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.
Stunning Georgian country house Iscoyd Park is opening its doors for a weekend of wedding wonder on 24th & 25th January 2015. Team RMW love Iscoyd – the setting is idyllic, the buildings are beautiful and Phil, his family and the team are truly lovely people.
We’ve used Iscoyd several times for shoots and I have to say it really is one the highlights of our work – taking over the house and gardens, armed with beautiful dresses, accessories and flowers is such fun. Just imagine doing the same but for your own wedding…
You know when a bride has chosen to marry at Iscoyd Park then you are in for a treat. The venue is stunning and the service and experience you get from Phil and his team is second to none. We are proud to have them on our Love Lust List.
Elspeth and Marcus had a really chilled out wedding with family arriving for a BBQ in the grounds of the venue on the Friday before. This set the vibe for the weekend, fine foods, flowing wine and a party atmosphere.
You’re not really supposed to have regrets about your wedding day are you. Don’t get me wrong I really don’t have regrets as such just a couple of things I wish I’d done differently.
That’s the beauty of hindsight I guess.
My wedding day was the most surreal, soul-tingling, life-affirming, radiant day of my life. It really was. There’s a part of me that can’t quite believe my luck in that I married the most beautiful boy, inside and out, and that I had the most immense twelve hours of all my days on this planet so far.
The other silver lining is that I get to share my experiences and top tips with you lovely lot. Because if I can help in the tiniest of ways to make your amazing wedding even more stupendous then I’m a happy girl indeed.
The most amazing day of my life was a surreal out of body experience that began with me waking at 5.30am in a four poster bed in Iscoyd’s bridal suite tossing and turning in my attempts to get some essential beauty sleep.
I’m aware that quite a few of you have been waiting in anticipation for this post. Admittedly we’ve been a bit mean what with our sneak-peeking here and there but finally it’s here.
Blimey, it’s nerve-racking I tell you.
But here goes…today I’m sharing my big day with you lovely lot.
I’m married!!! I’m actually blinking married. Nearly three months in and it feels like it was yesterday yet eons ago all at the same time. We’ve rifled through the photos over and over again, watched our video a zillion times and I’m currently knee-high in thank you cards.
And you know what… I LOVE being married. An exhilarated thrill runs down the length of my spine every time his ring catches the light or when he introduces me as his wife. I still manage to surprise myself when I call him my husband but I’m so proud…so privileged to be his.
But you want to see the pictures right? So let’s get on with it.
My dress was by Pronovias and bought from Cambric Brides in Mold, North Wales. I loved this dress from the first moment I tried it on and didn’t want to take it off! I liked that the grey belt added a modern twist to the classic and beautifully delicate lace.
A Civil Ceremony
I wore a bird cage veil from Ivory & Co. I felt that this would be more suitable rather than a long veil as we had a civil ceremony at the venue rather than a church wedding. My earrings were from Accessorize.
Super Comfortable Footwear
I searched everywhere for some fabulous designer shoes, but couldn’t find anything I liked and in the end bought some grey suede heels from Next! The grey matched the belt perfectly – plus they were super comfortable and not too high. For dancing in the evening I changed into flip-flops and provided a basket full in various sizes for the bridesmaids and female guests.
I had my hair and the bridesmaids’ hair done by Francesco Group in Chester. I chose to wear my hair down in loose curls – I never usually wear my hair up so thought it best to stick to what I know! I did my make-up myself as I wanted to look like myself when I walked down the aisle towards Matt.
I knew that I wanted Billy Buttons in my bouquet, but that was about the extent of my flower knowledge! Jo at Nettle in Tattenhall, Cheshire helped and guided me with the rest and the results were simply stunning. In the bouquets and table centres we had vendela rose, peach avalanche rose, Esperance rose, pink peonies, acillea, wax flower and billy buttons.
We went for soft pinks and peaches to compliment the yellow in the billy buttons and the bouquets were held together with lace ribbon. Jo came up with the great idea of using vintage cake plates for the table centres which looked so pretty.
The buttonholes for the boys were Billy Buttons tied with grey ribbon.
I cannot recommend Jo at Nettle highly enough – she and her team did a great job.
We hired the Groomsmens’ suits from Groom in Chester – we kept it simple with grey suits and silver/grey tie’s. The Bridesmaids dresses came from Monsoon and they all wore fabulous sparkly shoes from Next. The grey of the dresses matched perfectly with the belt on my wedding dress. The colour theme was grey and yellow but I kept the outfits grey and added yellow in the stationery and little touches. I thought it might be overpowering if the gents ties were yellow.
Matt wore the same as the Groomsmen – a fitted suit with a tail jacket. We originally wanted normal suits, but when he tried on the tails he looked and felt so much more like a groom!
Enthusiastic And Contemporary
Victoria Phipps – I came across Victoria’s photographs through a friends Facebook page! The photographs were stunning and exactly the kind of thing I was looking for. We were thrilled when Victoria said she was available and didn’t even see any other photographers.
She captured our wedding day perfectly and it made a refreshing change to have someone young, enthusiastic and contemporary compared to other photographers we have experienced at weddings.
A Cheese Feast
We chose to have rounds of cheese as our wedding cake. We figured that our guests would appreciate cheese and biscuits after a day of drinking and partying rather than cake. It all got eaten so quickly that we didn’t even get to try some!
My friend Steve kindly painted the peg dolls we had as our cake topper.
Modern And Retro
We hired The Speakers Band for our evening entertainment. We both love live music so chose to have a band rather than a DJ. They kept the dance floor filled all night long and played a mix of modern and retro music.
Keeping Up With The Joneses
We chose to have ‘Me & Mrs Jones’ as our first dance. My maiden name was Jones and Matt is a Jones so we thought it would be a good choice and make everyone smile!
We had mini lemon drizzle cakes for favours. We choose these so that the guests would get to have some cake as the wedding cake was cheese. Each guest had a button badge too in place of a normal place card. This worked really well as most people even wore their badges and was a good talking point.
We gave the children at our wedding personalised goody bags.
Nothing To Add
We didn’t feel that the venue needed any extra décor, as Iscoyd Park is stunning enough.
The Little Details
I am part owner and designer of a wedding stationery called ‘Project Pretty’ so our wedding was very special to me because I designed all the stationery and little details. However, my advice to future brides would be to not try and do everything yourself! I tried to take control a little too much and found myself quickly running out of time before the wedding day!