Real Wedding: Jennifer & Julie
Jennifer & Julie
September 02, 2007
If ever there were a case to be made that one does not need a marriage license or legal recognition to create a beautifully and thoughtfully detailed wedding, Julie & Jennifer's wedding would certainly be leading the charge. These timeless brides relied upon a playful but classy style to treat themselves and their wedding guests to a memorable event at the Tapestry House in Laporte, Colorado.
Photographer Hardy Klahold and Planner, Julie Gambrell of Classic Creations Wedding Planning & Design, remember the wedding fondly. Julie has done a handful of same-sex weddings in Colorado, where couples cannot yet marry legally. She is enthusastic about couples exchanging vows and celebrating their love and tells GayWeddings.com that she and the brides — Julie and Jennifer — spent about 14 months planning this wedding.
She remembers fondly the special moment when the brides first saw each other in their wedding dresses and what a fun time they all had planning the wedding together. Meanwhile, Hardy Klahold, the photographer, recounts the following story of shooting the wedding:
Before the ceremony the rabbi told me and my assistant there are no photos allowed during the ceremony. We could take photos again, she said, as they walk down the aisle after the ceremony. All people in the room including the couple, looked at us very seriously.
Of course my assistant photographer, a dear friend and very good photographer himself, and I were very disappointed. There was no time for further discussions about this subject, the ceremony started right after that meeting.
I shot the photos of the brides walking down the aisle and lost track of my assistant. Remembering my old times as a news photographer, I had the camera during the ceremony around my neck, right in front of my chest. Every once in while I hit the shutter, coughing at the same time to cover the noise.
I also heard a clicking noise above me on the roof of the building behind me. I turned around, and there was my assistant hiding, with a long telephoto lens and shooting away. That's when I realized how important it is to have a good assistant. Without even talking about it, we were on the same page.
In the end, no one noticed that we were shooting and, after the wedding, Julie and Jennifer
were very happy that we didn't listen to the rabbi!
The brides incorporated organic food and recycled items into their reception, and wove their love for words and games into the ceremony, favors and table displays. At the end of the night, each guest received a mini-thesaurus — perhaps a nutpial first!