61607: Gary Neville’s Manchester Cathedral Wedding

Fourteen carved angels on the wall posts of Manchester Cathedral looked on from up high as Emma Hadfield, clutching a bouquet of calla lilies, walked toward the altar of the medieval house of worship, where soccer star Gary Neville waited to make her his wife. The groom’s team mates Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, and Wayne Rooney, in attendance with his bride-to-be Colleen McLoughlin, watched as the bride walked past in a white gown purchased from the London boutique Browns, the beauty of its flared skirt and long train enhanced with the addition of a chapel-length veil.

Following the 45-minute ceremony, the sparkle of the bride’s wedding band and 4-carat engagement ring, which she has worn since the couple’s romantic getaway to the Maltese island of Gozo in 2005, caught the mid-day sun as the newlyweds exited the cathedral amid a shower of white rose petals.

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