Notable Fashions From the Royal Wedding

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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.

wedding hbz-meghan-markle-wedding-dress-gettyimages-960050434-1526728987I 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.

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Mother of the bride Doria Ragland looks stunning in a custom pistachio green dress and day coat by Oscar de la Renta, shoes by Aquazurra, hat by Stephen Jones and clutch by Rogan
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Harry’s stepmother, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, wore an Anna Valentine coat dress of pink silk and an amazing Philip Treacy hat that I covet 
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The Queen has always loved her bright colors (so she can be more easily seen) and she did not disappoint in her silk tweed dress, with pops of lime, purple, lemon and grey and lime coat coat by Stuart Parvin and hat by Angela Kelly.  Her Majesty is right on point with the color trends for spring and summer.
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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, chose a yellow coat dress from Alexander McQueen, one of her favorite designers, and complemented the look with shoes by Jimmy Choo and a stunning hat by Philip Treacy.  Princess Charlotte, pictured with her mother, was a bridesmaid and looks ridiculously like her paternal grandmother Diana as a young girl.
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Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, looks stunning in an Emma Louise Design royal blue suit with pink trim and a matching veiled fascinator by Jess Collett
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Pippa Middleton Matthews, sister to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, looks gorgeous in a pale green Hepburn dress by Fold and shoes and clutch by Jimmy Choo.   Pippa’s dress is really lovely, isn’t it? 
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Carole Middleton, mother of the Duchess of Cambridge and Pippa Middleton Matthews, strikes just the right note in her mint green Catherine Walker coat dress.  Catherine Walker was a favored designer of the late Princess Diana
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Idris Elba’s fiancee Sabrina Dhowre chose a lovely Gucci sheath with a pop of color and accessorized with Gucci.  Idris is wearing a suit by Givenchy  
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Victoria Beckham looks sleek and stylish in a navy blue dress of her own design, with a coordinating fascinator and bright red heels
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Serena Williams is a vision in pink, from her Versace dress to her Versace heels
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Actresses and friends of the bride, Abigail Spencer and Priyanka Chopra dazzle.  Abigail goes retro with her Alessandra Rich dress in a navy and white polka dot while Priyanka chose a lavender Vivienne Westwood suit and matching Philip Treacy hat
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Princess Eugenie, the next royal bride, is lovely in a light blue bespoke mini dress by Gainsbourgh, Versace pumps and a white pillbox hat
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Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, chose a pop of color with her deep red wrap dress with navy lapels and coordinating red and navy hat adorned with feathers
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Princess Beatrice, shown here with her father Andrew, the Duke of York, elected to go a bit brighter than her sister, Eugenie.  Beatrice wears a Roksanda Viola dress in teal silk organza , Gianvito Rossi heels and a Stephen Jones headband style hat
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Zara Tindall, Princess Anne’s daughter, makes pregnancy look chic in this deep green dress with embellishments, black pumps and a decorative black fascinator


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?









2 Comments Add yours

  1. Hi: My mum and I watched and we were both fans of the gown, so elegant…
    This evening I just showed her the photos online of the gown by Stella McCarthy. Meghan wore to the evening celebration/party, also very chic. Apparently they gave out slippers at the reception/lunch after the wedding to folks who did not want to keep their heels on, and some ladies also invited to the evening party, changed into some beautiful gowns. Here is link/url to NY Magazine which also includes the slippers and the very elegant wedding cake!

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    1. Thank you for replying and for the link, Dena. Sounds like the receptions were fun and very much like Harry and Meghan. I wish there had been a picture of Doria Ragland’s reception dress. I head it was red and made by Stella McCartney but that’s all I’ve got. (A nice touch by Doria, by the way, to wear an American designer to one event and a British designer to another.)

      The wedding cake – – just beautiful. Perfection.

      All in all, a really lovely wedding. It still makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

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