Ellie Goulding’s first of five wedding dresses paid tribute to matchmaker Princess Eugenie – photos

August 31, 2022 – 15:51 BST

Nichola Murphy

Ellie Goulding took every opportunity to do an outfit change on her wedding day, swapping her Chloé bridal gown for another four beautiful outfits as she celebrated with her husband Caspar Jopling.

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The singer, 35, and the art dealer, 30, tied the knot at York Minster on 31 August 2019, before heading to Castle Howard, the stately home where Brideshead Revisited was filmed, for their evening reception. From Ellie’s subtle embroidery on her wedding dress to her choice of photographer and events company, it’s safe to say that her big day was inspired by royals such as Princess Eugenie, Princess Anne and Kate Middleton. 

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On their third wedding anniversary, look back at Ellie and Caspar’s jaw-dropping nuptials…

Caspar’s groomsmen were the first to arrive at York Cathedral, with Princess Eugenie’s husband Jack Brooksbank amongst them.

The groom, Caspar, looked smart and very happy as he arrived at York Minster in a bespoke Huntsman suit.

The bride arrived in a blue camper van. Her bridesmaids had arrived just seconds earlier.

She entered the Cathedral in her bespoke Chloé long-sleeved gown, designed by Natacha Ramsay-Levi. The silk double crêpe white dress was subtly embellished with white glass beads and featured a silk radzimir petticoat, and the intricate design took more than 640 hours to construct.

Ellie’s delicate silk tulle veil and organza collar were embroidered with the bride and groom’s initials ‘E’ and ‘C’. It took a whopping 591 hours for the petites mains to hand-make this creation.

When it came to her main gown for her wedding ceremony, Ellie took lots of inspiration from royalty – not only did she tell Vogue that it was based on elements from Princess Anne and Princess Grace of Monaco’s “timeless” wedding dresses, but her chosen frock was also hand-embroidered with White Roses of York. 

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In a subtle nod to her heritage, the badge of the royal House of York was also embroidered on the shoulders and back of Princess Eugenie’s second wedding dress when she married Jack Brooksbank in 2018. Perhaps Ellie’s decision to include the flowers was a tribute to the royal, who is one of her good friends and was reportedly the matchmaker for Ellie and Caspar.

It comes as no surprise, then, that Eugenie was part of the star-studded guest list, alongside her mother Sarah Ferguson and sister Princess Beatrice.

Beatrice was spotted with her now-husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. Beatrice pulled out all the stops as per usual, rocking a stunning green metallic dress from the trendy fashion label, The Vampire’s Wife. The Queen’s granddaughter wore her famous red hair down but accessorised with a black headband, a green clutch bag, a gold cuff, and black dressy shoes. Her makeup appeared as fresh and flawless as ever.

Sarah, Duchess of York looked incredible in a navy dress with a lace trim with a black dress coat over the top. She accessorised with a fancy monochrome feather fascinator and a pair of mules. The redhead looked in great spirits as she was photographed arriving, waving to the crowds.

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Jack Brooksbank reunited with his wife Eugenie, who stunned onlookers in a long purple-navy mix floral dress peppered with pink and blue flowers and gorgeous grey heels.

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom arrived hand in hand. The singer looked gorgeous in a blue coat and watercoloured dress by Olivia Rubin.

Sienna Miller was one of the first celebrity guests to arrive wearing an Alessandra Rich dress. She was joined by her boyfriend Lucas Zwirner.

Prince Harry’s ex Cressida Bonas snuck into the cathedral accompanied by her now-husband Harry Wentworth-Stanley.

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James Blunt and his wife Sofia Wellesley smiled at the crowds and photographers as they arrived at the star-studded nuptials. James looked dapper in a traditional morning suit, while Sofia looked beautiful in a red and white floral and lace dress.

Joe Wicks and his then-pregnant wife Rosie were among the second group to arrive.

Jimmy Carr and partner Karoline Copping made a surprise appearance at Ellie and Caspar’s nuptials.

Shortly after they exchanged vows, Ellie and her husband Caspar shared their official wedding photo. It was a candid image of them sharing a kiss surrounded by friends and family, and their adorable flower girls and pageboys as they stood at the front of the cathedral. The official photo was taken by a favourite photographer of the royals – Matt Porteous, who previously photographed The Duchess of Cambridge’s ‘Back to Nature’ garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. 

Ellie and Caspar kiss for the first time as husband and wife in front of their adoring crowd who have been waiting patiently outside York Minster. 

Following the service, guests were transported 15 miles from the cathedral to the lavish stately home Castle Howard for a festival-themed reception!

The high-profile couple took royal inspiration for their evening celebration, too. They used the same events company that organised the wedding receptions of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and even Pippa Middleton and James Matthews.

Ellie’s bespoke gown wasn’t the first thing on her mind when it came to her wedding day look. She explained to Vogue: “I was way too chilled about the dress at the start. I think I was scared and holding out for something really special. I’ve been working closely with my friend and stylist Nathan Klein to select the right shoes and mind-blowing jewellery from Bulgari. In truth, the dresses are so exquisite they really speak for themselves!”

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Ellie changed into her second gown for her reception, a Stella McCartney off-the-shoulder silk Cady dress, which featured a diamond trim detail.

The bride then hit the dance floor in a Ralph & Russo ensemble, comprising a bodice of pearls and silk, and an evening skirt.

To party the night away, she then turned to her friend Olivier Rousteing at Balmain. Ellie changed into the mini dress of dreams, saying: “Olivier has made me the most fun dress to dance the night away in.”

The Starry Eyed singer ditched tradition when it came to her fifth outfit, which was a strapless black gown that featured a full skirt and a belt tied at the waist. She wore her hair half up and half down with a pretty plait.

The musician shared a series of snaps on Instagram and captioned her post: “My beautiful dark twisted fantasy.” Although she appears to be at her castle venue, it’s not clear whether she wore the black frock on her big day or for a luncheon or dinner during her wedding weekend.

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