The wedding took place at Borthwick Castle in Scotland this past January. “I had already discovered Borthwick before I met Garance as a venue for my 60th birthday,” Graham explains. “Covid put a delay on that for two years, so it felt right that we devote a whole week to not only our wedding but my long-delayed 60th.”
To that end, a big celebration was set in motion. “The planning process was very easy as Graham did about 98 per cent of it,” Garance says. “He is definitely the master planner between us. I asked him if we needed a wedding planner because the whole thing was freaking me out, and he said, ‘A what?’”
A self-described control freak when it comes to planning, Graham found the experience to be somewhat stressful, but ultimately, he loved every minute of it. “To see all those people – beloved by both Garance and myself – assembled in one romantic setting and all of them helping to make it as magical as it was made up for any stressful moments in preparation,” he explains.
For her wedding day outfit, Garance wanted something simple and minimal – not only as she’d always been attracted to pared-back bridal designs, but because she knew the jaw-dropping backdrop would be busy with tartans. To achieve her desired look, she called her best friend, designer Heidi Merrick, and asked her if she would make a dress – and then left her with that. “I barely sent her my measurements!” she says. “I was a very underprepared bride. Thankfully, she took my ideas and worked wonders: not only at envisioning them and putting them into shape, but at creating something all the way from LA without any fittings in the process.”
For jewels, Garance let her sister choose – and she ultimately settled on a pair of pearl earrings designed by Phoebe Philo for Celine. “We considered adding a pearl necklace but then decided against it as the neckline of the dress was just perfect on its own,” Garance remembers. To finish the look, she searched everywhere for the perfect white boot, and finally found them at Zara. “I knew I wanted white pointy boots, and these ones were so perfect I thought there was no reason to look any further,” she says. “The choice also reflects my high-low way of dressing.”