Grand­moth­ers of dis­tinc­tion

With VIP grand­moth­ers to con­sider, it had to be a very spe­cial Lon­don wed­ding. Anthea Ger­rie finds out more

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AF TER MEET­ING in the pro­saic sur­round­ings of Bore­ham­wood Marks & Spencer — “it all started with smil­ing at each other in the queue” — Leonie Gold and Ricky Ken­net dreamed of a some­what more ro­man­tic wed­ding. “We thought about Italy, where Ricky’s par­ents’ friends have a lovely house — and about get­ting mar­ried in Is­rael too.”

But when they re­alised nei­ther of Ricky’s boobas was up to trav­el­ling at the age of 90, the die was cast — it was not in the Tus­can hills or the shores of the Med where the cou­ple gath­ered their 200 guests this sum­mer, but the Lang­ham Ho­tel in Lon­don.

“Ricky has two very spe­cial grand­mas and we felt it was more im­por­tant that we did ev­ery­thing to en­sure they were with us un­der the chu­pah,” ex­plains Leonie, who works in re­cruit­ment.

“One booba is Gena Turgel MBE, who con­tin­ues to do so much to en­sure that her story and that of mil­lions of oth­ers who died in the Holo­caust never gets for­got­ten. The other is Rachel Ken­net, who worked as a part of the Ha­ganah and con­tin­ues to be the ma­tri­arch of the Ken­net fam­ily. We love them both dearly and they looked re­splen­dent on the day.”

The cou­ple chose the Lang­ham be­cause it

gave them the op­tion of an out­side chu­pah with­out sac­ri­fic­ing a cen­tral lo­ca­tion. “The ho­tel has a paved rose gar­den, right in the heart of Lon­don, which is ap­proached via French doors from the ball­room. It was quite sur­real to see a dou­ble-decker bus go­ing by dur­ing the ser­vice!”

Ca­role So­bell pro­vided the cater­ing, with an el­e­gant starter of duck salad and pan­cakes, echo­ing the ori­en­tal theme in a soy and honey sauce for chicken with pak choi. Le­mon tart and sor­bet were served for dessert.

The cou­ple broke with tra­di­tion by not hir­ing a sim­chah band: “We have an eclec­tic taste in mu­sic and pre­fer the orig­i­nal ver­sion of our favourite songs, so we went for a new con­cept called DJ Live, with a DJ backed up by live singers.”

Leonie re­flects that the wed­ding must have stirred poignant mem­o­ries for Gena Tergel, whose own wed­ding dress is in the Im­pe­rial War Mu­seum. “She mar­ried the Jewish sol­dier who helped lib­er­ate her camp and her dress was made out of para­chute silk.”

Fol­low­ing a mini-moon in Tus­cany, the cou­ple are look­ing for­ward to a De­cem­ber hon­ey­moon in the USA and Mex­ico.

Leonie and Ricky at the height of the cel­e­bra­tions in the Lang­ham’s ball­room

A serene mo­ment, amid the buzz of the Lon­don lo­ca­tion

From­left:

Rachel Ken­net,the new­ly­weds

and Ge­naTurgel

Danc­ing to DJ Live

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