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Justin Alexander for an autumn wedding at Iscoyd Park – Kate & Kyle

03rd May 2019 | Alexis Forsyth

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There’s a Scottish theme to today’s fabulous wedding, with tartan kilts, haggis, neeps and tatties, and the classic thistle all making an appearance. And let’s not forget about the piper!

Say hello to Kate and Kyle, who tied the knot in October at Iscoyd Park – a truly stunning venue on the borders of North Wales, Shropshire and Cheshire, where we will be hosting one of our UNVEILED Luxe Tour Fine Art Wedding Shows this autumn. More details to follow soon!

Describing the venue as more like a home than a wedding space, we can see why this incredible private country house appealed to the couple thanks to its elegant setting and exquisite grounds.

Alongside all the special Scottish touches – a personal nod to the groom’s nationality and heritage – other details you might want to borrow for your own big day include gorgeous two-piece bridesmaid gowns, blossom trees, handy hangover kits for the guests and not one, not two, not even three, but five cakes! So coorie-in and read on as Kate recounts all the day’s highlights!

With images by The Little Paper Shop


Kate says: Kyle popped the question in Oxford at the Head of the River, where we were staying for a night away. When I was about to leave the room, he told me that I hadn’t finished getting ready for our meal as I wasn’t wearing this (the ring) as he got down on one knee and popped the question.

We got married on 13th October at Iscoyd Park. We’ve always loved autumn and held both the ceremony and reception here. We fell in love with the venue and the staff. It felt like a home, not a wedding venue and had gorgeous natural light throughout.


We had a Scottish theme because of Kyle’s nationality and heritage. We went for a navy colour as it’s simple yet elegant.

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I had a fitted lace dress with a cape designed by Justin Alexander and purchased from Brides of Chester. I had originally ordered a different dress the November before and returned in the February to be measured for it. At the appointment, I saw the Justin Alexander dress and changed my mind.


Kyle wore an Ancient Campbell tartan kilt with Argyll Jacket. The kilt was bought for his 18th birthday from ManninKilt on the Isle of Man and the jacket was purchased from Slaters specifically for the wedding.

The groomsmen were in kilts and Prince Charlie jackets from Debenhams and Young’s Hire, featuring the Grey Spirit tartan.


My bridesmaids wore navy two-piece gowns from Coast. The flower girls were in white dresses with navy sashes from Matchimony.


My hair was done by my friend Michelle and my makeup was done by my other friend Jen.


To get our friends and family to the wedding, we booked buses from Lakeside Coaches.

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Cara from The Little Paper Shop captured our day. We would absolutely recommend Cara, she was a pleasure to work with and made us feel at ease every step of the way.


We used Elizabeth Josh Photography to capture the video. They were fantastic to work with throughout the day and we would definitely recommend them too.


Leaf Flowers Heswall provided my bouquet, consisting of avalanche roses, spray roses, white hydrangea fronds, blue sea holly thistle, steel berry, brunei, senecio and eucalyptus foliage.

They also provided the arrangements for the venue, including blossom trees, eucalyptus and tree slices.

For our favours, I made homemade butter tablet.


We had five different cakes; chocolate, carrot cake, gin and tonic lemon drizzle, Victoria sponge, and country fruit cake. I made the main cake but had help from my maid of honour, mum, and michelle for the others.


We had canapés, including quail’s Scotch egg with pickled walnut; buttermilk chicken with jalapeño mayo; wild mushroom arancini with onion ketchup; fillet of beef with pepper sauce and homemade chips.

For our main meal, we had bespoke haggis, neeps and tatties, with whisky sauce for starters in keeping with the Scottish theme. This was followed by

ribeye of Great Berwick Farm longhorn beef, beer braised cheek, smoked bone marrow mash, horseradish, parsnips – because it was amazing at the tasting event! And to finish, we had warm chocolate fondant, milk puree, warm chocolate foam and salted honeycomb.

This was complemented by Pinot Grigio, Tenuta Viscone, Italy and Shiraz, Commodore Estate, Australia.


We had piper Shonagh Duncan to pipe guests into the venue and to also pipe me and Kyle into the wedding breakfast. During the ceremony, drinks reception and wedding breakfast our pianist Andrea Lamballe played beautiful music too. The Rolling Keys brought in the evening – a phenomenal band with a playlist that really brought out our tastes as a couple.

Glamour Events Hire provided our photobooth – they had an excellent choice of props and it was a great memento for us at the end.


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Special touches

Hangover kits were provided to guests who stayed overnight – these included water, mints, chocolate, crisps and painkillers.

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We would absolutely recommend our choice of venue. It’s an excellent place to get married; you feel right at home and looked after from the minute you first visit.

Best bit

How can we pick just one?! It was phenomenal from start to finish, but the best man’s speech and song was a definite highlight!


We spent three nights in Toronto, a night in Niagara Falls, five nights in Chicago and seven nights in Boston. While there, we were lucky enough to see a New England Patriots game against Chicago – one of the main reasons we wanted to go to America!

We wanted to go to Toronto as it’s always been on our bucket list and we managed to do all the usual sightseeing and really enjoyed the Distillery District of the city.

Our whistle-stop tour of Niagara Falls was spectacular, and we enjoyed going on the boat into the Falls.

The hustle and bustle of Chicago was next. We packed lots of sightseeing into our five days, including the Hancock Centre and Architecture Boat Tour. The highlight of Chicago – apart from the NFL game at Soldier Field – would have to be seeing Hamilton at the CIBC Theatre.

We then absolutely fell in love with Boston. Kyle had been before and always told me that I would enjoy it, and we already can’t wait to go back! We went to beautiful restaurants, walked the Freedom Trail, went outside the city to the Patriot’s home ground, and visited Salem only a few days before Halloween. We stayed in the amazing South End which was the perfect location. Our timing was perfect as while we were there the Boston Red Sox won the World Series and we were able to witness the victory parade around the city.


My top tip for other Brides Up North would be – don’t tell people too much in the lead-up. If things don’t go to plan, nobody other than you will know about it!

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