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Kate Moss wedding shuts down UK villages (VIDEO)


The sun shines on historic buildings in the Cotswold village of Castle Combe on April 12, 2011 in Wiltshire, England. A popular tourist destination, the Cotswolds - which lie mainly within the counties of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, but also extend into parts of Wiltshire, Somerset, Worcestershire and Warwickshire - are sometimes called the 'Heart of England' and has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The wedding of supermodel Kate Moss to rockstar Jamie Hince in the Cotswolds caused roads to be shut off to residents.


Matt Cardy

Supermodel Kate Moss’s rustic village wedding has infuriated local residents because of a security clampdown that some compared to that of a British royal event.

For the wedding of Kate Moss to rockstar Jamie Hince in the Cotswolds area of the U.K., roads were shut, movement restricted and villages guarded by a heavy police presence.

The couple is continuing to celebrate their union on Friday with a three-day, festival-themed party centered on Moss’s luxury farmhouse in the village of Little Faringdon.

Local residents and wedding guests had to use permits to enter the villages of Little Faringdon, Oxfordshire, and Southrop, Gloucestershire, the BBC reports. There was a large police presence throughout the area.

Some residents were warned they would be arrested if they walked through the village in the hours before the ceremony, the Daily Mirror reports.

Villagers were upset that Moss was being treated like a member of the royal family, the tabloid says.

Moss, 37, wore a sleeveless ivory wedding dress by recently disgraced fashion designer John Galliano, with a long veil and a floral headband for her wedding in the village of Southrop. Hince, 42, a guitarist with rock band The Kills, wore a pale grey suit.

Mario Testino photographed the couple, reportedly as part of an exclusive deal with Vogue magazine, to appear in the September issue. Testino, one of the world’s most famous photographers, also took the engagement photos of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Moss’s daughter, 8-year-old Lila Grace, was one of 15 bridesmaids in attendance.

The couple were married at a church that is a mile from Moss’s farmhouse. Moss arrived for the ceremony in a vintage Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow.

Among the celebrity guests who had been expected to attend the wedding were fashion designers Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood and Galliano, who is facing anti-Semitic abuse claims, supermodel Naomi Campbell and actors Jude Law and Johnny Depp.

While Moss is one of the wealthiest women in fashion, she has also courted controversy, the Daily Mirror says. In 2005 she was photographed snorting cocaine with then-boyfriend Pete Doherty.