We are so very proud that we are able to boast of not one but four distinct spaces here at Iscoyd Park should you choose a civil ceremony for your wedding. Whilst the exquisite St Mary’s Whitewell is situated nearby on the edge of the estate for those couples looking for a traditional church wedding, we know that for many, a civil ceremony aligns more completely with their vision for their wedding day.
Our ethos is that each wedding is an entirely bespoke event. One size does not fit all; weddings come in all shapes and sizes and influences such as the weather, the time of year, the number of guests and the theme of the wedding each have a role to play. With this very much at the forefront of our minds, we strove to create four individual spaces that are very different to each other to provide our couples with plenty of choice when it came to saying their wedding vows. The intention was to provide our couples with an option that complemented their wider wedding theme. The result has been the development of four spaces both in, around and nearby the main house. These are in no particular order The Coach House, The Garden Room, The Pigeon House and The Drawing Room. Read on to find out a little more about each area…
The exposed beams and whitewashed brick walls in what used to be the Coach House for Iscoyd Park provides a relaxed, barn like feel. The building is just across a tree-lined, cobbled courtyard offset from the main house and provides a more rustic environment for couples that are looking for a contemporary setting. Licenced for up to 150 guests, the room features arched floor to ceiling windows overlooking the house and gardens which lets in the most sublime light making the space particularly perfect for photos. Modern globe pendant lights are suspended from the ceiling en masse which add a warmth to the room when the sun goes down and make for a feature in their own light.
Because the space is essentially a blank canvas, the orientation of the room and the focal point for the ceremony is completely up to you. Above are just two examples of ceremony set-ups, each arranged in different directions and equally as effective in terms of aisle appeal! There is plenty of flexibility in how you choose to dress the space; whimsical arrangements of wild flowers are as equally effective as more traditional floral setups such as this classical urn positioned in front of the circular wall hung mirror. Subtle differences such as utilising white wooden chairs as opposed to brown versions can make the space feel completely different. It’s worth bearing these aesthetic choices in mind when visualising the space for your own day.
A smaller and more intimate space, the Drawing Room exudes character and history. Located just off to the right of the hallway through the main front door, the Drawing Room boasts wooden floors and a beautiful marble fireplace that is the perfect surface for wonderful floral arrangements. Old family portraits and classical paintings adorn the walls and the crystal chandeliers combine to create a traditional country house atmosphere that is utterly romantic.
The room can accommodate 50 guests comfortably making this the perfect spot for those couples looking for a cosier gathering. The beauty of this room is that it lends itself wonderfully to both Winter weddings since the room can be bathed easily in candlelight, but also to Summer events due to the large Georgian bow windows which look out across the gardens and park and lift the room with light.
The Garden Room was the first of our civil ceremony spaces to be envisioned and created. Seating up to 130 guests, the room feels serene and almost church like with a natural altar-like feel being derived from the high arched bow window at the far end. The Portland stone floor adds a sense of elegance to the proceedings with masses of natural light flooding in through the huge arched windows at the side that look out onto the landscaped gardens beyond. Apart from the stunning chandeliers which add a sense of gravitas and luxury, there is little by the way of decoration in this room. The beauty of this space lies in its simplicity, proportions and minimalism.
The versatility of this space means that you can really make this place your own. From the flowers, the colour scheme, and the final decorative touches, the room can be reimagined exactly the way that you want it to be as you can see from the images above and below. From traditional urns filled with roses, through to modern combinations of balloons, feathers and mirrorballs, the room can take on all manner of identities. The window sills at the far end lend themselves wonderfully to floral arrangements or even collections of pillar candles.
Our picturesque Pigeon House was designed and built by craftsman gifted with imagination many years ago and has recently been restored along with the installation of a stunning vintage Italian chandelier and antique mirror. This is the latest addition to our civil ceremony spaces and is perfect for those weddings taking place in the warmer months for obvious reasons.
The Pigeon House is a tall 2-storey dovecote built from brick and a pyramid slate roof on wide moulded eaves that is now enveloped by the dreamiest climbing roses and not a single pigeon in sight! Seating up to 150 guests on perfectly manicured lawns with a backdrop of flowers in a soft white colour palette, this is a truly beautiful outdoor ceremony area even if we do say so ourselves.
The size of the Pigeon House lends itself wonderfully to styling. We’ve seen everything from chiffon drapes to golden, sparkling mirrorballs adorning the space which feels intimate and rather special for the couple standing inside as their guests look on. We can’t wait to see all of our future couples’ interpretation of the space in the coming months.
So there we have it. Four exquisite spaces for you to choose from depending on the size of your wedding, the time of year you have chosen to host your event and the aesthetic that will most complement your wedding theme. It’s practically impossible for us to pick our favourite space; we love each of them equally but for different reasons.
As always we would love to hear from you. Which space have you chosen for your wedding ceremony? How will you be decorating it? What time of year will you be saying I Do? Why not share your thoughts in the comments below. Also do pop over to our Pinterest page to see how other couples have chosen to style each of the rooms for a dollop of inspiration.
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