Simon & Ruth, Cambridge
Simon & Ruth
Wedding Location: Cambridge
Wedding Photographer: Nathalie Delente
Simon proposed to Ruth on a Friday evening in June, on a park bench next to the river Cam. We celebrated the occasion with cocktails and champagne (we left the park bench to do this!)
Simon is originally from Wiltshire, and Ruth from Lancashire; the two of us met in Cambridge while we were both studying for our PhDs in the same department. We were friends for a long time before we started going out—we got to know each other running reading groups on various continental philosophers and encouraging everyone to go to the pub afterwards. Simon mixes a great margarita and Ruth enjoys drinking them.
We got married in Cambridge because that is where we met, and where we call home.
In fact, rather unusually, we had our ceremony in the same place that Ruth lives and works: her College, Sidney Sussex. She was also there as a student, and so for some friends coming back for the wedding, it was also a little bit of a reunion! How lovely to have both sets of parents staying in College guest rooms, too. Sidney Sussex chapel is a beautiful, intimate space, and we loved getting married ‘in the round’, meaning that we were able to look around from our seats and see so many of our guests surrounding us.
Simon bought Ruth an engagement ring from bespoke jewellers Harriet Kelsall. He chose a distinctive aquamarine stone set into an asymmetrical art nouveau inspired band. The two of us delighted in the experience of going back to the shop together to work with a designer for Ruth’s wedding ring, with its own ornate detail (and a bit of sparkle!).
Ruth picked out her wedding dress at The Tailor’s Cat, with plenty of help from her mum and bridesmaid Hanna. She loved the ethereal look generated by the long sleeves and shimmering detail— butterflies, birds and rabbits adorning her wrists and waist. The dress worn by Ruth’s flower girl, Isabella, also had butterflies on it (although Isabella didn’t know they shared this theme until the big reveal at the chapel on the day!).
The lovely bouquets and button holes were from the artisan dried flower company. Provence lavender formed a major part of the design, and we liked this little nod to one of our honeymoon destinations— Avignon, in Provence. It is also wonderful to be able to keep our flowers after the event.
Our reception was at The University Arms hotel. When Ruth was a PhD student she used to walk past it every day on her way into town — our walk over from the College to the hotel took in some of that route too! It was a brilliant venue, they looked after us with style, and it has become one of our favourite places to spend time in Cambridge.
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