Jackie and Brian are meant to be together. They are both funny, loving and remarkably caring individuals and it is this last point I am going to focus on for a moment. Jackie was diagnosed with cancer just over 18 months ago. Brian had already planned a trip away for them where he was going to propose to Jackie before they got the news. Unfortunately they could no longer go due to Jackie’s condition so Brian proposed to her anyway, as planned, with a slight location change… their conservatory! But it’s obvious the location wasn’t what mattered. When we met a few weeks back before their wedding Brian said to me “I love Jackie and nothing could ever take that away, especially not cancer”He was whole heartedly right!! He stuck by Jackie’s side through every step of her treatment and it’s clear to see his warmth and support are what helped her fight off the cancer!
Fast forward a few months and Jackie clearly wanted to show Brian how much him and his support really meant to her. As if planning an amazing wedding wasn’t enough she got in touch with Brian’s brother Stuart who lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She had never met him and Brian hadn’t seen Stuart since they were practically kids. Jackie managed to arrange for Stuart to fly over and attend their wedding without Brian finding out anything. When Brian opened the door to his house on the morning of their wedding I think it’s safe to say he was in a state of shock when he saw his brother stood there. Jackie had arranged for Stuart to have a matching suit and important role in their wedding and Stuart delivered a lovely and moving speech during the wedding breakfast. It was however the only speech that went to plan as some bloke flying from Australia kind of throws a spanner in the works for the line “those that can’t be here”.
Their day went off without a hitch. Myself and my videographer Sam joined Jackie and the girls in the morning at the Holiday Inn at Brighouse while my right hand man Brad, joined Brian, Stuart and the rest of the guys at their family home. After a swift pint in the Dusty Miller the guy’s headed up to St. Chad’s Church to meet the guests as Jackie and the girls made their way in a lovely vintage Bentley. Unfortunately Jackie's sister Alison could not attend the wedding because of her own on-going battle with cancer but luckily the minister did agree that a friend of Jackie and Brian could capture the whole ceremony for her live via Skype. The service was lovely and after the signing of the register and a few quick group shots outside the church we made our way to the to the Holiday Inn. stopping off at Brighouse Library en-route to take a few portraits. After lots of hugs and well wishes, some wonderfully moving speeches and lovely food, Jackie and Brian had their first dance to Bon Jovi’s Always, played by local band Storm (for which best man Nelly is the drummer) before switching it half way through into their real wedding day song, Mr Brightside. After a lot of dancing, Photo Booth action and a few creative portraits myself, Sam and Brad bid our fair wells and left the couple and their guests to party into the early hours.
Below is a slideshow of some highlights from their day. I’ve set it to an acoustic version of “Mr. Brightside” by Boyce Avenue and Bon Jovi's "Always", both of which were used in some form during Jackie and Brian's special day.
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