Although it was Shakespeare who said “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves” the lives of EastEnders actor Scott Maslen and Estelle Rubio seem intertwined with the celestial shapes in the sky. The heavens aligned for a solar eclipse on August 11, 1999, the day the couple’s paths crossed, and on September 6, 2008 symbols of the sun and moon– engraved on wedding bands carried down the aisle by their young son– honored a love that has made their lives heaven on earth.
According to Hello! magazine, 150 friends and family members (including Sex and the City‘s Chris Noth and the groom’s cast mates Barbara Windsor, Perry Fenwick, Steve McFadden, Jo Joyner and more) made their way to Brocket Hall, an 18th century manor in Hertfordshire, England to watch a trio of cherubic flower girls and the groom’s co-star Samantha Janus, in the role of matron of honor, walk down the aisle before the bride made her entrance.
In a pair of silver high heel shoes, the bride strolled past her guests to the strains of “Metti Una Sera a Cena” toward the groom, and the warm glow of candlelight sparkled on the facets of her gown’s bejeweled bodice as she took her place by the actor’s side and pledged her devotion in a civil ceremony.
As an evening of revelry drew to an end, the newlyweds found themselves once again gazing heavenward, as fireworks danced among the stars.
In the following photo, EastEnders star Scott Maslen poses in front of a display of Hello! magazine covers, each featuring a celebrity wedding. The actor would find his own wedding day on a September 2008 cover of the magazine.