Real Life Wedding
Autumnal Elegance at Morden Hall
Shelly and Gemmel set a November wedding date for their special day at Morden Hall. With a delicate colour scheme, exquisite food and fabulous entertainment, their guests were in for a treat.
The Perfect Venue
Living close to Morden, Shelly and Gemmel had spent many weekends walking or running around the stunning park, commenting on the beauty of Morden Hall. When the time came to find the setting for their special November wedding day, they knew instantly that Morden Hall was the one!
“It had a unique combination of old-world charm and period features with modern style and facilities. Most importantly, it also had space so we didn’t feel that we were shuffling guests from one room to another.” – Shelly
Setting the Scene
With a delicate colour scheme of pale grey and sage, the happy couple chose timeless, elegant décor in keeping with the bright and airy vibe of the venue. Flowers, foliage and candles adorned Morden Hall, featuring vintage-style wooden crates filled with white flowers, ivy and a light jar as the table centrepieces.
A floral garland also ran the full length of the staircase bannister while gypsophila adorned the chair backs.
Finally, Shelly and Gemmel decided to create a cinema room – the perfect ‘chillout’ space with vintage props, a popcorn cart and projectors playing clips from their travels around the world together.
“We wanted the decoration to blend into the background. For an autumn wedding, the warm glow of candles and fairy lights were a key part of the day and we hoped the orange hues of the leaves would complement the pale sage and white of our colour scheme.” – Shelly
After deciding against the first dress she chose, Shelly found a beautiful lace dress from David’s Bridal just six weeks before the big day, buying the sample gown as it was the only one in stock! The beautiful bride completed her look with pale pink shoes and elegant jewellery.
Meanwhile, Gemmel looked the part in a navy three-piece suit with grey waistcoat from Next and the bridesmaids were stunning in pale grey dresses from Misguided.
“They had an open back with a large bow. I loved them and really wanted the bridesmaids to show off their figures.” – Shelly
Wedding Day Details
Following their romantic ceremony in the Willow Suite at Morden Hall, welcome drinks and canapés were served in the Hawthorn Suite.
“We also had a food station with a leg of Iberico ham and all the trimmings. That was a major hit!” – Shelly
Music played a key role in the day, with a string quartet for the ceremony and a friend playing acoustic guitar during the welcome drinks.
Moving in to dine, a smoked salmon fillet was served to start followed by Beef Wellington and, for pudding, a delicious trio of desserts.
“It was all amazing, especially the passion fruit mess dessert. And we had a lot of wonderful feedback about the canapés.” – Shelly
Continuing the exceptional entertainment, a close-up magician and mind reader worked his way around the tables, delighting guests throughout the wedding breakfast.
As day turned to evening, a live band, ‘Dancefloor Fillers’ filled the dance floor. A cheese course was served alongside wedding cake – just the thing for evening dining at the finale of this spectacular day.
“During our bridal party photos, we found ourselves running through the parkland and trees around Morden Hall to catch the fading light and beautiful setting sun. We decided to set off some green and grey smoke bombs, to add a bit of texture and animation to the photos. The surprise and happiness of it all is really captured in the photos. It’s a moment we will never forget.”
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 © Leesha Williams Photography