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The couple is pictured at Princess Eugenie's wedding with Jack Brooksbank in October
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The couple is pictured at Princess Eugenie's wedding with Jack Brooksbank in October

The couple is pictured at Princess Eugenie's wedding with Jack Brooksbank in October

She grew up in a town hall, with a visit from bailiffs under her childhood memories.

But today, pop star Ellie Goulding is being watched as she walks down the aisle of the York minister, a £ 150,000 ring on her finger, and in the arms of Old Etonian Caspar Jopling.

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The couple, who have been together for two years, were introduced by their common friend Princess Eugenie, who will attend the wedding, along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and a host of famous guests, including singer Ed Sheeran.

The reception takes place in the stately monumental Castle Howard Castle in North Yorkshire, and after a vegan party, guests spend the night in VIP camping pods on the 1000-hectare site.

The general bill for the big day would comfortably yield six digits, with £ 20,000 on flowers alone. They are fairy tales.

How did CinderEllie get its happy ending? Alison Boshoff reports …

A-list bride

The Brit Award winner was born on December 30, 1986 as Elena Jane Goulding. She and her three brothers and sisters were raised in a council house in Lyonshall, Herefordshire, while their mother, Tracey, worked in a supermarket to make ends meet.

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Ellie's father, Arthur, had run away when she was five – something she described as & # 39; very difficult & # 39 ;. She did not like her stepfather, a tattooed truck driver.

& # 39; I didn't have the best childhood & # 39 ;, she said. "We grew up in the smallest house. Furniture eaten by moths, flea-ridden furniture with holes in it that were handed down by my nana. & # 39;

The reception takes place in the monumental stately home of Castle Howard in North Yorkshire (pictured above) and after a vegan party, guests spend the night in VIP camping pods on the 1000-hectare site

The reception takes place in the monumental stately home of Castle Howard in North Yorkshire (pictured above) and after a vegan party, guests spend the night in VIP camping pods on the 1000-hectare site

The reception takes place in the monumental stately home of Castle Howard in North Yorkshire (pictured above) and after a vegan party, guests spend the night in VIP camping pods on the 1000-hectare site

Pictured: the modest former home of Ellie Goulding in Herefordshire while marrying an old Etonian

Pictured: the modest former home of Ellie Goulding in Herefordshire while marrying an old Etonian

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Pictured: the modest former home of Ellie Goulding in Herefordshire while marrying an old Etonian

The 32-year-old remembered a visit from the bailiffs, who took the family television one afternoon in succession over unpaid bills.

"I had many friends who didn't live in the same situation as me and I knew that my only way out was through education," she said.

She won a place at the University of Kent and, while a student, her talent was spotted on an open mic night.

Jamie Lillywhite, son of producer Steve Lillywhite and the late singer Kirsty MacColl, became her manager and she stopped her theater education.

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Her husky vocals proved successful on both sides of the Atlantic – her debut album Lights 2010 was a big hit (just like 2015 Delirium).

The couple, who have been together for two years, were introduced by their common friend Princess Eugenie, who will attend the wedding, along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and a host of famous guests, including singer Ed Sheeran

The couple, who have been together for two years, were introduced by their common friend Princess Eugenie, who will attend the wedding, along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and a host of famous guests, including singer Ed Sheeran

The couple, who have been together for two years, were introduced by their common friend Princess Eugenie, who will attend the wedding, along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and a host of famous guests, including singer Ed Sheeran

More attention came when she was asked to perform at the wedding reception of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011 – they asked her to sing her cover version of the Elton John classic Your Song, a hit as a result of the John Lewis Christmas advertisement of 2010.

Before meeting Caspar, Ellie had a long relationship with Radio 1 DJ Greg James, followed by a six-month affair with DJ and producer Skrillex while working together in Los Angeles.

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There were also romances with One Direction singer Niall Horan and McFly star Dougie Poynter, plus a rumor trap with Ed Sheeran.

Event staff is pictured in preparation for the reception area at Castle Howard, Yorkshire. The general bill for the big day would comfortably yield six digits, with £ 20,000 on flowers alone. It is the stuff of fairy tales

Event staff is pictured in preparation for the reception area at Castle Howard, Yorkshire. The general bill for the big day would comfortably yield six digits, with £ 20,000 on flowers alone. It is the stuff of fairy tales

Event staff is pictured in preparation for the reception area at Castle Howard, Yorkshire. The general bill for the big day would comfortably yield six digits, with £ 20,000 on flowers alone. They are fairy tales

Despite her success, Ellie admitted that she suffered from social anxiety and in the early days of fame she needed hospital treatment for panic attacks.

