Sophie Dahl and Jamie Cullum were married quietly on Saturday 9th January in a civil ceremony at Lime Wood Hotel, near Lyndhurst, Hampshire. Situated in the heart of the New Forest, the hotel was a romantic snowy backdrop for the Dahl-Cullum wedding on Saturday at 5.30pm
‘It was a very beautiful occasion for close family and friends. Sophie looked absolutely fantastic,’ says the bride’s godmother Babs Powell, the former Pan’s People dancer, who attended with her actor husband Robert.
Sophie, granddaughter of children’s writer Roald Dahl, has a stormy relationship with her mother Tessa, 52, who now lives in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
Happily, there was no sign of any tension as Sophie was given away by her actor father Julian Holloway, with her half-brothers Luke and Ned, half-sister Clover, and mother Tessa, looking on.
Celebrity guests at the wedding included Clint Eastwood, Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Nicole Kidman plus up to 40 other guests at the intimate private ceremony. The couple have refused to sell the rights to the wedding photos to any of the celebrity gossip magazines.
Ahead of his nuptials, Jamie – who along with Sophie has frequently laughed off comments about their difference in height – recently recalled the first time he met his new wife.
“We hit it off immediately. I think we knew emotionally that we would become good friends,” he said.
“But someone like me never entertains the idea of going after someone like her, so I didn’t go for it. I couldn’t assume she would be interested in me…But it worked! Lucky old me – it turned out to be much more.”
The press and bloggers worldwide have been desperate to get hold of pictures of Dahl and Cullum’s nuptials, so far with no success. It is curious how our celebrity obsession means we almost cannot beleive something has happened without the photos to prove it! I think the pair made a wise decision that shows a certain refinement. in the past year all the B list celebrity couples, including some minor royals, have queued up to share a fantasy of their ‘perfect day’ in Hello!, OK! and the rest. Of course the reality is often kept quiet, like the fist fight that followed the Eastenders wedding at Claridge’s last Autumn. Victoria and David Beckham were staying at the hotel at the time, and quickly left the building before they could be dragged in to the proccedings. The Beckhams may not have been on the list for Sophie and Jamie’s wedding, but every guest who was present can be sure they were invited for their personality rather than the requirements of an article in a gossip magazine.Celebrity Mums