Notes from the Bride

We first knew about Coombe Lodge when we attended a wedding there, so when we went to view it ourselves as a venue for us we fell in love even more and nothing compared to it!

Our guests even now cannot stop talking about Coombe Lodge, everyone we speak to says just what an amazing venue we chose to hold our special day.

Also, it has to be said the service we received from all the staff was great, they made us feel special and nothing was too much trouble.

As we were having a summer wedding, we really wanted natural rustic colours with purple tones throughout. We did not have a specific theme but Pinterest was definitely a huge help!

Deciding on ‘The Dress’ was easier than I thought it was going to be. We went to Clifton brides in Bristol where I tried on the Sophia dress designed by Augusta Jones  and totally fell in love with it. It was stylishly romantic – a classic boatneck sleeveless A-line lace gown with a V sheer back with a gorgeously sumptuous train. I paired my dress with a full-length delicate veil also styled by Augusta Jones.

The bridesmaids wore beautiful floor length high neck dresses in a mauve all from monsoon – they fitted perfectly with our colour scheme.



I had my hair styled by my hairdresser who has done our family’s hair since I was 12 and drove all the way over from Wales to be with us! I could not have imagined anyone else doing it! I had it curled and to the side with a hair cone trailing through.

My make-up artist Jessie-Claire was one of the recommendations from Coombe Lodge - Jessie was great! She made everyone feel at ease and did exactly what everyone wanted – and it lasted all day!  

It was the Grooms job to pick his and his ushers suits – they all looked amazing! They decided on a 3-piece suit from Next and paired it well with pocket squares and ties from TM Lewin.

My florist was Rachel from The Rose Shed. She was fantastic and helped advise us with flowers, as we had no idea! The flowers that made up our bouquets were hand tied but natural, with ivory, lilac and purple tones all tied with twine. Our table centrepieces were a simple design of seasonal flowers with purple tones and greenery in cream jugs.

Elan Cakes made our delicious cake! We knew we did not want a traditional cake so when we met Elan she gave us plenty of samples to try which we loved! We went with a ‘naked cake’ design, which we felt fitted, the theme perfectly. Pinterest again was a great inspiration along with Elan’s advice!

A friend recommended our photographer Jodie to us, she put us to ease from the first time we met her and she was very calm and did not get in the way or demand certain shots like some photographers do. She was amazing and the pictures are incredible! We could not recommend her enough!

We had the Velveteen’s band play for us who everyone seemed to love. A recommendation from someone we work with and also from Wales which was an added bonus!! We also had a photo booth in the form of a horsebox. Dan’s twin had a caravan Photo booth at her wedding and the same company did the horsebox. We thought it was a bit different and again fitted in with our theme. They do not usually travel so far as they are based in Sussex but they agreed to travel to Somerset and we are so glad they did!! 

The whole day was amazing! I cannot choose a favourite part – we laughed and loved it all from start to finish! We just wish we could do it all again!!

Words of wisdom from the bride….

My words of wisdom for future brides would be to do what you want to do and all the planning and hard work will pay off! It really is the best day of your life!


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