The journey through the Iscoyd front door and the first steps into the hallway have such an important role to play in framing our visitor’s first impressions of the house and the gardens. Time and time again, our lovely couples have told us that their decision to host their wedding at Iscoyd was made within the first minute or so from entering the house and soaking up the atmosphere as they take their first tentative looks around. From the ‘happy’ scent that pervades the house, to the comforting, familiar touches that make Iscoyd a family home, we appreciate the significance of how the first impression of Iscoyd influences the visitors’ perception of the whole experience of wining, dining and celebrating here.
In short, we want every single person who crosses the threshold to be enveloped by the Iscoyd love and to that end we encourage and invite brides and grooms to decorate the house to suit their wedding day and the entrance hall is no exception. We find it incredibly exciting and inspiring to see how our couples interpret the house and what colours and decorative elements they choose to garnish the spaces with. So as a little homage, we would like to share with you how past Iscoyd couples have decorated the hallway – in particular the main wooden staircase that leads to the bedrooms and the beautiful Library upstairs.
We have seen these steps decorated in all seasons, all colour palettes and using all manner of materials and we are blown away each and every time. We hope that this post inspires you in your own planning journey just as it has inspired us by being able to play host to these fabulous creations.
Ahhh Spring. If there was a singular emotion that defines this season then surely it has to be hope. Hope for the days ahead, for warmth, for sunshine, for happy memories to be made now that the shorter, darker days are behind us. Spring blooms tend to be smaller and more delicate than their Summer counterparts but they more than make up for it with their vibrant colour palettes and their punchy scents.
We’ve found that couples tend to opt for brighter colour palettes for their Spring nuptials like the arrangements above here created by Fifi Boutique Bespoke for Camellia and Heman’s wedding photographed by Tobiah Tayo. Pops of coral and pinks surround the foot of the stairs and are accented beautifully by hurricane lanterns nestled in amongst the blooms for when the light begins to fade.
Alternatively the talented team at Red Floral show us that a showstopper piece can be created whatever the season, for when flowers may be in short supply then colour pop balloons and animal figures are the way to go. Becky and David chose a vibrant colour palette with lashings of gold all centred around the most wonderful giraffe that stretched all the way up through the main entrance hall. Monkeys and flamingos provided the finishing touches. It took our breath away when we saw the finished look!
Summertime and the living is easy. Well it’s safe to say that the season comes with choice and plenty of it. From an eco-friendly perspective, the warmer months allow for blooms to be selected from British growers rather than importing them from abroad thus ticking the sustainability box. The choice is endless; roses, peonies, delphiniums, stocks and hydrangeas all feature strongly in the arrangements that we’ve been lucky enough to feast our eyes on in the Summer months. From frothy white collections such as created above for Bethany and Simon (again by the talented Red Floral) to more colourful palettes we’ve seen florists pull out all the stops in high Summer.
There’s perhaps less of a focus on using candles at this time of year letting the florals speak for themselves on a sensory level from both a scent and visual perspective. Because of the accessibility and abundance of flowers at this time of year it’s possible to ‘go big’ so to speak. Whilst it’s appropriate in the leaner months to keep arrangements compact and succinct, the staircase seems to take on a life of its own in from the middle of May all the way through to early September with the staircase practically coming alive with foliage threaded through all the way up to the top landing.
The marble bust of Philip William Godsal on the half landing has even been known to get some floral attention too!
Sarah and Lee thoroughly embraced Autumnal fecundity with their amazing display produced by Red Floral – photographed here by Harry Michael Photography. The house and gardens do look spectacular in early Autumn as the leaves begin to turn, the light turns golden and the gardens are replete with berries and rosehips and all the feasting that the beginning of Autumn brings.
Sarah and Lee celebrated all things Autumn with their use of hops, dried grasses, dahlias, and foliage which were used en masse and garlanded up the stairs and looped around the bannisters. We loved the contrast between the chartreuse colouring of the hops against the blackberry hues of the dahlias which popped against the lit candles that had been placed upon birch tree trunks.
Aside from the visual delights of the composition, the arrangements smelt wonderful and evoked a harvest festival vibe that they continued into the marquee for their wedding reception. We love it when our couples acknowledge the seasonality of their event, looking to the natural world and mirroring the changes taking place outside and bringing it indoors for maximum effect.
Understandably, we can see why couples chose to marry in the lighter, brighter months of the year and tend to avoid the colder months. But to do so means missing out on the pure magic that the Winter months bring. The shorter days and darker nights provide the opportunity to really take advantage of the more flattering qualities of candlelight which has this ability to make everything seem to glow from within. The softness of foliage at this time of year means that arrangements can take on a greater sense of depth by focussing on different textures rather than being distracted by opulent blooms and heady scents. Instead a much more subtle aesthetic can be appreciated, using tones of greens which is particularly complementary with more modern wedding themes. That’s not to say that flowers can’t be used in Winter weddings for of course they can but the focus here tends to be on ivy, eucalyptus leaves, mistletoes, bracken and ferns all of which look heavenly when paired with plenty of candles.
We hope this has given you a flavour for how you might decorate Iscoyd for your own wedding day. We would love to help you create the day of your dreams so please do let us know if there is anything we can help you with. Which season are you marrying in? What colour have you chosen? Why not tell us all about it.
All our Iscoyd love xxx
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