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Real Life Weddings at South Lodge

Hear from Harriet and Ashley and find out what made their big day so special!

How did you both meet and how did the proposal occur?

We meet at a mutual friend’s birthday party back in 2013 and went on our first date 3 weeks later. We moved in together in 2015 and got engaged in April 2018. We went to Bath, Somerset for a weekend away. Ash suggested we went for a walk around the grounds as soon as we arrived but I was reluctant to as it had started to rain! In the end, we went for a walk and Ash found a lovely quiet spot to get down on one knee. It was the perfect proposal in the perfect surroundings and we soon forgot about the rain.

What did you love about South Lodge?

When we first arrived at South Lodge we fell in love with the stunning venue. When we were shown around the hotel, we were blown away by the amazing grounds that South Lodge has. Even in the pouring rain, we knew that this venue would be perfect for our wedding. Not only was the venue amazing but the staff were also so friendly and helpful. They were so accommodating for our last minute COVID wedding. We cannot speak highly enough of the staff at South Lodge. We truly felt like we were treated like royalty!

Tell us about THE dress...

The dress was very easy to find! I found it in the second shop I went to and knew that I wanted to try it on before I went to the shop. I opted for a more subtle design in the front with a low back. I loved the beaded straps and it suited perfectly with our venue! The girls at The Bridal Room in Reigate were so lovely and helpful. They couldn’t do enough for me and made me feel very much at ease during my appointments.

What do you remember most about the day itself?

Our favourite memory of the day was being surrounded by our closest friends and family. After living through 15 months of a pandemic, it was a very special time to be able to celebrate with everyone. Our guests all said how amazing the food was and we would 100% agree with them. We are both foodies at heart and we were blown away by the fantastic dishes. We loved the fact that we could spend large amounts of the day with everyone that we invited as it was the most perfect, intimate reception.

Were there any special moments or surprises?

Does a global pandemic count?! That was definitely a surprise! Along with many other couples, we had to put our original wedding on hold and there was nothing we could do but wait. 9 months later it was our turn, and it was definitely worth the wait.

What tips or advice would you give to future couples?

Enjoy every moment of planning as time really does fly by! Take it all in and don’t be afraid to make your own decisions. If you love it, go for it! Remember, it really is all about you!

Suppliers and products

- Photographer @kitmyers90
- Videographer @alice_underwood_films_weddings
- Flowers & styling @seventhheavenevents
- Cake @heidiscakes01
- The all-important outfits @mossbros @wed2b @thebridalroomreigate