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A (stunning) Royal Wedding

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Are you one of those who watched the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (now Duke and Duchess of Sussex) last weekend? If you live in the United States like me, you probably woke up early and stayed glued to your TV or computer to watch!

I wasn’t able to watch live (I had a previous engagement that morning) but I binge watched later in the day. Boy, what a fantastic wedding! I loved it! I cried tears of joy!

This is exactly when I cried tears of joy! There’s nothing quite like a bride’s walk down the aisle while her husband-to-be impatiently waits!

This wedding was all about understated elegance, which is typical of European weddings – very simple and classic. From the floral installations (the entrance arch and the ones inside the church) that incorporated local blooms to the personalized touches throughout the ceremony, it was all just perfect.
What I also loved (besides the union itself) was that it blended two different cultures, and it was just beautiful to see diversity and inclusivity being celebrated in such a formal yet relaxed environment.

I’m very happy for them,  they make such a great couple!

You probably have seen all the images related to the decor, the celebrity guests, and all the excitement.  And what about these elements?

Meghan’s Dress

This was considered “a surprise” for some because of its simplicity, but absolutely stunning in my opinion for its timeless and elegant design (impeccable tailoring at its best). This simple design allowed Meghan to shine.

The wedding dress was designed by the acclaimed British designer, Clare Waight Keller, the first female Artistic Director at the historic French fashion house Givenchy.

I fell in love with the open bateau neckline and the slim three-quarter sleeves.

Meghan’s Veil

What was not to love about this veil??? Ms. Markle expressed the wish of having all 53 countries of the Commonwealth with her on her journey through the ceremony” as stated on The Royal Family‘s official website. Ms. Waight Keller was able to incorporate the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country in one fabulous floral composition.

The veil was five meters long and made from silk tulle with the hand-embroidered flowers in silk threads and organza. Also stated on The Royal Family’s official website, “The workers spent hundreds of hours meticulously sewing and washing their hands every thirty minutes to keep the tulle and threads pristine.”

Meghan’s Tiara

The veil was held in place by a diamond bandeau tiara from Queen Mary. The exquisite piece (made of diamonds and platinum) is dated 1932, but the centre brooch is dated 1893)

Meghan’s Bouquet

Many were also surprised to see such a small bouquet in the hands of a princess, but I think it was just perfect because it reflected the bride’s minimalistic style. It was pulled together in a gentle, ethereal, relaxed style with delicate blooms that included lily of the valley, sweet peas, jasmine, and sprigs of myrtle (first carried by Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Princess Victoria, when she married in 1858), some flowers personally picked by Prince Harry on the day before the wedding in their private garden at Kensington Palace (how cure is that?), and Forget-Me-Nots which were Diana, Princess of Wales’ favorite flower (great way to honor her on the special day). The bouquet was tied with a raw silk ribbon.

Harry’s Uniform

Both Prince Harry and his best man, (Brother William, The Duke of Cambridge) wore the frockcoat uniform of the Blues and Royals.

Ceremony Music

When I design events and weddings, I try to incorporate all five senses. Music is one of the most important elements at an event and I think the selections were, again, just perfect for the occasion.

Karen Gibson and the gospel @TheKingdomChoir sang “Stand by me”

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, an incredibly talented 19-year-old British cellist who won the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2016, played during the signing of the register. Music to my ears!

And then…. The Cake!

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The wedding cake was designed by Claire Ptak and features elderflower syrup from elderflower trees at he Queen’s estate, as well as a light sponge cake uniquely formulated for the couple. The filling was made from Amalfi lemon curd and elderflower buttercream. heaven!!! The cake was then decorated with Swiss meringue buttercream and 150 fresh flowers, mainly British, and in season, including peonies and roses.

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What are your thoughts about the Royal Wedding? What would you like to incorporate into your own celebration? Share with us here!

(Images: courtesy of The Royal Family – Official portraits: courtesy of Alexi Lubomirski)

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