Were you one of the estimated 29.2 million people who watched the royal wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle this past Saturday? I certainly was. I got up early to watch, giving me sweet flashbacks of doing the same back in 1981, with my grandmother, when Harry’s father Charles married Diana Spencer.
The entire affair was lovely, personal, thoughtful and, surprisingly, intimate. It had the pomp but lacked the stiff formality that normally accompanies most royal weddings. It just felt like Harry and Meghan, from the Episcopalian preacher to the giving and exchanging of rings for both (many Royal men elect not to wear a wedding band) to the mindblowingly talented cello player to the performing of Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me” and Ella James’ “This Little Light of Mine.” The way the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex touched hands and gazed at each other would make a romantic out of the most hardened of hearts. The newly christened Duke even whispered to his bride at the altar (according to lip readers) “I’m so lucky.” Swoon.
Harry’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, would have been so delighted and proud of her son. She wasn’t forgotten on the couple’s big day. Meghan’s engagement ring featured two diamonds from Diana’s personal collection. The bride wore an aquamarine ring that had belonged to Diana on her right hand as she headed to the private wedding reception at Frogmore House. Diana’s sister, Lady Jane Fellowes, gave a reading during the wedding ceremony. The white roses in the floral arrangements were a nod to Diana, as she loved them. The forget-me-nots that Meghan carried for her wedding were not only picked by her groom (awwwww!) but also because they were reportedly his mother’s favorite. There has been some dispute over the empty seat next to Prince William during the service; some claim it was left empty in honor of Diana, others say the seat in front of the Queen is always left vacant. Regardless, the late princess was not forgotten on Harry’s special day.
I was holding my breath, waiting to see Meghan’s gown and she did not disappoint. The Givenchy dress was absolutely lovely, flattering to her frame and with the elegant, simple style allowing Meghan herself to take center stage. It perfectly encapsulated her tailored and timeless style. Her veil was lovely and delicate, highlighting the Queen Mary tiara that held it in place. I was delighted that Meghan wore her hair in her trademark updo and kept her makeup more subtle, letting that natural bridal glow shine through.
Meghan wore a Stella McCartney halter top, sleek dress for her evening wedding reception and it too was a hit. Simple yet left no doubt who one of the two stars of the show was.
The official wedding photos released are just gorgeous. Like the ceremony and the couple themselves, the photos have a relaxed, more casual vibe to them and the affection the two have clearly jump off the page.
Let’s look at some more wedding fashion.
What did you think of the wedding? Are you a fan of Meghan’s dress(es)? Other than the bride, who do you think was the best dressed at the wedding?