Sheffield couple make history with midnight equal marriage

First same sex marriage in Sheffield Kyle Emerson and Richie Wood
First same sex marriage in Sheffield Kyle Emerson and Richie Wood
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Two Sheffield men have made history by becoming one of the first same-sex couples to wed under new equal marriage laws.

Kyle Emerson and Richie Wood, of Hillsborough, tied the knot in a midnight ceremony at Sheffield Town Hall as the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act came into force.

The couple have spent a whirlwind few weeks preparing for the nuptials, which were held backwards, with a reception event first and ceremony last.

It was a poignant way for them to get hitched after they met seven years ago while sharing a kiss at midnight on New Year’s Eve in Manchester.

Speaking before the ceremony, Kyle said: “We always said we wanted to do something different, and being one of the first same sex couples to get married is a great thing to be a part of, to make a little bit of history and do Sheffield proud.”

Independent businesses in Sheffield also supported the wedding with everything from wedding rings to canapes and even a pianist.

See The Star on Monday for more on this story.