April 10th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
Today on the blog, we’re sharing a beautiful winter wedding at Iscoyd Park – a captivating Georgian country house in Shropshire.
Celebrating in the venue’s pretty marquee, the couple, Emma and Andrew, dressed this space with the most beautiful blossom trees draped with low hanging lights, creating the dreamiest of backdrops. Throw in some beautiful bouquets, Lindt chocolates, confetti on the dance floor and a string quartet – and you’ve got the makings of a truly classic wedding day.
With photos by Charlotte Giddings Photography.
emma says: We got engaged on Christmas Day in 2014. After our three children had opened their Christmas presents, Andrew got down on one knee and popped the question. I immediately said yes!
We both wanted a winter wedding and decided to tie the knot on 24th February 2017 at Iscoyd Park. We thought it was such a beautiful venue with wonderful, friendly staff and it’s even been awarded wedding venue of the year!
For our colour scheme, we chose pink, which is such a pretty shade! We love the work of Mat Heppleston from Red Floral Architecture and to coincide with the colour palette, opted for blossom trees in the marquee, which looked stunning
My dressmaker ruined my original wedding dress, as she made some very bad alterations. As a result, two weeks before the wedding I had no dress. But, in hindsight, I am so glad this happened because the dress I then chose to replace it was perfect and I felt like a princess! It was a three-quarter-length design called Eva from Wed2b in Wrexham.
Andrew hired a blue suit from Peter Posh in Shrewsbury, and teamed this with tan coloured shoes. The groomsmen and pageboy – our son –hired their suits from Peter Posh, too.
My bridesmaids wore pink dresses, purchased from a company online. Our daughter – who was flower girl on the day – wore a dress from the Signature collection at Next.
The lovely Sophie Bruno and Claire Bruno Jettison did our make up on the day of the wedding.
For our photography, we booked Charlotte Giddings and would definitely recommend her. Our photographs are out of this world. We were so nervous throughout the day and missed so much, but Charlotte captured everything. She was so discreet; we didn’t know she was there.
Red Floral Architecture supplied all the gorgeous bouquets and flowers for the venue – mostly roses and freesias – as well as the buttonholes.
For our favours, we gave our guests a small pink and white box with a butterfly fastener with two Lindt chocolates inside. Andrew’s sister, Karen, put these together for us.
My Auntie Peg and cousin Elizabeth made the fruit layer of our wonderful wedding cake, and our friend Helen Probin made the plain and chocolate sponge layers, which she also iced and decorated.
The Fine Dining Company at Tattenhall provided the catering for our celebrations. We chose the Whitewell Menu – it was a difficult decision as all the food was very yummy! We also served wines recommended by the team at Iscoyd.
Our friend, John Stevenson – who is an excellent DJ – provided the musical entertainment. We also booked Nero String Quartet who were just amazing, too.
We would recommend all of our suppliers, including Elegant Finishing Touches from Oswestry who supplied our photo booth in the evening.
We would also definitely recommend Iscoyd Park to other brides and grooms. It’s a wonderful venue – I didn’t want to get married anywhere else. It has a great atmosphere and such friendly staff.
My favourite part of the day? All of it! I had waited so long for this day…12-and -a-half-years to be precise!
For our honeymoon, we are planning to go to New York – just the two of us, later in the year.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would simply be to enjoy every minute of it, as the day goes so quickly!
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Originally from north of the border, Alexis has lived in the North East for the past 15 years and considers herself officially an adopted Geordie. A qualified journalist - Alexis took up the position of editor at the region’s longest running business publication in 2015 before moving into a marketing role for one of the UK’s largest independent arts and craft galleries. Alexis currently edits her own lifestyle blog, where you can find her latest musings on all things Newcastle-related, together with a smattering of her Instagram-worthy cocktail and foodie pics. Yet to find Mr Right herself, Alexis sees this as a mere formality when it comes to tying the knot, as she’s already picked out her dream wedding dress, theme and venue...
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