Ruby Bride #6: The Ceremony

Can you believe it, friends – our Ruby Bride’s wedding is coming up this weekend! How quickly did that go? So we’re having a whole afternoon with Jerusha on the blog this afternoon, before we send her off into married life with all of our love and best wishes!


If we’re being perfectly honest, my fiancé and I are old people trapped in the bodies of twenty-somethings. We love a good old fashioned church service and would choose hymns written in the 1800s over pop music most days. When it came to choosing what our ceremony would look like, that was easy: a traditional church wedding complete with excerpts from the Church of England Prayer Book. It may seem old-school, but it’s meaningful to us and we figure that’s what it’s all about.

Many people are surprised to learn we’ve decided not to write our own vows either. It’s not because we don’t want to say things that are heartfelt and special to one another on the day (we do!) it’s just because we feel the “traditional” vows say things perfectly; much better than we could ever do anyway.

Image: Adam + Alli Photography

All that said, we wanted to add something unique into our ceremony too. We both come from musical families and my mom and my fiancé’s dad have particularly beautiful voices. They’ve been practicing for months to sing something very special while we sign the register. My incredibly talented Maid of Honour will be accompanying them on the violin. I don’t want to give too much away but – hint! – if you’re a fan of the musical Fiddler of the Roof, you’ll know exactly where we’re going with this musical number…

The ceremony will be held in our venue’s beautiful chapel. We encountered a decorating snag early on when we realised the lovely wooden chairs that make up the pews in the chapel don’t have space for any decoration. I’d always imagined a flower-lined aisle but, for a little while, that did not look like an option. Fortunately, some clever-thinking from my dad ensured we could attach flowers to the pew in a complicated method involving masking tape, a glue gun and oversized lace bows. I promise to share the pictures as soon as we have them! Through this process I’ve definitely learned the old saying ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way’ is mostly true.

I must admit, the ceremony part of our wedding celebration is what I’m most looking forward to! I just hope I can say “I do” without getting too choked up!

Images: Erin Hearts Court via Style Me Pretty (left); Lavara Photography via Style Me Pretty (right)

The series so far: The Proposal | The Accessories | The Stationery | Marriage Decisions | The Dress