Lolly here! Gosh it’s been a while since I last wrote but I’m back with lots of news to share with you all. This month’s blog post is one that is very special to me and to the team at Iscoyd Park because we can finally share with you a huge project that both of us have been involved in for the last year.
Those of you currently planning your wedding will most likely have come across the UK’s biggest wedding blog – Rock My Wedding – whilst sourcing inspiration for your big day. It’s a site packed to the rafters with beautiful weddings, lots of handy advice from industry specialists, a gorgeous look book from which to find your wedding dress and a host of recommended suppliers handpicked by the team behind the site. I’m not going to lie, it’s a website close to my heart since I work for the brand, as well as for their sister blogs Rock My Style and Rock My Family too.
Earlier this year, in February, the Rock My Wedding book – ‘Your Day, Your Way’ was published after over 12 months work of writing, styling, planning and a whole host of graphic design mastery. It was very much a team effort with every single member of RMLtd pitching in to bring the vision to life. What you might not know however is that almost all of the content of the book was shot at Iscoyd Park both in the grounds and inside the house too.
If there’s a way to describe Phil and his team, other than faultless, welcoming, organised and gracious then it’s got to be their generosity of spirit. They opened up the house up to us during shooting for the book without a blink of an eyelid and it became a home from home for us for so much of 2016. Iscoyd is the perfect backdrop for shooting against; it combines an historic elegance with a modernity that is hard to surpass. Beautiful tablescapes were set up in the drawing room where gauzy tablecloths draped slinkily on the aged but very beautiful wooden floors. Models paraded up and down the lengths of rooms in exquisite frocks set against the backdrop of full length sash windows letting through hazy sunlight. And old cast iron radiators made for the perfect spot to perch a bouquet or two.
And the grounds were made full use of as well…
Romantic portraits of brides and grooms were shot under Iscoyd’s famous trees with ‘that’ piano. The beautiful avenues of flowers provided the most picturesque backdrops for showcasing frocks and even Iscoyd’s famous lovers’ swing all feature in the book. Perhaps one of my favourite external shots appears in the beginning of the tome and was styled at the front of Iscoyd’s majestic facade underneath the sweeping boughs of the trees from which was hung picture frames and chandeliers. We even borrowed an antique sofa from the library upstairs and bedecked the scene in blooms. It looked timeless, stylish and made me want to get married all over again. And if you like cake then you’ll love the French inspired dessert table set up in Iscoyd’s courtyard amongst the roses.
Iscoyd Park’s very own Phil Godsal had a part to play too; he was invaluable in providing his expertise and guidance for Chapter Two of the book which focuses on all those crucial elements you need to consider when picking your wedding venue and those vital questions that you really should ask the venue owners/management in advance of booking your big day. It’s such a practical and invaluable list that I would recommend purchasing the book for this chapter alone.
I’m sad that the preparation, styling and shooting for Your Day, Your Way has come to an end. It was such a treat being back at Iscoyd Park again, catching up with Phil and Susie, seeing the new developments in the house and hearing about all the plans for the venue going forward. But the outcome has been this beautiful book jam-packed full of inspiration for your own wedding day. If you haven’t picked up your copy yet then I really would recommend nipping over to Amazon now and purchasing one. Either that or thumb through one of Iscoyd’s copies located in the bedrooms next time you’re there.
I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we have enjoyed creating it.
Until next month, Lolly xxx