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Midweek (UK)
February 28, 1998

US rock star marries in Wycombe

ROCK star Tori Amos turned her wedding into a Gothic fairy-tale when she married in West Wycombe on Sunday.

The 34-year-old American singer, who topped the charts with her single Professional Widow in 1996, wore white make-up and a shimmering silver-blue dress with a purple cape for her marriage to sound engineer Mark Hawley, 33, at the Church of St Lawrence.

The bride held the wedding in West Wycombe because some of her contacts in the music industry are good friends of Edward Dashwood, who's family owns West Wycombe Estate where the church is situated.

St Lawrence's vicar the Rev Martin Gillham married the couple. He said the church was packed with 170 guests, many of whom were dressed in dark velvet suits and capes. Relatives and friends at the reception were served hot punch by waiters dressed in monks' outfits.

Mr Gillham said: "Both Tori and Mark did very well. They were both relaxed and confident throughout the service DH and Tori looked radiant and very beautiful.

"We had a very good rehearsal the day before and everything went according to plan."

The happy couple left the church in a carriage drawn by two jet-black horses.

Security guards kept the crowds away from the bride as she walked arm-in-arm with her father Edison Amos, a Methodist minister, into the church.

Spectator Hannah Browning, 19, of Oxford Road, West Wycombe, said: "Tori and her husband both looked completely stunning -- especially as they went off in their carriage. She could have chosen a warmer day for it though, I'm absolutely frozen."

West Wycombe Park was closed for its second traditional Snowdrop Sunday this year because of the splendid wedding, but the popular special day will be repeated this Sunday.

* versions of this article also appeared in the Wycombe Star (UK) on February 27, 1998, and the Bucks Free Press (UK) on February 28, 1998.

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