A Christmas Wedding @ Shottle Hall




Ruth & David married in a beautiful ceremony at Shottle Hall just before Christmas. It was full of wonderful moments and people – and I’ll probably remember it because I was so full of cold that I’d completely lost my voice on the day (meaning I was even more quiet and discreet than usual!)

But enough about me – I thought I’d ask Ruth & David some questions so they could tell us about it in their own words.


How did you meet?

We met in a nightclub in Derby.

Tell us about the proposal

Dave drove me out to a beautiful spot in he peak District and proposed where we could see for miles around us.

What was the inspiration for your wedding?

I looked at a lot of Pinterest and Instagram posts.

How would you describe your wedding theme?

A copper/ subtle hints of Christmas theme!

Do you have any particularly significant, funny or important stories about something that happened surrounding your wedding?

When my nephew walked in during the ceremony and shouted ‘mummy I’ve done a wee!’

What was your favourite part of the wedding?

Saying the vows

What did you choose for readings and music? Why?

My sister and friend chose their own / wrote their own readings.

For music it was:

A thousand years- the piano guys (because I love twilight)
Moonlight serenade- Glenn miller, my grandad’s favourite song
Perfect- ed sheeran, my mum’s request because she likes the song!
Heyho, the lumineers, just because I like it
God only knows- the beach boys, it makes me think of Love Actually which is a Christmas film

What was your wedding budget?

We just wanted to keep it as close to £10000/£11000 as possible! (From our money and then got around £2500 from parents)

How did you allocate your budget?

Just did things as cheaply as possible really without it looking cheap!

In retrospect, was there anything you would have done differently?

Absolutely nothing!


And here are some of my favourite photos. (In a totally random order, to keep you on your toes)


Dresses Nora Eve
Groom’s Attire next and moss bross
Bridesmaid Gowns ASOS and tk maxx for flower girls
Shoes Debenhams
Hair my sister in law who is a hairdresser
Flowers I did the bouquets (flowers from The Range) and the top table was done by no. 8 studio florists.
Accessories borrowed/ what I already owned/ Etsy
Cake by Tasty Bites Cakes (Dave’s aunty)
Stationary invites and save the dates were done online using the website Pingg. Order of the day was a letter board from home bargains. Table plan by my brother.
Entertainment band, The Natterjacks and the DJ was Mainstream Music Events
Car the stag was my dad’s, Dave’s family organised his so I don’t know who that was.

Any other suppliers you’d like to mention?

Chairs done by Gemma White Weddings