Knightley ties the knot in a low-key affair
Published 05/05/2013 | 05:00
SHE is one of Hollywood's biggest stars, and he is the singer in an indie rock band –– so their wedding might have been expected to be a flamboyant affair.
But when Keira Knightley and James Righton married in the south of France yesterday, it was so low-key and discreet that some of the 11 guests had flip-flops on.
Others wore jeans to witness the couple tie the knot at the town hall in Mazan, near Avignon, ahead of a party at her family's nearby estate.
The bride, 28, who is the face of Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle perfume, wore a dress and jacket by the designer, along with a string of flowers in her hair and flat pink pumps.
Her husband, 29, wore a dark blue suit and tie and both wore sunglasses.
Afterwards the couple, who arrived together, were driven away in a Renault Clio.
One onlooker said: "Keira looked extremely moved by the whole thing – there were certainly tears of happiness.
"There were cheers of 'Well done, Keira' when she came out, but there were so few people present so they didn't make much noise.
"It was amusing to see them being driven away in a battered old Renault Clio – it certainly looked as though it had seen better days."
Guests included Knightley's parents – her mother Sharman Macdonald, 62, a playwright, and her father, Will Knightley, 67, an actor – as well as her brother, Caleb, who attended with his wife, Kerry Nixon, a web designer.
They married in Glasgow in 2011 and Knightley was a bridesmaid.
Righton's father, Nicholas, and brother, Bill, were also in attendance, as were members of his band, Klaxons.
For the reception at Knightley's family's estate in the town, around 120 bottles of white and red wine had been ordered, along with bottles of champagne.
Guests were expected to include actress Sienna Miller and Karl Lagerfeld, the creative director of Chanel.
Locals in Mazan, which has a population of just over 5,000, are now used to seeing Knightley since her family bought the estate there in 2010.
The estate has an eight-bedroom house, where Knightley and Righton have been staying. It has a vineyard and is set within olive groves and truffle oaks close to Mount Ventoux.
Most of the guests stayed in a chateau in Mazan, which was once the family home of the Marquis de Sade, the French aristocrat and author, notorious for his debauched lifestyle and writings.