We’ve got a super glam wedding to share with you all this afternoon, from one of our favourite UK venues Iscoyd Park. Bride Felicity (who reminds me of Marilyn Monroe no less) looks stunning in her lace and jewel encrusted gown, which she accessorised perfectly with the prettiest individual neck piece and some statement something-blue Christian Louboutins.
Not to be outdone, Groom Nicholas arrived at Iscoyd in a helicopter and made the most romantic of gestures during the ceremony. I’m not going to spoil the surprise here, you’ll have to read Felicity’s report to find out what it was. Let’s just say, it put a very big smile on her face and quite possibly involved diamonds…
Felicity The Bride: When me and my now husband got engaged we never knew what type of wedding we would want. But after visiting a few venues and stumbling across the fabulous Iscoyd Park in Whitchurch we instantly fell in love with the sheer understated elegance of the unique country house. From the moment we turned into the estates drive and approached the simply stunning Georgian house through the long winding drive I knew I wanted romance, elegance and our wedding to be an intimate affair to remember. Successfully we managed to keep our wedding intimate, only 65 guests attended, family and very close friends.
Selina, the in-house florist created the most magnificent florals for us. I wanted tall elegant centre pieces with large florals, luckily I came across 6 4ft silver candelabras for sale and just had to have them. I wanted them as full as possible around the arms with big budding roses and leaves in natural colours light pinks, creams and white with dainty crystal droplets hanging from them to complement the fairy lit ceiling in the marquee roof and add that little bit more sparkle. Selina also created the most magnificent 3ft giant hanging floral ball display from the ceiling, which was a real statement in the marquee it hung above our top table in-between two dazzling chandeliers. It was very unique and she used more pink florals to add a pop of colour.
I kept my bridal bouquet very natural with light pink roses, peony and gypsophila, I matched the bridesmaids the same only smaller. They were tied with ivory ribbon and so stunning they complimented the peachy pink bridesmaids dresses perfectly.
The Bridesmaids dresses I searched for for quite a while as my colour scheme was in-between light pink and peach as I wanted a colour that was not popular at that time. However this did cause me a few problems as I could not match the colour easily. I came across the most gorgeous dresses one day whilst out shopping, they were the exact colour I was searching for, halter neck flowing to the floor with some eye catching diamante detail around the waist and neckline. My girls just looked amazing in them.
I am very creative and in our area there are not many venue dressers with that individual WOW factor, so I decided to take on the challenge myself and dress my own venue! And I am so glad I did now even after all the sleepless nights of table arrangements and chair cover options. Like I said I sourced the candelabras myself and I choose a pretty peach colour for the table runners sourced from Ebay to match the florals and give a hint of colour, the favours were small yankee candles and I wrapped them in tissue paper and put them in matching pretty peach bags. I found the most gorgeous chiarvari chair caps white with ruffles also on Ebay they were also shipped over from America and they really did pull the room together and set the scene of luxury and romance. I had my menus and place name cards designed by minted.com a company based in America that I found online. They were ￼a great price, my individual menus were uniquely shaped, simply yet so elegant.
I wanted a floral table plan frame and could not find one anywhere so I made one myself from lovely artificial ivory roses. I glued the roses all round the edges of the table plan, I am now a pro with a glue gun! Our tables were named after all the places we had visited together, I was really proud of my DIY skills here and so many people commented on were the table frame was from.
I ordered a giant LOVE sign from Little Gem FX to sit behind us on our top table it really added to all the amazing lighting already in the room and was great for pictures in the evening.
Iscoyd Park use The Fine Dining Company based in Cheshire to provide the catering for all their events. So the decision was already made for us and we were so glad it was. The food was absolutely outstanding, our tasting session went so well and we were so impressed by the menus and food we opted for their luxury canapés mini fillet steaks on chips and little lobster tarts, I can still taste the fillet steak melting in my mouth now.
Our wedding breakfast menu proved a bit more difficult as you are trying to please everyone, we chose a four course menu starter was pate, then we had a mouth watering gin and tonic sorbet and jelly course to personalise our menu and give our guests something a bit different to try. It went down really well, we had slow roasted beef as main and our favourite pudding creme brûlée as dessert. In the evening we kept it simple with charcuterie and fromage boards.
I wanted a big show piece stunning sparkly sweet table with my wedding cake the main centre piece. So me being me I designed it myself and sourced all the glassware and tea lights, I used a silver glitter table cloth, the wedding cake was from Bloomsburys and sat in the middle as the centrepiece. It was the most beautiful cake. When I went to visit Marise the owner of Bloomsbury I was wowed before I even entered the shop her window display was to die for. I wanted to carry through the ruffles from the chair caps so the bottom tier of my cake was big rose like ruffles in my peachy prink theme colour and I chose to the top tier in silver leaf that flowed down onto to second tier which was white. Selina my florist added the most stunning floral to the top of the cake it was a work of art and tasted amazing the flavours were chocolate orange, strawberry and white chocolate and carrot cake absolutely scrumptious. The cake was accompanied by floral limoncello cupcakes, yummy chocolate fudge cake pops and a sweet mini vanilla macron tower. I also filled glass jars with Lindt chocolates, needless to say the sweet table was a real hit with our guests.
