Ruth & Tom

August 2018

Ruth and Tom met while studying at the University of Birmingham in 2008 and were friends for a couple of years before starting to date in 2010. “I’m not a big fan of grand gestures or being the centre of attention,” says Ruth, “so Tom proposed in our old flat after work one evening. I couldn’t believe it, I said no repeatedly out of disbelief!”

Searching for the perfect venue

“After living in Surrey and working in London for years, we bought our first home back in Leicestershire in 2017. We were looking for somewhere local, ideally with a big connection to nature,” explains Ruth, “both Tom and I grew up in the countryside and are big lovers of the outdoors!”

The big day

“Just as we booked our wedding, The Woodlands gained a license for outdoor ceremonies, so we jumped at the chance to marry in The Hideaway!” recalls Ruth. “We had a beautiful ceremony under the trees with 50 close family and friends.”

To complement the style of The Woodlands, Ruth and Tom chose bluebell as the main colour for the big day, along with pretty pastels and foliage. With help from Wedding Stylist Nadine, from Nerissa Eve, Ruth says the décor was “lifted to another level!”

Ruth wore a vintage, light gold dress which she found at Abigail’s Vintage Bridal. “I’m not a fan of modern dresses and love fashion from the 1940s and 1950s. Abigail helped me choose a beautiful silk brocade dress from 1946 and it fitted perfectly with our theme, colours and natural surroundings.” 

Lasting memories

“Just everything, we could not have asked for a more perfect day! All our guests complimented how smoothly everything flowed and how wonderful the venue and food were.”

Advice to other couples

“Choose The Woodlands,” says Ruth, “it's such a beautiful place and trust the staff. They know their clients and venue inside out. Their organisational skills were faultless. Talk to them about anything and everything, they are amazing at what they do!”


The couple would “absolutely” recommend The Woodlands.

“The staff are so knowledgeable, experienced and organised. They made the whole day run smoothly. The food was fantastic, we have two family members with serious allergies, and they were perfectly catered for.

“The wedding team have great relationships with many of suppliers which is really helpful when looking for them, as they are already familiar with the venue and know what suits it. I think The Woodlands will host a friend’s wedding in the future as everyone was so impressed,” says Ruth. 

Photographer credit: mk10 Photography,

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