Castigliano bride Clare married husband Fabrice on the 28th of April in Edinburgh, Scotland followed by a reception at the stunning Gosford House. The bride looked breath-taking in her Mesmerizing designer wedding gown handcrafted from French corded lace. Featuring a bateau neckline and open back it was paired with an elegant tulle veil and ivory Christian Louboutin heels. She says:
I visited over ten shops and tried on over 100 dresses. What began as a fun search became quite stressful as I thought I would never find something I loved. I think what made this dress ‘the one’ was the incredible quality and combination of the high neck with the open back. I loved how classic and elegant it was and the lace was so feminine (and French!).
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How did you meet your husband?
I first met Fabrice through a mutual friend in London, at the time Fabrice had just moved from Paris and I was leaving to travel and pursue a change in career. We had a chance meeting a year later in Edinburgh and this was the start of our relationship.
18 months after re-meeting Fabrice booked a surprise birthday at Le Bristol in Paris and ended the dinner with a proposal.
It was a shock to me and quite overwhelming, of course, I was delighted to say yes once I could speak!
With Clare being Scottish and Fabrice French it was important for both of them to honour Scottish and French wedding traditions.
We chose a small Kirk (church) close to where I grew up in Edinburgh for the service and Gosford House outside Edinburgh for the reception. We picked it both for the stunning venue but also as it was a blank canvas for catering, wine and finishing time – all very important elements of French weddings. This enabled us to do bespoke catering from a restaurant in Edinburgh, choose French wine and have a big party with a late finish. We also had a bagpiper and ceilidh to show the fun side of Scottish weddings!
Gosford House, the seat of the Earls of Wemyss and March, is set in 5,000 acres of combined coast and parkland in East Lothian on the south side of the Firth of Forth. The imposing neo-classical mansion was one of the last great architectural commissions of the celebrated Scots architect, Robert Adam.
What was the best moment of the day?
It’s difficult to choose one favourite moment of the day. The service was so emotional and personal it was really special. Having all our friends and family around us was just incredible and made us feel so lucky to have such wonderful people in our lives. My third favourite moment was wearing the dress!