Her mother lovingly calls her a "stress head", but Ellie has said the show business makes her more confident.

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Although the absence of her father was a source of pain for years, the two reconciled in 2016 and he came to see her perform.

He will let her walk down the aisle today, with Ellie explaining, "We've forgotten the past."

Fierce groom

Caspar Jopling, 27, was educated at Eton and studied art and architecture history at Harvard University in the US

He worked as an art dealer in Sotheby's New York when he met Ellie, but the couple moved back to the UK in preparation for married life, and Caspar started a master's degree at Oxford University in the fall.

Before meeting Caspar, Ellie had a long relationship with Radio 1 DJ Greg James, followed by a six-month affair with DJ and producer Skrillex while working together in Los Angeles

Before meeting Caspar, Ellie had a long relationship with Radio 1 DJ Greg James, followed by a six-month affair with DJ and producer Skrillex while working together in Los Angeles

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Before meeting Caspar, Ellie had a long relationship with Radio 1 DJ Greg James, followed by a six-month affair with DJ and producer Skrillex while working together in Los Angeles

Unlike the education of his fiancé, Caspar is the son of The Honorable Nicholas Jopling, who comes from a family of farmers in the Yorkshire Dales.

His grandfather is Tory grandee Baron Michael Jopling, 88, who served as Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food under Margaret Thatcher and was the Chief Whip of her government.

In his diaries the late Tory MP Tory Alan Clark claimed that Jopling once said about his cabinet colleague Michael Heseltine: "The problem with Michael is that he had to buy all his furniture."

Caspar & # 39; s mother is landowner Jayne Warde-Aldam. She lives with second husband Charles in Frickley Hall, a monumental stately home near Doncaster.

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Caspar, a talented sportsman, represented Team GB in rowing at the 2010 Olympic Youth Games and also at Harvard.

His uncle is the famous art dealer Jay Jopling, who lives in New York and was married to film director Sam Taylor-Wood (now Taylor-Johnson).

Jopling runs online art platform Paddle8, where Princess Eugenie worked before moving to London's Hauser & Wirth gallery.

New York romance

The couple was allegedly introduced by Princess Eugenie, who knew Caspar socially through the art world and Ellie.

After connecting their mutual love for jigsaw puzzles and quiet nights, they became engaged within 16 months of their meeting.

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Ellie said that her decision to step back from her work in the early days of their romance probably helped the relationship last.

& # 39; I'm still good friends with Dougie (Poynter, her previous boyfriend) – he's a great person, & # 39; she said.

"But it is different at Caspar. I have had this time to do everything about it.

Ellie has a social pukka circle and has selected 300 friends and family to come to the reception. She is depicted with Ellie, Cara and Taylor

Ellie has a social pukka circle and has selected 300 friends and family to come to the reception. She is depicted with Ellie, Cara and Taylor

Ellie has a social pukka circle and has selected 300 friends and family to come to the reception. She is depicted with Ellie, Cara and Taylor

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"He doesn't like the spotlight: he even hates it. He is incredibly wise, very rational and super smart. He is 26 working on 50! His wisdom helped me a lot.

"We never argued. We laugh all the time. He constantly surprises me. & # 39;

Although most of their romance was conducted in New York, they now live in Ellie & # 39; s flat in West London.

"As much as I love New York, I think it's too much of a sensory overload for a Hereford girl," she said.

Puzzle proposal

Caspar suggested a year ago when he and Ellie were home in New York to make a puzzle.

Ellie recalled: "I lost the speech for about ten minutes. I couldn't say anything because I was so shocked.

"He didn't know if I said yes or no. I clearly intended to say yes, but I could not form words. It was nice because it was a normal night. We were doing a puzzle, which is a bit nerdy, but we like puzzles. & # 39;

Caspar wrote on Instagram: "I can spend the rest of my life with this truly extraordinary and beautiful, beautiful person. . . I look forward to a lifetime of exploring the world together, crying with laughter at stupid jokes, chatting in the early hours about art, music, the world and the future. I love you, Elena. "

Big news . . .

Their engagement was announced in the traditional way in The Times newspaper: "Mr. C. W. F. Jopling and Miss E. J. Goulding. The engagement is announced between Caspar, son of The Hon Nicholas Jopling of Yorkshire and Mrs. Jayne Warde-Aldam from Yorkshire, and Elena, daughter of Mr. Arthur Goulding from Hertfordshire and Mrs. Tracey Sumner from West Midlands. & # 39;

The couple was allegedly introduced by Princess Eugenie, who knew Caspar socially through the art world and Ellie. The pair is depicted and leaves a London gym hand in hand

The couple was allegedly introduced by Princess Eugenie, who knew Caspar socially through the art world and Ellie. The pair is depicted and leaves a London gym hand in hand

The couple was allegedly introduced by Princess Eugenie, who knew Caspar socially through the art world and Ellie. The pair is depicted and leaves a London gym hand in hand

Famous friends

Ellie has a social pukka circle and has selected 300 friends and family to come to the reception.

