Diary of a Boho Bride – Introducing Ruth and Mike

diary of a boho bride

Today  is the day when I get to introduce you to the new Boho Brides who will be writing for me over the next few months/year. I was originally only looking for 4 new couples, but I loved reading about everbody’s weddings so much that I ended up picking 6! 2 of these will be getting married this year and 4 next year.

Today I will be introducing you to 2 of the lovely brides and over the next 2 weeks I will be introducing you to the other 4, 2 next week and 2 the week after.

We are starting off with the lovely Ruth and Mike. If you are a reader of A Boho Life then you may well know Ruth from her House renovation project. When Ruth applied to be one fo the next boho brides I was delighted as I loved sharing her house story and now I get to share her wedding story. So here are Ruth and Mike, please make them feel welcome.


Ruth Terry & Mike Andrews

Wedding date: 22 August 2015

Location: Doddington Hall, Lincolnshire

Colour Scheme/Theme:  Grey & navy / vintage hollywood glamour theme 

Photographer: Philippa James 

Ruth and Mike

How they met 

Mike and I met in a house we both lived in (at different times) but we didn’t get together straight away! I rented a room in a large house in Derby, I lived with four other young profesionals. After a while my circumstances changed so I moved out and Mike moved into my old room! He’s originally from The Wirral and he’d had a job offer in Derby hence the move. I made some lovely friends at the house and we regularly got together for nights out and house parties and this is how Mike and I met. We all went to a festival together a few months later and shared a kiss in a tent in the middle of a field in the pouring rain!

The Propsal

Mike proposed in Vietnam in May 2014 on a small, quiet island called Con Dao, it’s literally in the middle of nowhere! The island is renewed for having beautiful sunsets & sunrises & we’d both said it’d be lovely to experience it. We kept missing the sunset, so on our second to last day on the island, Mike got us up at 5am (I was quite happy to stay in bed at the time!) & we rode across the island on our scooter to find a good spot to watch the sunrise. We went to a secluded beach and watched the sunrise together. I took some pictures and enjoyed the moment for a couple of minutes then I turned around and there he was, on one knee in the sand, holding up my late Nana’s beautiful engagement ring asking me to be his wife. He later told me that he actually wanted to propose during a sunset but we kept missing it!

The Wedding

Creating the right atmosphere is really important to me. I want everyone at the wedding, including Mike and I, to be relaxed and just enjoy the day. Soft lighting, flickering candles and warm neutral colours is what I had always envisaged and this is really what we’ve build the wedding theme around. We’ve hired festoon lighting and lanterns to decorate our venue and I’m hoping to put candles absolutely everywhere I possibly can. I’ve also been saving large jars for the past year or so and I plan of making fairy light jars to dot around the venue. If I had to describe the feel of the wedding it would be romantic, timeless and elegant….that’s what I’m aiming for anyway!

We booked all of the big things around seven months ago now so the venue, wedding dress, photographer, videographer, band, flowers and cake are all sorted. We’re just in the middle of gathering measurements from the groomsmen as Mike’s getting the guys custom-made suits from the place he got his suit made in Vietnam and I’m currently searching for bridal hair accessories and bridesmaid shoes amongst lots of other bits and bobs! It’s all coming together!

Ruth and Mike Wedding ideas

Photo Source (top left to bottom right): Bride / Room with Festoon Lights / Flowers / Grow old with me vintage sign / Room with drapes and lights / bride and bridesmaids / Suit / cake / Outdoor lighting.


Chat soon

Ruth x


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    Anna Haywood

    I’m also getting married on the same day and got engage at around the same time in May in Hong Kong. I can’t believe there is only 5 months to go, we’re both so excited that in some ways we want it to happen now!


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