Georgina and Jo take to the water

Georgina tells the story of their romantic day

On New Year's Eve 2004 we were with friends and family discussing what we wanted to achieve in the next 12 months. We wanted to get civil partnershipped but we didn't hear until 21 Feb 2005 that the law would definitely change. We had already been together 15 years and didn't know whether to have something small or large.

A priority guest was my sister in New Zealand. When we suddenly heard that she could make it at Christmas, so we had to have a big party! However, it wasn't easy finding a venue. There was a cancellation at The Inn on the Lake in Cumbria for 29 December, so we took it.

cake with two female toppers

I was so excited in the build-up to the day, I couldn't believe it was real or that we'd let ourselves in for so much work. There was a lot of planning and neither of us have family nearby who could help.

In the end we had a fantastic day, with a champagne reception on a boat cruising Lake Ullswater

Many people I've spoken to say they enjoyed our day more than 'straight' weddings they'd been to. Maybe, as it's not so formulaic, what is said is really meant and felt.

I don't feel any different now but it was brilliant that we were able to do it. Fifteen years ago I fell in love with Jo, since then I have wanted to shout it from the rooftops, and now I can. That's what our wedding day was all about.

family celebrating

To sum it up, here are some extracts of emails we received afterwards:

'We had a wonderful, wonderful day - thank you for allowing us to share it with you. We will treasure the memory forever and we wish you all the happiness in the world.'

'We had a really fab time. Quite the best wedding either of us has ever been to. Thanks for laying on such a wonderful day - you both did everything beautifully and with real style.'

'We had a wonderful day, it was certainly the most emotional wedding I've ever been to.'

Georgina's tips

It's your day, make it the best you can but don't take responsibility for everyone's travel/sleeping/eating/breathing arrangements - it's too much!

Don't watch a movie or look at photos until you have your own memories stored away in your head - or they will be replaced by snaps.

georgina and jo kissing

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