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Rosie and Ross’s Wedding at Sheffield General Cemetery

Rosie and Ross celebrated their blessing of marriage on Saturday 12th August 2017 in The Samuel Worth Chapel at Sheffield General Cemetery.

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Now before I get started on the venue (and yes, it is one very cool venue indeed) can we please just take a brief moment here to first of all consider the groom…

…oh my, what an awesome groom. 

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On my arrival at the chapel I found Mr Mackay busy inside placing jars of pretty flowers, and laying out the stationery on seats in the sweetest of ways.

It’s hard to describe what it was that was so endearing about this scenario exactly, but this fella was going to stop at nothing to make his day perfect – exactly as he’d been instructed, but with all the genuine want to get it right for his bride, Rosie – and these pictures capture that moment so perfectly.

Too. Cute. 

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OK, back to the venue…

The Samuel Worth Chapel at Sheffield General Cemetery is a Grade II listed building that dates back to 1836, and has recently undergone a whole world of restoration. It has played host to ooooh hundreds of funerals and services in it’s almost 200 year old history; but up until 12th August 2017, it had never seen a wedding inside it’s walls.

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What a remarkable thing! Rosie and Ross were about to become the first couple in the history of their beloved home town, Sheffield, to celebrate their marriage inside the infamous walls of this historic central city monument.

It was such an honour for me too, to be involved in this special day, and even more so to be joined by members of the Sheffield General Cemetery Trust who had turned up to bear witness to this notable occasion.

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Now, for the next moment of consideration: the entrance of the bride. I love this bit!

The arrival of the bride and her walk down the aisle is always one of my favourite moments in any wedding ceremony, and Rosie’s entrance was no exception. Ross had asked to face the wall until the very last moment. I was to give him the nod and let him know when his gorgeous fiance was finally upon him…

…Ahhh, the joy and emotion when he turns around and their eyes finally lock! 

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The ceremony began with the tale of Rosie’s and Ross’s first meeting, and how they have come to be united even stronger now today. It was a story of shared love for their historic home town only outweighed by a greater love for one another… but with a fair few laughs and adventures along the way to make us all giggle with the notion of their incredible friendship.

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Rosie and Ross invited their friends and family to join in too on the day. Rosie’s sister, Ellie, gave a reading she had penned herself, before good friend Paul stood up to share ‘The Lovely Dinosaur’ with a Sheffield twist.

After this Rosie’s Dad, Tony, gave an informative talk on ‘Transportation Issues’ with the assistance of our in-house oompah band Grumpah, who gave a sound track of Love and Marriage to accompany the theme. It was as much a surprise to the couple as it was to everyone else in the congregation too!

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Rosie and Ross had opted to write their own marriage vows and had kept them a secret from each other until the day itself. It was a really beautiful moment to hear them be read as both bride and groom had created something so meaningful, personal and poetic to share with the other.

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Earlier in the day guests had been greeted at the chapel by a close friend called Chris, who offered friends and family an opportunity to ‘warm’ the wedding rings with their kind thoughts and good wishes for the happy couple before entering the service.

Guests each took a moment to hold the wedding rings in their hands and impart a wish or blessing upon them. During the ceremony, we asked Chris to bring forward the wedding rings in the knowledge that they were now saturated with the love and positive energy of everyone in the room who would witness Rosie and Ross place them onto each other’s fingers.

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…and of course, then came the finish.

The announcement of husband and wife, perfectly sealed with a kiss…

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… and a funky little dance for good measure!

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“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 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

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A big congratulations to Rosie and Ross and a huge thank you to them both for sharing their story, and for adding to the ongoing legacy of the Samuel Worth Chapel in Sheffield. You go guys! *High five, fist pump* etc. 

All photographs are by CJRodgers Photography

 

Gemma and Tom’s White Feather Wedding with Unity Candles

Gemma and Tom celebrated their wedding on Friday 7th October, 2016, at The Plough, Bolnhurst, in Bedfordshire.
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It was beautifully crisp autumnal day, with the faint smell of bonfire in the air drifting across the surrounding fields of the Bedfordshire countryside, only to be accented by the warming fire pit, which guests huddled near to before they entered the ceremony.
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The teepee provided the perfect shelter to an intimate gathering of close family and friends, who took their seats on wooden benches covered in warming sheepskins and thick blankets, underneath a glittering disco ball which was decked with blousy green foliage and flowers.

