| Meghan Markle arrives at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for her wedding to Prince Harry. Saturday May 19, 2018 |
Like all other Royal “watchers” I was eagerly anticipating the wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. I’m obsessed with all the royal marriages, but this one was extra special. It is a true fairytale romance between an English prince and an American actress who met on a blind date two years ago and fell in love. So grab some coffee, tea or a glass of bubbly because you are in for a photo journey of the Royal Wedding!
I woke up at 4:30am to watch it live. I knew that it would be recorded and replayed all day, but I think it is more exciting to see it real-time. Gratefully, the weather was absolutely picture perfect which made the photos all the better. From the very first moment we caught a glimpse of the bride to be, it was a dreamy and romantic couple of hours. Just like something you’d see in a movie.
Best Photos of the Royal Wedding
| for millions of us, our first glimpse of Meghan was in the car with her mother |
What her wedding dress would look like and who made it, were among the hottest topic of conversation. When she finally emerged from the car for the first time, it was the moment we were all waiting for. I was surprised at how simple her Givenchy dress was. It was definitely regal, but I was hoping for a little bling. Anyone else? Regardless, I do think the dress is gorgeous and she simply glowed in it.
| one of my favorite photos from the wedding |
Wedding Dress – Designed by Clare Waight Keller, who is the British artistic director of French label Givenchy.
Tiara – Her tiara and veil were undoubtedly an important part of her wedding ensemble. The English tiara was on loan from the Queen’s vault. The tiara even has a name, it is called the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau. The tiara, which features diamonds set in platinum, was made in 1932 and features a center detachable brooch made of ten diamonds dating back to 1893. I’ve included a detail photo of the tiara below.
Veil – In addition to being 16 feet long, the veil it contained intricate handwork. “Ms Waight Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in one spectacular floral composition. A spokesman for Givenchy said: “Ms. Markle expressed the wish of having all 53 countries of the Commonwealth with her on her journey through the ceremony.
“The veil is five meters long and made from silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers in silk threads and organza. “Each flower was worked flat, in three dimensions to create a unique and delicate design.
Don’t miss this VIDEO! HERE is a link to People’s video of Meghan emerging from the car and that amazing veil being straightened. Just listen to those bells, gives me chills every time.
Bouquet – Now that I have launched my own floral design studio, Fresh Flower Bar, I have developed a keen awareness for anything floral. Even though it was a small bouquet, it was blooming with history (read more below). One of the most romantic elements of the wedding was the role the groom played in her bouquet… “Prince Harry handpicked several flowers yesterday from their private garden at Kensington Palace to add to the bespoke bridal bouquet designed by florist Philippa Craddock,” reads a statement from Kensington Palace.
“The spring blooms include Forget-Me-Nots which were Diana, Princess of Wales’ favourite flower. The couple specifically chose them to be included in Ms. Markle’s bouquet to honour the memory of the late Princess on this special day.” Specifically, Meghan’s bouquet was on the smaller side, and also includes sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine and astrantia. The stems were held together by a raw silk ribbon.
As is royal tradition, the bouquet also includes springs of myrtle. The custom dates back to the wedding of Queen Victoria’s daughter Princess Victoria. Myrtle symbolizes hope and love, making it a perfect addition to any bride’s bouquet. “Many Royal Brides across the generations have chosen to carry a sprig of Myrtle, which represents love, in their bouquets,” reads a recent tweet from the royal family’s official account from earlier this week. “This tradition dates back to the wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s eldest daughter.”
Ceremony – According to a lip reader, Harry said “Are you okay? You look amazing.” To which Meghan replied, “Thank you.”
KISS IN THE CARRIAGE
Carriage Ride – I can’t even imagine what the happy couple were feeling. They were beaming.
Her Second Wedding Dress to the Reception – if you share my opinion that her wedding dress was understated, the dress she wore to her wedding reception made up for it. Considered her “second wedding dress” this one was designed by Stella McCartney. And it was a rock star dress. “The Bride’s evening dress is designed by Stella McCartney and is a bespoke lily-white high neck gown made of silk crepe,” reads a statement from Kensington Palace. “The Bride is wearing shoes from Aquazurra made in silky satin, with nude mesh, with soles painted in baby blue.” Meghan also wore Princess Diana’s aquamarine cocktail ring.
| Frogmore House, location of the wedding reception |
Where will the newly weds live now? After their wedding on May 19, His Royal Highness Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be settling down in their first official home together in a small, modest house in London. Of course, the house also happens to be the historic Nottingham Cottage in Kensington Palace.
Here are a few of the celebrities who were lucky enough to receive an invitation to the wedding:
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