22 May Our Favorite Royal Wedding Details
By: Sarah Foster
We aren’t quite ready for the royal wedding to be over… so before we move on, we’ve decided to share some of the beautiful details of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s magical nuptials in Windsor.
After months of waiting, we caught our very first glimpse of the bride and her mother, Doria Ragland, riding to St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in a black vintage Rolls Royce. Sparkling through the windows we saw the glimmer of Meghan’s stunning tiara. The bride wore a gorgeous bandeau tiara, which she reportedly picked out with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace. The piece has a storied history.
The center stone is a brooch featuring 10 diamonds, which was given to Mary of Teck, Queen Elizabeth II’s grandmother, in 1893. Forty years later, in 1932, the diamond and platinum bandeau tiara was specifically made to accommodate the brooch. The tiara is a flexible band of eleven sections, featuring interlaced ovals and pavé diamonds along with large and small brilliant diamonds. Queen Mary officially bequeathed it to Queen Elizabeth II when she died in 1953. Meghan’s choice ushered the historic tiara into a new era within the British royal family.
The bride and Clare Waight Keller (the first female artistic director at Givenchy) closely collaborated on the dress design, which epitomizes a timeless minimal elegance referencing the codes of the iconic fashion house. It was also very reflective of the duchess’s personal style: polished, understated and modern. It evoked chic simplicity reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn, one of Givenchy’s most famous clients.
Waight Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of all 53 countries of the Commonwealth of England. The veil also featured wintersweet, which grows in front of Nottingham Cottage, Meghan and Harry’s residence, and the California poppy in a nod to Meghan’s birthplace.
Meghan processed in alone, with her attendants in tow. “This moment was powerful, as it showed a confident, independent woman walking towards her future husband on her own,” a true feminist fairy tale moment according to Over The Moon, one of our favorite resources for all things wedding. Prince Charles accompanied her final stretch to the altar. She was already a successful actress and humanitarian before she met Prince Harry and didn’t shy away from entering the sanctuary’s Gilebertus Door of St. George’s Chapel on her own—more power to you, Meghan!
And y’all, this is just too special! Prince Harry hand picked several flowers from their private garden at Kensington Palace to add to the bespoke bridal bouquet designed by florist Philippa Craddock.
The spring blooms included forget-me-nots which were Diana, Princess of Wales’ favorite flower, honoring her memory on this special day. Meghan’s bouquet also included sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine and astrantia, all held together by a raw silk ribbon.
As is royal tradition, the bouquet also included sprigs of myrtle. The custom dates back to the wedding of Queen Victoria’s daughter Princess Victoria. Myrtle symbolizes hope and love, making it a perfect addition to any bride’s bouquet.
The Duchess of Sussex sent the bouquet she carried to Westminster Abbey to rest on the grave of the Unknown Warrior. Beautiful bouquets made from the ceremony flowers were also given to patients at St Joseph’s Hospice.
And who can forget the adorable attendants? Princess Charlotte and Prince George absolutely stole our #clochegirl hearts.
The smaller Ascot Landau Carriage was chosen for the royal procession because passengers sit up quite high, providing lots of visibility for bystanders.
The wedding cake was designed by pastry chef Claire Ptak (are you noticing a theme of all female vendors? #girlpower) of London’s Violet Cakes and featured elderflower syrup made at The Queen’s residence in Sandringham from the estate’s own elderflower trees, as well as a light sponge cake uniquely formulated for the couple.
The royal family commissioned a handmade limited-edition commemorative porcelain collection designed with a monogram surmounted by Prince Harry’s coronet tied together with delicate white ribbons. The intricate borders are inspired by the 13th century Gilebertus Door covered in flowers on Saturday. Check out our previous love letter for more details all things royal china.
The Duchess of Sussex wore Givenchy silk duchess satin pumps.
She accessorized her look with her first something blue: a stunning aquamarine ring that belonged to princess Diana.
Another something blue was stylishly incorporated into her second look courtesy of the soles of her custom white satin Aquazurra shoes dyed baby blue, designed by founder Edgardo Osorio.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex departed Windsor Castle for the evening reception, in a silver (something else) blue Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero. This vehicle was originally manufactured in 1968, and has since been converted to electric power.
The groom reportedly gave a touching impromptu speech at the reception praising his wife’s grace and closing with his excitement to spend their lives together. Other speeches included a moving speech from Prince Charles, a funny speech from Prince William and a eloquent speech given by none other than the bride herself thanking the royal family for being so welcoming. We applaud her for breaking with long-standing protocol; another moment of making the wedding day their own! Guests listened to a performance by Elton John at the afternoon reception and danced the night away to the MC stylings of James Corden and the same DJ Pippa Middleton had at her wedding.
Gift bags were given to 2,640 members of the public invited into the grounds of Windsor Castle for the wedding. The bags included commemorative shortbread, a chocolate coin, and sparkling water.
WHAT a weekend! We wish all the happiness in the world to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. May that light of yours shine forever more! “Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!”