Your wedding doesn’t have to have a theme – it just has to reflect your personalities. Cerian and Tom planned a simple, beautiful wedding at Coombe Lodge with homemade touches and pastel colours – but adamantly no theme! And you know what? It works wonderfully.
My lovely sponsor, Bristol wedding photographer Joseph Hall, was there on the day to document it all. His style is natural and creative, perfect for this relaxed and family-oriented couple. I adore the images of their day and I knew as soon as I saw them that you would too!
Find out more about Joseph:
My personal highlights today include the glorious venue and autumn sunshine, Cerian’s gorgeous dress and the excitement of all the children on the day (kids can make weddings a million times extra special!) – oh and the Penguin book stationery touches, which are fab!
Our wedding report: Cerian + Tom
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
We met Joseph when planning our wedding and we were instantly put to ease. He is so relaxed and such a nice guy and we felt we clicked with him and knew he would be great. The pictures turned out to be fabulous – we especially loved his documentary style- he caught some wonderful images of our day that would have been missed otherwise.
Coombe Lodge, Blagdon, Bristol
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
A relaxed day filled with brilliant music, elderflower martinis and wonderful friends and family.
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
We absolutely loved seeing them. To be honest we were a bit overwhelmed at how amazing they were and how nice he made us look! We are so lucky to have such wonderful memories of our day.
Your wedding style and theme:
This one is tricky as my husband kept saying “there is no theme!”- he was slightly exasperated! [I’ve since changed my interview question for future brides and grooms! – C x] I don’t really like lots of things matching perfectly or a particular colour theme. I just picked pastel shades, my dress was lace and the cake had edible lace on it and we had a little decorative bird theme on the invites and place names. My Mum also very kindly made everyone some jam or chutney as their wedding favour so adding a personal homemade touch.
Any happy tears on the day?
I think both my husband and I were a bit teary on the day. Marrying the man of your dreams and sharing that with all your amazing friends and family has that effect on you!
How did the two of you meet?
We are both doctors and met through work. I remember admiring Tom from afar for a while before getting the courage to talk to him!
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
We organised it all 18 months in advance as we went to live in Australia for the year and only came back 4 months before the wedding day.
Best bit of budget advice?
Shop around and don’t be afraid to give suppliers a budget to work to. Also try to do as much of it yourself as you can- it’s fun and also saves money (but be prepared for extra stress!)
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
We made them ourselves. The only thing we had printed was our table plan and place names which we did on penguin themed book covers made by Feel Good Invites which everyone commented on and looked stunning. Our wedding gift list included guests choosing us a book ‘to inspire, educate or amuse’ so this is how this theme tied in!
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I only had a week in the UK to pick my dress but it turned out I got pretty much the first one I tried on. It was a beautiful lacy Maggie Sottero dress called Bronwyn which had a pale gold satin underlay and ribbon along with a sizeable train- every girl’s dream!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Maggie Sottero, Allison Jayne Bristol
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
I had some amazing pearl and diamond earrings given to me by my husband which were from Broome- a reminder of our amazing year in Australia. My shoes were made by Rachel Simpson and were so comfortable- I would definitely recommend them. I also had a long veil which I didn’t think I’d want until they lady in the shop out it on me and then I fell in love with it! I didn’t have anything else as my dress was quite detailed and I wanted to keep everything else quite simple.
The groom wore:
A gorgeous Paul Smith 3 piece navy suit. He looked amazing.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My two sisters were my bridesmaids and they wore sage green Coast allure short dresses. They looked absolutely stunning.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Rebecca Simpson from Thairapy did my hair and Kelly Hooper from The Barn did my make up.
Claire Nicholson from The Wilde Bunch did our flowers. After deciding the colours Claire had free reign over what to pick and they were beyond amazing. I saw my bouquet and couldn’t stop staring at it. It had beautiful white anemones, succulents and kangaroo paw. She also did some gypsophilia for mine and my bridesmaids’ hair. She is such a lovely person and so great to work with- I can’t recommend her highly enough- she is doing my sister’s wedding next year and I can’t wait to see what her flowers are like.
What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?
That amazing moment when I was holding onto my Dad’s arm waiting to go down the aisle a little nervous (!)and then turning the corner and seeing all our friends and family gathered together and Tom getting all teary at the end of the aisle… I’ll never forget it.
We had O tell me the truth about love by WH Auden and Untitled by Bee Rawlinson to lighten the mood!
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Coombe Lodge is a stunning venue with oak panelled walls and floors and needed very little decoration other than a few tealights to make it look extra special.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
Hmm it was probably more traditional as it was 3 tiers but quirky as it was homemade by myself the week of the wedding! It was relatively stressful but really satisfying to do it and I was pleased with how it turned out and it was edible which is always a bonus!
We had Bristol String Trio to play at the beginning of the wedding and during the ceremony, then Shellac Sound-to play some gramaphone tunes during drinks and the ZuZu Men in the evening. All of them were fab and I’d recommend them to everyone- the gramaphone DJ Kate was very popular with our guests.
On the day tips and advice:
Relax and enjoy. It goes so quickly so take the time to savour every moment.
What’s the best thing about being married?
My husband. He is such a wonderful, caring man and I am so lucky to have married him.
Recommended Bristol Wedding suppliers
Joseph Hall Photography
Claire Nicholson from The Wilde Bunch
Allison Jayne Bristol
Feel Good Invites
Rebecca Simpson from Thairapy
Kelly Hooper from The Barn
Rachel Simpson Shoes
Bristol String Trio
The Zulu Men