I (Nikki) grew up in Shropshire, so despite living in London having our big day in Shropshire was always the plan. We got engaged at the beginning of the pandemic and so had to wait a while before we could view wedding venues. I booked to view Iscoyd Park in a panic, and we honestly didn’t think it would be the type of venue we would want to get married it.
We were so wrong, from the second we drove up to the house and walked through the door and the ‘Iscoyd smell’ hit us we had made up our minds. As we walked around the house and the grounds just got better and better and made perfect sense for us, it felt like it was meant to be.
We chose to do a ‘first look’ privately and then have a quick drink with our bridesmaids and groomsmen before walking down the aisle together. These 10 minutes were so special for us, it made us feel totally relaxed and set the tone for the fun of the day.
We wanted to showcase the beauty of the house and the grounds. We chose to keep everything very natural, locally grown wildflowers and herbs and natural lines and candle light for the dinner.
We enlisted the help of an amazing wedding setter Katie from Unique your Wedding to help style our outdoor ceremony and the day. She made everything so easy and we completely trusted her – it paid off. She completely understood our plans for vintage/English country garden style wedding.
I wore a bespoke designed and made dress by Emma Beaumont, which I’m still completely obsessed with. My shoes came from a small shop Esska and were really comfortable. Billy wore a bespoke two-piece suit by Cad & The Dandy (Saville Row) – he looked so handsome. Shoes from Loake and tie from Drake’s.
The bridal party wore a mismatch of colours and styles of dresses, they’re all completely different sizes, shapes and colouring so it made sense for them to wear something they had chosen and were comfortable in. The best men wore bespoke suits from Cad & The Dandy and Ozwald Boateng.
Having locally grown wildflowers was really important to us. We wanted bright pops of colour everywhere. We didn’t want to feel like our flowers had travelled miles when there are so many amazing growers locally. We used Camomile Cornflowers and she was fantastic and incredible value. We definitely found a florist who loves her job.
We used Philippa James for our wedding photos and Tim Spatz as our videographer. We cannot recommend them enough, we really wanted unstaged and natural photos and video. They both completely delivered on this and produced incredible shots for us. We absolutely love the photos and albums that Philippa has made for us. The videos that Tim has produced are absolutely stunning and loved by everyone.
For the evening we hired a phenomenal band called Husk who played two sets until 11pm followed by a DJ set that they also produced. They were brilliant and super easy to work with. They played all the important songs that we wanted and even managed to play the Foo Fighters as our version of a first dance. All our friends and family were on the dancefloor all evening which made for some super sweaty people by the end of the night (on the hottest day of the year!). Iscoyd did amazing wood fired pizzas for us late in the evening that went down a storm and were super delicious. The bar at Iscoyd made our favourite cocktails for the evening – negronis and old fashioned, and these were amazing too.
We have two pieces of advice to pass one.
1 – Take a moment during the immediate aftermath of the ceremony to sit together somewhere quiet (ideally with a tray of canapés) and enjoy a moment alone.
2 – Look around during the meal to enjoy having all your loved ones in one room celebrating your love; it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.
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Iscoyd Park has been in the Godsal family since 1843, Phil and Susie Godsal took over the running of the house in 2009 and began a much needed restoration project. They live in the house today with their three children and run it both as a wedding and events venue and a family home. Find out more about us.