Just as all of the royal wedding hype was finally beginning to wind down, this past Pride Month brought the announcement that plans for the first gay royal wedding were officially underway, thanks to Lord Ivar Mountbatten, who’s the Queen’s third cousin once removed, and his partner, James Coyle, an airline cabin services director whom Lord Ivar met in 2014, at an alpine resort in Switzerland. Four years later, over the weekend, the two finally wed, on what Lord Ivar described as “an amazing day despite the miserable British weather” in a gallery of photos from the small ceremony and celebration on Instagram on Monday.
Lord Ivar also made a point to thank Coyle—“for being just perfect”—though he also has his ex-wife, Penny, to whom he was married for 17 years, to thank for their union: She was, in fact, the one who walked him down the aisle and handed him off to Coyle. Their daughters—22-year-old Ella, 20-year-old Alix, and 16-year-old Luli—were also there for support, not to mention the festivities. (They’re pictured below, along with Penny, in bright red on the far left.)
They weren’t the only family members who took part in the wedding. Afterward, Lord Ivar also shared that his and Coyle’s dog Rosie was “exhausted from participating in the marriage ceremony, not to mention hoovering up all the scraps falling from the party tables,” along with a photo of her wearing a rainbow ribbon, and the hashtags “#myownersjustgotmarried #toabloke! #omg.” As for the newlyweds, they opted for something a bit more traditional, wearing dark green and navy matching velvet smoking jackets.
While Princess Margaret was among those who attended Lord Ivar’s marriage to Penny 24 years ago, this time around, no other royals were to be found in the private chapel where the two wed in Devon. More specifically, the chapel was on the deer-studded grounds of Lord Ivar’s mansion Bridwell Park, where weddings and corporate events are often hosted, which is why they couldn’t change the date of their ceremony when it turned out that Lord Ivar’s “lifelong friend” Prince Edward wouldn’t be able to make it. (The Daily Mail reports that the prince sent the “warmest of congratulations” to the couple; according to Lord Ivar, he and his wife, Sophie, the Countess of Essex, “adore James.”)
As for what went down in the orangery after the ceremony, there was Pol Roger, Winston Churchill’s favorite champagne, and a wedding cake made out of cheese. And while there weren’t any gifts—the couple requested that guests instead donate to the spinal injury charity Regain—there seems to have been no shortage of dancing, as well as music performed by the Bristol Teachers Rock Choir and a singer named Joe Bailey, who played an acoustic cover of Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September.”
Coyle and Lord Ivar are waiting until next year to take their honeymoon—likely to either Croatia or Greece—as there’s quite a lot on their plate at the moment. As of today, Coyle is, in fact, already back to work; he’s now far from the miserable British weather, having boarded a plane to Rio.