Living relatively close to Morden Hall, Shelly and Gemmel had commented in the past that it would be the perfect wedding venue should they ever decide to get married!
When the wedding turned in to a reality, this beautiful venue was top of their list and, when they went to visit, they both knew it was ‘the one’.
“It had a unique combination of old world charm and period features with modern style and facilities,” smiles Shelly. “Most importantly, it had space for us to spread the wedding out rather than feeling that we were shuffling guests from one room to another.”
Booking a November wedding date, the happy couple started their planning.
Design and Décor
To complement the venue, Shelly and Gemmel chose a classic, elegant colour scheme of page grey and sage green. Flowers, foliage and candles adorned Morden Hall.
“We prepared almost all of the décor ourselves with some help on the flowers,” explains Shelly. “Our centrepieces were vintage style wooden crates filled with white flowers, ivy and a light jar. Gemmel and his ushers decorated the venue on the morning of the wedding!”
Adding some personal touches, the tables were named after meaningful places that Shelly and Gemmel had visited when travelling together, and they also set up a cinema room playing clips from their travels.
A glorious floral garland ran the length of the banister of Morden Hall’s magnificent staircase and gypsophila was used on the chair backs and dotted in vases all around the venue.
“With an autumn wedding, the warm glow of candles and fairy lights were a key element,” continues Shelly. “We hoped the orange hues of the autumn leaves would complement the sage and white of our colour scheme and we think it worked.”
Shelly wore a dress from David’s Bridal, accessorising with pale pink shoes from Monsoon and a tennis bracelet that was her ‘something borrowed’ from a friend. The beautiful bride completed the look with pretty earrings that were a gift from Gemmel’s sister.
Meanwhile, Gemmel wore a navy three-piece suit from Next with sage green tie. And finally, Shelly’s bridesmaids were stunning in pale grey dresses from Misguided.
“I loved them and wanted the bridesmaids to show off their figures rather than wear something that just hung on them,” smiles Shelly.
Order of The Day
Following their romantic ceremony in the Willow Room, drinks and canapés were served in the Hawthorn Suite.
“To top it off, we had an interactive food station with a leg of Iberico ham and all the trimmings,” says Shelly. “That was a major hit!”
Entertaining their guests, local musician Joe Garvey played acoustic guitar and sang during the drinks reception.
Moving in to the Mulberry Suite to dine, a smoked salmon fillet was served to start followed by beef wellington and a delicious trio of desserts.
“It was all amazing, especially the passion fruit mess,” smiles Shelly. “We had wonderful feedback about the canapés too.”
Entertainment was top of the list once again as a close-up magician and mind reader moved around the tables during the wedding breakfast.
As day turned to evening, a band called Dancefloor Fillers certainly lived up to their name. For the first dance, best friends of the newlyweds sang and played guitar backed by the band.
A cheese course was served in the ‘cinema room’, alongside a popcorn station and a gin bar which proved to be very popular. It was the perfect finale to a simply glorious wedding day.
“Our co-ordinator, Heather, was amazing,” comments Shelly. “She was great at keeping in touch, helping us pull together our vision and on the day itself.”
“During our bridal party photos, we ran through the parkland and trees around Morden Hall to catch the fading light and beautiful setting sun. We decided to set off some green and grey smoke bombs and they were a little more intense that we imagined. The surprise and happiness of it all is really captured in the photos. It’s a moment we will never forget.”
Advice from the Bride
“Rely on your partner to help. We were lucky enough that both of us wanted to be super involved. Share your vision. The highs and lows are pulling it together.”
Images © Leesha Williams Photography