Lifestyle: Wedding Guest Makeup and Dress, Iscoyd Park

Last weekend, the UK was blessed with phenomenal weather, especially as it was early April. The sun was blazing and there was a real Easter inspired, Spring vibe in the air. Some would say, a lovely occasion for a wedding. And that’s exactly what I had planned!

One of my friends, Clare, who I met whilst living in Australia 3 years ago, was getting married at Whitechurch, quite close to Wrexham. She was off to get married at St Mary’s Parish in Whitechurch, followed by drinks, dinner and general celebrating at the beautiful Iscoyd Park. Both the church and venue were absolutely stunning and bt far one of the most premium and luxury wedding locations I’ve visited.

With this in mind, a perfect face of makeup and a pretty dress was called for!

Although I run my own dress boutique, I don’t often wear my dresses to occasions. I like to leave it to my customers to wear my collections and snap away at them when they are out and about. But seeing as the sun was beaming and it was the perfect Spring day, one dress in particular I retail over at my What Emma Did Boutique was in my mind.

The rose off-shoulder fitted dress was a sure-fire winner for this particular wedding weekend. It can be worn completely off the shoulder giving that ‘cold shoulder’ style. Or, it can be pulled up on just one shoulder, giving a one-shoulder effect. This is how I chose to wear it, as it somehow suited me a little better wearing it this way.

I teamed it with a cream/off-brown clutch bag and beige heeled shoes, so my colour palette for the day and evening was very fresh, pretty and feminine. The dress is so comfy too that even though it resembles a fitted bodycon, I didn’t feel restricted in it at all. Not even after the copious amount of food: canapes, three course meal, hog roast, cake… you name it!

As you can see from the photos, the bride looked stunning, and both her and her now husband had decorated the venue perfectly. The room was filled with leafy green plants and floral decorations, spotted with pastel lemon and rose flowers.

The theme of the wedding was based around this lush green leaf theme, with this design featured on all paperwork, stationary, seating plan and menus, as well as being strongly present on all table decorations. The room for the wedding breakfast was bright and airy, leading out to stunning garden views. Iscoyd Park is a truly stunning place to get married – especially if you get the weather.

Before sitting down for our three course meal, myself and my boyfriend enjoyed copious amounts of canapes and prosseco whilst we sat out in the luxurious gardens listening to a string quartet. You could enjoy a game of croquet on the green, or take a little walk around and admire the gardens, the house, and the little hidden features Рlike an old swing and abandoned piano. The ideal photo opportunity!

In terms of my wedding guest makeup, I kept it quite simple but with more focus on radiance and highlighting. I used Illamasqua’s Radiance Veil as my base, followed by Dermablends Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation. I created a strong contour with Illamasqua’s Sculpting Duo (which comes with a highlighter powder too), and my lips were coated in Illamasqua’s Rosepout lipstick, which is simply divine (I promise I’m not purely promoting Illamasqua – I just bloomin’ love the brand!).

As usual, my brows were kept in shape with MAC’s eveybrow pencil in Lingering shade, and I used a dusky grey eyeshadows from the GOSH cosmetics eyeshadow quartet.

For our meal, we were treated to a delicious soup with a potato, bacon and creme fraise topping, corn-fed chicken, and a yummy dessert of lemon tart with raspberry ice cream and crushed biscuit.

soup starter

The Iscoyd Park house itself was a deluxe, large-scale building with many different rooms for guests to relax and take a break from the sun (which is a nice change!) as well as luxury rooms to stay in.

I saw a beautiful sunlit room set up for breakfast for the next morning, with lots of fresh white decor and china crockery. Simply beautiful. The house is also decorated with lots of old, historical monuments and paintings. I think my boyfriend had a lot of fun just wandering around and mimicking the stances for photographs!

iscoyd park

I made a huge error during the weekend though – no sunglasses. Epic fail. So excuse all the squinting on the photographs, and the poor quality too. They were all taken on my iPhone, in which the outcome has suffered a little.

In case you are wondering where shop for this dress (or my other occasion dresses) it’s available at my What Emma Did Boutique, and also as ASOS Marketplace.

After a full on day of drinking, dancing, walking the grounds of the venue and generally being busy wedding guests, I was over the moon to spy this little gem get set up for the evening party: a pop up coffee barista stall.

Every wedding needs one of these – the amount of people lining up for one was insane. And obviously you would go back for another one too. They made me the dreamiest latte…

A huge thank you to the Bride and Groom – Clare and Jack – for having us as wedding guests. It was a truly lovely day, and I’d recommend having a wedding at Iscoyd Park to anyone looking for a beautiful wedding venue.

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