Bride married under two chupahs in one day
PEOPLE TALK of the drama of a bride’s big day, but Gaby Rosehill’s became rather more dramatic than she would have wanted.
The 29-year-old was standing under the chupah, having just circled round her husband-to-be, Dan, seven times at their wedding ceremony in the Grand Hotel in Brighton on Sunday when an alert was sounded. Everyone was told to evacuate the building.
The alarm was raised because the nearby Brighton Centre, which was hosting the TUC conference, had received an anonymous bomb threat. The decision was subsequently made to clear not only that building, but also the neighbouring hotels.
Many brides might have fallen apart after seeing her best-laid plans appear to collapse, but the new Mrs Rosehill, from Leeds, kept her cool as her 218 guests fled for safety.
“We were just about to be named husband and wife when the alarm went off,” she recalled. “Speeches were abandoned and instruments belonging to the band were left behind as the building was evacuated.”
The party was forced to seek refuge in the nearby Hilton Hotel for five hours, while police and a bomb squad secured the area.
Mr Rosehill, 31, said he thought the alarm was a joke when it went off.
“The timing of it was just too comedic,” he said. “But then people came running into the room to say ‘get out’ and I knew it was serious.
“I had to ask the rabbi: ‘Is this divine intervention? Does God not want me to get married?’
“But he told me it was ‘just a test’ and we would get through it.”
Determined not to let the scare destroy their day, the couple decided the only thing to do was keep a stiff upper lip and carry on.
It was then that Mrs Rosehill said her wedding planners “really kicked into action” to create a new wedding on the spot.
“The Hilton was amazing. They provided us with rooms, food and even found us a sheet for a makeshift chupah.
“My wedding planners were amazing, too. They were the glue that held the whole thing together with grace and decorum. After the whole thing, they had to have a little cry. They have done many Jewish weddings but none like that.
“Who else can say they walked down the aisle twice at their own wedding, stood under two chupahs in two different hotels in the space of two hours?”
Reflecting on the drama while on the way to Gatwick airport for her honeymoon, Gaby continued: “I can’t believe we were evacuated in a bomb threat that made national news.”
The couple said that being questioned by police in their yichud room was not what they expected on their special day — but, they agreed, it proved they could cope with adversity, a must for any marriage.
“I’ve never been questioned by police before in my life,” said the new bride.
“They were asking us if we had any jealous exes or people that would want to hurt us.”
But, she revealed: “Dan managed to laugh off the situation the whole
Who else can say they walked down the aisle twice?
Dan Rosehill himself said that he was moved when his friends became the pillars for a new chupah, holding up each end of a sheet.
“We didn’t actually miss out on anything,” he said. “Our friends were amazing and partied the whole day with us in two different locations.”
It was not just the guests who sprang into action. The band members did their bit by using glasses and cocktail shakers as instruments “to keep the party going”.
Mrs Rosehill’s mother said she had been in “total shock when the alarm went off”.
Debbie Leslie, 53, added: “It was the not knowing what was going to happen that was hard. Then there was
an almighty rush to get her married before 6.30pm. It was like something out of Fiddler on the Roof.”
Dr Paul Leslie added that he was “gutted” for his daughter when her big day descended into chaos but felt immense pride at the way she handled it.
He said: “She was the most beautiful bride in the world and we are so proud of her. She was amazing; she didn’t lose her cool once and she just dealt with it so well.”
Mrs Leslie added: “There was an electric spirit among the guests. Everyone was rooting for both of them to get married no matter what happened.”
After nearly five hours, the search for a bomb was called off and Sussex
police decided that the threat had been a hoax.
In a statement, they said: “Thorough searches took place with the assistance of specially trained police search advisers, local officers, police dogs and military ordnance disposal experts, in order to establish as soon as possible whether or not the call was a genuine one. Nothing untoward was found and the call is being regarded as a hoax.”
Mr Rosehill said: “We were allowed back to the Grand Hotel after 9pm. We had missed our starter and main course but got to have dessert. It just goes to show all you really need is love.
“I am looking forward to a wellearned rest.”
Friends and family put together a makeshift chupah after the ceremony had moved location and begun again
The couple had a wedding to remember