HELEN & JEN I KINGS HEAD CIRENCESTER I CAMBRIDGE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
As a Gay Wedding Photographer I count my blessings when I met Helen and Jen at Brighton Pride a couple of years prior to their wedding day. A chance meeting that turned into a friendship very fast and one that remains with us all still today. Every year as part of giving something back to this amazing supportive community I volunteer for the Brighton & Hove Pride team of official photographers. I at my happiest with camera in hand and while covering the Sunday street party, which is a big part of the awesome Brighton Pride weekend, I spotted the girls amid a sea of faces. In a bid to get to them I pushed my way through the crowd. I just knew instinctively I had to photograph them.
Their amazing look and their beautiful smiles and obvious zest for life re-enforced the reason we were all celebrating this amazing weekend. I’m not sure how, but this is a fact, they lit up the space around them with their smiles. But we were outside on the main promenade in full sunlight. But that’s what the girls do and every time I see them I’m always reminded of our first encounter and those smiles. Fast forward three years and I’m back there again. On the wedding day it was clear that the girls surround themselves with like minded people. Those with good energies and a kind heart. The day was super calm, super relaxed and ran just how the girls had wanted it to.
The morning was mayhem and chaotic and fun and crazy. But as a contradiction is was chilled and free from the nerves and stresses that normally go with a wedding day. The support the girls gave to each other was over whelming. Helen and Jen spent the day together. With the wedding ceremony due to start at 4pm in the vaulted cellar at the stunning Kings Head Cirencester we had plenty of time for the girls to get ready. The bridal suite had an open door policy and we were treated to a flurry of excited guests, family and friends wanting to wish the girls well on their big day that was slowly unfolding right before their eyes.
The Vaulted Cellar
The candles were lit and the stage set for the brides entrance. Helen’s daughter Katie lead the processional followed by both brides walking proudly side by side, strong and united. And when it was time for the signing of the register Helen’s two sons Joe and Tom were on hand to witness the signature of their mother and of Jen, the woman that makes Helen so very happy every day. The woman that makes this family complete. The way I saw them first at Brighton Pride.
My bootscootin’ baby is drivin’ me crazy !
The girls MC for the day Jamie Barnfield just happens to be the owner and top choreographer of boogie-shoes Line Dancing Club in Gloucestershire. You can only begin to imagine the fun on the dance floor. But who wouldn’t want a choreographed dance routine created for their wedding day? I for one would!
The day ended as it had began. Calm and relaxed. And looking from the back of the room I watched as Helen and Jen said their final goodbyes to their guests, their smiles lighting up the room as it always does. And may it continue to shine.
Luv ya girls and see you in Brighton in August.
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I asked the girls a couple of Questions to add comments in their own words to this blog post – Here goes!
Where did you buy your dresses from?
From Wed2B in Hinkley. We went together because thats the way we wanted it, not traditional but it suited us both. We had a great day out, really very special!
Where did you meet?
On the online dating App – Her
Jennie. It was so romantic and such a memorable evening for us both! “I remember it was a Thursday evening. We just finished dinner and Jen was loading the dishwasher. I’d just dyed my hair and was waiting to wash the dye off. Next thing I knew Jen came into the lounge, got down on one knee and popped the question. I immediately said YES!”
Be sure of what you want and how you want the day to run then stick with your plans. The day is about you and the love you share. Having friends and family there to celebrate it with you is a massive bonus! Also, although not critical having a Gay Wedding Photographer helped us relax so much more!
What was your favourite part of the day?
Walking into the ceremony in the Vaulted Cellar at the Kings Head Hotel. Amy (wedding co-ordinator) and the team did an amazing job for us, as did Jane Collins, our registrar.
Did you have separate bridal prep areas ?
No we shared the bridal suite. It was great getting ready together. As with going to choose the dress, everything about this day was about sharing the experience together. It helped calm the nerves too. Our open door policy worked for us although it probably made us late getting into our dresses, Oops! But it was amazing.
Where did you ladies go on honeymoon?
We did a Caribbean cruise. It was truly amazing. We had the best time and have some wonderful memories. We love to travel and the honeymoon was everything we hoped for and more!
Any tips to help make the day memorable?
Jen & I both got so carried away in the celebrations and got swept away with the emotions of the day. That led to one too many drinks and shots at the bar. We’d probably suggest not getting too drunk that you find it hard to remember parts of the evening but boy did we have a good time!!!
Thank you Jonathan Bickle Photography for helping on the day.