There wasn’t a dry eye in my house as we watched the beautiful and elegant Catherine Middleton walk down the aisle to Prince William at Westminster Abbey on Friday evening. Her gown has been universally praised for its elegance and detailing, and her composure under such enormous pressure proves what an intelligent and mature lady the new Duchess is. Can you imagine keeping your cool under the eye of over 2 billion people? She is an exceptional lady in my book.
Here are some of our favourite parts of the Royal Wedding:
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The elegant gown by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen was a nod to the tradition of the British monarchy and also represented a new modernity. I was surprised that Kate chose a gown that included lace as I glimpsed her in the back of the car before the wedding ceremony, but when she stepped out, my breath was taken away! The bustle was my favourite part of the look – I am looking forward to bustles and lace making a welcome return to bridal fashion this year.
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The second gown that Kate changed into for the reception, also designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen with a stunning shrug cardi gives inspiration to ever winter and autumn bride! I had a Collette Dinnigan beaded cardigan that I wore at my wedding reception when the weather turned cooler in the evening and I feel now that my choice was vindicated!
Dubbed “Her Royal Hotness”, Pippa Middleton almost stole the show from Kate. Her stunning cowl neck sheath dress will transform bridesmaid fashion and gives brides the choice to have cream, ivory and white for their bridesmaids on their wedding day. She handled the pressure beautifully and was a modern picture of support and elegance. The perfect Maid of Honour, and Lady in Waiting.
The Mateship of Brothers
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The great friendship between the brothers Prince Harry and Prince William was so apparent during the wedding. Such a public display of mateship was wonderful to behold. And how regal and handsome did this pair look in their regalia?
I love a British wedding if just for the hats. Millinary has never been more prominently on display as it was last Friday. Tongues wagged for all the wrong reasons about the over-the-top choice of hat worn by Princess Beatrice, and for all the right reasons for the elegant head wear chosen by Posh Spice (Victoria Beckham) and Zara Phillips.
The Mother of the Bride
I have an awful lot of sympathy for Carole Middleton, Kate’s mum. She has been panned by the media for not being sophisticated enough for the royal family, but I fail to see what is wrong with a family oriented woman who has made millions of dollars from a business that she is passionate about. I think she’s amazing and I was so excited that she looked so elegant and beautiful on the day. There was not one thing to criticise. She was amazing. You go girl.
The eight tiered wedding cake was a pretty vintage inspired cake that elegantly blended white and cream. This restrained work of art included over 900 sugar flowers by master cake maker Fiona Cairns. I love that it was wide, not tall so it wasn’t overwhelming and that it reflected some of the artworks in the room it was displayed in for the reception, with acorns, garlands and apple blossom flowers piped into the design. Elegant and awe-inspiring.
Can you imagine kissing your new wife or husband for the first time in front of 2 billion people? Then, doing it again! Agh, just love the reaction of the little bridesmaid covering her ears. My sentiments exactly… this is something you want to do not in front of a roaring crowd!
Proving that they have a great sense of humour and modernity, the choice of using Prince Charles’ Aston Martin decorated in tin cans, ribbons and just married signs was one of my favourite parts of the whole wedding. The perfect way to end a perfect wedding.
Congratulations Wills and Catherine.