Michelle heads up a talented team of dreamers, designers and planners who create wow-factor weddings both here in the UK and across Europe.
She gave us the inside scoop on styling a country house wedding-venue like Morden Hall, as well as a peek into their shoot styling.
"As creative designers it's so important for us to work in venues that have a unique atmosphere and personality and these spaces are always the starting point for our wedding designs. That and an insight into the lives of our couples helps us to create celebrations that feel personal and true to the individual.
Morden Hall is a prime example of a venue that is bursting with character, it has a really refined and understated elegance to it and due to the friendly nature of the team it also feels really welcoming. I love the natural light that cascades into the space, whilst the stunning fireplaces, architectural detailing, ornate chandeliers and wooden floors create a warm and romantic setting making this the perfect country-house space, albeit one that's right by the City.
Here’s Michelle's top tips for styling a country-house wedding:
A Grand Entrance
Make the entrance to your venue welcoming for guests, giving them a hint at the beauty of the day that's about to unfold. Florals are a great way to add wow-factor, from oversized urn displays like these by Euphoric Flowers, to simple floral garlands there's a multitude of ways to embellish an entrance. Work with an experienced and enthusiastic florist who will offer suggestions and ideas.
Be guided by the colours found in the decor at your venue and try to choose a palette that is complimentary. This will give you a really rich and luxurious-feeling design that appears to flow naturally within the space. Here we chose a soft and dusty colour palette of delicate mink, blush and mauve for the decor and florals, with a neutral palette of crisp white and taupe linens to co-ordinate with the creamy white chairs, all sitting alongside antique silver design accents. A decadent yet understated colour palette to work perfectly within this stunning dining space.
It’s more than just functional but a design element in it’s own right so choose wisely: darker woods add warmth, lighter woods look fresh, metal adds a funky edge, ghost chairs give a contemporary twist whilst colour adds interest. We chose elegant creamy-white chairs from Options Hire to give the design a really luxurious feel.
Look around your venue to determine which features really stand-out and then look at how to make them your own. From simply adding rows of candlelight to a mantelpiece through to having a show-stopping floral garland draping down a sweeping staircase, these touches will take your styling from ordinary to extraordinary.
Ensure there is a thread of continuity across your design touches, the colour palette is a great way to ensure this but also look to the style of design features: are you going for soft and romantic, modern and creative or fun and quirky. Keep this in mind when choosing elements like stationery and decorations so they look cohesive. This signage by Molu Designs features soft flowing hand-lettering to co-ordinate beautifully with the wild and romantic florals by Euphoric Flowers.
Don’t try to fill every inch of your venue with decor and details, instead focus on creating a few showcase design details in each space you are using throughout the day, such as a stunning floral garland on a staircase, oversized florals and whimsical signage at the entrance to a room or an eye-catching backdrop to your wedding cake. Like these couture poms by Pom Pom Blossom, perfectly co-ordinated with the soft ruffled details on the cake by Olofson Design.
Work with Scale
If you have a venue with tall ceilings then try to mirror the scale of the space with your floral decorations, equally so if a room is more intimate choose lower-level displays. To maximise budgets consider having floral centrepieces on just half of your dining tables, adding tall candelabras to the rest.
It helps to keep things fresh so think about how to really elevate your drinks reception by serving up a custom-cocktail. You could make your drinks station more inviting by adding bowls of fruit, cute signage and even matching the colour of your drinks to the scheme. A creative catering team like Galloping Gourmet will support you in coming up with fresh and unique ideas.
The possibilities to make your wedding venue feel personal are endless, it just takes a little imagination and a great white book of trusted suppliers. Do make sure you ask your venue for their recommendations on the best people in the business to work with to bring your wedding day dreams to life".
Shoot credits Photography: Weddings by Nicola and Glen // Design, Styling & Stationery: Pocketful of Dreams // Floral Design: Euphoric Flowers // Pom-Pom Decor: Pom Pom Blossom // Cake: Olofson Design // Furniture & Linen Hire: Options Hire // Signage: Molu Designs