Charlotte and Neil filled their intimate quintessentially English wedding starring endless beautiful blooms from Interflora's Vera Wang Wedding Collection and elegant finishing touches
Charlotte Diamond and Neil Quinn tied the knot at Iscoyd Park in Shropshire.
Our vision was a beautiful, sophisticated and classic wedding day. We planned a thoughtful and intimate ceremony, with a delicious wedding breakfast followed by an unexpected twist in the evening. Guests were asked to come in black tie, which complemented the elegance of the day.
For as long as I can remember, I have wanted a quintessential English county wedding during my favourite season, spring. I love the seasonal flowers during these months and the soft evening light as the evenings start to get lighter.
I set out to create a colour palette that included blush pink, white, lavender and green foliage. I wanted to ensure the day suited both our styles so included accents of navy blue, to complement the groomsmen, and charcoal grey. When I walked through Iscoyd Park on the morning of the wedding, seeing my vision come to life was breath-taking.
My dress was called The Charlotte (from the Iscoyd Park collection!) by Charlotte Balbier and I purchased this from The White Closet in West Didsbury, Manchester. The first time I saw the dress was on Charlotte Balbier herself. It was the dress she designed especially for her own wedding day and later featured in her collection.
My bouquet included peonies, David Austin roses, gypsophila, roses, ranunculus, freesia, and asparagus fern. I wanted seasonal flowers in fresh feminine colours to complement my ivory dress.
Neil wore a Navy Blue suit with a black lapel trim. His button hole featured pink peonies gypsophila and green foliage.
The bridesmaids wore blush pink dresses from Coast with freshwater peal earrings and a fresh flower hair slide with pink and white roses made the florist.
Guests entered the marquee for the wedding breakfast and found their seat on the table plan that was framed by white hydrangeas and lush green foliage. The table arrangements were chock full of white and Wedgewood blue hydrangeas, pink roses, peonies, gypsophila, foliage and trailing amaranthus. There was a mixture of high and low arrangements placed on bespoke Perspex plinths to ensure that guests could still see each other across the tables.
We had a larger top table, to seat 14 which had an arrangement running through the middle with similar blooms and filled with candles which flickered through the evening.
We wanted a simple cake that we could decorate with fresh flowers between each tier. The cake itself was four tiers and we had fruit, sponge and chocolate tiers. Natalie, the florist, decorated it beautifully with blush pink and white roses, purple hydrangeas, and orchids
Flowers featured quite heavily in our day and my mum and I worked closely with Natalie from Natalie’s Florist to create the perfect palette of wedding flowers for our colour scheme. Flowers used were seasonal and included peonies, David Austin roses, gypsophila, dahlia, roses, ranunculus, hydrangea, delphinium, freesia, asparagus fern, amaranthus and orchids.
The main staircase was covered in foliage and gypsophila as guests entered and made their way through to the garden room. Here the large windows were balanced by the blue of the tall delphiniums, with trailing asparagus fern and orchids which looked even more stunning when it was filled with family and friends. Each pew end featured my favourite flower, chunky peonies with gypsophila, foliage and tied with blue velvet ribbon.
Instead of wedding favours, we had cocktail hour immediately after the meal. Each guest received a token for a cocktail from a choice of two; Mr (Mojito) and Mrs (Chamaretto Sour). During this, we also a magician and Iscoyd staff decorated the garden room with Miami/Tropical club style décor (including a 3 foot plastic flamingo called Frank!).
One of our favorite moments was sat down during the wedding breakfast surrounded by family and friends in the beautifully decorated marquee. We were both so happy to be married and grateful to everyone for being part of the day. You could feel the love and joy in the room.
In the evening, we had a #Selfie Booth. We used the floral frame from the table plan as a backdrop and put out props that guests could use when taking their #Selfie. This part was a lot of fun and gave guests some downtime from all the dancing.
I also collected old family black and white wedding photographs and placed these in frames on the cake table. In addition, there was an American post box (a nod to the bride growing up in New Mexico, USA) for guests to post their mad-libs. This made for some very amusing post wedding reading during our UK mini-moon to Bath!
Steal their style!
Photographer: Anneli Marinovich
Florist: Natalie’s Florist
Venue: Iscoyd Park
Dress: The Charlotte by Charlotte Balbier
Groomswear: Groom Hire
Cake: Marks & Spencer
Makeup: The Secret Spa at Iscoyd Park
Confetti: Shropshire Petals
Catering: The Fine Dining Company
Calligrapher: Claire Gould
Table Plan: Lela at Doodle Love Designs
Magician: Sam Fitton
DJ: Alex Birtwell