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Benedict Cumberbatch’s Wedding Will Be ‘Very Private!’ ‘Sherlock’ Star Wants To Marry Sophie Hunter In Front Of Intimate Friends, Family?

Who are invited to Benedict Cumberbatch's wedding

to Sophie Hunter? It certainly won't be the media. After making their first ever appearance as an engaged couple during "The Imitation Game" premiere inNew York

, the "Sherlock" star shared his wedding plans to US Weekly magazine. "I think I'll be having a very private wedding," the "12 Years A Slave" said. Just like how he kept his relationship

with his theatre director girlfriend

very low-key despite his fame, the 38-year-old also wants their nuptials to become a quiet affair. Although several fans of "The Hobbit" star had their hearts broken because of the announcement, Cumberbatch couldn't help

but gush about his new fiancé

Benedict Cumberbatch Sophie Hunter
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in interviews. "She's just really cool!" he reportedly told He also told People that he and the Oxfordgraduate

were a "good fit."

Does being in a relationship with a very famous boyfriend faze the multi-lingual actress and director? According to Cumberbatch, she took everything in stride.

"She's proud of my work, she's proud of me, and she loves me. That's the bottom line, isn't it?" heconfessed. "It could be a really difficult thing, but she's just so in command of it."

When they appeared together on the red carpet for the first time, Hunter walked beside her fiancé with her chin up and an arm wrapped possessively around his waist. The media tried to find theengagement ring

on her finger but she kept her hand hidden behind Cumberbatch.

Just like Benedict Cumberbatch's wedding plans, their engagement announcement was also a Sherlock Holmes-worthy piece of work. They paid for a small advertisement on the Weddings section of The Times, announcing their intent to marry.

"The engagement is announced between Benedict, son of Wanda and Timothy Cumberbatch of London, and Sophie, daughter of Katharine Hunter of Edinburgh and Charles Hunter of London," the short but clever advertisement read.

Who do you think will be invited to Benedict Cumberbatch's wedding?

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‘Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night,’ ‘A Water Bird Talk’ shine with their soloists

There is a temptation to interpret any opera in terms of opera itself; no art form is more self-aware. Odyssey Opera’s double bill of one-singer, one-act operas, Dominick Argento’s “Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night” and “A Water Bird Talk,” presented over the weekend in Suffolk University's compact Modern Theatre — conductor Gil Rose's fledgling organization still experimenting with size and format and venue — was nominally about marriage: a sin of omission in the former, of commission in the latter. But both also invited consideration of opera’s artifice and essence.

Heather Buck as Miss Havisham in Odyssey Opera’s “Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night”.
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Among contemporary composers, Argento is possibly the most naturally operatic, fluently conversing with the form’s history. In expanding the narrative of Miss Havisham — the long-ago jilted bride from Dickens’s “Great Expectations,” shut up in her room, still in her wedding gown — he and librettist John Olon-Scrymgeour turned to that age-old set piece, the mad scene. Havisham’s nostalgia for lost hope is intertwined with the music’s nostalgia for its own genre. The piece is an expertly-assembled anthology of operatic tropes of insanity: tonal harmonies as cold comfort, manic coloratura laughter, a virtuoso cadenza at delusion’s height. Olon-Scrymgeour and Argento add one more layer of reference, having Havisham explicitly admit her own madness: a role within the role.

The role is choice and challenging. Soprano Heather Buck was equal to the task, sustaining the 40-minute stretch with impressive stamina and stage presence. Rose’s stage direction was straightforward; his conducting of the 16-player ensemble yielded a concentration of atmospheric effect. Linda O’Brien’s lighting made deft shifts of mood; Callie Chapman’s video projections were less subtle (a silent-movie-literal montage of spinning-hand clocks, for instance), but then again, the piece itself often paints in primary colors. It is an assertively operatic opera.

“A Water Bird Talk” was more unpredictable. Loosely adapted by Argento from a Chekhov play, the piece takes the form of an ornithological lecture in which the lecturer (baritone Aaron Engebreth, in superb voice and absolutely committed character) compulsively reveals his own weaknesses, his unhappiness at the hands of his domineering wife and daughters, his collapsed ambition.

Like “Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night,” “A Water Bird Talk” layers old-fashioned lyricism with more unsettled, modernist sounds, but it is less clear which is the lens and which is the smudge. And, where “Miss Havisham” tapped opera’s capacity for tragic expression, “A Water Bird Talk” leveraged opera’s inherent absurdity. The character’s suffering is inseparable from his essential ridiculousness, a duality kept in constant suspension by the score — expressively realized by Rose and the players —and Engebreth’s performance.

In fact, reversing opera’s normal polarities, the piece was most affecting when drama and music turned inward. It captured Chekhov’s idiosyncratic dramatic mood: despair as enervated comedy. But it, too, made a point about opera. In the purest moment of pathos, the orchestra wove a semi-improvised avian web while Engebreth slumped silently in a chair. Opera’s greatest tragedy, it seemed, would be to stop singing altogether.

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Let your wedding personality shine

When planning a wedding, you’ll receive plenty of advice via to-do lists in bridal magazines, from friends and coworkers who’ve already been through the wedding process and even from professionals in the industry who have helped many couples achieve their “I dos.”

The advice might feel a bit overwhelming, but most brides and grooms figure out how to sift through the stories of wedding successes and disasters to personalize all the final touches on their special day. By showcasing their personalities through different aspects of the wedding, guests will remember the special day for years to come.

Here are some ways to inject your personality into a wedding ceremony and reception:

Tell or show your story.

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Every couple has the “how we met” and “how we got engaged” stories, and often they can be incorporated quite easily into the ceremony or the reception. For example, if you met at a sporting event, consider using sports paraphernalia as table centerpieces. Or if he proposed in a beautiful field of wildflowers, incorporate wildflowers into the decorations for the ceremony or the bouquets held by the bridesmaids. A couple of ways to tell personal stories are with a small write-up in the wedding program or a picture slideshow during the reception.

Incorporate personal details.

Every bride has a style. Some brides create an elegant wedding, while others prefer the edgy urban style. Some brides want an outdoorsy look to their weddings, and some think the vintage look matches their personalities perfectly. No matter your style, look for ways to incorporate that style in the details of the wedding. For example, start off with your wedding invitations. Invitations by Dawn has laser-cut wedding invitations to match your personality. Elegant lace, romantic flowers, creative fonts and delicate cutout shapes allow brides to hint at the wedding theme and show off their personality from the very beginning.

Write your own vows.

Personalized vows allow a couple to share with each other, and their guests, how much they love each other, and how they plan to spend the rest of their lives together. The Internet has many examples to help a couple get started, and your guests will be impressed by the creativity and individuality that goes into the vows as you pledge your love to each other.

Play some favorite tunes.

If you’re planning a religious ceremony, ask the minister performing the wedding if there are any restrictions on music played. Churches typically will ask that music performed or played during the wedding ceremony be religious or classical, but the music played during the exit march can often be secular. For example, if the couple loves Star Wars, they could exit the church while “The Imperial March” is played. If the church is not open to secular music at all, another option is to play a favorite secular tune during the grand march into the reception venue.

With these simple touches, you’ll be able to inject plenty of individuality into your wedding ceremony and reception, allowing the guests who are celebrating with you to connect with your joy and excitement of matrimony. The personal elements will have everyone talking about your wedding for many anniversaries to come.

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