On the look out for a country house wedding venue, Candice and Rael fell in love with Morden Hall. Setting a January wedding date, they needed a venue with a handsome, spacious interior and it was the perfect choice.
“All the period features of Morden Hall have been retained but the interior décor is bright and contemporary,” says Candice. “It’s so beautiful inside and feels light and airy.”
Design and Décor
With their wedding in the midst of winter, the happy couple chose a colour scheme of burgundy, plum and blush with gold and silver accents. Working with the elegance of Morden Hall, flowers, candles and fairy lights were used to create a golden, magical hue.
“We had a magnificent fairy light feature in the Mulberry Room and beautiful candles interspersed with floral arrangements on the tables,” explains Candice. “My cousin designed the table plans and place settings using Victorian typography in simple black and white.”
All About Flowers
Beautiful floristry was a key element of this stylish day and seasonal blooms were used to create breathtaking arrangements. ‘Trees’ made from foliage stood majestically on the three long dining tables and other arrangements included berries, ranunculus, eucalyptus, hellebores and anemones.
And the Bride Wore…
Candice wore a spectacular Vera Wang gown from David’s Bridal.
“I loved it mostly for the cut which flattered my figure and for the beautiful long train which made me think of sea foam!” smiles Candice. “I also had a cathedral-length veil.”
The elegant bride completed her look with pearl jewellery and an intricately constructed floral crown by florist Joanne Truby.
Meanwhile, Rael looked the part in a bespoke blue lounge suit and waistcoat from Moss Bros, accenting with a plum tie, violet pocket square and floral lapel.
Candice’s bridesmaids were stunning in pale gold satin gowns from Biba with floral crowns to co-ordinate with the bride.
“I bought them two chestnut brown shrugs to wear if they felt chilly,” says Candice.
Finally, the flower girl wore a white tulle dress with a delicate floral crown.
Following their ceremony in the Mulberry Room, drinks and canapés were served in the Willow and Hawthorn Rooms.
“We had traditional Jewish vows for our ceremony and a quartet and cantor during the ceremony and the Jewish dancing,” explains Candice.
Moving in to dine, a starter of smoked Bibury trout and horseradish mousse was followed by roast rump of English lamb. And, for pudding... Eton Mess.
“We were conscious of the cold weather so wanted hearty, warming fare,” says Candice. “The lamb was absolutely delicious.”
As day turned to the evening, a rock band called Backline filled the dance floor and guests enjoyed slices of delicious wedding cake.
“The music was so important to us and all the people who played on the day did a fabulous job,” smiles Candice. “We received a lot of compliments about it.”
“The traditional Jewish dancing sessions. It’s always a bit wild and fun and gets everyone in a good mood. The speeches were outstanding as well.”
Advice from the Bride
“Try to be as calm and present on the day as possible. Take as much in as you can because it goes by so quickly.”
Images © Peter Smart Photography