On January 17, 2008, St. Andrew’s Church in Mells, Somerset, England echoed not only with the peal of wedding bells, but also with the voice of BBC Radio Five announcer Richard Bacon, who had postponed throat surgery in order to say “I do” to his love, Rebecca McFarlane. According to Hello magazine, 180 family and friends were on the guest list, including Holby City star Tina Hobley and newlyweds Chris Evans and Natasha Shishmanian, who recently attended the New Years Eve nuptials of Evans’ former wife, Billie Piper.
Taking hold of her kilt-clad father’s arm, the bride began to walk down the aisle in white, high-heel sandals which harmonized with her classic white wedding dress, its white sash dividing the intricate lace work of the bodice and the ruched skirt. Beneath the blusher of her diaphanous veil, the bride could see her groom standing at the altar in a black morning suit, which he paired with a white tie. Although the weather outside was overcast, the natural light still flooded through the stained-glass window designed by William Nicholson, the illustrator of the beloved children’s book The Velveteen Rabbit, as the couple exchanged vows.
Following the ceremony, a kilt-wearing page boy in tartan matching the sash of a flowergirl’s blue dress, posed alongside the newlyweds outside the 15th century house of worship before the assembled group headed to Babington House, a Georgian era mansion hotel, for the reception.