Our wedding || The ceremony.


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Our car pulled up outside the church a little ahead of schedule (can you even believe it? Me, on time? I was as shocked as anyone!), and so Steve and I had a moment to pause before making our way in for the ceremony.

There was a strong wind blowing outside, and I remember seeing Jo and Francesca, my Mum, and Ruby and Sienna (my little bridesmaids) all standing outside the church with their hair and dresses being blown this way and that in the breeze, and feeling my heart ache with love for them all as I watched quietly from the car. It’s one of my most vivid memories from the whole day, I think mostly because it was one of the rare moments of calm that we had.

Jonathan, our vicar, came over to meet me at the car, congratulated me on my excellent time-keeping (I’ve got form, and he knows it ;), then made sure we were ready to begin before walking my Mum to her seat at the front of the church.

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As I made my way from the car up towards the church, the wind picked up so suddenly and with such strength that it lifted my veil up, pulled it out of my hair, and sent it rolling away like a cloud!

I’d not planned on spending the final moments before walking down the aisle watching my godfather chasing down my runaway veil, but I was so glad of having something to distract me from the butterflies that were beating hard in my stomach!

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I waited in the entryway of the church almost dizzy with anticipation, taking the deepest, most calming breaths I could manage. Inside, Jason was nervous too…


Sienna and Ruby clasped hands just as the first notes of Pachelbel’s Canon began to play, and began their walk down the aisle.

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Jason had always said that he would want to stick to the tradition of the groom not turning around as the bride walks down the aisle, but told me afterwards that Jonathan had advised him, when he’d arrived at the church earlier that morning, not to miss that moment for anything in the world.

So many people had reminded me over and over again that I needed to soak in as much as I possibly could of my walk down the aisle, and looking back now, I think I managed it.

I paused at the very back of the church whilst Jo and Francesca straightened out the train of my dress, and tried to drink in as much of wonderful moment as I could. I remember seeing the tiny face of Darcey, my cousin Emily’s then three week old baby, sleeping in her carseat at the back of the church, and my Mum beaming with pride, and from afar, the tears that were welling in not just Jason’s eyes, but his brother Russell’s too.

I remember feeling like my face wouldn’t be able to contain my smile as I looked at my almost-husband for the very first time on our wedding day, and how the urge to walk as fast as I could to him was almost overwhelming.

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ABOVE :: I’d not managed to spot Julia, Jason’s Mum, or either of my now-sisters-in-law whilst walking up the aisle, and so turned round to find them just before the service began. I remember thinking how beautiful they all looked, and my heart danced again at the idea that we were about to become family.

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We’d asked my cousin Sophie and Jason’s Grandmother if they would do readings during our ceremony, which they both did so beautifully it brought forth yet another wave of tears.

Sophie read ‘I will be here’ by Steve Curtis Chapman, and Umamma (her unusual name is a long story, one I’ll tell you another time…), read from the Song of Soloman.

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Now, I’ll tell you- in the ceremony rehearsal we’d had two days previously, I’d been so excited standing in place at the top of the aisle, I’d struggled to keep myself from bouncing up and down!

‘Don’t do that in the actual ceremony, Rosie’, I’d told myself, ‘Try to act with some decorum.’

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When the time finally came for us to say our vows, though in the moment I felt I was a picture of calm and grace, it turns out I was bouncing on my heels and beaming so brightly that most of our guests’ first words to us afterwards were ‘do you think Rosie was keen to marry you, Jason?’! ;)

In truth though, we both were as excited as one another- Jason’s just better at controlling himself than I am!

The vows themselves tumbled out of our mouths without falter, though Jason won’t mind me telling you that it was him, and not me, who had to swallow a lump and choke back tears on more than one occasion.

And then, just like that, it was over! There’ve never been sweeter words spoken that those of ‘I now pronounce you husband and wife’. <3

A B O V E  :: I can’t remember what had made us laugh, in the photo above, but I think it’s one of my favourites from the whole day.

B E L O W :: And this shot, of the looks on my sister and best friend and Mum and Aunt’s faces as they watched us say our vows, makes me choke up each and every time I look at it.

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The final hymn of our service, sung after we’d been pronounced married and as we went off to sign the register, was the one I’d been most excited about. I’d picked it out even before we organised our flowers or the food or the band or any of those other vital elements of the day.

It came via Little Women, my favourite novel of all time. In the film, the hymn For the Beauty of the Earth is sung at Meg’s wedding, and it’s stuck with me always.

