This lovely local Abergavenny couple were originally getting married in 2020. Thanks to covid and like so many other couples, they had to postpone to 2021. Their wedding was taking place at The Old Rectory Hotel, Crickhowell. However, during the past twelve months, they made a few changes to their Big Day. Notably, that their ceremony would now be in Oxford! Bride Ruth attended Oxford University for three years and still keeps in touch with chaplain Elizabeth. Over lockdown they decided it would be lovely for Ruth and Alec to return and be married there. The adventure began!
Ruth’s mum organised a mini-bus to take the immediate family up to Oxford the afternoon before. We all stayed over and had the pleasure of being in the city for the evening. It’s such a beautiful place! Ruth and her immediate entourage were up early the following morning. The girls were being beautified by Natasha Clark and Chas Lara Hair and Make-up.
It was an absolutely beautiful day – perfect for a wedding! The ceremony was being held in the chapel which is part of St Johns College (founded as a mens college in 1555!) Ruth, her bridesmaids and soon-to-be step-daughter Evelyn looked beautiful. They set off to walk the short distance to the chapel. The girls carried lavender and sunflowers all picked from Ruth’s garden!
It was an immensely special occasion for Ruth and Alec to be married by their friend Elizabeth. After the lovely ceremony, Elizabeth had very kindly arranged a small champagne reception for the newly-married couple and handful of guests. It was a real honour to then be able to photograph within the historic grounds of St Johns College! When we left Oxford, we travelled the two-hour drive back to Crickhowell. It was all very relaxed and chilled and gave everyone chance to reflect on the excitement of the previous few hours.
By late afternoon, we arrived at the equally beautiful Old Rectory Hotel. Guests who hadn’t yet seen Ruth and Alec were delighted to be able to offer their congratulations. Everyone headed out onto the patio to the rear of the hotel for drinks and canapés. Ruth, her dad and then new hubby Alec all gave little speeches before it suddenly started to rain and everyone legged it indoors! Family and friends enjoyed a fabulous tapas-style meal as the band arrived in preparation for the evening’s entertainment. Bridesmaid Molly had made the stunning three-tier wedding cake – which looked delicious!
I believe Ruth & Alec are still up in Scotland enjoying their honeymoon. Guys, I wish you both a very long and happy marriage – and hope you enjoy seeing a small selection of your fabulous wedding day pics 🙂