Warning: Contains mild spoilers for Outlander, Epi 1, S5.
TV loves a wedding, and after almost a year of a what-felt-like-forever Droughtlander, Starz’s hit series Outlander is back with a bang on February 16, and the entire Fraser family is celebrating Brianna and Roger’s nuptials in a big way at their newly built homestead on Fraser’s Ridge. Fear not, Outlander faithful—the first episode of season 5 delivers everything the fandom has been anticipating, complete with Jamie playing the touching role of father of the bride and Claire getting sentimental before watching her daughter walk down the aisle.
“The wedding is such a beautiful episode,” Caitriona Balfe, who plays the show’s lead Claire Randall Fraser, told Vogue on set outside of Glasgow while shooting season 5. “First of all, I think Claire goes through a very emotional process because, having left Brianna back in the 20th century, this is something she thought she’d never get to experience. She felt like she had sacrificed all of these moments to spend her time with Jamie. She loves Roger and thinks she and Brianna are a great match. Jamie [on the other hand] is still on the Roger-fence. But it’s a really special moment [for Claire] to see Brianna happy—especially after what happened to her last season—to see her and Roger reconcile and be ready to start this new life together.”
In the event you’re not one of the converted, or if you’re in need of a quick refresher, the epic Outlander saga, based on the book series by Diana Gabaldon, begins with combat nurse Claire visiting Inverness, Scotland, with her husband Frank Randall (Tobias Menzies, a.k.a. the new Prince Philip on The Crown), hoping to reignite their romance after a long separation courtesy of World War II. While in Scotland, Claire is transported back in time to 1743, where she meets James “Jamie” Fraser (Sam Heughan).
Claire Randall Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) helps Brianna Randall (Sophie Skelton) into a cream wedding dress embroidered with orange blossoms, a subtle nod to the bohemian-ness of the ’60s and ’70s.
It’s a cotton and silk gauze over a very fine silk taffeta. I used a variety of different photos for inspiration. [The bride also wears] the family pearls—they’ve come from Scotland and been passed down. ~ Trisha Biggar, costume designer
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