An Old Etonian handsome vicar dubbed the ‘portable priest’ online has married his fiancée in an intimate ceremony after proposing during lockdown.
Pat Allerton, 42, a vicar in Notting Hill, has been making waves on Instagram over the last 18 months during the Covid-19 crisis with his trendy take on religion.
He shocked female fans when he announced his engagement to South African-born Kirsty Turnbull, 33, in January, having been in a bubble together at her parents home in Hampshire during the England’s third coronavirus lockdown.
According to Tatler, the pair married in an intimate ceremony at a country village church in Longparish on 10 July and exchanged rings with the words ‘Love always…’ engraved on the inside.
Pat Allerton, 42, a vicar in Notting Hill, has married his fiancée Kirsty Turnbull, 33, in an intimate ceremony after proposing during lockdown
According to Tatler , the pair married in an intimate ceremony at a country village church in Longparish on 10 July and exchanged rings with the words ‘Love always…’ engraved on the inside
The pair created an online link for family and friends to attend the service remotely and included a 13 minute pre-recorded message thanking loved-ones for support before the ceremony began.
Meanwhile the bride wore stunning lace and chiffon dress from the Notting Hill based French boutique, The Mews Bridal, with a veil with a Bible verse embroidered within.
Pat’s sister hosted the garden party reception at her home next door to the church, while guests were charmed by Royal Academy Jazz Band by Finn Bradley.
The Old Etonian previously told Tatler their relationship had reached a ‘make or break’ situation before her proposed, and said he popped the question while they were walking on the heath together.
The bride wore stunning lace and chiffon dress from the Notting Hill based French boutique, The Mews Bridal, with a veil with a Bible verse embroidered within
The pair created an online link for family and friends to attend the service remotely and included a 13 minute pre-recorded message thanking loved-ones for support before the ceremony began
Pat revealed that while it ‘wasn’t too much of a complete shock’ when he proposed, but the moment didn’t go exactly to plan.
He explained: ‘As I hugged Kirsty I started by saying what a difficult year it’s been etc… and for a short moment in time she thought I was breaking up with her!’
He said that he ‘lost his words’ while proposing and called it ‘so strange’ to pop the question after ‘years’ of ‘wondering what it would be like.’
Meanwhile he also revealed: ‘Amazingly after the event we spotted a cross in the sky which, while I don’t pin too much on it, was a nice encouragement God was with us.’
Pat popped the question to Kirsty while walking on Yateley Common together earlier this year during lockdown
The Old Etonian had been in a bubble with Kirsty together at her parents home in Hampshire during the England’s third coronavirus lockdown
Kirsty, who works for Year Here, an enterprise that tackles social problems in London, met Pat when she joined his former church, St Dionis in Parson’s Green.
Last year, the handsome vicar became an online sensation after taking to the streets of the city to ‘take church to the people’, playing Amazing Grace on speakers in residential streets before inviting residents to pray.
He has since gained thousands of followers on Instagram, who follow him through the city as he posts different clips from services across the capital.
Pat’s stunning blonde fiancée Kirsty, who runs Year Here, an enterprise that tackles social problems in London, met Pat when she joined his former church, St Dionis in Parson’s Green
According to the Old Etonian, the blonde bombshell initially feared Pat was breaking up with her before he got down on one knee while proposing (pictured left, with a friend)
Speaking to Tatler last year, he said: ‘I’m here for everyone, religious or not. I simply want people to know that even in the darkest valley there is light, there is hope and there is a God that’s here to help.’
When the UK entered its first lockdown last March, the handsome preacher visited Portobello Road where he introduced himself as the local vicar and played the hymn, before inviting people to join him in the Lord’s prayer.
After his five-minute service, he was met with a moment’s silence before the street erupted into applause and shouts of requests to return.
Pat has been dashing around the capital since, performing 64 of his portable services and visiting Chelsea, Kensington, the City of Westminster, Wandsworth, and Shepherd’s Bush.
The handsome priest has attracted thousands of Instagram followers after offering five minute sermons online
Among the services he has conducted, he has offered services at seven hospitals, one care home and one prison.
He revealed how one particularly striking service came in the ‘shadows of Grenfell Tower’ and called it ‘incredibly emotional.’
He said: ‘To hear the cheering and whooping after I put down the microphone sent shivers down my spine.’
The ‘portable priest’, pictured celebrating at the Church Times Cricket Cup in October 2019, has wowed residents across London with his services in which he plays Amazing Grace and performs the Lord’s prayer
In another emotional moment, he was requested by a lady in Wandsworth who lost her husband to coronavirus and couldn’t have a funeral.
He revealed how the ‘whole street turned out’ for the service, saying it was ‘the closest moment she had to saying goodbye to him.
Pat went on to call it ‘an honour’ to have an ‘amazing audience’ at a ‘strange and daunting time’.