My husband was adamant from day one he wanted a helicopter to land at our house in the field next-door on the morning of the wedding and fly him and his best man to Iscoyd Park. He found a brilliant company locally. It really was quite something to watch when he arrived, I remember hearing the helicopter and me and my bridesmaids running to the window in the next room to watch as ￼they landed, it was such a special moment to watch my very soon to be husband arrive in such an extravagant way whilst in my wedding dress trying to hide so he didn’t see me. Our guests were amazed it really did set the day of in style. It was a real rush.
I never thought it would be so easy as I am very picky when it comes to fashion, but as it turned out I was only in my local independent bridal shop Trishas in Oswestry an hour before I had that ultimate moment when I just knew! It was an amazing feeling Trisha the owner of the shop was so helpful and really knows her stuff having been there for over 18 years. The dress by Venus Bridal had everything I wanted which was quite a list…lace, diamantes, fishtail, detailed low back I fell in love the dress the moment I saw myself in the mirror, I was a very happy lady.
However as the next year went on I felt there was something missing from the top of the dress around my neckline area, I had the straps altered to be thinner but I was looking for a real individual statement piece to make my dress completely unique to me. As my dress fittings went on I thought I would never quite find the right necklace to compliment my dress so I brought a headpiece from Trishas, it was gorgeous and handmade. Then literally 3 weeks before the wedding I went in for my final fitting and there it was the most elegant gorgeous large individual neck piece glowing under the glass, it was mine. It fitted so well with the shape of the dress all my quests thought it was part of the dress.
I love my designer accessories so it was inevitable that I would be walking down the aisle in Christian Louboutins and I did, they were bright royal blue in silk with a stunning bow on the front, with the red sole they were very contrasting and added a real personal touch. Love my something blue shoes.
My husband funnily enough also has a weakness for designer clothes and he chose a very dapper colbalt blue Paul Smith suit from Selfridges paired with Armani tie, Mulberry cufflinks and Kurt Geiger shoes also all brought from Selfridges. He really did look so handsome. We matched my father and best man in very similar colbalt blue Moss Brothers suits, it all came together perfectly. The colour was such a great choice and compliment my shoes.
Our photographer we always knew it would be Phil Barrett owner of PB Artworks he is very well known in our area for being one of the best photographers and we didn’t even question it wouldn’t be him. He captured our glorious day in every single aspect more than I could ever of imagined we cannot thank him enough for the memories and moments and small details. He is truly talented.
Our evening entertainment was the fantastic singer and DJ Neil Kristopher he is local to us and very well known for his amazing talented voice. He has worked in London’s west end and he performed two fabulous 45 minute sets for us covering of a range of music such as Michael Buble and Frank Sinatra. He also sang our first dance song which really did make the moment extra special Neil sang All Of Me by John Legend it was so dreamy!
A Special Moment
Theres a sweet story behind the rings from Chisholm Hunter. I had previously chose my wedding ring in Dubai whilst on holiday and knew as soon as I left the shop it was a hasty decision and I was not completely happy but it was paid for so I decided to settle. However when we went to buy my husbands back in the UK a couple of weeks before the wedding I saw the most extravagant 18ct 2ct princess cut diamond ring. My heart sank as it was exactly what I had originally pictured having in my head but I knew it would be unattainable having already brought one that was expensive. I put it to the back of my mind and then magically this extraordinary moment happened, as we said our vows at the alter and began to exchange rings the best man opened the box to hand to my nearly husband as he turned the box to face me there it was THE RING sparkling at me, he had switched the rings. My heart melted what a kind generous loving man my husband was, and the most wonderful surprise, I gasped and everyone starred in wonder at what was happening. The registrar knew about the ring switch and then proceeded to explain to our guests what Nick had done as I stood with the biggest grin on my face in shock. Definitely a story for the grandchildren!
Photography by PB Artworks
- Venue Iscoyd Park
- Flowers Selina Godsal
- Bridesmaids Quiz Clothing
- Stationery Minted
- LOVE Letters Little Gem FX
- Catering The Fine Dining Company
- Cake Bloomsbury Wedding Cakes
- Helicopter Helitrip
- Boutique Trisha’s
- Dress Venus Bridal
- Shoes Christian Louboutin
- Groom Paul Smith
- Groomsmen Moss Bros.
- Singer Neil Kristopher
- Rings Chisholm Hunter