Liz and Andrew were searching for the ideal wedding venue in London where they could have a stress-free day full of laughter and dancing with all their friends. After a little bit of searching, they found Morden Hall; an exquisite country house wedding venue, tucked away in National Trust parkland in South London. It turned out to be exactly what they were looking for!
“We loved the feel of Morden Hall; you’re in London but you feel like you’re in the country,” says Liz. “We wanted a venue that wasn’t open to the public as well so the only people we would see on the day were our guests. The building itself is beautiful so perfect for photos with the gardens and the bridge over the stream.”
Adding the finishing touches
The happy couple loved the chic style and contemporary décor of Morden Hall so when it came to decorations, they didn’t feel like they needed to add too much.
“The venue itself is decorated so tastefully so it didn’t need a lot of extra inside, just a few touches to give it a bit of sparkle,” says Lisa. “We had lots of fairy lights around the walls throughout the ceremony room, and some more in vases too. In the dining room we had a mix of brass coloured candlesticks, tea lights and gold sequins scattered across the tables. I made the place names myself by cutting black card into rectangles and writing names in gold pen. Then I stuck a peacock feather on the back so it was poking out the top. As it was a winter wedding we wanted the environment to feel warm and sparkly.”
Dressed to impress
When it came to creating the perfect look for her wedding day, Liz put plenty of time and effort into finding her dream dress.
“It was the most stressful bit of our wedding planning!” says Liz. “I went to seven shops and tried on over 50 dresses. I went into each shop with “an open mind” which is silly because I know the style that my body shape most suits. I found my dress in Morgan Davies in Angel and the designer was Tariq Ediz. I knew it was right because when I put it on I cried! The shape was just right for my body and the back was covered in sequins and sparkly diamantes.
Liz combined her dress with a vintage pearl headpiece and matching bracelet, as well as sparkling Kurt Geiger shoes.
“I was sparkly from head to toe!” smiles Liz.
Andrew looked the part in a bespoke three-piece tweed suit by a company called King and Allen. It was blue tweed and featured a custom lining that showed his passion for bodybuilding and cycling.
The most amazing day
Liz began the wedding day by primping and preening with her three bridesmaids in the Cherry Suite- a private and light-filled bridal preparation on the first floor of the house. When the time came, they descended the grand staircase into the chic Oak room to begin the ceremony. With the knot tied, the newlyweds celebrated with Prosecco and mouth-watering canapés, thoughtfully served on trays featuring peacock feathers to match the theme.
Liz and Andrew then made their way to the Mulberry Suite with their friends and family to enjoy a wedding breakfast of the highest standard. Created by Galloping Gourmet, the wedding party feasted on a duck starter, roast chicken for main courses and a crumble tart for dessert. They even treated their guests to an incredible table full of cheese and crackers, a whole Parma ham and glasses of white port to match!
Liz and Andrew had an incredible time celebrating their special day at Morden Hall.
“We genuinely enjoyed every last second and our friends and family all said that we did not stop smiling even for a second!” says Liz. “A standout moment was my Mum’s speech. She had everyone laughing and they all commented on how well she spoke and what a wonderful speech it was. She had even snuck in my owl soft toy from my bed to make an appearance during the speech!“
If Liz could give any advice for future couples, it would be this:
“Enjoy it! Don’t get bogged down in what other people tell you that you should or should have. Just think about what you want, and be open to change if that’s the direction it takes you. Also, have someone from the venue to help you run the day, someone outside of your guests that can ensure your day runs on time and stays organised.”
Images © Richard Murgatroyd Photography
To find out more about this breathtaking country house wedding venue in London, visit the Morden Hall listing page.