Wedding at The Green Cornwall
Carry Me Home
Kejal and Matt's fusion festivities at The Green CornwallMatt had originally planned to propose to Kejal on a coastal trail during a surprise trip to San SebastiŠn while the couple were on holiday in Spain - however, the spot he'd set his heart on was closed. "Instead he proposed on the balcony of our accommodation overlooking the city, and put our song on - Jorja Smith's 'Carry Me Home', which we ended up choosing as our first dance song," reminisces Kejal.
Kejal set about planning their wedding with a very specific picture in mind. "The vision was a fusion of modern, rustic, Indian, countryside vibes that would play on both our cultures. Specifically, with the colours of Indian culture, but the intimacy of white weddings."
A 360-degree tour on The Green's website instantly sold the venue to Kejal who promptly booked an appointment and fell in love. "As the day was going to have two ceremonies - the civil and Indian ritual - plus the reception, I wanted to find a venue that was versatile and had a few spaces so guests wouldn't get bored. The Green delivered that and more, including epic views. Oh, and the accommodation - wow!" she adds. "The idea of making the wedding a weekend affair, rather than just a day event, was really special, and having 30 of our nearest and dearest stay on-site was the best."
A family trip to India allowed outfits to be individually selected and prompted a pastel-themed party. "It was all about the detail for me," says Kejal. "I have a modern calligraphy business, so created the place cards and seating plan myself, which was really special to see on the day." Guests were also wowed by the colourful Indian ceremony mandap canopy, complete with trailing foliage, while interest was added to the reception space through large balloons hung at different heights.
"For both of us, the Indian ceremony was particularly memorable and so unusual. Matt loved all the little rituals and exchanges with my family before I arrived, including getting his shoes back as they were 'stolen' by the girls on my side of the family!" says Kejal.
"After the ceremony, we conducted a ritual called the Vidai, which is essentially where my side barter with Matt to 'buy me back'. There was loads of energy and banter in the room - it was great to see everyone get involved!" says Kejal.
"Nail the budget and vision before everything else," she advises as her top planning tip. "Know where to invest your time and money, and where to be more cost-effective. If guests are going to spend time in or have a lot of interaction with something, then spend money on it. If it's a fleeting moment, don't spend on it. And research, research, research - you will soon find the best supplier for your needs!"
Photography Matt & Alexa Penberthy mattpenberthy.com
Venue The Green thegreencornwall.co.uk
Wedding planning & styling Kejal Ashra instagram.com/kejalashra
Dress Gatsby Lady gatsbylady.com
Bridesmaid's dress ASOS asos.com
Calligraphy Calligraphy by Kiki calligraphybykiki.com
Hair & make-up ReyAmore reyamore.com
Flowers Escential Blooms cornwallweddingflorist.co.uk
Mandap canopy The London Chuppah House londonchuppahhouse.co.uk
Order of the day board Raw Invites rawinvites.com
Groom Reiss reiss.com
Bow ties & ties Bow Tie mrsbowtie.com
Balloons Bespoke Balloons bespokeballoondesign.co.uk
Entertainment DJ in Cornwall djincornwall.co.uk
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