outside! My mother actually picked it as she received her first ever award there (Northwest Bionow award) back in 2007. Sadly she passed away just over a year ago so I was set on fulfilling her wishes to tie the knot there. It meant so much to me having my wedding at The Mere, and maybe she was looking over us.

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We went for elegance and simplicity when it came to styling the wedding. By nature I’m not flashy and not into all that OTT business. In keeping with this, we chose a colour scheme of simple, neutral tones, including whites and ivories, to set a calming atmosphere. My bridesmaids wore blush pink and champagne gold dresses, which went beautifully. We also wanted the colours in the first part of the wedding t
o contrast those in the second part of the wedding where we had our Sudanese traditional celebrations. We changed the stage décor and had outfit changes to reds and golds – lots of gold!

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