Charlotte and Dexter’s elegant, simple, Coombe Lodge wedding, with Ryan Goold Photography
It has been a whirlwind of a week here at English Wedding HQ! I’ve typed up a 105-page modern calligraphy workbook, written a gold ink wedding table plan and menus for a November wedding, and planned in a bunch of gorgeous real weddings for the autumn – so I’m mega happy it’s Friday today! Having gorgeous couple Charlotte and Dexter on the blog makes it even more special – this is an AMAZING wedding and I just know you’ll love these two – I mean just look at this stunning golden hour photo!!!
All of their styling touches are minimal, neutral and clear – the cake is an absolute showstopper – created by Bake My Cake, it has all neutral tiers, but one tier to match the bridesmaids’ dresses. Topped with handmade sugar flowers, and with a personalised crest with Charlotte and Dexter’s initials on one tier, it’s just beautiful!
Wedding photographer’s website:
Ryan Goold is a local friendly photographer who comes with a wonderful reputation and lots of recommendations.
The Albus Dumbledore of the camera world, Ryan was extremely helpful as soon as we booked with him. He was more than just our photographer at the wedding, he was a great friend too, helping in any way he could. He was a best man, a bridesmaid, an usher and and organiser all in one.
He made the day relaxed and run smoothly.
His eye for detail and a great picture is second to none and it is amazing what he can do with a camera.
The shots and emotions he captured were unbelievable.
People say if you can bottle the emotion of the day then you would. With Ryan’s pictures you re live the emotions and feelings.
Extremely happy with the presentation of the final product and it’s easy to why Ryan has built up such a professional and stellar reputation for himself in the South West
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Tears, tears, tears and lots of tears
Your wedding style or theme:
No set theme but no bold colours . Elegant , simple. Any accessories and items were either clear, mirror or silver .
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Local business’ that came with recommendations .
What’s your top tip for saving money?
We had no budget, (that doesn’t mean unlimited funds) if you have a budget you almost certainly going to use it as a target .
So get everything as cheap as you can . Spend money on the things that matter and prioritise what matters to you . In our case it was the Brides shoes !
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
-Adding children onto the guest list, (Money for meals increased) we were keen on making it a day for our families.
– lots of food
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
– groom made card box as he’s a carpenter
–Etsy is very good for bits and bobs
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes , however it was total opposite of what the bride intended on having
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Krystle Brides, Bath
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
Shoes were the most important thing they were Jimmy Choo
Tiara, necklace and earrings was Jon Richards
And what did the groom wear?
Blue , tweed 3 piece suit from Peter Posh , Tanned Brogues .
Silver Pocket Watch
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Lavender fog full length dresses from tfnc
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
The flowers were simple , elegant but effective also different . They were arranged and supplied by sweet pea floral design . The flowers did look amazing .
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
No , we loved the venue with its oak panelling and features. We didn’t want to decorate.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
Card box – made by groom
Flip flops for all the women .
Each child had a gift bag in their chair with toys and chocolate to keep them occupied during speeches .
We had gin flights on the tables . Hand picked by bride and groom each table had a different gin with the correct garnish .
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
I asked Charlotte and Dexter for a few words of wisdom to share with you all – and I love their answers!
- You’re never going to please everyone… so make sure you please yourselves!
- Don’t send out your save the dates too early (as we found out your friendships can change…)
- Don’t invite people just because you feel you have to or because you feel they’re expecting it. Don’t invite people just because you were invited to their wedding etc.
- The day is about you and everyone is there to help you, so make the most of them! You feel like a celebrity for a few days and you should milk it!!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Relationship grows stronger and knowing your going to share your future with someone! And wearing a wedding band !
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Krystle Brides, Bath