Lockdown Love Stories…
Jade and Chloe were meant to get married at the epic Giraffe Shed (one of our awesome MMU suppliers,) back in April, which sadly was put on hold due to lockdown. With their wedding plans up in the air, their world trip on hold, and dealing with everything else going on around them, we hear about their love, their new plans, and how the pandemic has brought them even closer.
Thanks to Rocksalt Photography for capturing these badass babes <3
Really can’t wait to see their wedding next year at the shed!!
Jade + Chloe..
Tell us a bit about yourselves and how long been together?
Hello readers! We are Jade & Chloe a badass lesbian couple currently residing in Mid Wales. We’ve been together four and a half years, meeting in the smoking area (neither of us smoke,) of a big old gay club called The Nightingale in Birmingham. We spent four years working, socialising, travelling and generally positively loving life together living in Birmingham just before the Covid transition.
When was your original wedding date? What kind of day was planned?
Our wedding was booked for April 23rd, it was the first wedding of the year for our venue ‘The Giraffe Shed’ so it was bloody exciting. It was to be a small 50 guest wedding from start to finish, with beautiful décor and a day filled with grazing boards, wine, pizza, laughter, a lot of festival/rave vibes, and finally, tipi tents on site for guests to stumble into at the end of the night. I MEAN WHAT A BLOODY WEDDING! We also decided that we wanted to focus on each other and our love for the first year of our married life, blocking out the pressures of ‘what’s next?’ So we had world travelling booked with us due to leave 3 days after the wedding. More love, less stuff.
How did you feel when you had to postpone?
It’s actually indescribable, it felt like grief. I think we stepped off Earth a couple of days to process it. Because of our plans to travel, it was an extremely challenging time for both of us. We had given up our home in Birmingham and our jobs in preparation to get married and travel. Having that change within hours was heartbreaking. However, everybody in the world is going through this, and we had to keep our guests safe, healthy, and ready for when we could go-ahead for the bomb ass wedding of the year.
How was the process of changing your wedding plans? Any advice for others having to postpone?
Amazing! If we could COVID safe kiss all of our suppliers on the forehead, we bloody well would! We had chosen very new independent businesses, and I cannot thank each and every one of them enough for the adaptability. Kindness from both parties is the most you can ask for. We are all in this together.
Do you have a date sorted? What are your plans?
April 23rd, 2021… a year to the exact date. It was so close to our wedding that the world went into shut down, that date just felt like OUR day. We actually tried another date but it just did not feel right. Our plans are still the same if it is possible! Fingers crossed.
How did you spend your original wedding date in the end?
Chloe was an angel and set up a night away from home, but at home. We had a tent set up, gin, a campfire, marshmallows & a lovely zoom call with some of our closest friends. It was truly a beautiful evening. We were very lucky with the warmth and sunset in April (same again next year we hope)!
What have you learnt about yourselves as a couple going through this?
Chloe: “I’ve learnt that we are all each other needs and whatever else is a bonus. I’ve also learnt that 100% marrying the right person. If we can get through this together and come out the other end smiling, we can get through anything”.
Jade: “Time is so precious, we take it for granted. Spending this time with Chloe and really engage in just us has been amazing. Something we may never get the opportunity to have again. We are strong enough as a partnership to get through anything, simply a pair of badass bitches, representing the LGBTQ+ community and grateful of each other.”
What are you most looking forward to when restrictions lift?
The obvious answer is to have our wedding and travel the world just as we always planned. But secondly, we are very fond of a small village in Birmingham called Moseley and to go back there for an evening of bars, dancing and friends would just be wonderful!