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Pirates of the Caribbean star Orlando Bloom brings some A-list glitz as village plays host to wedding of the year

By Joanne Fleming

Northern Ireland's showbiz wedding of the year brought glitz, glamour and a Hollywood A-lister to the Co Down village of Greyabbey at the weekend.

Pirates of the Caribbean star Orlando Bloom was among the big names who descended on the tiny village for the wedding of local actress Flora Montgomery. The 40-year-old, who has starred in TV hit Murphy's Law and Basic Instinct 2, tied the knot with London restaurateur Soren Jessen inside the grounds of Greyabbey church.

Almost stealing the show, Orlando Bloom – who hit the headlines last month after allegedly punching singer Justin Bieber – chatted with locals, posed for selfies and signed autographs outside the grounds of the 12th century building.

Before the wedding the Lord of the Rings star was also spotted buying trainers in Dunn's footwear in Donaghadee before going on to enjoy a pint at neighbouring Grace Neill's – reputedly Ireland's oldest pub.

Other stars at the wedding included television pundit and ex-England striker Ian Wright, celebrity chef Valentine Warner and even royals – Prince Frederick of Denmark, who appeared to nod off during the ceremony, and Princess Mary.

A descendant of Ulster-Scottish Laird Hugh Montgomery, Flora – in a stunning full-length lace gown – was led up the aisle of the Cistercian Abbey by her property developer father William Montgomery.

Flora's sisters Rose and Frances – who were bridesmaids – joined brother Hugh Montgomery on the wedding party, which included seven flower girls and four page boys.

Despite heavy security inside the sprawling grounds, the down-to-earth couple opened up their special ceremony to locals as the Rev Gillian Withers joined the two as man and wife.

Guests then made their way to a special marquee erected at the front of the family's 17th century ancestral home for a lavish reception.

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