Real Life Wedding
A Fun-Filled Autumn Celebration
Danielle and Jack set an October date for their wedding reception at Morden Hall. Choosing a seasonal colour scheme, they celebrated with exquisite food and great entertainment including a ceilidh.
The Perfect Venue
Setting an October wedding date, Danielle and Jack were planning a religious ceremony and looking for a London-based venue for their celebrations. They soon came across Morden Hall.
“We loved the convenient location and the fact that it felt like we were in the middle of the countryside! It has such a relaxing vibe. The Mulberry Suite is beautiful and we loved the layout of the space and how we could do different things in each room.” – Danielle
Setting The Scene
Embracing the season in their theme, the happy couple chose autumnal shades of oranges, yellows and whites with the introduction of teal in the bridesmaid dresses.
They made their own table plan – a map of the world with tables named after cities they had visited together. Other decorations included hurricane lamps and glass baubles with LED candles inside. Glorious flowers adorned the tables, the staircase and the naked wedding cake.
“We wanted to create a laid back, fun atmosphere where everyone enjoyed themselves.” – Danielle
Danielle chose a stunning gown from Vera Wang’s White Collection from David’s Bridal.
“It was a bigger dress than I thought I would go for, but I loved how it made me feel. It was simple but a real statement dress at the same time.” – Danielle
The beautiful bride accessorised with a locket that had been worn by her mother and grandmother on their wedding days, along with a Tiffany bracelet, ivory shoes and a chapel-length veil.
Meanwhile, Jack looked the part in a morning suit from TM Lewin and the bridesmaids wore long halter-neck dresses from Elizabeth James Bridal.
Wedding Day Details
Following their romantic ceremony at the Sacred Heart Church in Wimbledon, a drinks reception was held back at Morden Hall. Delicious canapés included Afghan dumplings.
“We asked whether the chef could make ‘mantu’. We met in Kabul and our first date was spent eating Afghan take-away so these traditional dumplings hold a lot of memories for us.” – Danielle
Moving in to dine, scallops were served to start followed by beef wellington and a trio of desserts.
“They were some of our favourite dishes. The beef wellington was amazing and we got lots of compliments from the guests about the food.” – Danielle
As day turned to evening, a ceilidh band got everyone up and dancing, followed by a DJ to keep the party going. A photo booth was another fun addition and pizza proved a popular choice for evening dining.
“We danced our first dance to “Like I’m Gonna Lose You’ by Meghan Trainor and John Legend and learned a choreographed routine.” – Danielle
“There were lots. Having 15 minutes to ourselves in the wedding taxi with a bottle of Champagne, the ceilidh, sparkler tunnel, confetti, speeches and dancing!”
If you’re planning an autumn wedding, we hope you will also be inspired by the November celebration of Laura and Alex at Morden Hall.
Photography © Danielle Smith Photography