Large L – O – V – E letters lit up the back wall behind us, the perfect mix of modern and rustic. It was certainly cosy, to say the least!
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I had met with Gemma and Tom only a few weeks earlier, and we had talked for a couple of hours about their plans for their day, and the meaning that the day held for them.

White Feathers took pride of place as a delicate feature to the ceremony. They were sprinkled by the flower girl as she walked down the aisle before the bride entered to a the piece of music known as the ‘The Feather Theme’ from Forrest Gump, which was played on the piano by Gemma’s aunt.

Feathers are very symbolic in Gemma and Tom’s relationship – they symbolise fate, destiny, and the briefest hint of the angels we knew who were amongst us that day. It was incredibly touching.
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The story of their love’s history and development, and the involvement of family members and friends who gave readings, moved us all to tears. Even I struggled to keep it all together – it was a truly heartwarming ceremony for us all!

Gemma and Tom’s vows were read out loud, line by line by them both together. They had decided that Tom would begin a sentence, only for Gemma to finish it. This was an honest representation of the strength that they give to one another by uniting as one; as they always do in life, especially when confronting challenge, or else welcoming success.
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Following the exchange of their wedding rings, Gemma and Tom also included a unity candle ceremony in their service, to symbolise the coming together of two separate energies, to marry and form one.

We used a gorgeous Jo Malone candle as the central pillar. It was scented in Peony and Blush Suede – a scent which was sprinkled around their wedding to further aid their memory of this day. I wore the perfume as well – by coincidence, it is one of my favourites!

In the ceremony itself, I surprised Gemma and Tom by informing them and their guests that in many cultures, peonies also represent romance and prosperity, and are believed to be an omen of good marriage and a happy future. How apt that they had chosen this for their wedding!
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“Samantha, carefully guided us when it came to planning our ceremony. She gave us lots of choice and advice and to our surprise even helped us write our personalised vows.

 

Samantha spent a lovely afternoon with us discussing our relationship, goals in life, family, friends and everything in between. We were utterly blown away when she came back to us a few days later with the completed ceremony.

 

Our personal vows had all of our guests crying and our wedding planner (Katrina Otter Weddings) had to hand out a second round of tissues as a result!”

It was a gorgeous ceremony; sweet and symbolic, but emotional and unassuming all at the same time. I felt so honoured to have been a part of it, knowing just how special it had been for them all.
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The wedding was perfectly planned and styled by Katrina Otter, and with wonderful photography by Hannah Duffy and videographer Sam Henton there to capture every moment. We are all very proud that Gemma and Tom’s wedding also featured on Rock My Wedding in August 2017. Follow the link to see more photos and read the full story from their day!

Gemma & Tom – Highlights from Samuel Henton on Vimeo.

Bron & Martin’s Wedding at Wrest Park

I’m so thrilled to have received this wonderful testimonial and letter of thanks from Bron and Martin this week, following their recent wedding ceremony at Wrest Park in Bedfordshire.

We had a lot of fun planning a ceremony which encapsulated their story from the last five years together, which included tales of children, travel, house renovations, and family meetings from all around the world – although not all neccesarily ‘in the right order!’ 

Bron and Martin undertook their legal ceremony in a simple statutory service at their local register office a few days before the ceremony, meaning that they were then free to celebrate their commitment on their wedding day in a which, although quite traditional in format, also allowed them the freedom to truly express their own story and sentiments to everyone who had travelled from so far to share in their day.

“Thank you so much for conducting our wedding ceremony last weekend – it was perfect and hit all the right notes for us.

 

We had a beautiful day and feel that the ceremony really set the right tone and conveyed messages that were most important to us, and it was good to get a few laughs in too!

 

Now we have done it we feel completely vindicated in taking the two step approach i.e. getting paperwork/legal element completed and following it with our meaningful ceremony.

 

We would happily recommend this approach and you personally to anyone considering it.”

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For more information about how you can celebrate your commitment to your partner with the freedom of choice offered to you by a celebrant on your wedding day… just follow this link to the relevant pages! 

