The wedding of Jenny & Mo took place at the Tregenna Castle Hotel in St Ives, Cornwall. Their wedding was captured by Jonny Giddens, the creative individual behind CornishPhotographer.com.
Jenny says, “We have been together for 10 years and we have two beautiful children, Betsy who is 6 and Rudy who is 3. Getting married was always on the cards for us but it needed to be somewhere special, child friendly and most importantly memorable for our family and friends. We holiday in St. Ives every year and it has always been a very special place to us so it made perfect sense that this is where we would get married! I am also a quarter Cornish as my Nan is from there.”
“We were worried as it is a long way to St Ives for most of our family and friends but it was a gamble we had to take; thankfully, almost everyone we invited RSVP-ed to our postcard ‘Save the Date’ cards. This was where our idea for a seaside holiday them came from, so I began to think of unusual kitsch ideas for table decorations and we decided that our colours would be bright and bold.”
“We chose the Tregenna Castle Hotel as we were blown away by the tropical gardens and pavilion so we had to keep our fingers crossed for good weather! Morwenna and the Events Team at the hotel were also really understanding about the mix of cultures and so tailored the food choices accordingly. We finally chose an Indian starter and traditional English main and Cornish dessert and an Indian Curry for the vegetarians.”
“I struggled getting a dress at first as I had a specific idea with what I wanted and the high street wedding shops didn’t have anything that I felt WOW in! My mum and I were on a weekend in Brighton and on the way back to the train station, we went into Beretun Designs in the Lanes to look for hair accessories, not realising that Linda Johnson designs 1950’s inspired wedding dresses. I fell in love immediately with a spotty dress and it felt like fate, the dress was called Sylvie (my nan’s name) and Linda’s second name is Johnson (my great grandparents name).”
“Linda uses her grandfather’s original pattern blocks to make the dresses and I had complete confidence that she would make my dream dress, even though it was a two and half hour train journey away from home! Linda also made me a hair piece in the shape of a starfish and included some important jewellery and even included a piece of my grandma’s lace wedding dress on my underskirt, as my something old.”
“Mo wanted to go for a traditional Indian outfit, so we ordered his suit from Saree Mandir in Leicester, the traditional colour of the beading and stitching on an Indian suit is usually a deep red, but we ordered in a rich blues. Mo also wanted a tailored suit from the evening so ordered a made-to-measure suit from Gresham Blake in Brighton on one of our visits, which was complimented by one of their original shirts, with ice creams and ice lollies on it to continue the seaside theme. My daughter wore a traditional bridesmaid dress from John Lewis and starfish sandals from River Island and my son wore a traditional Indian suit brought back by his granny from India.”
I did my own bouquet and a small posy for my daughter, made of silk blue hydrangeas (my something blue) which Mo helped me tie the day before. We wanted the ceremony to be very personal, so we wrote our own vows and had readings by our daughter and one of Mo’s friends. Our daughter read “My Personal Penguin” by Sandra Poynton. Mo’s friend, Sai-Priya is a professional singer so flew down from London to sing two of our favourite songs, “Ain’t Nobody” by Chaka Khan and “Sweet Love” by Anita Baker. Our son gave us the rings on a postcard personalised cushion ordered from Etsy.
We visited St. Ives in January so we could meet Jonny, our photographer, to view the hotel, and so I could have trials with hair and makeup. I chose Sally Orchard for my make-up and Sara Veal for my hair and they both came highly recommended from the Tregenna Castle Hotel. We chose The Cornish Photographer as I loved his work after finding it on his website. Mo and I didn’t want the traditional “line up photos” and loved how he captured the emotion and love from the day. We were also adamant that we wanted beach photos and knew that this was Jonny’s speciality. Porthminster Beach is a beach that our apartment we stay in in St. Ives looks out onto and we spend most of our holiday on this beach come rain and shine!
We had some traditional Indian drumming (dhol drumming) which is the traditional folk drum from northern Indian as we walked down the isle, we even had a little dance as we did! Because we had invited lots of children (big and small) to the wedding, we decided that we would like a sweetie cake made as our wedding cake and I found Lynn from Sugarlover who listened to all my ideas and set about making a huge love heart shaped cake made from only our favourite sweets and lollies. She had had it delivered to us and it was so big we had to hire a car to transport it to St. Ives!
The speeches were amazing and very emotional, I also did a speech and my mum said a few words, to thank all the children and those who had passed away and couldn’t be there with us.
We also had to transport all our favours, table decorations, vintage suitcase table plan down in our hire car, but a little help from my mum and dad, we managed it! To keep costs down but also because I wanted everything to be personal, my mum and I did the decorations and table plan the night before! My dad wrote all the place cards for us and we attached it to heart shaped rock lollies. The table decorations were buckets with flags as table names of all our favourite places in St. Ives and colourful fans and seaside windmills.
The DJ came from a Google search, as we needed someone who would play both English and Punjabi music at the evening reception. Martin Holmes has years of experience and has DJ-ed at a wedding before with dual heritage couples.
We are going on honeymoon to the Amalfi coast in July (without the children!) and this will be our first foreign holiday as a couple. The day could not have gone more perfectly and it was dry, so we could get married outside!
I can’t thank Jenny & Mo enough for letting me feature their wedding day on Dotty, and a big thank you to Jonny (aka The Cornish Photographer) for the breathtakingly beautiful imagery.
Wedding Day Credits:
Bride’s Outfit: Dress and Hairpiece from Beretun Designs, Brighton
Earrings: Vintage 1950’s from Ebay
Hair: Sara Veal at Tregenna Castle
Groom’s Outfit: Indian Suit, Turban, Shoes and Jewellery from Saree Mandir and English Suit from Gresham Blake and Shoes from Schuh
Rudy’s Outfit: Suit bought from India and Shoes from Next
Venue: (including wedding breakfast and evening reception) Tregenna Castle Hotel, St. Ives. Cornwall
Decorations: (including table plan and favours) Suitcase and craft supplies from Ebay and Hobbycraft, and decorations for Suitcase from St. Ives local Craft Fair
Vintage Postcards of St. Ives from Ebay
Handmade Bunting: Ebay
Windmills and Fans: Sainsburys and Pipii
Favours: Homesense and labels from Ebay
Ring Cushion: Etsy
Save the Date, Invitations and Thank You Cards: Vistaprint