I must preface this by saying, had Kate Middleton not made the right dress choice last Friday, this post would not exist.
Truth be told, up until last week, I wasn't very excited about the Royal Wedding. But I started to get into it, and come Friday morning, after I saw the (correct) dress, I just couldn't help myself! I got sucked in to the frenzy of monarchical madness!! (You might not be able to tell, but I wrote this post with a British accent!)
For anyone who missed the wedding and wants to catch up, this is basically what happened (and I dare any wedding naysayers not to enjoy this!):
Ok, before we discuss Kate's dress, lets take a look at the best-(and worst-)dressed guests, shall we?
|close-up - love the clutch|
& turban/flower hat!
I think she looks gorgeous!!!
|Karen Gordon with Earl Spencer|
such a dramatic/mysterious hat!
|Charlene Wittstock & Prince Albert of Monaco|
she's so pretty!
|Princess Maxima of the Netherlands|
|Princess Letizia of Asturias|
|Lady Frederick Windsor|
love the hat!
I'll cut her some slack cuz she's preggers...
|Mama Middleton looks great, but the Queen looks|
like a stick of butter & Camilla...it's just bad.
|Princesses Eugenie & Beatrice|
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?!? LOL
(in reality, I had to work that day, but at least I felt festive with my fascinator...) ;)
Here's Kate's sister and Made of Honour, Pippa Middleton, also wearing Alexander McQueen:
|I do like the buttons up the back tho|
|I'm just not a fan...it doesn't fit very well|
And now, here comes the Bride Catherine Middleton!!!
Kate's ivory dress was designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. It featured hand-embroidered and appliquéd lace (both English Cluny lace and French Chantilly lace), handmade by the Royal School of Needlework, and uses British fabrics, harkening back to Queen Victoria's 1840 bridal gown which "promoted England's skills." The floral lace represents the rose, thistle, daffodil, and shamrock, and the dress itself is meant to echo an opening flower. The sculpted, romantic style of Burton's design, with its strapless Victorian-style corset creating an hourglass figure, is reminiscent of the modernist Princess Margaret's 1960 wedding gown and, even more so, of Princess Grace of Monaco's 1956 wedding dress. Perhaps the reference to Grace Kelly's dress was an homage to Princess Diana, as she greatly revered the Hollywood film star and saw her as a style icon. Grace Kelly's wedding gown was designed by Helen Rose, the wardrobe designer at MGM. It featured antique Valenciennes rose point lace, 25 yards of silk taffeta, and 98 yards of tulle! Her veil was covered with appliquéd lace lovebirds and thousands of seed pearls. (information via: Telegraph and Fashion Era)
|via: A Girl's Guide to Home Life|
|via: Rice Cracker Love|
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images via: Telegraph, OK! Magazine, Kaboodle
And here's what the Middleton sisters wore to the Wedding Reception...
|Kate's Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen reception dress|
I like her wedding dress much more, but this still suits her.
|Pippa's reception dress by Alice Temperley|
pretty colour, but again doesn't fit well...
And now, a brief history of wedding gowns...
Philippa of England was the first documented princess in history to wear a white wedding gown during a royal wedding ceremony, in 1406. White did not become a popular colour option until 1840, after Queen Victoria's royal wedding. (In the post-Victorian era, many people incorrectly assumed traditional white was chosen to symbolize virginity.) After Victoria's official wedding portrait photograph was published, more and more brides chose white dresses for their wedding, in honour of the Queen's choice. Throughout history, bridal gowns have reflected the bride's social status and the style of the times. (information via: Wikipedia)
Some notable Royal Wedding gowns:
|1840 - Queen Victoria|
|1922 - Princess Mary|
|1923 - Elizabeth, The Queen Mother|
|1934 - Princess Marina of Greece|
|1935 - Princess Alice|
|1937 - The Duchess of Windsor|
|1947 - Queen Elizabeth II|
|1963 - Princess Margaret|
|1963 - Princess Alexandra & The Duke of Kent|
|1973 - Princess Anne's Engagement Gown|
she looks stunning here!
|1973 - Princess Anne|
|1981 - Princess Diana|
Other notable Celebrity Weddings:
|1905 - Eleanor Roosevelt|
|1950 - Elizabeth Taylor's 1st wedding|
|1953 - Jacqueline Kennedy|
I love the detail on the hem!
|1954 - Audrey Hepburn in Balmain|
this '50s-style dress is adorable
|1969 - Audrey Hepburn's|
she went mod-mini for her 2nd wedding
|1964 & 1975 - Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton (x2)|
|1994 - Celine Dion|
|2002 - Gwen Stefani in John Galliano|
I love the touch of pink!
|2005 - Dita Von Teese in Vivienne Westwood|
|2005 - Melania Trump in John Galliano|
|2008 - Liz Hurley in Donatella Versace|
|2008 - Liz Hurley in Jenny Packham|
|2009 - Ivanka Trump in Vera Wang|
|2010 - Nicole Richie in Marchesa|
Some of my favourite movie wedding moments:
|Claudette Colbert in It Happened One Night|
|Gene Tierney in Razor's Edge|
I think she looks gorgeous!!!
|Gentlemen Prefer Blondes|
|Elizabeth Taylor in Father of the Bride (1950)|
|Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face|
|Rita Hayworth in You'll Never Get Rich|
|Robin Wright Penn in The Princess Bride|
|Kirsten Dunst in Marie Antoinette|
|Jennifer Ehle in Pride and Prejudice|
|Kate Winslet in Sense and Sensibility|
|Gwyneth Paltrow in Emma|
|Emily Blunt in The Young Victoria|
|Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music|
|Katharine Ross in The Graduate|
|The Father of the Bride (1991)|
|Sarah Jessica Parker in Vivienne Westwood|
Sex in the City
|SJP again in Vera Wang|
And here are some wedding photos from my own not-so-royal history:
|c. 1907 - my Great-Great Aunt's wedding|
I love their hats!
|1912 - my Great-Grandmother's wedding|
|1917 - my other Great Grandmother's wedding|
|1946 - my Grandmother's wedding|
|Nana looks so cute :)|
|1980 - my Mother's wedding|
she looks sweet in her "Juliet cap"
I hope you enjoyed my Royal Wedding debriefing!