Elizabeth Hurley’s wedding to Arun Nayar may have been unlike most – she was given away by Elton John – but she was as emotional as any bride, she says.
“I cried in the church, during Elton’s speech and during our first dance,” Hurley, 41, tells Hello! magazine. “I’m afraid my stiff upper lip deserted me.”
Nayar, 42, an Indian businessman, was overcome as well. When his bride walked down the aisle, “I have never seen anyone look so beautiful, and I was so full of emotion that I had to struggle not to cry,” he says. “I felt so full of love for her.”
The couple wed on Saturday in a 90-minute religious ceremony (which followed a small civil ceremony the day before) at Sudeley Castle in Winchcombe, 125 miles west of London.
Hurley’s ex, Hugh Grant, was not among the celebrity guests (who included Elle Macpherson, Eva Herzigova and Yasmin Le Bon). “We adore our exes,” Hurley tells Hello!, “but we thought it would make all four of us feel a bit sad.” (Nayar was previously married to Italian model Valentina Pedroni.)
One small hitch in their plans: Mumbai authorities reportedly demolished the party tents and wooden structures set up for a party at Juhu beach. “Illegal encroachment along the beach coastline is not allowed,” SS Zende, a Mumbai municipal officer, tells AFP.
For details on Elizabeth’s wedding dress, the lavish reception and more, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.