British actress Amanda Redman, star of the TV series New Tricks, was married on Saturday, September 4 to her boyfriend of 12 years. Damian Schnabel, at 13th Century Maunsel House in Taunton, Somerset.
Redman, 53, and 38-year-old Schnabel were married in front of 200 friends and family. Schnabel wore a blue suit, and Redman donned a halterneck gown by British designed Ritva Westenius. To prepare for the wedding day, Redman had been hitting the gym for two and a half hours five days a week, and had banned carbs and wine from her diet.
Guests including actors Ray Winstone, who did a reading at the ceremony, and Sheila Hancock, as well as New Tricks costars Dennis Waterman, Alun Armstong, and James Bolam, attended the outdoor ceremony and "boozy" reception, held on the manor grounds under a wood patio ("pegola").
Last week, Redman admitted that the wedding would be alcohol-friendly: "We are having a lot of booze and my horror would be to run out. We always hold parties at our house and we want people to have fun. I would be horrified if they stood there thinking they wanted to go home."
The bride's attendants were her two best friends, Freda and Liz, and her 23-year-old daughter daughter Emily Glenister - who sang for the couple at the reception to accompagny the first dance. Emily is Redman's daughter with first husband Robert Glenister, to whom she was married from 1984 to 1992.
Redman and Schnabel, a cell-phone designer, met in 199 and dated until 2003. They reunited in 2006 and earlier this year announced their engagement while on holiday last year.
In a recent interview with Good Housekeeping magazine, Redman said of the couple's 15-year age difference, "I'm the one giving him a young outlook - he's like an old man. He's far more grown-up than me and that works brilliantly. To have someone who's more mature than me in every way apart from physically is marvellous, frankly."
Last month, Redman and 13 friends travelled to Brussels for a blue-themed hen's weekend.
Source: DAILY MAIL
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