Sean & Charlotte’s Coombe Lodge wedding was relaxed, fun filled and full of love. Their theme of rustic romance in blush, cream and greens incorporated traditional touches: lace, hessian, lots of candles and lots of florals. Charlotte is stunning in an Essense of Australia dress, and Sean wears his military uniform – so today’s wedding will appeal to all of you lovelies who are looking for traditional, pretty and classic styling ideas for your day.
All images by Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek Photography.
As we don’t live locally to Coombe Lodge (Blagdon), most of our suppliers were found online, mainly through Google. Claire from TheWildeBunch arranged our wedding flowers as well as the styling. I knew I wanted cream and blush flowers, with some greenery and quite a rustic looking bouquet, with roses and gypsophila. The flowers were absolutely beautiful and exceeded my expectations.
Wedding photographer’s website:
Martin actually found and messaged us on bidvine.com, after we uploaded a request looking for a wedding photographer. We looked at his work and instantly fell in love, he’d also shot at our venue before which was a bonus!
We are more than pleased with our choice! Martin was brilliant throughout the process, he was always friendly, organised and listened to all of our requests. The photos themselves are beautiful and everyone we’ve shown has loved them. He truly captured the atmosphere of the day and everyone’s emotions.
My husband and I were actually out for a meal together when we received our wedding photos back! We watched the mini slideshow Martin had comprised and then waited until we got home to view the rest. We were so excited, it was all we spoke about over dinner. When we viewed them all, it was so lovely, like reliving the day all over again.
Discover more from Coombe Lodge wedding photographer Martin Dabek:
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Research different suppliers before you book anything and stick to your budget. Creating a spreadsheet really helped me to visualise what we had already spent and what we had left to spend.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Definitely the photography and videography. It’s so true when people say how quickly the day goes! Being able to have visual memories are the best way to remember your day by.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We purchased our wedding stationery from Casey at Oyster & Pearl Design. We also bought a few extras, like the favour holders off of Etsy.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
The dress I wore was actually the second dress I purchased! I fell out of love with my original dress, so dragged my mum and best friend along to try on more. When I found my dress, I instantly knew. It’s such a beautiful dress and the veil matched perfectly. Everything about it was stunning, the train, the straps, the sparkle. I wish I could wear it all over again.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Essense of Australia, purchased from RS Bridal Collection.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
Along with my engagement ring, I wore a ring given to me by my great gran before she passed. It has a large sapphire stone, which is both of our birth stones as we shared the same birthday.
And what did the groom wear?
Sean is in the army so he wore his uniform for the wedding.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My maid of honour wore a blush pink gown from Berketex Brides.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Sabina and Paige from Salon Sabina and Mes Amis did mine, my maid of honour’s and my mum’s hair and makeup. They were so lovely and did an amazing job.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Our florist did the styling however, not much was needed as the venue is stunning by itself.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
We bought mini buckets, a wooden sign, chalk pens and sparklers to create a little display for the evening. However, that’s all we did as neither of us are artistically gifted and left the rest to the professionals!
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
Our cake was made by Anna Cake Couture. It was covered in white icing, with a simple blush ribbon across the bottom tier and fresh flowers cascading up the cake. We had three tiers on our cake, traditional Victoria sponge, coconut and raspberry and also marbled salted caramel and chocolate.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
Our DJ was Kieran Clarke Entertainments. We also had a sweet tricycle hired from The Sweet Tricycle which was a massive hit with all of our guests!
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
After the ceremony, we had a bit of time alone, as our wedding car company, De Gournay Motors, offers a service where they take you for a drive and photo stop afterwards. It was lovely to spend 15 minutes alone and catch our breaths before the rest of the celebrations began.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Knowing I’m going to spend the rest of my life with my best friend.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Coombe Lodge wedding photographer: https://martindabek.com
Video: Ooh Nice Productions
Disco: Kieran Clarke Entertainment
Cake: ANNA Cake Couture
Car: De Gournay Wedding Cars
Stationery: Oyster & Pearl Design
Hair & Make up: SalonSabina
Dress: RS Bridal Collection
The Sweet Tricycle
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