The Perfect Venue
Hazel and Michael were looking for a venue with beautiful outside space for their July wedding and soon found Morden Hall. ‘We loved that it was a private venue with beautiful interior design and a lovely garden,’ says Hazel. ‘We were attracted by the elegant, relaxed vibe and being so close to the tube was a great advantage.’
All About the Outfits
The graceful bride chose an off-the-shoulder ball gown from Rosa Clara. As the couple live in the south of France, Hazel travelled to Italy to buy her gown and also her delicate baby pink shoes. She completed the look with pearl earrings and a pearl necklace, a gift from Michael’s grandmother. Her bridesmaids looked striking in long pearl-coloured dresses with wrist flowers.
As for the groom, Michael wore a tailor made suit from Italy with a bow tie from Australia.
Themes and Colours
Embracing the outdoors, a theme of simplicity and greenery was the order of the day, with shades of yellow and green introduced to the venue. Over 100 large balloons with tassels adorned the venue along with beautiful flowers, while garden games entertained the guests.
The happy couple had a blessing at Morden Hall so wrote their own vows. ‘Michael’s grandfather read us a passage from the Bible that focuses on love,’ explains Hazel. ‘He and Michael’s grandmother have been married for over 60 years!’
Time to Celebrate
Following the blessing, guests enjoyed Gin Berry Fizz and an Apple Juleps mocktail with delicious canapés including crispy fried squid and spiced lamb kofta. The wedding breakfast started with seared scallops, minted pea puree, crisp pancetta and pea shoots followed by grilled fillet of halibut with potato rosti. As an alternative main, guests could also choose fillet of Scotch beef with potato dauphinoise. For pudding, a trio of desserts included panna cotta, dark chocolate tart and a seasonal fruit salad.
For drinks, Hazel and Michael chose to have beer drums and extra Prosecco. ‘The events team were super helpful and created exactly what we wanted,’ says Hazel.
And that first dance moment?
The newlyweds danced to ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri. ‘We didn’t want to take it too seriously and get stressed about the first dance,’ smiles Hazel. ‘We tried to keep it simple… and fun!’
Hazel’s Top Tips
‘Consider taking a calligraphy class so you can write your own beautiful place cards or even the seating plan which I did!’
‘If your venue allows, get sparklers! We created a sparkler ‘tunnel’. All your guests can get involved and it makes for a wonderful photo.’
Images © Irene Yap Photography