The 31-year-old actress married Harry Wentworth-Stanley on July 27, in a service organised in less than two weeks. Writing in The Spectator she described the wedding as “a more intimate and special day than we could ever have imagined”.
However, it was hit with setbacks including Cressida developing a red stye on her eyelid two days before the big day, which later required operating on, and getting lost on the way to the church.
Due to coronavirus restrictions only 30 guests were allowed to attend the socially distanced service.
The church was sanitised with no hymns and attendees banned from speaking loudly.
Cressida revealed ahead of the service she searched Oxford Street for a wedding dress, but came back empty handed.
Instead, she was married in a £599 Whistles dress she found “at the back of my cupboard” which she had previously worn in a James Arthur music video.
As a post-wedding reception was prohibited the couple instead ended the celebrations by riding away on horseback.
Cressida was first introduced to Prince Harry by Princess Eugenie, a mutual friend.
She remained close to the prince following their 2014 breakup and attended his wedding to Meghan Markle in May 2018.
“As Harry and I both have abnormally large families (22 siblings and four sets of parents between us), it was impossible for them all to be there.
“But the whole time I just wished they were.
“This was the only sad part of an otherwise happy day.
“I am certain we value our family and friends even more when they are absent.”
Harry Wentworth-Stanley is the son of Nick Wentworth-Stanley and Clare, the Marchioness of Milford Haven.
His mother picked up her title upon her second marriage to the Marquess of Milford Haven, Harry’s stepfather.
Harry currently works at estate agent Savills as an associate director.
Cressida suggested the more intimate wedding may have helped those present feel more invested.
She said: “The service was moving despite the lack of hymns.
“There was a feeling that everyone was fully engaged in it.
“With big weddings I often find this isn’t the case.”
Published at Fri, 18 Dec 2020 03:22:51 +0000