Saturday 19 April 2014

Rocha's girl Zoe gets a real designer wedding

THE daughter of internationally acclaimed designer John Rocha got married in true fairytale style yesterday.

Zoe Rocha showed off the gorgeous guna made by her famous father as she walked down the aisle in Great St Bartholomew's Church in London at 4.40pm.

"Dad made the dress, which is a floor-length mermaid ivory organza with handmade flowers in graduated sizes," the newly-wed Zoe told the Sunday Independent, adding that the four bridesmaids "have amazing floor-length black dresses". Her best friend, Lucy Tate was maid of honour.

John walked his beautiful daughter up the aisle of the famous Anglican church – which was founded as an Augustinian priory in 1123 – in West Smithfield in the City of London. Film producer Zoe then married Matt Tester, her boyfriend of four and a half years. Zoe and Matt, who got engaged last Christmas in Venice, met by accident one night at a Pete and The Pirates gig in Coco in Camden in 2009 ("I had lost my friend and he had lost his, and we bumped into each other." )

The wedding reception took place in Claridges Hotel in Mayfair, followed by a big party in The Groucho Club in Soho.

"Guests are mainly friends – including Robert Sheehan, Con O'Neill, Craig Roberts, Guggi, Alex Zane – and family from London and Dublin," Zoe explained.

Like a lot of people in the 21st Century, Zoe has a modern collection of siblings: she has two sibs, Dylan and Zenya, from her mother Eily Doolan's marriage to photographer Colm Henry after John Rocha and Eily's relationship broke down when Zoe was a young child. Zoe also has a brother and a sister from John's subsequent marriage to Odette Gleeson, Max and fashion designer Simone.

"Some people who have divorced parents talk about their 'step-sisters' or 'step-brothers' or 'half-sisters'. For me, it was never like that," Zoe told me in over lunch in London in January. "I saw them all as my sisters and brothers. There was never any divide. I would spend Christmas Day with my mum but I would go to my dad for St Stephen's Day. They managed it in a well-balanced way."

"I couldn't feel more loved or truly lucky to get to marry the man of my dreams in front of all the people we love," Zoe said.

The 30-year-old Dubliner, who works for Sprout Pictures, Stephen Fry's TV production company, said "Sadly, Stephen couldn't make it as he is in Broadway."

For their honeymoon, Zoe and Matt are "taking a trip around the Far East. We can't wait."

Sunday Independent

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