The Perfect Venue
With some of the bride’s family travelling from the USA and one of the ushers heading all the way from Australia, Ruth and Steven were on the lookout for a venue in an easily accessible location. Morden Hall was the perfect choice.
“The renovated Georgian building with a modern feel really suits our taste,” explains Ruth. “The staircase was a beautiful feature which made a lovely entrance for the ceremony. We also liked the fact that there were two rooms to get ready in – one for the bride and one for the groom, meaning that he definitely couldn’t be late!”
Theme of the Day
Two themes were cleverly blended in to the day – Marvel films and an art deco style.
“Our tables were named after Marvel films which we both love,” says Ruth. “Our cake was a combination of the two themes – an art deco style with a small Iron Man poking out from underneath! Our invitations were inspired by art deco.”
Décor and Florals
“The venue was so lovely, it didn’t require a lot of decoration,” smiles Ruth.
Beautiful flowers adorned the staircase, fireplaces and tables and lanterns offered ambient lighting. The couple also displayed photographs of family members who are no longer with us.
Marrying in April, vibrant yet delicate spring colours of yellow, white and blue were chosen.
“My nan is a keen artist with a good eye for colour, so she helped to choose the shades,” says Ruth.
All About the Dress
When it came to finding the perfect wedding dress, lace and sleeves were two ‘must haves’ on Ruth’s list of requirements. She chose a beautiful strapless ivory lace gown with sweetheart neckline by Maggie Sottero, adding a top from Essense of Australia.
“It fitted me well and showed off my hourglass figure,” she explains. “The top matched the lace of my dress perfectly, it was hard to tell that my dress was actually in two parts.”
To complement the look, Ruth chose an art deco-inspired headpiece from Liberty in Love. She also wore a Swarovski bracelet, bought by Steven. And finally… working in the buying and merchandising department for New Look, Ruth’s fabulous shoes were made by one of their suppliers.’
As for the Groom and the Bridesmaids…
In keeping with the colour scheme, Steven wore a navy Moss Bros suit with cream waistcoat and yellow tie. The ushers wore three-piece navy suits with yellow ties.
Ruth’s two bridesmaids wore beautiful navy blue multiway dresses from In One Clothing. Their necklaces came from New Look and the shoes were also designed especially for them with a heel height that both girls were happy to wear.
Accessorising with fabulous flowers, Ruth carried a hand-tied bouquet in creams and blues with pops of yellow. Flowers included cream lisianthus, roses, blue delphinium, yellow freesia and foliage. Her bridesmaids carried smaller versions with more emphasis on the blue.
The stunning flowers continued in to Morden Hall with trailing ivy and ruscus down the bannister of the grand staircase. Blue delphinium, cream lisianthus and yellow dahlias filled large hurricane vases in the fireplaces. And, on the centre of each table, pretty spring arrangements sat in small clear fishbowl vases.
The Wedding Breakfast
Following their ceremony in the Willow Room, guests enjoyed Pimm’s and canapés in the gardens of Morden Hall. Moving in to dine, the in-house caterers served a delicious wedding breakfast, starting with individual filo tarts with goats cheese, spinach, courgette and pine nuts. Fillet of beef with potato dauphinoise was chosen for the main course, followed by glazed lemon tart with raspberry coulis.
‘We chose the beef course based on our tasting evening, and the starter and pudding as they are some of our favourite foods,” says Ruth. “We loved the food as it was fine dining standard. Everyone commented on how much they loved the beef and how every piece was cooked perfectly.”
As day turned to evening, Neil from A1 Discos filled the dancefloor with a selection of songs, including the first dance tune, ‘You Got the Love’ by Florence and the Machine.
“They are one of our favourite bands and we’ve seen them a few times in concert,” says Ruth.
And to eat? Pizza! This was cooked outside in the pizza oven and served to the guests during the evening - a definite success!
Ruth’s Top Tip
“Be organised and have spreadsheets! We listed everything that needed to be done along with payment deadlines. It helped us to ensure that we didn’t miss anything and that we shared the planning. We gave ourselves plenty of time so we weren’t rushing around.”
“It was the kind of wedding day we had always wanted – we wouldn’t have done anything differently.”
Images © Tom Halliday Photography
If you want to find out more about this idyllic wedding venue in London, visit the Morden Hall listing page.