Jo and I used to sing it, only with a different arrangement, in assemblies and during Mass at school when we were in our teens, and so singing it during the service, right after Jason and I been sealed to each other forever and always, was the only time during the ceremony that my throat locked tight and the little wave of tears that had bobbed around my lower lash line throughout spilled over and down my cheeks.

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At the top of the aisle, once the register had signed and my name changed forever, we paused for a moment. The wedding march began to play, Jason took me by the hand, asked ‘Ready B?’ (it was a wonder he managed to say my actual name in the vows! ;), and off we went!


It felt as though floated on air down the aisle, with cameras clicking and flashing away the whole time.

Our cheeks ached from smiling so hard, and outside, we were met by yet another gust of wind harbouring a grudge against long, gauzy veils!

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A B O V E  :: Another of my favourites from the day. And B E L O W …ready, confetti!

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Beaming and waving and beaming so more, we settled ourselves into the backseat of our car, and slowly pulled away from the church.

I can’t remember what Jason and I said to one another on that journey, only that we sat back in our seats laughing with happiness, and revelled in those first few precious minutes of being husband and wife.


Onwards, to the reception!

{All photos by the wonderful Sam Docker.}

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  • http://www.daisybutter.com Michelle | Daisybutter

    Oh Rosie! I got teary-eyed even reading your recollection of everything. What a beautiful ceremony – you look absolutely beautiful. So glowy with happiness! I’m simply in love with your dress and the pesky veil.

  • Shannon Clark

    I read this with such a big smile on my face! Each and every one of your photos are stunning and you looked so beautiful! xx

  • http://www.mirandasnotebook.com Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    Such a joyous wedding! Love the story of your veil blowing off just before stepping into the church!! And I love the photo of you both laughing too. xxx

  • http://theawkwardblog.com/ Angela | The Awkward Blog

    ahhh, I love love love reading this! I’m so happy for you and Jason! It’s brought all the happy memories of my wedding back too! (I remember having to hold my own arm up when it came to saying our vows and exchanging rings, I was shaking so much! ) the confetti photos are brilliant btw xxx

  • http://www.loveiconfantasyego.com/ Hannah Court

    You look gorgeous Rosie and your photos are beautiful, looks like such an amazing day. Congratulations! x


  • http://www.jerseygirl.co Jersey Girl

    Oh wow, what a lovely write up Rosie. This actually brought a tear to my eye, it’s so well written! You look stunning too, and a great song choice with Pachelbel’s Cannon :) Congratulations on your big day! x Jersey Girl x http://www.jerseygirl.co

  • http://www.whatrachaelwrote.blogspot.co.uk Rachael

    What a beautiful story, you look incredible and you both look so happy, congratulations! x

    What Rachael Wrote

  • https://rhymeandribbons.com Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    You look so happy, beautiful and filled with love. What a glorious day! xx

  • Emma Gordon

    This made me tear up a little reading it. It looked like such a nice ceremony x

    Emma | ohflowerchild.blogspot.com

  • ellie__hey

    GARR THIS IS ALL BEAUTIFUL! congratulations xxxx

  • http://www.bumpkinbetty.com/ Bumpkin Betty

    Yup ok crying at my desk right now… this is incredible. Your photographer is amazing, he has captured every one of the emotions and moments you describe. I’m SO happy for you Rosie, it looks like a beautiful day (and so are you!!) and you both look beyond pleased with yourselves n these photos! It’s giving me butterflies xx

    • http://www.ciderwithrosie.com/ Rosie

      Thanks so much my love- isn’t Sam’s work amazing? And how EXCITING that you’re next! Can’t wait to live vicariously through you! <3 x

  • http://www.tanaditya.co.vu Tannya

    congratulations! the beauty of this post is overwhelming. may you both be happily ever after!

    xx http://tanaditya.co.vu

  • http://thisparticular.blogspot.co.uk/ Ala

    Having to fight back the happy tears right now! It just sounds absolutely amazing! I’m so glad you had such a wonderful ceremony and everything went smoothly. You look absolutely gorgeous, as does everyone and the pictures are stunning as well as capturing the elation and happiness of a wedding! Congratulations again Rosie x

  • http://fjordsandbeaches.com Lisa // Fjords & Beaches

    WOW, these photos are stunning!

