Eleganza Real Bride: Rachael

Eleganza Real Bride: Rachael


How would you describe your Eleganza Experience?

Eleganza was so dreamy. The staff are all so amazing and take such care with gowns which really makes the whole experience feel so much more special. I felt so at ease during my appointments and absolutely loved my dress so much. Every visit to Eleganza was so exciting, I can't thank you enough!


Would you like to share with us your proposal moment, favourite part of planning your wedding or what you have planned for your honeymoon?

We got engaged at Steall Falls in Fort William which is where my husband originally asked me to be his girlfriend, so it's a very special place to us now.

We actually did dancing lessons for our first dance which I'd highly recommend to anyone, it was really fun having something we could do together ahead of the big day that was simply fun and provided such a fun break during the stress of planning.

We went away to Rome on our Minimoon and are planning a big tour through America and finish with a week in Mexico next year for our proper honeymoon.


Tell us more about your Martina Liana gown!

My dress was SO sparkly. It was really not what I had ever imagined picking but I loved it so much. The detail was absolutely stunning and I loved the way it would shimmer in the light as I moved. The shape was perfect for me, I felt amazing in the dress and when I tried it on, it was the first time I'd really felt like a Bride and could picture myself getting married.


What was your inspiration for your wedding? Did you follow a specific theme or colour palette?

We wanted to go for a modern look so mainly black & white with touches of green.



Tell us more about your Big Day!

We wanted our day to be loads of fun and in the end it felt very us. We had entertainment like beer pong which our guest all loved. We stayed at our venue for the full weekend which really took the pressure off trying to speak to everyone on the big day and we had a BBQ on the Sunday to keep the party going.

It was the most incredible day filled with so much love and joy. It was so wonderful to be able to have so much time with our nearest and dearest.


What was the most memorable moment?

Maybe the silly parts, my husband almost dropping me during our first dance (oops). My maid on honour having to climb a ladder in her dress to get though a window on the 2nd floor to open a hotel room guests had been locked out of!



Do you have a favourite picture from your wedding day? Why is this image so special to you?

There's two. One of us walking in the garden that is perfectly golden and glowy, just knowing how full of love we felt in that moment.

The second is of my husband whispering silly jokes into my ear and I'm laughing. The photographer just perfectly captured the hilarity and pure joy on the moment.


Photographer: Michael Carver | Florist: North Floral Design | Venue 1: Loch Ness Country House Hotel | Makeup: Hannah Wilkie | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Cake: Homemade by Ryans Sister | Caterer: Loch Ness Country House Hotel | Music: Highland Fire Ceilidh | Videographer: Michael Westcott