The number 13 may be considered unlucky by some, but for fashion designer Pearl Lowe and Supergrass drummer Danny Goffey the digits mark the number of years happily spent together before their I do’s. On December 4, 2008, the couple committed their lives to each other in the presence of family and friends during two wedding ceremonies held at Babington House, a Georgian-era manor in Somerset, England which has welcomed several star weddings over the years, including those of Natasha Kaplinsky to Justin Bower and Fat Boy Slim to Zoe Ball.
While many of the tomes which line the library in Babington House contain tales of romance and intrigue, perhaps none can match the love story of the couple who pledged their devotion in the room during a civil ceremony. Once pronounced husband and wife, the newlyweds later walked to an 18th century chapel on the 18-acre estate for a religious observance of their union.
The warm glow of 300 candles illuminating their path, the bride’s daughters– donning dresses draped with an overlay of black lace– made their way down the aisle ahead of the bride, who clutched a bouquet of deep crimson roses as she walked toward the altar in a Gothic-tinged garment composed of black silk. The alternative attire, designed with long sleeves and a wedding band collar, harmonized with the groom’s garb– a classic black suit and tie.
To celebrate their new life together, the couple requested that Notting Hill star Rhys Ifans read a poem by e.e. cummings during the ceremony, which was witness by 80 guests, including singer Natalie Imbruglia, who gathered with the newlyweds’ family and friends inside Babington House’s dining room following the exchange of vows in order to toast the couple’s happiness with spiced cider.
Extensive coverage of Pearl Lowe and Danny Goffey’s wedding day can be found in the current issue of Hello! magazine.