Spencer Matthews and Vogue Williams have exclusively shared the images of their secret Scottish wedding with HELLO!. The couple – whose first child is due in just a couple of weeks – made their union official in June 2018, in front of a handful of immediate family including Spencer’s brother James and his wife Pippa Middleton, they exchanged vows on the banks of the picturesque loch on Spencer’s family’s 30,000-acre estate. It was a simple and intimate outdoor ceremony that has been kept a closely-guarded secret until now. The couple have chosen to speak for the first time about their big day in an exclusive interview with HELLO!.
Their joy was plain to see in these beautiful photos, and Vogue looked radiant in a bespoke Paul Costello wedding gown, her blossoming bump elegantly draped in the off-white silk V-neck design. Meanwhile, her handsome groom cut a dashing figure in a bespoke three-piece midnight-blue morning suit made by renowned tailor Tony Lutwyche. "It has gone down with many as the best wedding they’ve ever been to," said Spencer. "It was a family affair in the middle of nowhere and it felt very secluded. We were surrounded by the people we love."
The happy couple looked so delighted as they walked hand in hand up the hill
Among those gathered at the sprawling estate in Inverness-shire, which has been in the Matthews family for ten years, were Spencer's brother James, who acted as best man ("Because he is, indeed, the best man I know," explained he groom) and his wife Pippa, also expecting her first child. "It's one of our favourite places – it's magical – and the wedding was exactly what we wanted: private and quiet, with just close family and friends," added Vogue.
In keeping with the Scottish surroundings, a bagpiper was on hand to play before and after the ceremony, and an accordion player and singer performed Caledonia. Three people gave readings during the ceremony, which was conducted by a registrar: Spencer's half-sister Nina Mackie, his brother-in-law James Middleton and Vogue's sister and maid of honour, Amber. The groom had the wedding rings made. "Mine is very plain – a simple rose gold band – and Vogue’s is a full diamond band," said Spencer, who also designed Vogue's spectacular engagement ring, with a 4.14ct cushion-cut centre, flanked by two 0.5ct baguettes, with 0.75ct trilliants on either side, which he presented when he proposed following a West End performance of The Lion King in January.
After the ceremony, the wedding party toasted with champagne and tucked into the wedding cake, a dusky-pink three-tier sponge with fresh raspberries, vanilla cream and buttercream frosting. A full sit-down meal followed in the evening, with Scottish scallops and Scottish venison. "The strange thing is, and this is no joke, but because the whole thing was so casual I didn't write a speech," revealed Spencer. "And it came to my attention as we were wandering over to what you'd call the grill room, that I was going to have to make one. We'd had a few glasses of champagne with our cake by this point, and it's a good thing I went to acting school – I was more than happy taking centre stage."
Vogue and Spencer are expecting their first baby together
The whole day was a relaxed affair, with the couple deciding not to send out official wedding invitations and eschewing the tradition of spending the night before apart. "I think we managed an hour apart just before while Vogue was putting the finishing touches to her hair-do," explained Spencer, who was waterskiing on the loch until "about seven minutes before game time". He laughed: "I barely had time for a shower." The couple – who are planning a second, lavish wedding for their friends ("Probably somewhere abroad," said Vogue) – have taken easily to married life since their June nuptials. "At the time it was so wonderful but almost dreamlike. It took a little while to sink in, but I certainly feel married, settled, and happy," shared Spencer, who's appearing in the new series of Celebrity MasterChef.
"Everything has fallen into place. As we've said before, we are best friends, we love being together, so it does feel just perfect. We're delighted. I can't imagine life without Vogue at this point. People ask, what's changed? What's different? But it's just part of growing up, meeting your soulmate and moving on with life. I just turned 30, too, so it's a big year for me. Engagement, wedding, my 30th, a baby, and taking up golf, all in 2018. It's unbelievable."
"The thought of spending the rest of our lives together just feels normal," added Vogue. "Waking up every day beside Spencer and falling asleep by him every night is what I want. We want to plan for the future – where we're going to live, what we're going to do, how many kids we're going to have." Speaking of children, the decision to tie the knot before their son's birth was due in part because: "It's nice for a baby to be born into a family with the same name," said Spencer. "But it wasn't a huge concern. We just thought if we're going to go down the super-casual route, why not do it sooner rather than later?"
Vogue added: "When the baby comes everything else would have gone on the backburner anyway – including the wedding." Now they can concentrate fully on the next task at hand – becoming parents. The nursery is all decorated. "It has a jungle theme," admitted Vogue, adding that her dog is terrified of a rocking lion that he's convinced is real. There's another baby due in the family, too, of course: Pippa and James are due to welcome their firstborn imminently. Spencer concluded: "The whole family is thrilled. It's lovely when great things come in twos."
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