Couple remarry as ‘bride and bride’ after groom comes out as transgender

Rayna and Jae Harvey are to remarry as ‘bride and bride’ after the groom revealed she identified as a woman (Image: Kennedy News and Media)

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A couple are to tie the knot one more time but this time as 'bride and bride' after the groom revealed she was transgender.

Rayna Harvey was called Jake when she first married her beloved Jae Harvey in 2018, more than 10 years after first meeting on MySpace in 2007.

But while the two were on their honeymoon in Wiltshire, Rayna realised she was concealing who she really was and told Jae about her true identity.

The 33-year-old graphic designer claims she had "suppressed" her feelings about being female since she was around 11 years old.

So when she finally told Jae during their honeymoon, she felt "liberated".

The make-up lover has since spent £45,000 on an orchiectomy, breast augmentation and facial surgery which she claims has been "worth every penny" and is now confidently living as her true self.

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Rayna realised she was trans while on their honeymoon after marrying in 2018
(Image: Kennedy News and Media)

However the couple are determined to tie the knot again but this time with Rayna able to "be the real her" as Jae says that Rayna was not at her first wedding – as Jake was there that time.

Jae, 30, said she's "really proud" of her partner and they're now planning their "re-wedding" in the Quantocks next September so that Rayna can have the big day she's always dreamed of with 'all the bells and whistles'.

She said she felt like a transgender woman ever since the age of 11 but had always 'suppressed' her true identity
(Image: Kennedy News and Media)

Jae, who lives near Bridgwater, Somerset, said: "We're planning a "re-wedding" because her family wasn't able to make it out to Texas and now that she's transitioned it's another huge reason for us to do it again.

"There's a bit of a disconnect when we think back to our first wedding as I feel 'well Ray wasn't there?' and I want her in my wedding.

"What I want more than anything is for her family to see her walk down the aisle and for her to have her day – I got to have mine with all my bells and whistles, so now it's her turn.

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"We're both going to be wearing beautiful black dresses for an all black and white theme with white, pink and red roses symbolising, at least for me, the death of old Ray and the re-birth of new Ray."

Rayna added: "It's for me to be the real me – our first wedding was a great day and one of the happiest of my life."

After meeting online on MySpace back in 2007, Jae and Rayna reconnected on MSN in 2010 and a few months later Rayna flew to Dallas, Texas, for a fortnight so they could meet for the first time.

Rayna and Harvey met on MySpace in 2007 and got engaged a few years later
(Image: Kennedy News and Media)

The pair lost touch for several years but in October 2017 their love was rekindled as Jae flew out to the UK for the first time and Rayna got down on one knee in Bristol airport before she boarded her flight home.

They eventually tied the knot in March 2018 in Dallas, Texas, with an intimate wedding of 30 guests and two months later they visited Centre Parcs for their honeymoon.

It was during this trip that Rayna expressed her true identity to her wife. It was also the first time she donned a dress and said that it was a real 'light-bulb moment' when make-up artist Jae glammed her up.

Rayna said: "It was liberating. Something I'd been storing away for so long and when it actually happened it was more of a relief – the overpowering feeling was 'thank God for that'.

Rayna was a man called Jake before transitioning
(Image: Kennedy News and Media)

"It must have been a bit of a shock for her in the first instance but she's turned everything on its head to make me feel comfortable.

"I'm like the same person but in a different body really."

Jae said: "Once we opened up communication and she realised it's safe with me I'm not going to judge her or get angry and just wanted to understand so I could help, it all started clicking and making sense."

That December the 33-year-old came out as transgender on Facebook to everybody she knew.

Rayna said she has received "absolutely incredible support" from everyone including from her 93-year-old nan who now buys her celebration cards for a granddaughter.

"There's been periods of self-loathing and trying to figure out what's going on in my head and Jae's helped me put the pieces together.

"It's only been since I got together with Jae and got married that she's given me a safe environment to express myself," she said.

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