‘It was the best day of my life’: Same-sex couple celebrate marriage in Hitchin

The couple signing the document

The couple signing the document - Credit: Archant

Two women were one of the first same-sex couples to celebrate getting married in Comet country last weekend.

Sharing their first kiss as a married couple

Sharing their first kiss as a married couple - Credit: Archant

Jane Bethell-Lombari, 46, and Katie-Jayne Bethell-Lombari, 29, got married at the Sun Hotel in Hitchin, where they met four years earlier.

Jane said: “It was the best day of my life. Everything and everyone was amazing. The people at the hotel put on a lovely reception and we had a great party afterwards.

“We decided to only have a small ceremony with close friends and family. Kat’s dad Steve walked her down the aisle and I stayed at the top with my father Roger.

“We had some bucks fizz after the ceremony and some food and the most amazing cake.


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“In the evening we had a party attended by around 90 people and our friend Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews DJ’d.

“Our first and last song was The L Project: It Does Get Better which we both love.

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“We’re going on a short honey moon to Brighton for a few days because it’s our favourite place and then we’re going to Australia in September.”

The Marriage Act was voted in by parliament in December 2012 but it was not until December last year that same-sex couples were allowed to marry.

Marina Voronovica, front of house manager for the Sun Hotel, said: “It was an amazing day. It was the first same-sex marriage we have had here and there was a great atmosphere.”

The L Project’s new song ‘We’re All human’ is available to download with all proceeds going to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender charities.

For more information visit www.thel-project.com

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