She is close to actress Cressida Bonas, an old flame from Prince Harry (who, it is said, once dated to Ellie), and to Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and their mother, Sarah, Duchess of York.

It is expected that everyone will be present, as will the model and actress Cara Delevingne, who is also part of their set.

Through Caspar's art contacts in New York, Ellie is close to model Karlie Kloss and her businessman Josh Kushner (brother-in-law of Ivanka Trump) and attended their wedding.

She is also chummy with fashion designer Misha Nonoo (the matchmaker of Harry and Meghan) and her oil heir Mikey Hess – they went on vacation together.

Friends in the pop world are singers Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, as well as British stars Rita Ora and Ed Sheeran, who are both on the wedding guest list.

While the duke and duchess of Sussex & # 39; unlikely & # 39; at the wedding, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be present.

Blow up the budget

The budget for flowers is said to be a very generous £ 20,000, and Ellie is said to have hired Sue Barnes from Lavender Green, who did the natural arrangements at the Pippa Middleton wedding in 2017.

The affair is governed by party planner Sarah Haywood – the average wedding costs a whopping 1.2 million pounds. Ellie said, "I have someone who helps me, but Caspar is more" Bridezilla "than me."

Designer dress

Ellie & # 39; s buddy Stella McCartney – who designed the "second" wedding dress from Meghan Markle – is supposed to do the honor for her wedding dress.

But Ellie is close to designer Misha Nonoo and previously wore one of her tailor-made evening dresses.

Romantic setting for opulent wedding

Those who want to marry in York Minster must obtain a special marriage license, which is only granted if they have a "present and demonstrable connection" with the cathedral

Those who want to marry in York Minster must obtain a special marriage license, which is only granted if they have a "present and demonstrable connection" with the cathedral

Those who want to marry in York Minster should receive a special marriage license, which is only granted if they have a & # 39; present and demonstrable bond & # 39; have with the cathedral

The 7th-century York Minster is one of the most important cathedrals in Europe. One of the treasures is the Great East Window, dating from 1408, which is the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the world.

It is the minister's policy not to disclose details of private occasions, but sources around Ellie confirm that she will marry there.

Those who want to get married in York Minster (photo on the right) should receive a special marriage license, which is only granted if they have a & # 39; present and demonstrable bond & # 39; have with the cathedral.

Because Caspar's grandfather is Lord Lieutenant of Yorkshire, this was probably not a problem.

After the ceremony the newlyweds and their guests leave 15 miles north for the generous reception. Synonymous with Brideshead Revisited's iconic TV adaptation from 1981, there are few more romantic settings than Castle Howard.

Set in a glorious 800-acre estate in North Yorkshire, it is one of the most beautiful stately homes in the UK.

Although Castle Howard declined to comment on the wedding, the website confirms that the house and grounds are today for a & # 39; private event & # 39; closed to the public, and this week saw the construction of a glass house with a stage and two party tents.

Castle Howard costs at least £ 15,000 to rent for a wedding, and that is before you consider catering, party tents, lighting, alcohol and entertainment.

Starlight Design – a London event design and production company – installed the glass house this week. A similar style glass house for the Pippa Middleton wedding cost more than £ 100,000.

There is a VIP tent for guests to stay in and golf carts to ride them around. And, just like the bride, the food will be vegan.

Antique asterisk

Caspar proposed with a round diamond on a pavé band and would be worth around £ 150,000.

Posh Pawn, Channel 4's jewelry expert James Constantinou said, "The most important stone appears to be a brilliant cut diamond of about 2.5 carats."

Ellie said that her ring & # 39; more than a century old & # 39; is, and she likes the idea that it has a history.

Posh Pawn, Channel 4's jewelry expert James Constantinou said: ¿The main stone appears to be a brilliant cut diamond of about 2.5 carats & # 39;

Posh Pawn, Channel 4's jewelry expert James Constantinou said: ¿The main stone appears to be a brilliant cut diamond of about 2.5 carats & # 39;

James Constantinou of Channel 4's Posh Pawn jewelry expert said: & # 39; The main stone looks like a brilliant cut diamond of about 2.5 carats & # 39;

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