Say I do at Pentillie Castle…I finally did!!

I am lucky enough to have worked here for the last 4 years but never thought I’d be lucky enough to get married here too!

Photography by Holly Moysey Photography

Regan and Mike, August 2017

Your name and occupation: Regan Bailey, Estate Sales & Marketing Manager, Pentillie Castle!

Partner’s name and occupation: Mike Bush, Group Course Manager, Crown Golf

Where are you both from originally and where is home now (address will not be publicised): I am from Warwickshire and Mike is from Cornwall. We both live here in Cornwall.

Wedding date: Thursday 17th August 2017 and Saturday 19th August 2017

Ceremony and reception venue: Pentillie Castle on the Thursday for the Civil Ceremony (in the Bathing Hut) and the family celebration, followed by a BIG party in a marquee at home on the Saturday.

How did you choose your venue? Because I wouldn’t want to get married anywhere else. I loved Pentillie from the moment I drove down the drive about 10 years ago. I am lucky enough to have worked here for the last 4 years but never thought I’d be lucky enough to get married here too!

How did your proposal happen (who, when and where)? Mike and I had been together for about 8 years when he proposed. I had given up thinking we’d ever get married and happily carried on organising everyone else’s weddings at Pentillie….then he flew me New York and proposed in Central Park! Needless to say i’m still in shock!

In 3 words, how did you picture your wedding at the beginning?

  • Simple
  • Intimate
  • Relaxed

Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail/theme – tell us about the special details of the day and how you implemented them (colours, theme decorations, centre pieces, favours, photo booths, DIY etc). We both wanted a very small incredibly intimate wedding ceremony. We both don’t like too much attention so keeping things stress free and simple was important. I wasn’t even going to have a dress…(obviously I did in the end!). We decided food was going to be quite important so chose individual beef wellington’s and an assiette of desserts ‘a Celebration of Lemon’ or a ‘Celebration of Chocolate’. For the big party at home on the Saturday I wanted a festival style celebration with fire pits, a hog roast, activities for the little ones (nerf guns!), lots of loud music and dancing til dawn!

Were you inspired by anyone on social media? Pinterest/Instagram etc? Having organised over 100 weddings at Pentillie I had so much inspiration! I knew I wanted to keep things really simple and easy but with a bank of ideas as big as mine it was actually quite hard to make final decisions! There had been one wedding that had the most beautiful gyposophila balls hung in the Bathing Hut so these went on the list and also a white rose and gyposophila bouquet – though at the beginning I wasn’t going to have one of these either!

Please give a brief account of your wedding planning story i.e. priorities, highs & lows, challenges etc…We really wanted to keep it simple so I really wasn’t going to have a proper wedding dress or carry a bouquet, I never even knew what Mike was going to wear until I met him at the alter! I did however end up with the most wonderful bouquet from Philip Corps and a completely bespoke wedding dress from The Bridal Emporium.

One main priority/challenge was the music for the Saturday night – booking a band turned into a nightmare, when we found one we like they were already booked and then twice we booked bands, paid deposits and then received an email to say they had accidentally double booked themselves. We also had a budget for music but this soon went out the window!

What was your favourite part of the day? The ceremony.  I have been lucky enough to witness so many other couples say their vows wondering if it would ever be me one day…then it was actually me and to this day I still can’t believe it happened! I wasn’t emotional, just so very happy.

How did you feel as you walked down the aisle / saw each other on the day? I really didn’t have a clue what Mike was going to wear, he said he thought it would be his grey suit which I was more than happy with…but there he was in a lovely blue three-piece suit (he knows I love a waistcoat). I almost said it out loud ‘Oh my goodness your wearing waistcoat!’

What was the most important investment for you? i.e. food, photography, dress? The food and music to ensure everyone was happy and having a good time!

What song did you have for your first dance and why? Tom Odell – Grow Old With Me

What are your top tips for other couples? At the beginning close your eyes and imagine yourself on your wedding day. Don’t ever forget this image in your mind as its so easy to forget what the most important things are to you when you’re on the planning journey. There’s so much choice!

Get a friend to video your ceremony…(or a videographer of course). My colleague/dearest friend Lisa Rockey (aka Pentillie’s Wedding Coordinator extraordinaire) sneakily videod ours and thank goodness she did because I didn’t remember a thing about it! To be able to watch it afterwards allows you to relive it over and over again. Lisa, you’re the best!


Photographer: Holly Moysey Photography (my cousin)

Bride’s Dress: The Bridal Emporium

Bride’s Shoes: No.1 Jenny Packham at Debenhams

Groom’s Outfit: Still no idea! House of Fraser I think…

Flowers:  Philip Corps Flowers

Caterer: Pentillie Castle (Thursday) Chris Rounsevell Hog Roast (Saturday)

Music: Danny from The Swing Kings (Solo), Tom Cary & The Breaks

Cake: My Mum

Marquee Hire: Hine Marquees Ltd

Stationery: Homemade and Vista Print for the party invites

Transport: My father’s BMW

For more details on Exclusive Hire Weddings at Pentillie please contact Regan on 01579 350044 or email