The Mirror, 18/12/2000, p8

MADONNA at first wanted the husband of the minister who will marry her
to Guy Ritchie to carry out the ceremony .
Her decision to snub chaplain Rev. Derek Brown in favour of his wife
Susan, minister at Dornoch Cathedral, Sutherland, has been a secret
family joke for weeks.
Last night, a close family friend told the Scottish Mirror: “The whole
family is closely involved but are keeping quiet.
“They don’t really mind who conducts the marriage. They’re just excited
to be involved in something as huge as this.”
While Susan, 41, has been busy advising Madonna and Guy on the wording
of their wedding vows, Derek can expect to receive a consolation prize.
He is expected to join his wife at the couple’s lavish wedding
reception at Skibo Castle.
And Derek, the Church of Scotland chaplain to Inverness hospitals, is
under strict orders from children Simon, 13, and Hannah, nine, to get
as many showbiz autographs as possible.
A host of stars including actor Brad Pitt, Vinnie Jones and Gwyneth
Paltrow are all expected to attend.
But down-to-earth Susan says she will be treating the showbiz wedding
of the year as a part of her everyday duties. She joked: “I am a little
naive. I didn’t realise things would be this big.”
The happy couple are due to fly into Inverness today with baby son
Rocco – who Susan will also baptise – and Madonna’s daughter Lourdes.

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