Wedding at Hopetoun House

Chloé Richardson, 29, married Grant Stuart Gilchrist, 26, at Hopetoun House, Edinburgh CHLOÉ SAYS ‘When Grant and I met in Ibiza, it was the start of a holiday romance that led to a long-distance romance… that led to a wedding! We wanted our day to showcase our Scottish and Yorkshire backgrounds in a fun, non-traditional way that would reflect us as a couple (that meant a piper, haggis gnocchi amusebouche… and Yorkshire beer!).

Wedding at Hopetoun House Photo Gallery

We’re not particularly religious, so we chose a humanist ceremony (humanist values are that we only have one life and we owe it to ourselves to make it the best we can). This also meant that we could tailor it to include humour – there was a lot of laughter, and the celebrant even mentioned the “dodgy hotel in San Antonio” where we met! Our colour palette was always going to be white and I was just in awe of the gorgeous flowers we had lining the aisle, on the tables and even spilling out of fireplaces.

Oh, and the huge escort-card tree that had to be tall enough for Grant (a 6ft 8in professional rugby player) to walk under – which is no mean feat! I work in events, so great food was important, too (and lots of it, to keep Grant’s team-mates happy). The ceilidh kicked off at 8.30pm, with a live band and dancing in the ballroom, and ended at midnight – with gift bags including tubs of Yorkshire crisps and cans of Irn Bru, of course!’ MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT ‘Grant’s emotional reaction when he saw me walking down the aisle to Make You Feel My Love.’

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