VENUE TOUR: ISCOYD PARK
As a blogger it’s such an honour to be asked along to events, open days and fairs, and I’m so sad I can’t get to them all! This year we introduced the BLOVED Contributor Network, and we’re making it our mission to get to as many events as possible – so that we can share an even bigger selection of the talent that makes up this wonderful industry. Today wedding planner & stylist Gemma from Rosy Apple Creations tells us all about Iscoyd Park, a venue I was lucky enough to visit last year and one of Shropshire’s most beautiful exclusive hire venues.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the open weekend at the beautiful venue Iscoyd Park, along with Catharine and James from Catharine Noble Photography. It was a gorgeous sunny day and the venue look completely magical surrounded by the lovely Shropshire countryside. I was super excited as I drove up the long driveway towards the house, I had seen images of Iscoyd Park before and being from the North it was a venue high on my list to visit so I jumped at the opportunity to attend the open weekend on behalf of BLOVED!
This romantic Grade II listed country estate opened its doors for a very special open weekend to showcase all elements of an Iscoyd Park wedding. Perfectly timed for all those winter engagements, the open weekend gave visitors the opportunity to soak in the atmosphere whilst sipping on their very own award winning Iscoyd Champagne and enjoying delicious canapés by The Fine Dining Company. This was no ordinary wedding fair, visitors pre-booked an appointment and upon arrival were greeted by the extremely friendly staff who offered individual tours of the house and estate. This personal approach confirmed the level of attention and care the staff extend to each and every event held at the estate. There was also the opportunity to have a one-to-one with Iscoyd Park’s dedicated Wedding Coordinator, Jen Paskell, who was on hand to answer all those wedding questions.
As an exclusive wedding venue, Iscoyd Park is charming and grand yet welcoming and homely all at the same time. It has the capacity to host 160 guests for a wedding reception, and sees on average 60 weddings per year. Once you have chosen Iscoyd Park as your wedding venue you then have the option of whether you want to stay one, two or three nights, giving you exclusive use of the estate so you and your guests can really make yourselves at home and become part of its history.
Throughout the open weekend the house was set up and styled in a way so that visitors could envisage their own wedding day. The first stop on our tour was to view all of the accommodation on site, which can be reserved exclusively for your wedding. We started within the main house which boasts 3 stunningly beautiful bedrooms (The Bridal Suite, The Green Room and The Foxglove Room) and then moved on to the charmingly renovated Stable Rooms and Laundry Cottage which are just seconds away from the main house. In all, the accommodation can sleep up to 18 adults on site and if required a few children. It was exciting to hear all about the plans in place for the next development phase, which includes an additional 6 bedrooms and a larger guest breakfast room.
After we’d viewed the accommodation we had the pleasure of seeing the Garden Room, which oh my, was just stunning! The simplistic beauty and understated elegance really took my breath away, with its huge windows that overlook the gardens and let the light flood in. We were treated to some very wonderful music by the Solo Players string quartet, who showcased a sampling of their repertoire and really helped to create the ambience of a real wedding.
Flowing on from the Garden Room was the new Garden Marquee, a permanent structure overlooking the beautiful lawns where guests can play croquet and find hidden treasures including a quirky old piano, a boat and a double love swing hanging from an old oak tree. The open weekend was the opportune moment for the official unveiling of the new Garden Marquee which was superbly dressed by Red Floral Architecture, who’d adorned the tables with glamorous sequin table cloths, huge tree centrepieces, candles and votives, elegant crockery and glassware – there was no detail was left unturned. Bloomsbury Wedding Cakes were also showcasing some of the special creations including a ruffled aqua ombre cake and a macaron tower cake.
Upstairs in the Library, Charlotte Balbier showcased her new “Iscoyd Park” collection of bridal gowns inspired by her very own wedding. The new collection includes two designs which Charlotte herself wore on her wedding day, “The Charlotte” and “Iscoyd Park”. Both of these dresses were on show for everyone to ooh and arrr over. The collection is elegant and feminine using soft French lace and heaps of charm and grace. We met the lovely ladies from Dolly Blue Bridal who were assisting Charlotte with the showcase; they were really helpful and lots of fun!
Downstairs in the Drawing Room we had the chance to meet some more of Iscoyd Park’s preferred suppliers who were on hand to offer their expertise. In-house caterers The Fine Dining Company had created a delicious menu tasting selection so visitors could have a preview of the incredibly high standard of catering that Iscoyd Park is very proud of. Shutterbox Films presented their creative wedding cinematography, and Lee and Dawn were super friendly too!! Photographer Jill Thorning-Jensen was also on hand to answer any questions and showcase her work from past weddings at Iscoyd Park. Selina Godsall displayed her wedding floral arrangements and was available to discuss ideas with years of experience and detailed knowledge of Iscoyd Park.
We also took a few moments to visit the romantic setting of St Mary’s Church, which is just a 5 minute drive away nestled in the idyllic countryside on the edge of the Estate and features stunning stained glass windows, family memorials and carved inscriptions.
Iscoyd Park holds regular open days throughout the year, and would also be happy to host you on a personal tour of the venue to discuss your requirements. To organise visit www.iscoydpark.com or contact Jen Paskell at [email protected].
Catharine Noble Photography