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by Emma Hla

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Images by www.weddingsbynicolaandglen.com

I have total wedding envy…

The simple colour palette, the glittering shoes and silky mermaid gown, the stunning stationery and of course the sophisticated surroundings of Morden Hall.

Come and join Jackie & Colin for their beautiful big day, perfectly captured by www.weddingsbynicolaandglen.com.

Notes from the Bride

Jackie:

I found my dream dress at Pronovias at their flagship store in London. The dress is called Celmira, and it’s from their Atelier range. Celmira is a satin, mermaid-style gown with subtle lace appliqués on the sides of the skirt and embellished with gemstone embroidery on the train. It wasn’t the easiest dress to get into, and relied on streams of double-sided tape and bit of wizardry from my maid-of-honour to keep it in place, but once it was on it felt like a dream!

Given the detail and embellishment on my dress, I chose to keep the jewelry simple and slightly understated. I wore oval silhouette, rhodium-plated earrings with crystals and a sparkling stone bangle from Swarovski.

My hair and make-up was done by Amanda Roberts. I kept my make up as natural as possible, with a pop of glossy colour on my lips. For my hair I went with side swept waves, clipped back with a headpiece from Pronovias.

To complete the look, I chose a pair of champagne glitter T-bar sandals from Jimmy Choo’s. Even though the shoes were hidden for most of the day, they felt incredible to wear and I managed to keep them on right until the very last dance!

For the Groom and ushers, we chose contemporary Ted Baker 3-piece suits, keeping in line with the modern but elegant look we were hoping to achieve. The bridesmaids were a dove grey mermaid style strapless dress, with a line of diamante across the chest to add a touch of sparkle.

We chose Morden Hall for a number of reasons – it’s picturesque and peaceful location in a National Trust park, the gorgeous and elegant decor throughout and the amazing food they create, to name a few!

The venue itself was the inspiration for the styling of the day. It has a really refined and understated elegance to it and due to the large, period-style windows, it also has a lot of natural light that cascades into the space. The architectural detailing, stunning fireplaces, ornate chandeliers and wooden floors throughout the venue also make it the perfect setting for a country-house space, which set the ‘theme’ and inspired our palette for all the styling. We chose a colour palette of mainly ivory whites, muted nudes and dusty gold to add a touch of luxury to the day.

To add more of a personal touch to the day, we had a bespoke stationary suite made by a wonderfully talented designer and illustrator, Emma Lee Cheng, who printed everything using her vintage letterpress machine named ‘Percy’.

For the remaining space, we relied on the venue’s natural beauty to wow our guests.

We chose Steph Brenner from Wrap and Tie Floral for the flowers. Steph had also arranged the flowers for another family wedding, so we knew she would produce beautiful flowers while also patiently helping us achieve our vision for the day. We chose the Vendella Rose and the Dahlia as our main focal flowers and used white hydrangea, campanula, and a selection of South African foliage to tie it all together. Steph created beautiful wild, unstructured floral designs in the main eating area.

Lisa Martini at Madeleine’s Cake Boutique made us the most exquisite 3-tier exposed chocolate and vanilla wedding cake. She decorated it with Strawberries dipped in white and dark chocolate, raspberries, blackberries and cherries and finished it off with a few flowers to match the bridal designs.  Lisa also made all the baked goods in our cake buffet, which included red velvet & sticky toffee pudding cupcakes; Rose & pistachio cake; Chocolate-chip M&M cookies and a selection of vintage candy.  We used white porcelain stands and glass Pedestaled Apothecary Jars for the tablescape design and finished it off with simple florals in clear, vintage style vases.

The catering team at Morden Hall have such an amazing range of choices for the drinks reception, the wedding breakfast and the evening reception that it was a real struggle to settle on a menu, though the mini shepherd’s pie canapes and the wood-fired pizzas in the evening got an awful lot of praise in particular!

I spent hours and hours looking at photographer’s portfolios and was struggling to find something that truly inspired me and stood out from the rest. When I came across Nicola & Glen’s work I instantly knew they would capture the day beautifully and I was thrilled when they agreed to work with us. Nicola & Glen work as a duo which ensures not only that all the details are captured, but often from two different perspectives which adds another layer to the story of the day. On top of that, their work is simply incredible.

I loved how the duo composed the detail shots on the day (pics of the dress hanging in my room, the shoes and the stationery), I was also impressed with how quickly they organized the group shots and their eye for spotting the perfect spaces at the venue to shoot our portraits.

On a personal note, they are both wonderful to be around and good fun, which put us at ease and helped us relax in front of the camera on what is obviously a very stressful day!

Best Part of the Day…

For us, the best part was saying I Do. However, a close second was seeing our closest friends and family relaxing and enjoying themselves so much in such a beautiful venue, with all the exquisite food and drink they could wish for. It doesn’t get better than having everyone you care about coming together to drink, eat and dance!

Words of Wedded Wisdom…

Accept that the build-up will be busy, stressful and worrying. But as long as you have good people with great ideas helping you, it will work out incredibly!

Credits

Photography www.weddingsbynicolaandglen.com | Reception Venue Morden Hall | ‘Getting Ready’ Venue Cannizaro House | Ceremony Venue Location St Agatha’s Church in Kingston on Thames | Bride’s Dress Pronovias | Bride’s Shoes Jimmy Choo | Florals Wrap and Tie Floral Design | Hair & Makeup Amanda Roberts | Groom’s Suit Ted BakerStationery Emma Lee Cheng | Cake Madeleine’s Cake Boutique | Catering Galloping Gourmet | Transport Gold Chauffeur ServicesBand Soul Brothers.

Pretty gorgeous right…?

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Lots of love…

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