Keira Knightley ties the knot

By Efrosini Costa

Keira Knightley ties the knot
British actress Keira Knightley wed her rock star fiancé James Righton in the south of France on Saturday.

Keira Knightley may be one of the world’s most famous leading ladies, but when it comes to matters of the heart, the actress likes to keep things relaxed and intimate.

The 28-year-old, who first caught our attention in the hit UK film in Bend it like Beckham, chose a low-key affair for her big day.

Having just recently become the face for Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle, it was only natural that the bride wore a short and simple tulle dress and classic cropped Chanel jacket, created by the fashion house’ legendary designer Karl Lagerfield

Forgoing the usual fuss and flamboyance that accompanies most celebrity weddings these days, the Hollywood star accessorised her look with chic pink flats and a garland of flowers in her hair.

Her indie rock band singer husband, James Righton donned a blue suit and skinny tie and in true rocker style, a pair of dark shades – as did his new bride.

An intimate group of 11 guests, including the bride’s parents, brother and the groom’s father, brother and bandmates, witnessed the happy union at the local Town Hall in Mazan.

Guests mirrored the happy couple’s casual vibe – many reportedly wearing jeans and even flip-flops to witness the couple tie the knot.

While the event may have been a low-key affair, onlookers say emotions were running high, with the bride looking “extremely overwhelmed”, and shedding  “tears of happiness”.

The newlyweds, who arrived to the ceremony together, were driven away in a battered Renault Clio – much to the amusement of witnesses.

The wedding reception was held at the nearby Knightley family estate, where a 120 bottles of white and red wine specially ordered for the occasion, and champagne awaited guests.

The couple, engaged since May last year, had been staying at the eight-bedroom estate for the past week, while guests set up camp in a nearby château.

Set amongst vineyards, olive groves and truffle oaks, the property in picturesque Mazan is close to Mount Venoux – a mountain made famous by its frequent appearances along the route of the widely broadcast Tour de France.

Locals are used to seeing Knightley around their town since her family bought a property there almost three years ago. While the family likes to keep a low profile, the town’s 5,000 occupants are aware of Knightly’s fame abroad.


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