Since opening its doors to the faithful in 1924, The Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Beverly Hills has been a gathering place for the glitterati’s life-changing moments. Over the years tears of both sorrow and of celebration have been shed inside the 600-seat house of worship for the weddings of such stars as Elizabeth Taylor and Nicky Hilton, Loretta Young and Tom Lewis and Rod Stewart and Rachel Hunter as well as for the final farewells of Rudolph Valentino and Frank Sinatra. On August 1, 2009 a new chapter was written in the church’s Hollywood history as movie star Mark Wahlberg said “I do” to his longtime love, Rhea Durham.
The fragrant perfume of pink and lavender-hued roses filled the church as the bride began her walk down the aisle in a Marchesa gown accented with silver embroidery which harmonized with the groom’s tie. The warm glow of candlelight reflected on the facets of her Neil Lane diamond and platinum, cushion-cut ring and her diamond bracelet and earrings as she stood at the altar during the 45-minute ceremony which united the couple in marriage after an eight-year romance, US magazine reported.
Stepping out into the midday sun after exchanging vows, the newlyweds were seen kissing in the car which whisked them away to their reception.
Rhea Durham in her Marchesa wedding dress:
Mark Wahlberg, moments after saying “I do”:
The Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Beverly Hills:
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