Royal Wedding Wrap Up

May 21, 2018

By Tab Byrum

OK, surely you didn’t think we could skip out on looking at all the amazing design that went into making Saturday’s Royal Wedding happen…did you? Today we are going to look at all the things we talked about leading to the Royal Wedding, from the flowers and the cake to the dress and jewelry. I personally thought it was a beautiful wedding, it was much smaller and more intimate than William and Kate’s wedding 7 years ago but that was because this wasn’t an official state occasion, thus the absence of Presidents and Kings and Queens from other countries. I’ll talk a little more about all the ingredients that made this wedding a feast for the eyes. Enjoy!!! (above via)

The Dress ~ House of Givenchy

 

Let’s start with the dress, it was designed by British designer Claire Waight Keller who is the first female Artistic Director for French fashion house of Givenchy. Keller says she has known since early this year she was the chosen designer and she and the Duchess began immediately exchanging ideas and settled on this design, “a design of timeless minimal elegance referencing the design codes of the House of Givenchy.” (via)

Perhaps the most striking element of the Royal Wedding Dress was the veil. The veil is sixteen feet long and all around the edge, there are flowers from each country that is in the British Commonwealth of which Queen Elizabeth is the head. There are also Golden Poppies embroidered on the veil which are from California, Meghan’s home state. 

When your train is that long you’re going to need some help getting it down the aisle, Meghan found that help in Brian and John Mulroney. The boys are twin brothers and the 7-year-old sons of her best friend, Jessica Mulroney. Job well-done boys. 

The Tiara

 

All of us who tried to predict what tiara Meghan Markle would wear totally missed the mark, the new Duchess surprised us all with Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau Tiara. The Tiara hasnt’ been seen since the 1950’s, it was made for Queen Mary in 1932 and the center element is a large diamond flower brooch that Queen Mary received as a wedding gift in 1893. Queen Mary left the tiara to her grand-daughter The Queen when she died in 1953 and it hasn’t been seen since then. (via)

Here’s a photo of Queen Mary wearing the tiara around 1952-1953. In this photo you can see that the center element is a single large stone, rumor is the tiara can hold a large pink stone as well as a sapphire. (via)

Wedding Flowers

 

Ahh, the flowers, maybe my favorite part of the whole event. The flowers were kept to an elegant green and white color scheme, with white English roses being used since they were Diana’s favorite flower. Meghan’s favorite flowers are Peonies and they were also used along with other white flowers and lush greenery forming a backdrop. (via)

Inside the church, the wall of flowers was recreated surrounding the entrance to the Quire area of the church where guests and members of the Royal Family sat. The flowers made a wonderful frame for people sitting in the nave of the church looking through to the Quire. (via)

Meghan’s bouquet was as simple and elegant as her dress, it contained another of Diana’s favorite flowers, Forget Me Nots. There was also jasmine, lily of the valley, astilbe, sweet peas and myrtle in the bouquet. The myrtle is a tradition that goes back to Queen Victoria with all brides having myrtle in their bouquets from a bush Queen Victoria planted in 1845. Harry also stopped and cut flowers from the gardens of Kensington Palace and took to the florist to be used in the bouquet. (via)

 

Harry’s Uniform

 

Prince Harry and Prince William both wore the Frock Coat Uniforms for the Blues and Royals, a division of the British Army. Harry served in the British Army for 10 years, including two tours of Afghanistan. (via)

Meghan Markle walks down the aisle of St. George’s Chapel at Windsor followed by her six flower girls, two pages, and two train bearers.

Once Meghan entered the Quire area of the Chapel she was met by Prince Charles who walked her the rest of the way to the altar. Once they got to Prince Harry he was seen telling his father, “Thanks pa” as Prince Charles gave his son Meghan’s hand. 

Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, looked beautiful in her mint green dress and coat with white embroidered flowers from Oscar de la Renta. 

Following the wedding the couple exited the Chapel and gave the world the kiss we were waiting for, they left the Chapel in a horse-drawn carriage for 2 mile drive through the village of Windsor then up to the castle for the reception for 600 friends and family. (via)

The Wedding Cake

 

Here’s a look at the Lemon and Elderberry Flower cakes as they were set up in Windsor Castle for the large reception. The cakes were made using 200 Amalfi Lemons, 500 organic eggs, 20 kgs of butter, 20kgs of flour, 20 kgs of sugar and 10 bottles of Elderflower Cordial from The Queen’s Sandringham Estate. The cakes were baked in the kitchens of Buckingham Palace by American Claire Ptak. (via)

Another look at some of the cakes from reception, they were decorated with Swiss meringue buttercream frosting and fresh flowers. (via)

The Evening Party

 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leave Windsor Castle for their second reception/party for 200 close friends and family at nearby Frogmore House. Meghan wore a white crepe dress from British designer Stella McCartney… (via)

…and it was noted that Meghan was wearing a large emerald cut Aquamarine cocktail ring that had belonged to Harry’s mother, Diana Princess of Wales. A nice little something blue. She was also wearing diamond earrings from Cartier that matched the diamond bracelet she wore for the wedding service. (via)

A beautiful wedding and a beautiful day. Congratulations to the new couple. 

Words are my own.

 

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