BIJOU BRIDE – RUTH’S DIY STYLE

Tuesday September 13 2011.

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When this little gem of a wedding dropped into my inbox from super stylish photographers Christopher Currie, I simply couldn’t wait to share it with you Bijou brides and grooms.

I cannot tell you how much I heart Ruth and Steve’s choice of wedding style which is at once both unconventional and throughly suited to such a special occasion.  Bride Ruth explains “The theme for the wedding came from my love of the country and growing up on a farm. I loved my childhood home which was once a derelict farm in Bolton where my parents spent 20 years painstakingly renovating on their own…we decided to just have the reception there.

SAYING ‘I DO’ DIY STYLE

Ruth and Steve were adamant that their relaxed Country wedding should be a very personal affair with friends and family contributing to making the day extra special.  Ruth and Steve called on their nearest and dearest “My Mum made the bunting, table cloths, jam jars for pew ends, chair backs and the dress; Dad made the flower arches, cake stands; family friends organised and arranged all the flowers; Steve’s mum made a flower cupcake cake; Steve’s aunty made scones, a family friend did the catering – practically everyone got involved! I even went to an agricultural show to buy cheap cheese truckles for a ‘Cheese’ Cake.”  

I don’t often share photos of the wedding decor as The Bijou Bride’s Blog is dedicated to wedding fashion but I knew you’d all love this, I’m particularly fond of the indoor hanging baskets.

Ruth invested a lot of time scouring charity shops, which isn’t an option for some busy brides to be but there are a number of companies out there that can do the running around for you (including myself).  As Ruth points out for her it was rewarding to buy from charity shops “as it was nice to think we were giving something to charity rather than ploughing a small fortune into a faceless ‘wedding package’.

BRIDE

In keeping with the DIY nature of the day Ruth bravely asked “A sister of a close friend and recent fashion graduate, Clare Adamson, to design and help make my dress from scratch and I went to London fabric shops on Broadwick Street to find the silver silk satin crepe and chiffon material. It was a very difficult design and took a lot of trial and error!”  It looks fabulous and very unique, a real Bijou bride who did it her way.

Toot Toot

To add sparkle to her wedding dress, bride Ruth mixed old and new with a vintage bracelet and earrings from High Street costume jewellery king Accessorize.  Her hair slide was in itself another DIY project being created from a 1920’s belt buckle!

GROOM

If you read last week’s Groom Fashion post you will know it’s not only the Bijou girls that are looking for a wedding outfit that feels unique.  Groom Steve channeled his University Athletic Union days and went for a blazer and chinos theme.  I adore this Sporty Gentleman look which is easy to source from the High Street in fact Steve found both his and his ushers blazers from Next, trousers from Gap and ties from Debenhams.  Bijou grooms take note of the ties worn below, buy the same design but in different colours to denote your Groom status.

Showers of Bijou love confetti to the beautiful Ruth & Steve – I hope your married life is as beautiful as your wedding day.

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