New Jersey Rainbow Rescue Wedding: Jenn & Jen
June 4, 2016
Jenn and Jen first met through a mutual friend then became the closest of friends themselves. It took years of encounters, other love interests and more than a little internal struggle, but ultimately they recognized that they could not be apart – that they were soul mates. They were meant to be.
Jen proposed to Jenn at Disney World. First, she called both of Jenn’s parents to discuss the proposal. Although they are not a “traditional” couple, this was a tradition that meant something to Jen. She received their blessings and proceeded to plan the proposal. A bout of the flu derailed her first plan, but their planned Disney trip became the perfect plan B.
After a day full of nerves, Jenn arrived at their room to find rose petals lining the floor from the door to the pirate-ship-themed bed. A bouquet of roses, personalized hand-embroidered towels with their names on them, some champagne and an autographed picture from Mickey and Minnie waited on the bed. Jenn assumed it was the resort’s turndown service and Jen rummaged through her suitcase for the ring. When Jenn turned around, Jen was on one knee, asking her to marry her.
Jenn and Jen chose to hold their wedding at the beginning of Pride Month, complete with rainbow décor and fashion throughout. They chose the first venue they looked at, falling in love with its outdoor ceremony site, charm and great areas for photos.
Planning was so much fun. They had 16 months, which was plenty of time. The last two months were busy, though, with so many small details to complete and always something to do. Their many friends and family members were willing to lend helping hands, making the stress pass quickly.
Jenn and Jen are huge animal lovers, so they chose a theme of animal rescue, complete with personalized pet-shaped place cards and photos of adoptable dogs in lieu of flowers as centerpieces. They worked with two rescue organizations to obtain the stories and photos of animals up for adoption in their area.
All of the brides’ flowers were handmade out of paper and were beautiful. The best part is that they will have them forever. The many children in the couple’s lives served not as flower girls and ring bearers, but instead as their “Bubble Kids.” They preceded Jenn and Jen down the aisle blowing bubbles from light-up bubble guns.
Fashion played an important role in the wedding. Jen always knew she didn’t want to wear a dress, but wanted to look amazing and special on her big day. She worked with a very special designer who made her vision of a bridal suit with a rainbow touch come to life.
The bridesmaids were not told to wear dresses, and ultimately they wore suits, dresses and a jumpsuit. They were each assigned a color and told to express individual style.
There were so many perfect moments during the day that are special to Jenn and Jen, that there simply isn’t space to mention them all. It was a beautiful, meaningful day, and a true celebration of those things that are most important to them both.
Jenn’s advice to anyone getting married is “To be you. Through everything be you, the same two people you were before you were engaged only now you are planning a party.” She added, “For same-sex couples planning a wedding is the best. One of our least favorite expressions in the world is ‘You’re supposed to…’ One of the perks of having a non-traditional wedding is exactly that-you have full permission to be non-traditional and people will love it!”
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Photographer: VeroLuce Photography // DJ: SG Productions Inc // Photo Booth Equipment: SG Productions Inc // Dress Store: Bijou Bridal // Transportation: Broadway Elite // Officiant: Dana Silverberg Lawson, Wedding Weaver // Apparel: JAKE // DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Lille syster // Reception Venue: Oakeside Mansion//Hair Stylist: Beyoutiful Bride
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