Last Friday was not only the special day for the dazzling London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony.
Some 70 miles north of London’s Stratford, at Oxfordshire’s grand stately home Blenheim Palace, pop princess Rochelle Wiseman of hit girlband The Saturdays married JLS star Marvin Humes in a fairytale and ! was there to capture every magical moment.
Months of secret planning had gone into ensuring all the intricate details of the celebrations remained a surprise for all but the very closest of the 250 family members and friends who joined the couple during the day and the further 150 glamorous guests who arrived for the fun-packed evening festivities.
Among the famous faces to attend the stylish black-tie wedding were The X Factor“s Tulisa Contostavlos, singers Olly Murs, Pixie Lott, Alexandra Burke and Diana Vickers, DJ Reggie Yates, Girls Aloud’s Nicola Roberts, Blue star Simon Webbe, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Niall Horan of boyband One Direction and rappers Chipmunk and Wretch 32.
The gorgeous bride and groom – who got engaged on New Year’s Eve while in the Maldives, where Marvin presented Rochelle with a heart-shaped diamond ring – had been adamant that their nuptials should reflect their personalities.
“One of the things I love most about Marvin is that he is so traditional, because so am I,” Rochelle, 23, told !, when we caught up with her “backstage” at Blenheim on the morning of the wedding.
Rochelle told ! that the moment Marvin popped the question, she knew there was only one place she would be heading to buy her wedding dress.
“It had to be Vera Wang. Marvin proposed two days into a ten-day holiday and I was itching to get back so I could go and find my dress. To me, Vera Wang”s designs are the ultimate. I knew I”d find my dream dress in her collection and I did.”
Speaking of her bridesmaids, who included her fellow The Saturdays band members Una Healy, Mollie King, Frankie Sandford and Vanessa White, Rochelle revealed:
“I feel so close to these girls. We”ve been on such a high – I”m so lucky to have them in my life.”
Across the glorious courtyards of Blenheim, husband-to-be Marvin and his groomsmen were getting ready.
Like Rochelle, they revealed to !, there was a story regarding the undergarments they wore beneath their wedding attire.
“We”ve had monogrammed boxer shorts made with my and Rochelle”s “R&M” logo on,” confided Marvin, 27.
Marvin”s groom”s party consisted of 11 friends including his JLS bandmates Aston Merrygold, Jonathan “JB” Gill and Oritsé Williams.
“All my groomsmen are very special to me and I know they’re looking out for me today and want me and Rochelle to have the best day ever,” said Marvin.
A string quartet was playing as guests took their seats in the elegant room filled with fragrance, courtesy of the arrangements of cream roses and summer foliage from celebrity florist Rob Van Helden, a favourite with stars such as Sir Elton John.
Meanwhile, the beautiful bride was putting the finishing touches to her outfit, her matron of honour Laura adjusting the full-length veil that trailed so beautifully behind her stunning designer dress.
““I feel so blessed to have Rochelle in my life. She is such a gorgeous person, inside and out, but I have never seen her look more beautiful or serene than she does today,” Laura told us.
Read the full interview of Part One of Rochelle and Marvin”s wedding world exclusive in this week”s ! Magazine.