Schiffer: The Bride Wore a Blanket

updated 05/28/2002 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/28/2002 12:00PM

The bride was booed Saturday, Reuters reports of the wedding of German supermodel Claudia Schiffer and British film producer Matthew Vaughn, both 31. The reason for the jeers: The crowd waiting outside eastern England's Coldham Hall, the couple's residential manor, wanted a peek at the bride as she left her house for the wedding at St. George's Church in Shimpling. What they got instead, said the news service, was the sight of Schiffer draped in a blanket. "We were all so disappointed and disgusted," gawker Janet Damant told Reuters. "When she came out all covered up like that and swept past us, everyone just booed. All we wanted was a smile and to wish her well, but we didn't even get a glimpse." The gown, the guests, the ceremony, the reception -- all were symbolically covered in a blanket of security as the couple reportedly feared a press melee. Participants, from florists to the vicar, were forced to sign confidentiality agreements, said reports, though Italian couturier Valentino, who did Schiffer's wedding dress, announced in a statement late last week that his creation would be a "classical, almost fairy-tale dress." According to reports, among the 50 guests at the wedding were tennis star Boris Becker, Madonna's husband, Guy Ritchie (whose movie, "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels," which he directed, was produced by Vaughn), Sting's wife, Trudie Styler, and Valentino. At the reception afterwards, reports Reuters, Dom Perignon champagne and traditional German wedding cake were served.

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