  • http://www.brittonloves.co.uk Lauren S

    I’m welling up all over again, your retelling of the ceremony is beautiful as are the pictures. You look so beautiful Rosie, what a beautiful day :)

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • http://www.silverspoonlondon.co.uk Angie SilverSpoon

    You look beautiful Rosie :)

  • Trudy Johanna

    These photos are stunning! Glad it was a lovely day x
    TrudyJohanna UK Lifestyle Blog

  • http://notesfromjoana.com/ Joana

    These photographs look absolutely gorgeous, such a beautiful ceremony! And you look so beautiful and happy! Congratulations to both of you :) x

  • Sarah Cale

    oh my goodness, the whole ceremony looked a dream. So happy for you two

  • http://www.lifeoutsidelondon.co.uk Michelle

    The sheer joy in these photos is utterly palpable and has left me with the biggest smile for the day.
    Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. Did I mention it’s gorgeous?

  • Erika

    Beautiful photos!! Your wedding day looks magical and you looked gorgeous :)



  • http://www.thelibrarian.co.uk/ Georgina

    Absolutely beautiful Rosie!! :D xx

  • emily couture

    Such a wonderful and gorgeous ceremony and photos :)

    emily xx


  • http://www.capturingshadows.blogspot.com Kate Ritchie

    Congratulations, Rosie! From these photos, the ceremony looked absolutely stunning. And I smiled when I read your thoughts regarding “Little Women.” At my own wedding, three years ago, our final hymn was “For the Beauty of the Earth” as well….for the exact same reasons you mentioned. Some sentimental things just stick from girlhood, no? :)

    • http://www.ciderwithrosie.com/ Rosie

      Ohh how funny! Isn’t it the most gorgeous hymn? Great minds! :) xx

  • Francisca Vale

    Hi Rosie, I dont usually comment on blogs ever…but i’m just in love with your blog. I think you manage so well to show the world your joie de vivre! better yet: you manage to share it with the world, making it a better, happier, more beautiful place! It is wonderful to read your words, see you pictures and see how much you enjoy your moments in life. And what is really awesome is that you actually pass that joy to us, at least to me. You write so well, i’ve beem reading your wedding posts, and you got me tearing, my heart racing, I feel like I was there! writting well is not saying complicated things or use strange words, it is putting in words the beauty of the most simple things and passing it to words through words. that is the hard part and you nailed it! Congrats on your blog,on your writting and specially on your joie the vivre!

    • http://www.ciderwithrosie.com/ Rosie

      Thank you SO much for your sweet comment Francisca- made my day! xxx

  • Sam Williams

    The pictures are absolutely breathtaking, I cannot wait to see the rest. Congrats!!

  • http://www.beckieeschle.com Beckie Eschle

    Gorgeous photos, you looked beautiful! Stunning bride! Such a happy couple :) Congratulations! x


  • http://www.gorjaeous.com/ Jae (@gorjaeous)

    What beautiful wedding you had! It was all so perfect in the photos… I’m sure it was even more lovely that day! <3


  • http://www.freecore.uk Free Core

    Congratulations, looks like you had the most amazing day and you both look so happy! You look absolutely beautiful in the dress and I wish you both the best on you’re new adventure as Husband and Wife :)

    Growing Positive | Francis

  • http://www.hedgefundgirl.blogspot.co.uk/ Hedge Fund Girl

    Such a gorgeous day, congratulations! Just reminds me ours was a whole ten months ago, would love to do it all again!


  • http://www.danielle-abroad.com Danielle E. Alvarez

    Beautiful, beautiful recap–thank you! I feel honored to relive all these wonderful moments with you :) congratulations, again!

  • Micah Lambert

    Congrats! Gorgeous photos :)

  • http://www.ginevrella.co.uk Jennifer

    This post honestly gave me goosebumps from just how wonderful it all seemed! Not only do you look beautiful, you and everyone there look so genuinely happy. Congratulations!
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

  • http://www.lucyjlove.blogspot.com Lucy-J

    Oh Rosie this was so stunning I actually cried reading it! I’m so happy for the pair of you <3

  • http://www.littlemisskaty.co.uk/ Little Miss Katy

    I can’t believe I actually cried reading this but I SO did haha!!! It sounds like the most beautifully perfect ceremony Rosie! <3

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

  • http://kenzieblogslife.blogspot.com Kenzie

    This was so beautifully written and great to read! I’m sure I must’ve said congratulations before but I’ll say it here again :) The photos are all amazing and I’m so glad you’ve written about your great day!

  • Anna

    aww I’m so happy for you Rosie :) you look amazing


  • http://www.astoldbyholly.com Holly Thomas

    Lovely photos Rosie, you look so beautiful! I love the photo of you laughing too, so natural :) congratulations!

