Celebrity wedding guests stun passers-by at Sherborne Abbey
A FORMER Sherborne school girl married a top television actor in front of celebrity guests on Saturday.
Spooks actor Max Brown, 31, tied the knot with former Sherborne Girls' School student Annabelle Horsey, 27, at Sherborne Abbey in front of a star-studded congregation.
Mr Brown, who played Dimitri Levendis in the BBC drama about the British security service, is also known for roles in Hollyoaks and The Tudors. He first met Miss Horsey, a Clarins model and qualified chef, in a pub in London.
Famous faces on the guest list included comedian David Walliams and Radio 1 DJ Fearne Cotton, who mentioned the wedding on her show on Monday.
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Yeovil College student Jessica Cranidge, 17, of Yeovil, and her brother Lewis, ten, were walking past the Abbey with their father at the time of the wedding, which was officiated by the Reverend Jane Craw, and met Mr Walliams.
Jessica said: "It was exciting to meet David, who was very friendly. He happily signed autographs and posed for pictures for me, my brother and other young fans.
"It was really nice of him to stop even though it was only for a few minutes."
Passers-by Amanda O'Loughlin, 49, of Yeovil, had the chance to watch celebrities by the Abbey with her husband Shaun and her son Alex.
She said: "We saw Fearne Cotton arrive with someone we think is her boyfriend.
"We also saw the bride arrive in a vintage car, she looked lovely and she was a bit emotional.
"She didn't hang around long, the weather was not nice on Saturday and it was quite cold, but she was pleasant and took time to wave to everyone who was stood by watching."
Miss Horsey married minutes from her family home in The Avenue, where she grew up with sister Emma and brothers Richard and Dominic, and where her parents Andrew and Priscilla Horsey still live.
Her father said everything went to plan on the day.
He said: "It was a lovely occasion."
Mr Horsey, 66, said the newlyweds celebrated with around 140 guests at a barn nearby before heading off on honeymoon to Italy.
He said during the reception guests were asked to hang words of wisdom for a happy marriage on a tree and later tucked into a four-tier pork pie wedding cake, alongside amore traditional sweeter cake, before dancing the night away to a disco.
He said: "Annabelle had made a lot of the decorations for the reception herself."
Pedro Aparicio, 45, owner of Evans the Butchers in Langport, prepared the pork pie cake with his apprentice Jack Turner, 19, of Langport.
He said: "Mr Horsey is a regular in my shop and I think they had the idea after talking to us at a stand we had the Bath &West show."
Mr Aparicio said the pork pie flavours can vary in each tier.
On hearing his pies were eaten by celebrities Mr Aparicio said it was fantastic news.
Reverend Jane Craw, assistant curate at Sherborne Abbey, said: “The bride looked stunning. She is incredibly beautiful and the groom also looked very handsome.
“I was happy to be involved. Over the last six months I have come to know them very well.
“There were lots of smiles, they are such a loving couple and the entire service was filled with happiness and joy.”