Helen and Jeff’s first date was in a pub in London which ended with a random celebrity encounter. And much hysterical laughter, which is clearly a good omen for their life together. Jeff is wonderfully down to earth and the perfect foil for Helen’s quirkiness. That’s how they describe it, honest! They clearly love each other very much and share a similar sense of humour. Just don’t get Jeff started talking about Star Wars!
Helen and Jeff had chosen a vintage 1920s/1930s theme for their wedding and all the guests dived headlong into the spirit of the event, sporting some splendid spats and fabulous feather boas. Helen was resplendent in a suitably period dress, her hair in tight ringlets and bright red lipstick matching her bouquet of roses. Her face when she saw the outfits all the guests had gathered for the day was, well, a picture.
After the ceremony at the Register Office in Hemel Hempstead, Jeff opened the champagne much to Helen’s concern!
Jeff’s family, who own a coach firm, transported everyone to and from the Register Office in style, adorning the side of the coach with a celebratory alteration.
For a 1920s/1930s theme wedding, Helen and Jeff couldn’t have found a more perfect venue than the Gatsby in Berkhampstead. It originally opened in 1938 as a cinema and its foyer and dining hall are still resplendant in the original art deco fittings. A lot of effort had clearly been put into the details, with Jeff putting his skills as a graphic artist to good use creating versions of vintage film posters featuring the couple in place of the original artistes.
Helen’s family had kindly prepared an album containing photos of Helen as she grew up, complete with a commentary on her fashion sense of the years!
The reception was a swinging affair, with live piano accompaniment and lots of Pimms!
It was a very relaxed and fun day and I’m grateful to Helen and Jeff for letting me share it with them!