    Holly at Holly Pocket

  • http://www.jessicablu.com Jess

    Gorgeous pictures Rosie! Congratulations to you both


  • Elena Davies

    Ohh Rosie, I cannot tell you how wonderful these posts are for me. I recently lost my son and naturally things are very bleak but reading about your wedding has made me remember there is still joy in the world. And although there is none in my world at the minute I’m reminded of my own wedding day and it has put a smile on my face. My husband and I celebrate four years of marriage this month and although we both feel broken our love for eachother is definitely something to be celebrated. It created our beautiful son after all.
    So, thank you for sharing your beautiful day. You and Jason look so truly happy, congratulations.
    Elena xx

    • http://www.ciderwithrosie.com/ Rosie

      Oh Elena, I am so, so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. It doesn’t feel right for me to reply here, so I’m going to drop you a quick email if that’s okay? <3 xxxxx

  • Georgia Furness

    I feel choked up just looking at these incredibly beautiful photos. You looked absolutely stunning Rosie! xx

  • http://carryonbeautiful.com Dana Andersen

    Aw :’) All the pictures are so beautiful and the entire post is just so adorable!

  • http://mutedmornings.blogspot.com Mimmi

    These photos are AMAZING, and what a beautiful ceremony! You’re such a beautiful couple, and it’s so lovely to see how happy you are. Reading this post really made me smile :)

    Mimmi xx
    Muted Mornings

  • http://pollyrowan.com/ Polly Rowan

    Wow how stunning! This looks like it was a perfect ceremony. I love it when the groom gets teary at weddings hehe. You both look so happy. x


  • http://www.katieleanne.co.uk Kate

    Such gorgeous photos, you look so beautiful! Congratulations to you both! x


  • http://petalpoppetblogs.co.uk/ Natalie Ann

    Gorgeous pictures :)

    Natalie Ann xo // Petal Poppet Blogs ♥

  • http://www.beautifuljunk.net Jen | Beautiful Junk

    All of your photos are absolutely stunning… and your way of describing the experience even made ME tear up a little! :) Congratulations!

  • http://mynameiszoeee1.blogspot.co.uk/ Zoe

    How lovely! You look absolutely beautiful! xx

  • http://www.rebekataylor.blogspot.co.uk/ Rebeka Taylor

    Aww this is beautiful! I’m sat here nearly crying haha! Congratulations :-)

    Rebeka from Rebeka Taylor xx

  • http://risktowrite.blogspot.co.uk/ Alliyah

    This is all kinds of wonderful. So very happy for you and Jason <3

  • http://loveflotsam.blogspot.com Lottie

    So beautiful and moving, congratulations!

  • toytulip

    What a beautiful wedding you had! The way you described it plus Pachelbel’s Canon that I played in the background while looking at the pictures made me cry… I almost felt like I was there! Congratulations Rosie! :)

    • http://www.ciderwithrosie.com/ Rosie

      That’s like a full sensory reading experience! <3 Amazing! Thanks so much, so happy you liked the posts! x

  • http://sallytangle.blogspot.co.uk/ Sally Crangle

    I don’t mind admitting here that these wedding posts have tears streeeaming down my little cheeks!!! Rosie!!!!! ROSIE!!!!!! All i can say is the warmest congratualtions (which i wish i could say over and over!!!!) and tell you that this is the most beautiufl post i think i have ever ever read – scratch that, most beautiufl anything i have ever read! You tell the day so well, and each sentence is full to the brim with emotion and love. And i just flipping LOVE it.

    Beautiufl Rosie!!!! Now where DID i put my tissues?!?! You can never bloody find a tissue when you really need one….

    • http://www.ciderwithrosie.com/ Rosie

      Ohh you, thanks so much my love! <3 <3 It was so emotional writing out the whole day, I feel like I've relived it all over again! xxxxx (p.s. hope you found some tissues…;)

  • http://acertainadventure.blogspot.co.uk/ Tamsin @ A Certain Adventure

    Such gorgeous photos of a beautiful ceremony. You look utterly stunning, Rosie – glowing as a bride ought to! Love these little moments from your wedding – thank you for sharing them with us :) xx

    Tamsin / A Certain Adventure

  • http://www.adventuringandthings.co.uk Becky

    Ok, I’m late to this but I’m SOBBING!

    Becky :: accooohtrements.wordpress.com

  • The Small Things Of Life

    You look so beautiful and you both look so lovely and happy! Congratulations to both of you! Sorry it’s a bit late.

  • http://elizabethlandrum.com Elizabeth Landrum

    truly beautiful!! congratulations! oh my goodness, how wonderful, special, exciting and absolutely perfect a wedding day can be! I have only been married a few months myself and reading your wedding posts have me teary and fluttering in remembering my own perfect day <3

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