Ellie Goulding wore a custom, Victorian-style Chloe gown for her Yorkshire wedding

Ellie Goulding and Caspar Jopling are joined by celebs as they leave York Minster after their wedding

While I’m really happy that we have so many photos of Ellie Goulding’s weekend wedding, I feel a little bit sorry for her – the whole “walking out the church” thing was ruined because photographers got way too close, and because her wedding party seemed to swarm around Ellie and her groom, Caspar Jopling. Caspar and Ellie married in North Yorkshire, and there were tons of celebrities and royals in attendance, including the York princesses, Sarah Ferguson, Sienna Miller, Cressida Bonas, Jimmy Carr, Katy Perry & Orlando Bloom and James Blunt. (Ed Sheeran was notably absent, huh.) There was definitely a “circus” atmosphere and it was NOT all about the bride on her big day.

There’s a lot of talk about Ellie’s wedding gown, and she wants us to talk about it! That’s why she provided quotes for People Magazine and other outlets about her dress. She went to Chloe to work with designer Natacha Ramsay-Levi on a custom gown. Ramsay-Levi told People: “We worked on a collage of references from the Victorian era that she wanted to weave into the design, in dialogue with the historical York cathedral where the ceremony was to take place. Her creative point of view made the process fluid and inspiring, and I feel that the end result really reflects her personal sense of style.” The gown took 640 hours to construct, and it was “hand-embroidered with White Roses of York” and “embellished with white glass beads.” Ellie’s silk tulle veil was embroidered with the initials E and C.

I give credit to Ellie for doing something a bit different for her wedding gown and you can tell that she didn’t want the more “standard” kind of wedding gown for this era. It seems a bit fussy to me – I think the sleeves PLUS the high neck PLUS the ruffle is a little bit much – but overall, she’s a beautiful bride. She clearly got the dress she wanted and I’m sure she felt like a princess (a Victorian princess).

PS… Real question: is Princess Beatrice’s ensemble at all appropriate for a day-time wedding?

The Wedding of Ellie Goulding & Caspar Jopling - Celebrity Sightings

The Wedding of Ellie Goulding & Caspar Jopling - Celebrity Sightings

The Wedding of Ellie Goulding & Caspar Jopling - Celebrity Sightings

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  1. Dtab says:

    Is it awful that it reminds me of a Victorian nightgown?? I like the details, but there is just too much

    • Redgrl says:

      No, I agree – it’s too much and everything about it together is bad imo. Ruffly neck, big shoulders, appliqués, sleeves are too long – I don’t like it at all. And she needs to stop messing with her lips. And since I haven’t had coffee yet this AM, how disgusting to see Fergie preening for the camera. She’s as complicit as they come and it’s awful.. And the whole Anne-of-Cleves bandeau head gear trend needs to just stop. Now.

    • Lulu says:

      Not at all; Victorian ghost cosplay was my first thought when I saw the pictures.
      Clearly she loves it, which is all that matters, but my personal taste finds it *awful*.

      What’s with the ruffles at the neck? And the sloppy fit?

    • tiredTreaded says:

      I like the departure from the mermaid cookie cutter dress, but the make up is too “office”. Imagine if she’d just gone w dewey blush and natural lips. Sigh. HR instead of blushing bride….

  2. Erinn says:

    I actually appreciate that she put so much thought into the gown. It’s not really my taste, but I’m surprised that I kind of actually like it. But it’s always really nice when even the tiniest of details hold meaning, and she clearly put a lot of thought and love into the things she wanted incorporated into it’s design. Kudos to the designer for pulling it off.

    RE: Princess Bea – if you were to drop those sleeves, extend the main fabric to her knees and get rid of the same material as the sleeves on the bottom of the dress I think it could have been a huge hit. I absolutely LOVE the shade of green that it’s been made in – and if it was edited down to a sleek, classic shape I’d kill for a dress like it.

    • Jane'sWastedTalent says:

      I love forest green too, but shiny fabric for daytime is just all kinds of wrong.

      • Erinn says:

        Yes, the level of the shine really is a bit much for a daytime event. If it was in the evening though – and with the edits it’d have been stunning.

    • MsK says:

      Not my taste, either, but I think it’s a lovely homage to where she grew up and is modest as nod to the gravity of a church wedding. I think she looks beautiful (and I’ll admit I’m not a huge fan of her music) and her dress will stand the test of time, fashion-wise.

    • ChillyWilly says:

      Yes, it’s not my taste either but it is still a beautiful wedding gown. Bea looks a mess but I covet her shoes!

