Eleganza Real Bride Emma wearing Riki Dalal

Eleganza Real Bride Emma’s bridal journey began in St Andrew’s when her partner proposed!

Paul proposed to me in July 2016 at the Fairmont hotel in St Andrews for my birthday. It was a total surprise, I had no idea!

What was your favourite thing about planning your wedding?

My favourite planning moment was definitely finding my dress! Fitting appointments and getting my dress home were hands down my favourite part of planning and most exciting!

How would you describe your first appointment?

I loved my first appointment. Eleganza was the first shop I went to try on dresses and it was by far the best shop I went to. I went to a lot then couldn’t wait to go back to Eleganza. The girls made me feel very special at all of my appointments

Did having a personal stylist change your experience?

I had only great experiences in Eleganza. The style I was trying on my first appointment to the appointment where I found my dream dress was completely different. Jenna helped me realise that and only pulled dresses in the style I actually wanted. I found when trying on so many dresses in other shops it’s so easy to get confused and forget what you actually want in your wedding dress. I found my dress but it was missing my dream of a long train…the girls quickly and with no hassle had my extra train added to my dress to ensure it was extremely long exactly what I always wanted.

Tell us more about your overall experience with Eleganza Sposa

Amazing. The girls are all great at their job and nothing is a hassle for them. They are all so friendly and always have suggestions to help you get exactly what you want in your dress. I need to mention the seamstresses – they were phenomenal! They made my dress fit me like it did and added all my extras like train and belt they all were great!

The girls made me feel like I was the only bride to try on dresses (which I know is not the case as it’s a busy popular shop).  They always asked about my wedding how my planning was going and even my groom – who normally gets forgotten about let’s be honest haha!

Tell us about your Riki Dalal dress!

As soon as I put it on, I knew straight away even though it was a few sizes too big. I loved how it was a fitting dress but also went all out at the bottom. The back detail was important for me too as I liked the idea of having a nice back detail when having my back to my guests when getting married and my dress also ticked that box for me. I felt like a princess in my dress. I just loved it.

Did you have a specific them or colour palette at your wedding?

We had our colour as navy. The boys wore kilts to fit with the theme of the castle.

Tell us more about your big day

We had a big wedding with over 200 guests by night time. The weather was just amazing the sun was shining with a little breeze now and again so wasn’t too hot but we got a lot of photos outside which was great and meant me and my groom could watch everyone mingling while getting our photos done. We got married the same day as the royals meaning the Sunday post wrote a story on us and heart radio popped in on our wedding so it was like being a celebrity for the day! Everything went to time on the day. It went perfect every single part!  

What was the most memorable moment?

Seeing my husband for the first time on the day

How was your Honeymoon?

We absolutely loved our honeymoon! We started off in Miami then went on a cruise round the Bahamas for a few days. To finish it off we spent a week in Orlando Florida! All the while enjoying being in our wedding bubble.


Photographer: Julie Lamont
Florist: Posies and pots
Venue 1: St Margaret’s chapel Airdrie
Venue 2: Crossbasket Castle
Makeup: Rachael Hunter (Onyx)
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Cake: Jappa Cakes
Caterer: Crossbasket Castle
Music: Circus (my brother’s wedding band)
Others: Littlebox Wedding Films and Big Letter Events