A short drive from Manchester to a same sex, wedding in Yorkshire
A short drive for me from Manchester over the M62, to Chantell and Lisa’s same sex wedding Sowerby Bridge Yorkshire. I recall the day that I was contacted by Chantell and Lisa, when they enquired about my availability to photograph their wedding.
Wow …what a breath of fresh air they were! These ladies were excitedly planning their same sex wedding, now having the freedom to do so along with others in the LGBT community since the dawn of marriage equality. The words ‘marriage equality’ refers to a status in which the marriages of same-sex couples and the marriages of opposite-sex couples are recognised as equal by the law.
The words ‘wedding’ and ‘marriage’ embraces ‘love’, and the fact that two people love and respect each other and promise to devote themselves to each other regardless of their sexual preference is a good thing. Oh.. and on a lighter note, one of the best days of their life. A day when newlyweds share wonderful things together such as; a champagne reception with friends and family along with a wedding breakfast and evening reception party of their own design.
Double Bridal preparations at a wedding
The double bridal preparations were at a local B & B.
Here below, are some of the fantastic image files in ‘mono tone’ (black and white) and also in full colour.
The two Brides had separate rooms, keeping their bridal preparations hidden from each other. Their beautiful individual ivory wedding gowns kept secret from their future partner in life, until the time they met at the top of the aisle at their wedding ceremony.
Chantell is herself a Wedding Celebrant, and because of this she was personally able, along with her future wife, to write the words, vows and promises of the wedding ceremony. Therefore their words for their wedding ceremony were lovingly crafted together by both Brides. Of course Chantell could not conduct her own ceremony, so the proudly gay couple employed the services of Sonia to officiate and conduct the ceremony for them.
A Jaguar wedding limousine
In keeping with tradition the Brides arrived separately at The Wedbarn, Sowerby Bridge, Yorkshire. Chantell arrived in a Black Jaguar limousine. But it was Lisa that arrived first with her brother (who had the honour of giving her away). Lisa stood at the top of the aisle in her beautiful ivory wedding dress looking nervous and emotional… desperate to see her Bride. Chantell arrived minutes later and was escorted by her proud step Father up the aisle to offer her hand in marriage to Lisa.
I stood with the celebrant Sonia, my Canon 5Dmk4 wedding camera with a Prime L lens on board to capture the arrival of the two ladies in this same sex wedding and ‘hand fasting’. Sonia, the celebrant, led a loving and light hearted wedding service, with the words written by these two Brides to each other, celebrating their own love story of their days as a (gay) same sex couple on the road to matrimony.
A wedding breakfast cooked in a wok with a flame or two
The bridal couple had planned a wedding breakfast cooked to order by Temujin, specialising in endless Mongolian Stir-fry, The wedding guests were treated to show cooking in a wok with flames ‘a leaping’ during the cooking process. I shot lots of images of the wedding guests waiting and watching as there wedding banquet was cooked in front of them to order.
Two Brides, two speeches, cake cutting, and dancing
The cutting of the wedding cake was a small part of the celebrations which followed the wedding speeches by both Brides. This was all photographed throughout, naturally and without interruption. I just observed and captured the day as it unfolded into a fun and fantastic same sex wedding, capturing all the details in raw image files. These to be delivered back to the two gay brides as high quality J peg image files after they have been edited for colour control, image quality, prospective, sharpness with adjustment as necessary to produce the perfect photographs for the wedding couple.
The DJ and dancing was a great end to the wedding day. I love to get in on the action on the dance floor with my camera, add some flash to the DJs lights to freeze the dance floor action. Or drag the shutter to produce those light trail dance photos. Have look below to see the results of my wedding party photography.
LGBT weddings became legal in on 13th March 2014
All the photographs are natural and un staged. Producing unposed documentary wedding photography for the newlyweds to enjoy. long after the changes to legislation have be forgotten about. LGBT- Same-sex marriage in England and Wales was passed by the Parliament in July 2013. It came into force on 13th of March.The first same sex wedding was held on the 29th of March 2014.
If you are planning a LGBT wedding please get in touch to see if I am free to be your wedding photographer. More of my totally unposed weddings can be seen here in my blog, want to know about my style or got any questions please have look at my questions and info page. Or just contact me I would love to here from you.