Wedding Wednesdays: Royal Wedding Edition!
On May 19,2018 at Windsor Castle, a fairy tale came to life and the world witnessed a real-life Cinderella story. This is the story of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
The couple started dating in 2016 after they were set up by a mutual friend on a blind date and in late 2017; Harry proposed to Meghan on a Sunday evening while they were making roasted chicken. After the announcement of their engagement, all eyes were on Meghan and everyone began to take notice of her chic and elegant style. Here’s what we at Ella Pritsker Couture loved about the wedding: EVERYTHING. Here’s the breakdown of the glorious wedding fashion:
The Dress: Meghan walked down the aisle in a couture gown designed by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy. This holds a great deal of cultural significance because Keller is British and has been creative director of three fashion houses; Pringle of Scotland, Chloe and now Givenchy. She is also the very first female director of the French fashion house Givenchy. We love that Meghan Markle (a self-proclaimed feminist) loves to support other women as much as we do!
The Reception Dress: Like many modern women including her sister-in-law Kate Middleton; Meghan went with a second dress for her reception. This dress was a high, halter neck design made of silk crepe by Stella McCartney that also featured an open back and a train. We love how this dress was quite different in design than the dress she walked down the aisle in, yet stayed within the theme of elegance and simplicity that was evident throughout the wedding. Meghan paired this dress with shoes that had blue bottoms and Princess Diana’s Aquamarine ring that was gifted to her by Prince Harry.
The Veil: Meghan’s veil was a sight to behold and worked beautifully with the conservative design of her wedding gown. It was also designed by Clare Waight Keller, but that’s not the only thing that makes it special. The veil featured the flowers of all 53 Commonwealth countries embroidered into it among crops of wheat to symbolize love and charity. Made from silk tulle with the flowers and wheat embroidered in silk and organza, this veil took hundreds of hours to make. The workers even washed their hands every thirty minutes to keep the tulle and threads pristine!
The Tiara: Meghan and Harry notoriously broke royal protocol with their wedding cake, but Meghan’s tiara was the epitome of tradition and was a sweet inclusion of royal tradition. Dubbed the “Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau”, this sparkling accessory comes straight from Queen Elizabeth II’s vault and dates back to 1932. The flexible, 11-section tiara was made specifically to go around the detachable brooch in the center, which contains 10 diamonds and dates back to 1893!
Finally, we simply cannot discuss the Royal Wedding without also mentioning the late Princess Diana. Nicknamed “The People’s Princess”, there were several allusions made to Prince Harry’s mother. Princess Diana captivated hearts around the world for her genuine and down-to-earth spirit and her boldness. Beyond Meghan wearing her gorgeous Aquamarine ring to her reception, there were several subtle nods to the beloved Princess “Di”. All three of her siblings were present, with her older sister Lady Jane Fellows giving the reading at the wedding. Next, the hymn “Guide Me, O Thy Great Redeemer” was sung at the wedding and was also sung at her funeral. The flowers in Meghan’s bouquet were hand-picked from Princess Diana’s garden, and at the lunchtime reception Elton John performed for the couple as he had done 21 years ago at Princess Diana’s funeral. Her presence was definitely felt by everyone in attendance, and we can’t help but think that she would have been exceptionally proud of her youngest son.
Thanks so much for recapping this beautiful historical event with us, tune in next Wednesday for another Wedding Wednesday post! Now please enjoy some of our favorite photos from the Royal wedding: