Real Wedding Inspiration

With so many beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces, Coombe Lodge lends itself to host weddings in all seasons. Whether you’re looking for a venue with picturesque gardens, plenty of space for all of your family and friends, or a country home with an elegant and inviting interior, we’ve got you covered.

Why not read on to hear all about Jess & Matt's big day from the couple themselves and their top tips to help with your planning...

Why did you choose Coombe Lodge as your venue?

We did a lot of research on different venues all around the UK, when trying to find where we wanted to get married. We were looking for somewhere we could have for exclusive hire, that had a beautiful internal licensed room in case it rained, a licensed outside ceremony area, stunning gardens and where all our guests could stay on site overnight. Coombe Lodge offered all this and so much more. The first time we drove up the driveway, we knew straight away it was where we wanted to get married. On the day, it exceeded every expectation.


The Décor – what did you go for? Did you have any inspiration behind it?

You don't need a lot of decoration at Coombe Lodge, as the building itself is so pretty. We had clay place name discs with sprigs of lavender at the tables and ceremony seats. White balloons for the children to play with, garden games outside, a pool table in the library, a bouncy castle for the kids and that was about it!


The Flowers?

We used The Wilde Bunch to do our flowers. We wanted to keep it very simple, so used eucalyptus, olive branches, white roses and lavender. We had large rings over the outside ceremony arch, which were moved behind the top table for the meal, long and low at the ceremony table, small bunches on the individual food tables and the bridesmaids had flower crowns.


The Dress?

Suzanne Neville. I tried on over 100 dresses, and I knew as soon as I saw this dress, it was the one. I absolutely adore Suzanne. We had to add so many new fitting dates in, due to our wedding being postponed by 10 months, and she was incredibly accommodating. I cannot recommend her enough.


Neil and Debs Atkinson. These two went above and beyond what they needed to on our wedding day. They are so kind, generous and helpful. They tied the best men's ties, and did their button holes, helped Jess get into her dress, assisted with general preparation the morning of the wedding. We honestly couldn't have imagined the wedding without them there, as they really helped everything go smoothly on the day. In addition to that, they created the most beautiful photographs. They obviously love what they do, as their passion comes across in their imagery. We have been delighted with the varied footage from the day and how they've managed to capture those 'magic moments'.


As I am a vegan I was able to source the scrummiest vegan chocolate cake made by Earthcake in Bristol. It was incredibly moist and delicious. They were so good when we had to change the dates and downsize the cake, due to covid. They immediately gave us a refund for the size difference. They covered the cake in edible flowers, which I arranged delivery of from Maddocks Flowers.

Other suppliers?

Sharky and George from Bristol ran a 2 hour children's party for us. The kids had a blast and it gave the parents 2 hours of child free time to relax and drink.... a lot!

Alun Roberts did acoustic live music (he does also have a band), between the ceremony and wedding breakfast. He is such a kind man, incredible singer and very reasonably priced for how great he is.

My makeup was done by Katy Pheiffer and hair by Andrea Luella. They work together regularly, and are great fun to get ready with on the morning of your wedding. They are lovely and so efficient at what they do. The hair and make-up stayed put all day.

Maddocks flowers provided edible flowers for the cocktails, food and cake. Again, excellent service from Jan who runs it.


When it came to the food I was really apprehensive being vegan along with having multiple food allergies. Coombe Lodge and Ryan from the Garden House were very accommodating, and lead to me having the best feast I have had in years! Often when I go out I get fed very basic meals  due to dietary requirements, but they both went out of their ways to produce the most beautiful food for me.

Extra bit for other suppliers?

Ryan from the Garden House was such a legend. Our guests stayed at the Garden House the nights either side of the wedding. Ryan has recently refurbished the whole place and it's modern, clean and spacious. The dining area is a really good communal area for guests. He was so helpful in the run up to the wedding with the preparations. Always available on emails and WhatsApp. He puts together the best breakfasts for your guests. We are planning on coming to stay at the garden House in the future to celebrate our anniversaries. He even went to pick up some shopping essentials for us one evening when we had had a couple of drinks. Thank you again for all your help Ryan!

 Best part of the day?

The ceremony under the arch way. It felt like there was no one else there and was such a special, intimate moment. The excitement was unreal after 10 months of waiting due to the postponement.

 Your advice for future couples…

If you invite people with children, make sure you do things to keep the kids occupied and then the adults can have a great time. The kids party really worked well for us. In the evening we also set up a little cinema space for the kids in a separate room, with Netflix and popcorn. This meant when they started getting tired, they could go and relax and the adults could still enjoy themselves.


For more information about holding a wedding at Coombe Lodge please visit our weddings page or call us on 01761 463 355.

All images by Neil Atkinson Photography

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