As Madonna and her true-blue new husband Guy Ritchie frolic on their honeymoon, details of their highly guarded Scotland wedding have finally begun to surface.
The Jan. 8 issue of People magazine spills the beans on the Dec. 22 ceremony's minor points — wedding attire, guest list, vows — proving once again that Madonna's eye for detail has caught the world's attention.
Guests of the celeb couple were seated in Skibo Castle's Great Hall, which was filled with the glow of hundreds of candles, around 6:30 p.m. Madonna's daughter, 4-year-old Lourdes, led the processional in bare feet, People notes. She was wearing a long ivory gown from designer Stella McCartney, which was made to match her mum's.
Ritchie reportedly walked down the aisle next, clad in a teal blazer and a Hunting Mackintosh kilt. His baby son, Rocco, held by a nearby nanny, was sporting an identical, miniaturized version of the kilt — though he wore a diaper underneath, which is more than we can say for his dad, who many believe followed Scottish custom by eschewing knickers.
As Madonna descended the grand staircase, "everyone kind of gasped," according to one guest. The pop singer wore a strapless ivory silk gown with a long train, topped by an antique veil. She apparently sported a 37-carat diamond cross around her neck, an Edwardian diamond tiara (not the Cartier heirloom worn by Princess Grace of Monaco, as previously reported), and pearl-and-diamond bracelets.
Perhaps the most surprising news is that McCartney, not actress Gwyneth Paltrow, served as Madonna's maid of honor. Paltrow was among the guests, along with Miss M's former co-star Rupert Everett; Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler; and designer Donatella Versace.
The couple exchanged vows they wrote themselves and gave each other simple, unmatching wedding bands. Ritchie's father noted, "They were very good on their lines. They read them out very clearly and precisely. It was lovely."
Madonna and Guy capped the vows with what one guest calls "a very juicy kiss" and walked down the aisle to loud applause. People notes that the night wasn't over yet; guests were asked to reassemble in the castle's basement-turned-disco at 11 p.m., where they partied with a pantsuit-clad Madonna and her new husband.
The newlyweds are currently enjoying their honeymoon in England, at the 41-room Tudor mansion of Sting and Styler.