Thank you to all the staff at English Heritage property Wrest Park in Silsoe, Bedfordshire, for their help in providing the perfect venue for the most pleasant of days!

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Lara and Ben’s Testimonial

I would like to express a huge, heartfelt thank you to Lara and Ben for their kind words following their Gatsby-themed, outdoor wedding blessing at Hunstsham Court in Devon.

It really was such a joy to be a part of, and I couldn’t be more grateful of their sentiments below. To read the full story their wedding ceremony, just follow this link! 

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“We are so glad we found Samantha to be our celebrant – the day just would not have been the same without her!

 

She did such an incredible job writing our ceremony and helping us write our vows, and also making us feel calm and relaxed on the day.

 

Samantha kept everything on track, so we didn’t have to worry, and delivered the ceremony so beautifully.

 

She managed to put in to words so many things we hadn’t even thought of, and we were so grateful for her enthusiasm and patience when it came to our unusual crystal ring blessing!

 

The whole ceremony was relaxed, heartfelt, funny and memorable, and better than we could have hoped.

 

So many of our guests commented on how unique they thought it was and how much they loved it.

 

We absolutely can’t wait for the video to relive it all over again.

It is really is tough to put into words just how brilliant you are Samantha!

 

Thank you so, so much for being such a big a part of our day and for making it so special – and for staying to celebrate with us!”

Lara and Ben testimonial wedding celebrant samantha kelsie huntsham court weddingThank you to all staff at Huntsham Court in Devon for their hospitality, and to Bears Collective photography for the images.

Gemma and Tom’s Testimonial

What a lovely email to start the day with…. I’m so, so pleased my couple Gemma & Tom  love the first draft of their wedding ceremony script! 

Our meeting together on Sunday was so easy and comfortable, and getting to know them both was such a joy, that they inspired me to go away and immediately write something from the heart that I felt summed up their relationship completely… and it seems I got it just right! 

Now I can’t wait for the day to finally arrive when I get to say all these wonderful words at their wedding!

“Thank you so so much for spending time with us on Sunday, we were so relaxed with you and enjoyed the experience very much. We were both a little nervous before you came but we enjoyed ourselves.

We are over the moon with what you have written and have read it over and over, unfortunately not without crying yet, it’s so beautiful and everything we wanted from our blessing.”

If you’d like to know more about having Samantha as your wedding celebrant, follow the link to this page for more information… Or send an email to enquiries@ukcelebrant.co.uk

Baby Noah’s Naming Ceremony

It was such an honour this weekend to officiate Noah’s Naming Ceremony and family blessing at The Queen’s Temple in Stowe Gardens, part of the glorious Stowe House.

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Queens Temple Stowe baby naming ceremony Samantha Kelsie Celebrant Noah’s family and friends gathered for a gorgeous ceremony inside the temple, where not only did we formally introduce this little boy the the world and bless his name, we also celebated in the coming together of all 5 members of his family, including his mummy and daddy Sarah and Glyn, and two big brothers, Harry and Leo.

Noah’s parents and brothers all made personal promises towards their duty in bringing him up in a loving and nurturing home environment, and his chosen godparents (all 7 of them!) were appointed and asked to cement their vow to assist in his care and guidance when called upon as friends. Such a special moment for everyone!

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Everybody who came to celebrate was invited to write their own personal message of love or guidance on a little paper heart, all of which were gathered and sealed tight in a big ‘Jar of Hearts’ for Noah to keep and look back on with his family in the future. There was so much love in the room for this smiley little sweetheart!

It was a beautiful day, and made even better with sunshine, laughter, a BBQ and a heap of cupcakes to be enjoyed… delicious!

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I was so honoured to be presented with a beautiful bunch of lillys and roses in thanks for my help… so very treasurable indeed, thank you so much Sarah and Glyn! The family also left a lovely review for me on Facebook… thank you!

Samantha wrote such lovely words for our sons Naming Ceremony, so personal and perfectly capturing of our family. Absolute pleasure to meet you Samantha, so many of our guests commented on how beautiful the ceremony was… X

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I’d like to wish Noah and all of his family a life full of health, wealth, smiles and happiness… with all my love x