Real Life Wedding
Emily and Dominic set a November date for their wedding at Morden Hall. They chose a wonderfully romantic colour scheme, fabulous flowers and great food and entertainment.
The Perfect Venue
Living in south London, Emily and Dominic wanted to find a beautiful venue within easy reach that would be cosy, but also spacious for their autumn wedding. They fell in love with Morden Hall.
“We loved that it was close to where we live and super easy for all our friends to get there. It was also big enough that we didn’t feel squashed if it rained (which, of course, it did!)” – Emily
Setting The Scene
Setting a November wedding date, the happy couple chose an elegant colour scheme of dark green and maroon, a perfect fit for the time of year. Morden Hall was adorned with storm lanterns, candelabra and fabulous flowers and foliage, while homemade favour envelopes filled with coffee for the ‘morning after’ was a thoughtful favour choice.
“We wanted it to feel autumnal and cosy without looking like Christmas. It was warm and welcoming and there was a real feeling of love and friendship.” – Emily
The beautiful bride chose the Hathaway dress by Wtoo, a striking design with an illusion neckline and custom beading from Hannah Elizabeth Bridal in Botley.
“The moment I put it on, I felt so special and knew it was the one. I wanted to feel amazing but also comfortable and this ticked all the boxes.” – Emily
She completed the look with delicate jewellery and a pearl and crystal hair accessory.
Dominic looked the part in a traditional morning suit from Dapper with a bespoke green tweed waistcoat. And finally, Emily’s bridesmaids were stunning in dark green dresses from Coast.
All About Flowers
Flowers were certainly a key element of this elegant day, with arrangements created by The Flower House Studio. Emily carried a glorious hand-tied bouquet of deep red ranunculus with anemones, skimmia, white thistle and foliage.
“I also had a small robin brooch on the ribbon of my bouquet as a reminder of my Great Granny.” – Emily
The bridesmaids carried similar blooms in smaller posies and the same colours were carried through to buttonholes and corsages. In Morden Hall, a splendid garland adorned the staircase and an urn filled with hydrangea, roses, delphinium, ranunculus and foliage sat at the front of the Willow Suite.
Flowers were also used to decorate the fireplace and featured amongst candelabra on the table centres.
Wedding Day Details
Following the romantic ceremony at Morden Hall, drinks and canapés were served by the on-site catering company.
Moving in to the Mulberry Suite to dine, the wedding breakfast commenced with ham hock followed by fillet of beef with potato dauphinoise and a delicious trio of desserts.
“The beef was incredible. Every piece was cooked to perfection and the team were even able to cater for my grandparents, cooking theirs a little more.” – Emily
As day turned to evening, Emily and Dominic danced their first dance to ‘Grow Old With Me’ by Tom Odell and a DJ filled the dance floor.
“We wanted someone who would take requests and understand what music was working. Danny Costello was that person – he was fantastic. Everyone went home with sore feet!” – Emily
Lamb rolls with coleslaw proved the perfect choice for evening dining and, of course, we mustn’t forget the wedding cake. A semi-naked, four-tier cake with a Harry Potter-themed bride and groom cake topper not only looked fabulous, it tasted amazing too. With a tier of chocolate brownie cake, a tier of banoffee, a tier of lemon cake and a top tier of fruit cake, there was much to delight!
“Other than the best bit which was actually getting married! The feeling that everyone is there together for you and to support and celebrate your love is just amazing and overwhelming.”
If you’re planning an autumn wedding, we hope you will also be inspired by the June celebration of Shelly and Gemmel at Morden Hall.
Photography © Nikki van der Molen Photography