There’s nothing quite as delicious as portrait shots backlit by that wonderful luminous light taken as the sun goes down and Carolyn and Tim’s wedding has that in spades. Heavenly!
This smiling duo married at Coombe lodge amongst rolling lawns and mature trees with an oh so elegant theme complimented by pink bridesmaid dresses, peach and creamy vuvuzela rose bouquets and Carolyn’s glossy locks. And they are glossy, all thick and perfectly groomed – the perfect complement to her lace & crystal headband which I quite want myself!
You also need to check out the awesome cupcake tower complete with DIY flag toppers (check out our own DIY flag topper project if you’re after something similar) and Carolyn’s beautiful Pronovias dress.
Carolyn The Bride:I was pretty sure I wanted a dress that incorporated lace, but had no idea on the shape or style really. After trying a fair few dresses on it was clear that I wanted something with a fishtail shape and with some sort of sleeve/straps. The final shortlist were all Pronovias and had all-over lace. I absolutely loved the Balta dress when I tried it on, it made me feel like a film-star but in a bridal way. I didn’t actually choose it on the day I tried it on, but after sitting at home later, irrationally worrying that it would go out of production, I knew it was the only one for me!
I decided to add a long lace-edge veil for a bit of drama, as my dress had a small train and wasn’t a very full skirt. The only other jewellery I wore apart from my engagement and wedding rings were some teardrop crystal earrings, and a lace and crystal headband (I wanted something that would stand out as I was keeping my hair simple). My shoes were simple satin courts with a diamante brooch on the toe, they had a medium heel and I have to say I was surprised how comfy they were, even with the silver sixpence in them all day! My mum made me a crystal belt that incorporated mine and Tim’s initials, which will always be a treasured keepsake.
Tim The Groom:As I wear a suit to work every day, I wanted my wedding day to feel special so decided to hire morning suits for me and my groomsmen. I did a lot of research into places not on the high street as I was keen to get a better fit and great quality. Buckleigh is a wonderful little family-run tailor in Chelsea who have made suits for Prince Charles but their prices were lower than most high street shops! We were really well looked after by the owner who let one of my ushers try on almost every size of jacket they had before of course settling on the first one we saw. Extra points awarded for delicate critique “oh dear, we appear to have a slight problem in the derriere”.
We knew we were looking for somewhere where we could have the ceremony, reception and evening party all in one venue, because we had so many guests coming from different places and we thought everyone would be more relaxed if they didn’t have to travel around. We’d settled on a country house style venue and although Coombe Lodge was the first venue we saw, as soon as we arrived we were smitten! It was so grand and impressive but also intimate and we could picture our wedding there straight away.
Carolyn amassed an absolute wealth of wedding magazines after getting engaged, and all her favourite features had pastel tones. We wanted a theme which wasn’t traditionally autumnal as we were getting married in October, and settled on blush pink, peach and duck egg blue as a palette. Having more than one main colour allowed us so many more options, but kept everything tied together.
Carolyn The Bride:I wanted spring-like flowers, so we researched good autumnal alternatives. We wanted all the colours from our theme to be incorporated, so our florist Tina used vuvuzela roses, hydrangeas, sage leaves and rabbits ear foliage to create the effect we wanted. We were keen to show the flowers off so we invested in a large flower arch to maximise photo opportunities outside. Inside, lots of smaller posies decorated the hallways and we added white shabby chic accessories, including candelabras with mirror plates for centre-pieces and framed photos of past family weddings to bring back happy memories for everybody.
Fairy lights in Kilner Jars gave a modern twist and looked fantastic in the evening. Our table plan was made from a large white frame backed with a fabric print from Liberty which matched our colours perfectly. A bit of creative ribbon placement means you would never notice the major measurement miscalculation on the part of the groom!
The bridesmaid’s dresses were the first thing we bought – even if we did go to every H&M in central London! As there was 18 months until the wedding, we bought eight dresses when we only needed five just to ensure everyone had the size they needed! My mum used one of the spare dresses to create a mini-version for our flower girl. The groom and groomsmen had polka-dot socks from Reiss and the groom’s polka dot tie (also Reiss) perfectly matched my peach bouquet.
As neither of us are particularly religious we had a civil ceremony but we wanted to make sure it was memorable, moving and joyous. We eventually settled on The Good-Morrow by John Donne which was read by the Tim’s godfather Roger, and a speech from “Stardust” which is one of our favourite films. This was read by Tim’s sister Amy and was easily the biggest tear jerker of the day (especially for Tim!).
The guests were played into the ceremony by a string quartet, with a mixture of modern and classical songs and this really set the scene. I made my entrance to The Flower Duet by Delibes, and we signed the register to a rendition of “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. We wanted something uplifting for our exit music and the original recording of “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by The Beach Boys put a smile on everyone’s face. It was also on the first mixtape Tim ever made for me! Our best entertainment investment was the Photobooth, which was set up under the stairs between the bar and the disco and had a queue all night (even my 94 year old Nannie had a go or two!).
We chose to have a cupcake tower because of the variety of flavours we could have and as we wanted to serve the cakes between the ceremony and the wedding breakfast to keep everyone going! Our favourite flavour was salted caramel, and we included a recipe for this in our favours. Making the 150 cup-cakes with help from my Mum and Auntie was one of the best bits of the week leading up to the wedding. The catering team at Coombe Lodge seamlessly turned out 145 perfectly cooked dishes without batting an eyelid! In the evening we served hearty bacon and sausage ciabattas which mopped up some of the alcohol!
After extensively googling “best wedding photographer Bristol”, it seemed there was only one choice to make! Albert’s photography immediately appealed to us as he has an amazing ability to capture all the tiny moments that make a wedding so special, and we wanted to be able to relive those forever. We had a great time getting to know Albert at our engagement shoot before the wedding, and he really helped us feel at ease while being snapped, and we couldn’t be happier with the results! On the wedding day we were blessed with amazing sunshine for October and we were taken aback by how breathtaking the photos were, especially the landscapes around the venue. A lot of our guests commented on how brilliant Albert was and how much he was able to cover without anyone noticing! We think he may even be some kind of ninja.