Sting and Trudie Styler were married on August 22, 1992 at an 11th century chapel in Wiltshire, England.
The steady rhythm of horses’ hooves heralded the arrival of the bride, who sat astride her equestrian transport as the groom held on to the reigns, guiding the steed to an 11th century house of worship near the couple’s Wiltshire home.
Although united in marriage in a civil ceremony held days prior, the pair dreamed of an elaborate celebration filled with family and friends to consecrate their long-term love. Two hundred and fifty guests, including Peter Gabriel and former Eagles frontman and environmental activist Don Henley watched as the children of the bride and groom walked in procession down the aisle before their parents.
Before his untimely death in 1997, designer Gianni Versace garbed the world’s fashionistas, ranging from rock royalty to a true princess, and on this August day the fashion icon was on hand to help the bride feel like a queen as she slipped into a work of art which took several workers forty-five days to create. The off the shoulder ballgown was constructed of white satin, with petticoats to create a voluminous effect and intricately hand-embroidered golden roses and flourishes woven throughout the bodice and hemline.To harmonize with the gown, Trudie chose a gold headpiece, to which a diaphanous veil was attached.
The groom’s Versace ensemble continued the gold thread motif with scrolled patterns embroidered on a black and white striped vest, which was covered by a black jacket, to which two crimson roses were fashioned for a boutonniere.
Near the mystical grounds of Stonehenge lies Lake House, Sting (aka Gordon Sumner) and Trudie’s Elizabethan mansion, which echoed with the music of The Police, joining together one more time in an evening of revelry and reconciliation.
Guests partied until four in the morning on sea bass and creme brulee.
Wanting to share in their good fortune, the newlyweds offered their wedding attire to the highest bidder at an auction, with all proceeds of the sale going to The Rainforest Foundation, an organization close to the couple’s hearts.