When Danielle and Jack fell in love with Morden Hall, it was a love story of contrasts. "We loved the convenient city location and yet this London wedding venue made you feel like you were in the middle of the countryside," Danielle enthuses.
"The Hall itself is beautiful and the layout of the different spaces meant we could do different things in each room. I particularly loved walking down the staircase."
Bride Danielle was browsing the White by Vera Wang collection at David's Bridal when she set her heart on her dress.
"It wasn't at all what I thought I would go for, but I loved the way I felt in my dress. Because it had volume, my dress made a statement while still being quite simple."
A Tiffany bracelet, heirloom locket and chapel-length veil completed Danielle's aisle style.
Groom Jack wore a Ted Baker tails suit, and the two bridesmaids stunned in halter-neck teal gowns from Elizabeth James Bridal.
Order of the Day
"I spent our wedding morning at Morden Hall before we travelled to Sacred Heart Church in Wimbledon for our religious ceremony." The couple added a personal touch with a reading from Philip Pullman's 'Amber Spyglass'. After the 'I do's, the newlyweds and their guests returned to their wedding venue in London for the drinks reception.
Danielle and Jack opted for gin cocktails to raise a glass with and the caterers even created Afghan dumplings in miniature to include in the canapés - a delicious nod to where the couple first met.
Scallops, beef wellington and a trio of desserts ensured guests enjoyed a tasty treat for the wedding breakfast.
"We chose an orange, yellow and teal colour scheme for our autumnal wedding day. I collected pine cones and made love letters from wine corks for a handmade touch, while my sister-in-law created crane garlands to hang from the archways."
"We wanted to create a laid-back, natural and fun atmosphere and for everyone to enjoy themselves."
The festivities kicked off with a ceilidh, which got everyone up on the dance floor. "We also booked a live band to play and provided a photo booth," the bride explains. "Our first dance was a choreographed routine, shared to 'I'm Gonna Lose You' by Meghan Trainer and John Legend."
"There were lots! From Champagne in the wedding taxi to the sparkler tunnel, confetti and speeches," the couple smile. "It was lovely to have 15 minutes alone together after the ceremony - the day goes by so quickly, it's important to have the time for it to sink in."
After tying the knot at their wedding venue in London, Danielle and Jack jetted off to the Galapagos Islands. "We both love wildlife (it attracted us to Morden Hall), so the Galapagos were the perfect honeymoon destination. We spent a week on a boat, hiking, snorkeling and kayaking, followed by a week on land."
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