The Royal Wedding: William + Kate *My Recap*

If you were one of the BILLIONS of people that watched as Kate and Prince William wed today, you will agree that the wedding was spectacular! Surpassed all expectations! I was not old enough to know or remember Princess Diana and Prince Charles wedding day. So in preparing for this “BIG DAY”, I had only the visions of their wedding photos to compare to. BUT, after watching this morning as all of the events unfolded, nothing could really prepare you to understand the magnitude of magnificent event! REALLY! Its not everyday that we get to experience first hand (As a Nation, Country, as a culture, as a WORLD!) a TRUE love story! It was history in the making. As a professional of all things wedding, I was completely enamored with all things ROYAL WEDDING! So here’s my *Re-Cap*:

The Engagement: {Style:} Simple and Classic;  colors and accessories minimal, so that they only thing that really stands out is her Sapphire and Diamond engagement ring

The Wedding Day: Processional

I loved watching Prince William and Prince Harry process in. I dont know how many noticed as he “shook his hands” in nervousness, rubbing them together, as the world watch him enter the Abby. It was precious and real, showing so much emotion in just a small gesture. As a mother of 2 boys, this made me tear up. You know that on a day like today, he would of loved nothing more than to have his Mum there with him to share. The procession continues…

Here COMES THE BRIDE:


The moment we are waiting for: Kate’s Wedding Day Style!

Princes Di was iconic for her Gown, her Style, her hair…so I anticipated that Kate too, would also share in these expectations. And she did not let me down! She stayed true to herself, however. Nothing “over the top”or show-boating.  Classy, Eleganant, and Understated would be words I would use to describe her Wedding Day Style. Her gorgeous Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen Lace gown was one to swoon over! As she stepped out of the car, and we all saw her gown for the first time, it was breath-taking! Many compared her to Grace Kelly (see photo below).  Although her style was much more understated than Princess Diana, her demur composure and delicate details made her Regal.

Here is the Style “low-down”:  The Gown: Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, the lace appliques were hand-made by the Royal School of Needlework and also has hand-cut English lace and French Chantilly lace detailing. The body of the dress is ivory and white satin gazar. The train is 70 centimeters long!! The Veil was ivory silk tulle trimmed with embroidered flowers (also sewn by the Royal School of Needlework). The “Halo” Tiara: made by Cartier in 1936 for Queen Elizabeth II, her something “borrowed”. The Earings: by Robinson Pelham; pear shaped diamond drops with a pave set diamond center. Her Hair: pulled back in the front (supporting the gorgeous halo) with soft curls in the back. Not to distract for the details of her dress. Her Makeup: yes, its true! She did her own makeup!! (Crazy girl!) She said it was important for her to feel natural but still reflect the occasion. The Bouquet: consisted of- Lilly of the Valley =  Sweetness and renewed Happiness, Sweet William Flowers = Gallantry, Hyacinths = consistancy of love, and Myrthe = the emblem of love and marriage (and fun fact: every Royal Bride since Queen Victoria has had a sprig in her bouquet!)

The Procession Continues with all the sweet  children, and leading them Catherine’s sister, Pippa.

And Now: the Groom to see his Bride!

THEY ARE WED!! You may Kiss your Bride! (in front of Billions of on-lookers! :))

Price William Duke of Cambridge and Her Royal Highness Catherine Dutchess of Cambridge

The Recessional:

The Reception: Complete with another GORGEOUS Dress change (also by Sarah Burton), the gentlemen in double-breasted Tux’s and 8 tier wedding cake (by Fiona Cairns)!

CONGRATULATIONS WILLIAM AND KATE!!

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