“Sabrina Guinness (James’s aunt) and her husband, playwright Sir Tom Stoppard, also celebrated with the couple”
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This is a modern union, untroubled by superstition: last night, bride and groom posed for pictures together outside Spencer House in St James, where the couple held a pre-wedding party. Guests were a cross-section of Rothschild’s London old moneyed set and the international jetsetters associated with the Hilton crowd. Naomi Campbell was there, as was billionaire property developer Nick Candy and his wife Holly Valance, and Petra Ecclestone and her husband. Isaac Ferry wore the dishevelled uniform of the modern Sloane (a bright pink suit and scruffy white Converses). Chelsea Clinton and husband Marc Mevinsky attended — Chelsea in black — while Sabrina Guinness (James’s aunt) and her husband, playwright Sir Tom Stoppard, also celebrated with the couple. Prince William’s best friend old Harrovian Thomas van Straubenzee — who was this week announced as one of Princess Charlotte’s godparents — attended, as did Euro-royals Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece and Denmark and his wife Marie-Chantal. Ben Goldsmith was there with his new wife Jemima.
The guest list was starry but the party small: it was held in the Great Room at Spencer House. Nicky’s brother Barron Instagrammed a picture of the ornate chandeliers, captioned “The night before” with a diamond ring emoji. It was a late night: At 3am Paris, who started her evening in a rooftop suite at Hotel Café Royal in Piccaddilly, Instagrammed Beatles lyrics (“All you need is love, love is all you need”).