An architectural marvel
The Ickworth Hotel was home to the aristocratic Hervey family from 1702 until 1996 and it has all the grandeur of a stately home, with the eye-catching architectural marvel of its Rotunda.
It doesn’t look like a typical family hotel either it is bedecked with stunning period and contemporary furnishings, marble flooring and modern chandeliers.
I first visited the Ickworth hotel back in October 2017, to chat with the events coordinator Vivien about their wedding offering and asked if they would like me to arrange a styled photo shoot to showcase some of their rooms.
The hotel was delighted to be involved and so I got things in motion.
I met with local photographer Alison Harris and asked local florist “The Flower Hut” to provide floral arrangements. Bespoke stationary company “Oops A Doodle” provided menus and place cards.
The hotel has quite a mix of artwork and furniture, so I looked at how I could complement the décor with my styling.
I set up the ceremony in The Library, which has a large painting of Lord Hervey. I used a burgundy sash on the chairs and plenty of foliage in the room, which worked well against the creamy ochre tones of the walls. Although it was snowing outside, it was a sunny day and the light was amazing! We had lots of guests and staff popping in and asking what time the wedding was being held. They were all very complimentary.
A wedding breakfast
The second room was the “Boardroom” where I set up 16 places for a wedding breakfast. This was a part wood panelled room with a deep red carpet.
I used simply tied champagne chiffon hoods on the chairs and a champagne sequin runner along the table, which really brought it to life. Plenty of candles and plenty of foliage, which I gathered from the grounds on the day. The deep red napkins gave a pop of colour to the table and the floral arrangement with the apricot and deep pinks was simply beautiful.
Alison captured the styling perfectly with her images and I am proud to showcase this photo shoot!