If you’re thinking this gorgeous bride looks familiar then you’d be right! Ellie’s not only a former Miss Scotland but a model (who’s appeared in SWD in the past!), and we fell so in love with the shots from her wedding that we HAD to have her feature on our Autumn 2018 issue cover.
Ellie and partner Richie Gray, a professional rugby player, headed to a château in France for their fairytale wedding, filling the picture-perfect venue with feminine décor and delicate gypsophila to spectacular effect.
We’re sharing some of the stunning shots from photographers Craig & Eva Sanders and chatting through their special day…
Four years after meeting at a nightclub in Glasgow, Richie proposed to Ellie at Firkin Point, Loch Lomond at precisely 21:21.
“He waited because 21 is my lucky number and I make a wish at that time every night. All of my wishes came true that night,” smiles Ellie.
The first wedding planning task was finding the perfect venue in France, where they now live.
“We looked at multiple venues around our city of Toulouse but they didn’t give us that feeling,” explains Ellie. “The moment we drove into the driveway of the Château de Robernier, it gave us the rush we’d been searching for.”
Having modelled in the bridal industry for several years, Ellie had a few key wedding suppliers in mind from the offset, including photographers Craig & Eva Sanders who she’s admired since her first bridal shoot with them almost 10 years ago.
But when it came to sourcing French suppliers, the couple hired planners White Eden Weddings to offer some expert help. Together, they helped bring Ellie’s idea for a fairytale wedding to life.
Everything, from the ivory and subtle gold colour scheme to the soft feminine décor and gypsophila bouquets, was designed to complement the château’s beauty.
With the venue and décor under control, the dress was the next big decision to be made.
“As a model, I’d already been fitted for near enough 1,000 wedding dresses, so I had insight into which designs suited me best. I didn’t have an exact image in my head but I knew it had to make me feel special,” says Ellie.
After visiting a few different boutiques, she finally found the answer at Kavelle Couture in Edinburgh; a dramatic fishtail and illusion backless Galia Lahav design for the day and a slinkier Atelier Pronovias gown for the evening.
Groom Richie wore a three-piece black tuxedo with subtle hints of tartan, tailored for him by Andrew Brookes in Edinburgh.
The big day
In France, you legally have to be married by the village mayor in your local town hall, so Richie and Ellie took care of this in advance, with Richie making it special by turning up with a beautiful bouquet of pink flowers.
On their official big day, the ceremony didn’t take place until early evening, so Ellie and her bridesmaids were able to relax with some champagne while their glam squad, Pamela and Jennifer from Asteria Bridal, got to work.
“These girls really know what they’re doing and I felt so at ease knowing that I would look exactly how I always imagined myself in their capable hands,” says Ellie.
And then it was time to walk down the aisle, an emotional moment that left both Richie and Ellie in tears.
“I couldn’t take my eyes off Richie – everything in that moment felt so perfect,” says Ellie.
Once the ceremony and emotional, funny speeches were finished, everyone was free to enjoy a delicious meal and start the party.
A bagpiper and caricaturist kept guests entertained while they sipped on signature cocktails, then DJ Nick Boot kept everyone dancing until the wee hours of the morning.
For the happy couple, one of the many highlights was their first dance to Teenage Dream by Katy Perry.
“As a young couple, it just didn’t feel right to select something dated that people would usually class as a first dance song,” explains Ellie. “The lyrics of this song are beautiful.”
So does being married feel different? “Hearing Richie call me his wife makes my heart flutter,” smiles Ellie.
“There is no greater feeling than standing by your spouse, knowing you are as one from that day forward.”
Here’s a wee sneak peek at Ellie + Richie’s wedding video from Heart Visuals…
Hair and makeup: Pamela Docherty and Jennifer Peffer, Asteria Bridal