Sophie Dahl and Jamie Cullum were already man and wife when they secretly ‘married’ last week.
Guests at the winter-wonderland-themed ceremony at Lime Wood country house, Hampshire, gasped in astonishment when the vicar broke the news that they were only having a blessing.
The 6ft supermodel and her 5ft 4in groom had officially tied the knot in secret at a register office just before Christmas.
Surprise: Sophie Dahl and Jamie Callum were already man and wife when they ‘married’
It was part of a plan by Sophie to keep their ceremony low-key – she didn’t even want the banns read in case news leaked out.
Sophie, 32, wore a stunning Alice Temperley laced dress for what turned out to be the blessing service at the exclusive Regency hotel last Saturday.
‘She looked exquisite when she walked in, she was a beautiful winter bride,’ a source said.
‘Jamie was waiting for her and the vicar said he had an important announcement to make.
‘It was then that he told us Sophie and Jamie were already man and wife and had been married a few weeks ago.
‘An audible gasp echoed through the guests, no one could believe that they had married in secret.’
Sophie, 32, had spent months planning the wedding celebration.
‘She had even arranged for a luxury tent to be flown over from Europe and the guests were seated in it for dinner.
‘Everything about the day was magical and it went on until 3am,’ says my spy.
‘Sophie and Jamie are so well matched and in love, they are each other’s soulmates.
‘They said traditional vows and exchanged rings.’
Lime Wood is open for weddings only from Monday to Thursday which may be another reason why the couple were married at a register office.
Sophie’s father Julian Holloway walked her down the aisle while jazz star Jamie, 30, serenaded his bride with two songs.