Rosie and Ross are a fun, laid-back couple united in their mutual love for their home town, Sheffield. Their wedding day was centred around the sights of the city and its rich industrial past. As couples go, these two really are each other’s absolute best-buddies and that was so apparent in their gestures and mannerisms throughout the entire planning process, and on the day itself.
Ross asked Rosie to ‘walk a little further’ with him whilst the couple were surrounded by fog on top of Mount Tongariro in New Zealand; echoing a sentiment Rosie treasured from her Grandmother’s own love story many years before. Rosie now wears her grandmother’s wedding ring too, whilst Ross’s own wedding band is made from local Sheffield Steel.
This wedding played an incredible role in the history of Sheffield City, as it became the first wedding to ever take place inside the walls of the iconic Samuel Worth Chapel in the Sheffield General Cemetery. The chapel was built in 1836, and has recently been sympathetically restored to splendour by the local cemetery trust. Despite playing host to a huge number of funerals and services for some of Sheffield’s most famous names and local people across it’s almost 200 year history, this was the first wedding to ever take place inside its walls. The Sheffield General Cemetery Trust were so proud of this landmark occasion, that they even attended the ceremony to wish the couple well!
Being not local to Sheffield, Samantha actually met the couple one Sunday afternoon as they crossed paths in a service station on the M25. Samantha was heading back from a Naming Ceremony in Essex, whilst Rosie and Ross had been visiting friends in London, so they all decided it would make for a convenient little pitstop on route for them all!
Rosie said – “We only met Samantha for half an hour but it was like she already knew us! When Samantha sent the draft of the script, I didn’t even remember saying [the things she had written] to her, but what she’d created was so personal and so VERY us!”
Writing the service came very easily, as Rosie and Ross had a great story to share involving Rosie’s trips around the world and Ross’s determination to support her throughout this. Together they had been on lots of little adventures, and they shared so many great sentiments for each other (and for their love of their town!) that it made it simple to source the right words for them.
The couple also included three different readings given by three family members, so Samantha had to work secretly with Rosie’s Dad, Tony, to construct a plan for his own part in the day. Tony had brought in the help of three ‘oompah’ brass band players to add a surprise element of music to the reading, and this made for a lot of fun on the day!
Rosie said: “The ceremony ran totally smoothly – even when an uninvited dog crashed the service! As we walked out of the chapel, all our friends commented on how different the ceremony had been to others, and more importantly, how much it was totally us.”
Rosie and Ross had chosen to incorporate a ‘ring-warming’ ceremony into their service, but to save some time in the ceremony, they had asked their good friend Chris to gather guests’ blessings on the way into the chapel. Chris approached guests out in the cemetery as they arrived, and asked if they’d like to take a moment to hold the rings and impart their best wishes on them before going inside and taking their seats.
Rosie and Ross had written their own wedding vows, which they’d kept hidden from one another in the lead up to the day. On the day itself, it made for a really beautiful moment as this otherwise informal couple gave way to tears and laughter over the sentiments they’d both included. Their vows each read more like a speech to the one they loved, and were both loaded with heart-felt warmth, gestures of friendship, a handful of in-jokes and a heap of personal touches… they were truly a joy to witness!
“When we started planning our wedding [in the restored chapel at Sheffield General Cemetery], we knew that it was never
going to be straightforward. A friend suggested we use a wedding celebrant for the ceremony, after she said it was the best money she ever spent on her wedding day!
When we saw your website and met you, there was never any doubt that we had made the best decision in having you to be our celebrant… We met you for half an hour (in a service station on the M25) and it was like you already knew us! When you sent the draft of the script, I didn’t even remember saying those things to you but what you’d created was so personal and so VERY us!
The ceremony ran totally smooth – even when an uninvited dog crashed the service! As we walked out of the chapel, all our friends commented on how different the ceremony had been to others, and more importantly, how much it was totally us.
Our day was filled with laughter and dancing; everything we’d dreamed of. Thank you so much for being such a crucial part of it. I would and will recommend you to anyone that will listen…”
Rosie and Ross
24th May 2019
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20th April 2019