Eve & Will chose Iscoyd Park in Shropshire for their classic but colourful wedding. Will wore a traditional morning suit and Eve looked stunning in her Raimon Bundo gown with delicate lace capped sleeves. This designer is fast becoming a favourite of mine, only last week we featured another wedding where the bride wore the same designer with exquisite lace detailing.
Eve & Will planned a fun filled day and chose amazing details that complemented Iscoyd Park perfectly. There’s bright paper pom-poms and huge balloons outside and inside the most magnificent rustic floral displays including that eye popping flower ball hanging from the marquee ceiling – WOW! There is also a cute ‘tying the knot’ theme with tables named after different types of knots and menus decorated with grey rope.
It looks like a fabulous day culminating in an amazing sparkler shot and what looks like a spectacular choreographed first dance. I would have LOVED to have seen that! Congratulations guys.
The Brides Fashion and Accessories
Eve The Bride: I wanted a dress that was comfortable, easy to move in and definitely not a meringue. Angelica Bridal was the only boutique we visited in the end because I instantly fell in love with the Raimon Bundo range. The only thing that was difficult was deciding which one I loved the most.
Because of the detail on the dress, I didn’t want overly fussy accessories. We came across Gillian Million at the National Wedding fair and couldn’t resist her beautiful hand-made hair accessories.
My extremely talented Mum made my veil and garter. I was lucky enough to wear a ring that I inherited from my Grandma, and an antique diamond bracelet that belonged to my Fiance’s Great Grandmother as my something old and something borrowed.
The boy took longer than me to decide what he wanted to wear. He deliberated between a traditional morning suit and something bespoke from Saville Row for months. He finally bowed to tradition and went for the tails. The Ted Baker range at Moss Bros fit him and the rest of the Groomsmen perfectly.
The venue was the most difficult part of our search. We knew what we didn’t want – not a barn and not a hotel – but finding what we did want was tricky. City centre venues were too small, and stately homes tended to have dark and dismal interiors. Given that we were planning an Autumn/Winter wedding – it needed to be beautiful inside and out.
As soon as we walked through the door, we knew it was the perfect place – in fact, I cried immediately! You can’t help but feel at home at Iscoyd. It’s been beautifully refurbished giving it a fresh, clean, neutral feel, and yet still retains a sense of age and history. And, most importantly, the staff are incredibly friendly and down-to-earth. The day we saw it was particularly grey and grim, and it still managed to look stunning. So we knew that we wouldn’t worry about the weather on the big day.
We were lucky enough to snap up the last Saturday date available in 2014 – and it was only available because somebody had cancelled a couple of days before. You might call that fate! And as it turned out, we snapped up one of the sunniest and most beautiful days of the year. Iscoyd couldn’t have looked better.
Jen and the rest of the team were brilliant and helped us every step of the way.
We didn’t want to focus on one specific colour – I thought the stress of matching everything would just be too much. We went for grey for the bridesmaids and groomsmen because it gave us a neutral base to work with. The flowers, accessories and décor could then be mixed.
Iscoyd didn’t need an awful lot adding to the décor. We bought a few bits and pieces, like paper pompoms and paper chains, and just gave them to Jen who found the perfect setting for everything.
We used Selina, the on-site florist at Iscoyd. We didn’t really know what flowers we were looking for but she made it very easy. I simply gave her a few ideas of what we liked and she took it from there. I really liked the fact that we didn’t know exactly what flowers we were getting on the big day – having planned everything else down to the minutiae detail, it was nice to leave something as a surprise. Selina got it just right.
The one thing we did specify was that we wanted candles in the marquee – we knew the sun would set during the wedding breakfast, and the candles created a lovely romantic setting.
Wedding Party Fashion
My Mum and Sister found the Bridesmaid and Flower Girl dresses while out shopping one day. It was pretty easy! The only issue we had was that one of our Flower Girls was still in baby sizes and the dress we chose didn’t come in the right colour in her size. Fortunately, my Mother-in-law is also highly skilled with a needle and thread, and she painstakingly took the dress apart and reassembled it in the right colour.
The ceremony was the part of the day that worried me the most. I was worried it would be too short and impersonal because we were going for a civil ceremony. The only additions we made were two short readings, read by Will’s Sisters. The readings were also stressful to find because we couldn’t agree – everything I liked, he thought was too soppy.
As it turned out, the ceremony was one of our favourite parts of the day. The registrars really made the difference, they made it personal and funny effortlessly. The highlight was definitely when Will got overly emotional and got his name wrong during the vows. We laughed and cried in equal measure. It was beautiful, emotional and hilarious.
We found The Dukes on Alive Network They were great and kept people on the dance-floor all night.
Food was easy to choose. The Fine Dining Company at Iscoyd have some great menus – we couldn’t resist the beef wellington sharing menu.
We were incredibly greedy and went for two cakes!
One of our dearest friends, Tabitha, made a naked cake for us. We did feel slightly guilty after asking her, as we hadn’t thought about the logistics of baking a 3 tier sponge cake and transporting it from London to Iscoyd! She did an amazing job though – we were thrilled. Unfortunately, one of the tiers was lost during assembly due to a small topple, but the finished article was so beautiful we didn’t notice a thing! It was absolutely stunning and tasted incredible.
We also went for a tower of cheese because I’m a massive cheese fiend.
We found Cassandra Lane online. She appealed to us because her photos were a little unusual, without being overly quirky or try-hard. She and her second shooter, Lucy, were absolutely brilliant. They put us at ease, mingled with the guests perfectly and most importantly captured the day brilliantly. One of the most special moments of the day was the time we spent on our portrait shots. Again – I was worried about spending too much time on these, away from our guests – but it was lovely to just have some time together to take it all in. We couldn’t be happier with the photos and would highly recommend Cassandra to anybody.
We decided to have a bit of fun with the video and went for a ‘Marryoke’ style video. We love a bit of cheesy dancing and singing, so this was a perfect option for us. A good friend of ours, Jamie Mills, kindly agreed to shoot and edit the whole thing for us. It was hilarious to watch groups of friends and family throughout the day singing and dancing along for the video.
Ask for help and trust the people around you.
We wanted our day to be as personal and relaxed as possible, so we roped friends and family in to helping with as much as we could. Fortunately, we have a lot of talented friends and we were overwhelmed with the amount of support we got. It really added an extra special touch to just about every part of the day.
We also got a lot of help from our suppliers – especially Jen at Iscoyd and Cassandra. They gave us so much advice and really helped to calm the nerves on the day.
Photography by Cassandra Lane Photography
- Dress Designer Raimon Bundo
- Bridal Boutique Angelica Bridal
- Bridal Shoes Rainbow Club
- Headpiece Gillian Million
- Venue Iscoyd Park
- Catering The Fine Dining Company
- Florist Selina Godsal
- Bridesmaid Dresses House Of Fraser
- Flower Girl Dresses Monsoon
- Groomsmen Suits Ted Baker at Moss Bros.
- Entertainment Ed Peczek
- The Dukes