To kick off the week I am excited to share the colourful, fun same sex marriage of Gemma and Gemma which was a beautiful reflection of their bubbly, vibrant personalities.
Images of the couples day were captured by Lorna Lovecraft.
Lorna Lovecraft is an Wedding Photographer based in East Yorkshire.
Lorna tells us a wee bit about herself, the couple, and their day…
“I’m an alternative wedding photographer: but don’t let that fool you, I still don’t know what to be when I grow up.”
“My photography is a match made in heaven for the creatively courageous, effortlessly elegant, cupcake nibbling, welly-wearing, bold and brilliant bride with a fun-loving edge.”
“I met the couple after I did a portrait shoot for good friends of Gemma and Gemma.”
“They saw the images and heard about what a fun time they had had with the photographer who took them so got in touch with me to arrange a meeting, and ended up booking me for their wedding!”
“I look back on this wedding as a day full of laughter, colour and sunshine.”
“It wasn’t actually a really sunny day, but both Gemmas are such bright, bubbly people.”
“Sounds cheesy but they really do light a room up with their presence.”
“They made the day a lovely reflection of themselves and their relationship, but at the same time they really had thought so much about their guests.”
“Everything was done to make their guests kick back, relax and have loads of fun.”
“I thought that was so super sweet and a beautiful reflection of the kind of people they are.”
“The evening party full of balloons, silly props/photo booths, glow sticks, sweets and cocktails really stands out for me!”
I now hand over to the Gemma’s to tell their story…
How did you meet?
Gem R – “I had taken a summer job at a warehouse during my first year at University as a mature student in 2012. Gem was already working there through the same employment agency.”
“I thought she was so pretty and had the nicest smile, she was also the nicest, kindest, most helpful person I think I’ve ever met.”
“I plucked up the courage to slip her my phone number and the rest, as they say, is history.”
When did you get engaged?
Gem R – “Gem took me to Ibiza for my 30th birthday.”
“Without her realising I managed to smuggle a ring in my luggage and I proposed on the beach at sunset.”
Tell us about your wedding planning journey
“It’s hard to say how it all happened, it all just fell into place.”
“We didn’t know what we wanted but we knew what we didn’t want so we started there.”
“We knew we wanted it to be as relaxed as possible. A chance for us and everyone else invited to have fun.”
“We knew we didn’t want the formality of a ‘sit down’ wedding breakfast, so we booked the last possible service time at the local registry office – which just happened to be in the beautiful Guildhall.”
“Then we planned for a cocktail hour that would run into a party on the night.”
“From there we started to add our own personal touches, asking a friend to read a poem, choosing the music, deciding how to decorate the tables.”
“We planned it all out pretty quickly to be honest.”
When did you get married?
“We were married on 5th July 2014.”
What was the best bit of your day?
Gem B – “It’s really hard to pick a best bit!”
“From the ceremony all the way to the leaving the party it was perfect for us and I wouldn’t do it any other way.”
Gem R – “The same. It’s hard to pick a best bit because I loved it all.”
“I did find the ceremony itself really emotional though, saying my vows and receiving them from Gem meant a lot.”
“We were then driven to our favourite local spot – the Humber Bridge – while the guests made their way to the reception.”
“This was an inspired idea by me. It gave us some quiet, quality time together and quality time withour photographer. It was pretty special.”
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Gem B – “To stay relaxed and try not to let any of it stress you out. It has to be a day that you enjoy and look back with happy memories.”
“Things went wrong on our day mainly due to the registrar running 50 minutes late but we tried not to let it spoil the day.”
“So my advice would be to let things ride out and deal with it after if you need to!”
Gem R – “It sounds clichéd but my advice would be to soak it in.”
“You spend so long planning it and trying to make sure everybody will have a good time that it flies by so quickly.”
“Before you know it you’re in bed with aching feet from dancing all night and it’s all over.”
Thank you so much to Lorna for sharing this gorgeous same sex marriage celebration.
I love the tropical brights of their gowns that reflects their colourful personalities, and their fun side reflected in their cake.
The brights flow beautifully through the rest of their day when they have really thought about their guests with all the fun props for their reception.
Ceremony Venue – Hull Guildhall
Reception Venue – The Dugout, Hull
Photography – Lorna Lovecraft
Wedding dresses – Ball Gown Divas
Camper Van – Retro Campers Hull
Catering – Venue
Centre Pieces , Favours, and Card sack – Wedding Gems
Photoboothb- Premier Photobooth Hull