From The Straits Times    |

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch and his fiancee Sophie Hunter arrive at the British Academy of Film and Arts awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London on Feb 8, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS/THE STRAITS TIMES

While the rest of the world celebrated Valentine’s Day last weekend, the Sherlock star went to exchange “I Dos” with his lovely bride, theatre director Sophie Hunter in an intimate ceremony on the Isle of Wight, England’s largest island, with beautifully quaint surroundings. 

According to, the island’s locals, despite seeing wedding marquees and trucks delivering party equipment at the wedding venue, had no idea something really exciting was brewing right under their noses. (We’d be kicking ourselves if we missed this celeb couple getting married in this part of the world!) 

Despite the happy news, not everyone was excited about the couple’s union. One fan was considerably less than thrilled about the wedding, practically spewing hate all over her open letter to the actor, and ending things on a not-so-congratulatory note. Her original post has since been removed, but once you’ve got it up, well, nothing’s ever really deleted, right?

But on to happier news, here’s what went on during the wedding:

Church: St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church
The 12th century church witnessed the happy couple’s hour-long ceremony in front of around 40 guests, including Tom Hiddleston, as well as Benedict’s Sherlock co-stars Martin Freeman and Andrew Scott (who plays Moriarty in the BBC TV series). Benedict’s father, Timothy gave a reading, and Sophie walked down the aisle in a white gown to Mary Coleridge’s poem, The Bluebird. The Mottistone Manor, where they held their reception after, is located right opposite the church.

Reception venue: The Mottistone Manor 
Thanks to the bride’s connections (she is distantly related to its former owners, the Nicholsons, through her maternal grandmother, who was the sister of the first Lord Mottistone), the couple celebrated their nuptials in the 650-acre Mottistone Manor, a place that was home to Lord Tennyson, famed poet Alfred M’unnings, and Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Today, the Elizabethan-styled manor, with its lovely gardens, is being managed by the National Trust. The manor’s origins is said to date back to 1086, where it was first mentioned in Britain’s Domesday Book (a record of English and Welsh landowners, their land and livestock, and how much they were worth).

Flowers and caterers: Unknown
No details have been revealed yet, but it was said that Benedict and Sophie brought in their own flowers, cake and music from the wedding. Local vendors who were interviewed, said that they had not been hired to do anything for the occasion.

Where the groom spent the night before: George Hotel and the Royal Yacht Squadron
While the wedding menu and the people behind it have not been revealed yet, Benedict was said to spent his last night as a bachelor partying with 140 guests at the George Hotel in Yarmouth, where they enjoyed a sumptuous buffet meal. The groom also spent the night at the Royal Yacht Squadron, where Queen Elizabeth II is a patron, which is a 30-minute drive away from the church.