      • It’sJustBlanche says:

        The shoes are great but dress is hideous. I remember Oprah saying she can’t personally put together an outfit so she relies on other people to do it—and she always looks amazing. Beatrice should find someone she loves to do the same thing. That outfit looks like something out of an 80s sitcom when Crazy Grandma Ida visits and attempts to seduce the plumber next door.

    • tiredTreaded says:

      Bea has been kind of burlesque meets english rose. I actually appreciate the burgeoning fashionista, it’s a bit overkill, but I think she’ll find her style?

  3. Who ARE these people? says:

    She married Clark Kent!

  4. Katen says:

    I actually like it! It’s not what I would pick but she put a lot of thought into it and it fits her really well.

    Her husband is cute. He looks like a 90′s movie era romantic comedy English boyfriend.

  5. TeddyPicker says:

    I live in York and it was a madhouse in town – you couldn’t move around the whole Minster (cathedral) area – which is basically the centre of the city.

  6. Shutterbug says:

    She resembles Steffi Graf from certain angles (particularly in the thumbnail pic) Just me?

  7. FHMom says:

    The gown is pretty, but her hair looks messy.

    • Scal says:

      From the video I saw it was super windy when they first got there-her hair and veil got pretty wiped around. Surprised she didn’t have a hair person on site to adjust things.

  8. Trish-a says:

    Princess Bea’s ensable isn’t appropriate for ANYTHING!
    But I love the wedding dress!

    • Lucy says:

      It looks like Bea is wearing one of the endless versions of that hideous Vampires Wife dress.

    • L84Tea says:

      Beatrice looks RIDICULOUS!!

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      Everything is just too much! Remove the shine, get rid of the sheer and the fringe, wear plain pumps and a tiny headband, enough with the gargoyle jewelry … is this Fergie’s influence? They don’t need all this excess to look interesting.

  9. Oh No says:

    Penny Dreadful

  10. Other Renee says:

    It’s not my taste, but as long as she loves it, that’s all that matters. I preferred the second wedding dress she wore, designed by Stella McCartney.

    On a freaky and unnerving side note, I’m on vacation and have been doing a lot of walking and I just told my husband how much my knees are hurting me and an ad just popped up here with the headline, “Good News if your Knees Hurt.” So yes, our phones are listening to us.

    • tiredTreaded says:

      I knew this was happening when I received ads for clogged sinks. It’s spooky and disappointing at the same time. My least favorite confluence is conspiracy theory + reality. Sigh.

  11. Digital Unicorn says:

    I like it as i do like Victoriana types fashion but not sure of the detailing.

  12. HK9 says:

    Firstly, Ellie’s makeup is amazing. The dress, sadly, with that kind of thing, you have to get the material just right and, well, they didn’t. You need something slightly stiffer and not as whispy because you get the nightgown look which I know she wasn’t going for. As for Beatrice, I like the ensemble, however, she needed a little more colour on the lips so she doesn’t look washed out.

  13. JemimaLeopard says:

    Duchess Kate wants this in Blue.

  14. Eva says:

    Ellie can keep the dress if I can have the husband. 90s Hugh Grant vibes oh my.

  15. Vivienne says:

    It looks like she though she was a member of the Royal Family LOL

  16. Liz says:

    This dress! “Sexy” wedding dresses are so try-hard and a lot of them miss the mark and end up looking awkward, like Kate Middleton’s wedding dress compromise with the awful lace at the top.
    Finally, a comfortable looking bride. The traditional look is perfect for Virgo/harvest season.

    • Gingerbread says:

      Wow, I would never have believed someone would choose this dress over Kate’s, which I thought was absolutely beautiful. I guess we all have different tastes though.

      • JustSayin' says:

        Kate’s dress was ruined by those awful cone boobs.
        It looked like a dress that didn’t know quite what it wanted to be. The lace mixed with the structure around the chest area resulting in those cones….it was like it was trying to be everything at once. Modest, sexy, pretty, conservative…going for grace kelly but with a twist.
        Also didn’t like the hair and I don’t believe for one second kate wanted a flower crown. Nothing about her dress said flower crown. I mean, lace, and the slightly poofy a line skirt with tight tight tight fabric around the arms and too low cleavage? Come on.
        I’d imagine she’d go for something more ethereal to match the flower crown. Just mama Carol’s pr spin.

      • Gingerbread says:

        @justsayin I honestly don’t think it’s that deep. I loved Kate’s dress (and Meghan’s!) and I would wear both as my own. They both looked gorgeous. Ellie’s is completely hideous and unflattering to me, but again everyone is different and good for her if she loved it.

