When I think about Charlotte & Neil’s wedding day, I get a teensy bit emotional. I still remember Charlotte’s phone call in February last year, to tell me that her and Neil wanted me to photograph their big day at Iscoyd Park. I could really sense that their wedding photography meant the world to them and that it had been a huge decision for them. In one of her initial emails Charlotte said: “I just absolutely adore your pictures and style. I have looked at many photographers websites/blogs and never felt a connection with the images like I have with yours”…gulp…
Gorgeous Charlotte, wearing ‘Charlotte’ from the Iscoyd Park Collection by Charlotte Balbier.
Along with booking the wedding venue of their dreams, they wanted someone to capture all the little details, wonderful moments and their never ending love for each other. That person ended up being me and I am very grateful that Charlotte & Neil put their trust in me, because this wedding turned out to be one of my all time favourite weddings. Not only were Charlotte & Neil incredibly warm & sweet, but their family and friends invited me into the day with open arms and together, we had a blast!
More about the day in Charlotte’s own words: “The vision was a beautiful, sophisticated and classic wedding day. We planned a thoughtful and intimate ceremony, with a delicious wedding breakfast (seven courses) followed by an unexpected twist in the evening in the form of ‘cocktail hour’. Iscoyd Park was the perfect venue and we fell in love with it the minute we drove up to the front door. There is something about this place that makes you feel at home and we knew that our guests would feel that too. The unique charm has a nostalgic sense of history behind the walls and is the perfect backdrop for the grand affair we envisaged!
As an editorial wedding photographer with a penchant for pretty details & beautiful flowers bathed in gorgeous natural light, this wedding was a feast for my eyes. Charlotte & Neil put their own unique stamp on Iscoyd Park, from the beautiful stationery, to the elegant table decor to the champagne tower they poured for their guests, to Frank the Flamingo on the dance floor during cocktail hour. Everything was perfect and a real treat to capture.
I read Charlotte’s email while I was abroad photographing a wedding in Italy and her kind words nearly had me in tears: “I have finally come back to earth and managed to put pen to paper to express how overwhelmed we are with our wedding pictures. I have never looked at myself in my entire life and felt as beautiful as I do when I look at your pictures….they made me cry the first time I saw them. You have managed to capture the love and joy we felt on the day and put it into images which we will cherish for the rest of our lives. How you did this when there is one of you I do not know!! We are absolutely delighted, I have so many favourites…thank you for your hard word, kindness and just being ‘you’ on our special day. Both Neil and I agree that the wedding was made all the more special having you, and now these photographs, as part of the day.”
Now before I actually start crying, below are quite a few of my favourites from the day. Charlotte & Neil…thank you. You are absolute treasures and I will cherish the memories of your wedding day forever.
Neil and his groomsmen, looking very suave in their bow-ties.
The elegant Charlotte by Charlotte Balbier in Iscoyd Park’s amazing Bridal Suite.
Charlotte’s beautiful bouquet by Natalie’s Florist.
Charlotte’s gorgeous maids, looking stunning in their dresses from Coast and fresh flowers in their hair.
Love this moment between Charlotte & her mum before we made our way downstairs to the ceremony.
I’m a sucker for Peonies, so loved the chair posies by Natalie’s Florist. Elegant stationery by Charlotte herself.
The Civil Ceremony set up in the Garden Room at Iscoyd Park with beautiful floral design by Natalie.
So..Much..Love! Introducing, Mr & Mrs Quinn!
Epic confetti photo outside the front door at Iscoyd Park.
Delicious canapes by The Fine Dining Company.
Such an elegant touch. Charlotte & Neil pours the glamorous Champagne Tower to kick off the reception.
A statement image for the rock stars who made up the wedding party!
Charlotte’s mum’s vintage Nissan Figaro complemented the elegant setting perfectly.
Mr & Mrs Quinn, looking absolutely stunning!
Seriously, look at Charlotte’s amazing eyes. Just…wow!
Charlotte and her sweet brother Joe, looking very dapper in his bow-tie.
The incredible table plan was designed by Lela from Doodle Love Designs and decorated by Natalie’s Florist.
Incredible table centerpieces, dripping with crystals and surrounded by candles created a very glamorous wedding
breakfast setting in the permanent marquees at Iscoyd Park.
Place name calligraphy by Claire from Calligraphy for Weddings.
The incredible wedding breakfast by The Fine Dining Company.
Introducing the very talented Sam Fitton, award-winning magician and fire starter! ;-)
Cocktail hour kicks off in the Garden Room, with Flamingos everywhere!
Meet Frank the Flamingo, he enjoys Mojito’s and long walks on the beach…and posing for photos with Neil. ;-)
More card magic by Sam in the Garden Room.
Alex Birtwell – talented acoustic vocalist, keeping the dance-floor full.
The amazing list of wedding day suppliers:
Wedding venue: Iscoyd Park, Whitchurch, Shropshire, SY13 3AT
Charlotte’s wedding shoes: Rainbow Bridal
Charlotte’s earrings: Swarovski, a wedding gift from Neil
Charlotte’s wedding scent: Gardenia by Chanel, a gift from her mum
Hairstylist: Emma Kirk
Make up: Gemma from The Secret Spa at Iscoyd Park
Neil’s wedding attire: Groom Hire, Wilmslow
Florist: Natalie’s Florist
Wedding car: Charlotte’s mum’s vintage Nissan Figaro
Catering: The Fine Dining Company
Wedding cake: Marks & Spencer decorated by Natalie’s Florist
Bridesmaids dresses: Coast
Calligraphy: Claire at Calligraphy for Weddings
Table plan: Lela at Doodle Love (frame by florist)
Wedding stationery: Designed by Charlotte (the bride)
Cocktail hour coasters: Wedding Paper Divas
** Click here to see Nicola & Mark’s wedding at Iscoyd Park**