Double Wedding Story


wp3de25cb3On Saturday October 2nd 2010, Tanya and Hayley Passey were married in a double ceremony to Sean Downes and John Neville at St James church. We first met Phil at St James when Tanya & Sean’s baby daughter, Lillie Anais was baptised, we were warmly welcomed to join the congregation and we attended the Family Sunday Services, where everybody at St James were very friendly. All of our family and friends said how special and personal Lillie’s baptism service was and how comfortable they were made to feel. Therefore, when we decided to get married there was no question of where the ceremony would be held. As we planned to share our wedding in a joint ceremony we were making plans and preparations with Phil around 21 months in advance, we held a rehearsal 12 months before the wedding to walk through how everything would go and to ensure it would all run smoothly, and, as we are sisters, that our Dad would be able to walk us both down the aisle simultaneously to give us away.

The wedding day soon came around and everything we planned fell into place, the service was beautiful and flowed perfectly. We invited many children to our ceremony and Phil and his wardens invited them all to play in the children’s area and offered little bags of toys to keep them occupied. Both brides walked down the aisle on either side of our Dad, where we joined our grooms and best men to sit in symmetry in a horseshoe arrangement at the front of the church. Phil invited each couple to stand to make their vows to each other and be joined in marriage whilst the other couple sat, we shared joint prayers, each took turns to sign the register to our own choice of music, and our flower girls sprinkled rose petals for us as we each walked up the aisle as newly married couples. We all gathered outside the church with our guests which made a lovely setting for our photographs. Again all of our families and friends were made completely welcomed to St James and many commented on how unique and special the service was. St James is a lovely church with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, a perfect place for such occasions and one which we would not hesitate to recommend.