  17. Washington says:

    Wtf is she injecting the hell out of her lips and cheeks these past few years? You chose lovely pictures, but in photos I saw earlier they look so so bad. She looks like a more fillered up Louise Linton (bride of Mnuchin).

    • Elle says:

      She has been messing with her face for a while now. It’s a bit of a shame since she was really pretty to begin with.

  18. Mumbles says:

    I had no idea how royal-adjacent she was until I saw the photos of this wedding. I was aware she performed at the William/Kate wedding disco party but had no idea she was friends with a lot of this crowd.

    Didn’t care for this dress, and thought the bridesmaids looked like sister-wives cultists in the white bags they were wearing.

  19. Jb says:

    Yikes was my first reaction when I saw it. But as long as she was happy with it???

  20. Heat says:

    Euj’s floral gown was cute. I don’t mind Ellie’s, but would prefer it without the neck ruffle. Her hubs is dreamy.

  21. deezee says:

    Hate the dress. Looks like what someone who is becoming sister wife number 3 would wear. But as long as she likes it, whatever.

  22. Lizzie says:

    i love that vampire’s wife dress princess bea has on. she looks beautiful and fit – and i love her shoes.

  23. Léna says:

    What has she done to her face…

  24. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    That neckline is making me itch. But she married Superman so all is good.

  25. shells_bells says:

    I just saw on another site that she wore FOUR different dresses!! Seems a bit much, but maybe I’d do the same if I had the means.

  26. Diamond Rottweiler says:

    I think a bride should do what makes her happy. As for the gown, the Victorian vibe suffers from the lack of any fundamental, period referencing foundation that would’ve signaled the take she was going for beyond the floofy details. Hence, it looks like she’s wearing a kinda sloppy, high necked shift. The whole point of Victorianism was elaborate, body modding structure.

  27. MellyMel says:

    Her husband is very handsome!

  28. Chimney says:

    Congrats to the happy couple! I like the Victorian look and I’m all for fun loving ladies going super conservative on their wedding days, just to switch it up a bit.

    Princess Beatrice clearly stole this dress from her mother’s fashion archives. I bet Fergie would have had the sense to save it for evenings though

  29. Charfromdarock says:

    I love everything except the ruffle neckline.

  30. Bookworm says:

    Victorian wedding gowns didn’t look like this. It looks more 1960s to me. That material looks so heavy for a summer wedding.

  31. Burdzeye View says:

    I’m getting “Woman in White” vibes…kinda spooky…but as long as shes happy.

  32. Smices says:

    I like… the bouquet.

  33. Pixie says:

    I am super surprised by this, because I had no idea Ellie Goulding was this well connected! Is every British star somehow associated with Royalty? Or is her new husband the well-connected one? Plus, I had no idea that she was famous enough to warrant all this attention – I have clearly missed a lot! I don’t love the dress, but she has looked beautiful and kind of ethereal in every shot I have seen so far so she clearly did something right. He is a very pretty man, but am I crazy or his suit a little mismatched colour-wise? We always focus on the women’s dresses at these English aristocracy weddings but the men get away with a LOT of terrible looks.

  34. YankLynn says:

    The wedding dress wasn’t appealing to me but she was thrilled with it so that’s what matters — is what I said to myself scrolling thru pictures. However the shot with her and all her bridesmaids in those white dresses made me instantly think of one of those sister-wife weddings you see on reality shows. Their dresses looked like sheets made up into plain “modest” dresses to me. And encircling Ellie’s very old fashioned styling the total picture then was really awful to me.

  35. Elisa says:

    I clicked and expected a great dress and wanted to say WOW and congrats…but…
    Her husband is really good-looking, though. :)

  36. SJI says:

    Everything about her looks tragic. That gown is a nightmare, the hair is a mess, the dark makeup clashes with the dress style and is too heavy. Blech.

  37. Lisa says:

    I think Bea looks nice but more for an evening or night time event. The shoes are killer. The wedding dress is not my style.

  38. RoyalBlue says:

    So much overindulgence, way too over the top for me. But it looks like she got the wedding of her dreams, so happy for her.

    I actually like all four of her dresses.

  39. Bella Bella says:

    I like Bea’s look, especially her shoes. She looks sassy!

  40. Kitten says:

    He’s only 26 (!) Ellie is 32.
    And Sienna Miller and her BF were there and he’s 28 to Sienna’s 37.
    I like the age differences but of course I’m biased because my BF is younger as well. ;)

  41. Yes Doubtful says:

    She looks lovely!

  42. Sammiches says:

    The dress is just as messed up as her face aurgery/injectables/implants et al

  43. CarbnFtPrnt says:

    How exactly is she a royal?