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Orlando Bloom jets in for Down wedding of actress Flora Montgomery to London restaurateur Soren Jessen

By Patricia Devlin

Glitz and glamour swept into sleepy Greyabbey on Saturday for the Northern Ireland showbiz wedding of the year.

The other Hollywood came to Co Down as a clutch of stars, including A-Lister Orlando Bloom, descended upon 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 the Basic Instinct 2 film, tied the knot with London restaurateur Soren Jessen in an enchanting ceremony inside the grounds of Grey Abbey church.

The Pirates of the Caribbean actor, 37, was part of a sparkling VIP guest list that included members of the Danish Royal family.

And although the bride looked absolutely stunning as she walked up the isle in a full-length lace gown, it was the Lord of the Rings star — ex-husband of supermodel Miranda Kerr — who really stole the show.

The British actor — 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.

He was joined by other stars including TV pundit and ex-England striker Ian Wright, celebrity chef Valentine Warner and Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark — close friends of the couple.

Flora was led up the aisle of the Cistercian Abbey by property developer father William Montgomery.

The fine art collector transformed the ruins of the church into a majestic wedding venue, which saw over 300 guests jet in from all over the world to celebrate the couple’s big day.

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 in the small village, who looked on as the Rev Gillian Withers joined the two as man and wife.

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

Last night Bloom and other guests would have had exclusive access to the sprawling house and grounds, which include beautiful gardens, which usually can only be viewed by appointment.

Speaking to Sunday Life, Greyabbey native Ivan Morrison, 86, who was one of the bell-ringers at the special service, said the village had never seen such a wedding.

“It’s beautiful, and great to see right here in the village. The Montgomerys are great people, and very well thought of here. So it’s no surprise they opened up the ceremony to local people.”

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