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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.

A Pastel Wedding at Chester Zoo (c) Jack Knight Photography (8)

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.

A Pastel Wedding at Chester Zoo (c) Jack Knight Photography (38)

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!

A Pastel Wedding at Chester Zoo (c) Jack Knight Photography (41)

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.

A Pastel Wedding at Chester Zoo (c) Jack Knight Photography (16)

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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Super Sunday!

April 10th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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It’s so nice to have had a change in the weather this week – it feels like Summer has arrived early!  Good news for all you lucky Brides Up North who got married this lovely April weekend.  Congratulations to you all.  May your married lives be filled with sunshine!

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Brides Up North is already excited to share lots of gorgeous Spring and Summer Real Weddings on the blog.  Please contact Brides Up North to see your Real Wedding featured.

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Until then, enjoy the best of the blogs harvested from around the www this week.

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Snippet and Ink

Snippet & Ink’s own real wedding via Snippet & Ink

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I LOVE seeing another blogger’s Real Wedding.  Kathryn’s is particularly lovely.  Adore her white cyclamen centrepieces – that’s how to do “Christmas” with class. 

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You can see Brides Up North’s own Real Wedding here.

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Classic Bride

South African safari wedding via Classic Bride

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Let the sun shine!  And for once, I’m quietly smug that I too have been soaking up some rays this weekend.  Although the closest I’ll get to safari in Yorkshire is bumping into some Leeds Rhinos…

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Rock My Wedding

Mermaid theme wedding via Rock My Wedding

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As an Aquarian who spends most of her leisure time in a bubble bath, I am digging this lovely, lovely mermaid themed wedding.  So much.

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Brooklyn Bride

Stylish NYC wedding by Brooklyn Bride

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The shoes say it all.  Fabulous.

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Boho Weddings and Events Garden party wedding via Boho Weddings & Events

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A perfect summer wedding held on the hottest weekend of the year in 2010.  Pour me a Pimms, pronto!

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