Harry & Meghan 19th May 2018
All eyes of the world were firmly on London on Saturday last 19th May 2018 when Prince Harry married Hollywood actress Meghan Markle and they officially became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The wedding took place in St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
The day was filled with Royal tradition, glamorous style, historic moments with a mixture of Royals and A-listers.
Celebrity guests included David & Victoria Beckham, Oprah Winfrey, the cast from the TV show Suits, Serena Williams and George & Amal Clooney. Attending the wedding was the Co Laois “Supervet” aka Noel Fitzpatrick from the Chanel 4’s show, it is thought that Noel saved the day when Meghan’s dog was injured last year.
The Dress and Veil
Givenchy Designer Clare Waight Keller, 47-year-old, designed the dress for the wedding of the year. Here In the photo, you can see the seven-year-old twins, John & Brian Mulroney, taking charge of her train on the West Steps, doing a great job and in the right spots for carrying the train…lots of rehearsals.
Her wedding dress was a graphic open bateau three-quarter sleeve design. Choosing simplicity over decoration, the dress reflected Meghan’s sleek and streamlined style. The pure white colour made of double-bonded silk elegantly framed the shoulders and highlighted her sculptured waist. She wore pink nude lipstick, her hair was in a chic bun and her veil was held in place by the Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau Tiara, lent to Meghan by the queen.
Her Veil was five meters long, featuring hand-embroidered flowers in silk threads and organza. Each flower represented the 53 countries of the Commonwealth, united in one floral composition. Her choice will influence bridal trends for seasons to come.
She wore diamond earrings and a bracelet by Cartier. Her shoes were hand-crafted by the Givenchy team made of duchess silk satin.
Meghan’s bouquet was gorgeous and really complimented her elegant wedding dress. Meghan chose flowers that had a special significance to her. She opted for Forget-Me-Nots which included scented sweet peas, lily of the valley, jasmine and astrantia, which were all bound with a naturally dyed, raw silk ribbon. Forget-Me-Nots were Princess Diana’s favourite flowers, opting for this in honour of Harry’s late mum. Prince Harry chose to pick several flowers from their private garden at Kensington Palace to add to the bouquet, which was designed by Philippa Craddock.
The Royal wedding afters
So the day was as a royal wedding would be, traditions and lots of fancy royal people, the last thing you would expect to see was them handing out packets of slippers at the afters wedding party, but they did. This was captured by Troian Bellisario from the TV hit series Pretty Little Liars, she shows here the moment they arrived to the afters and got greeted with slippers. We all know the feeling of wearing heals, so it is nice to see that even the royals need slippers to dance the night away.
The guests also received a little blue and white tote bag with the date of the wedding with an HM printed on the front. The contents inside the bag included a bottle of water, a chocolate coin, a commemorative shortbread and a fridge magnet.
The evening reception was held in Frogmore House. This is the place they also shot their engagement photos.
There were 200 guests attend the evening celebrations. There was a glass marquee for the grounds of the house reportedly costing in the region of 300,00 English pounds.
The had James Corden as MC for the night. They enjoyed a sit-down meal at 7.30pm, were treated to nibbles including candy floss and burgers from carnival-style food trucks later on that evening.
Themed Cocktails were served all night long, including a rum and ginger one called “When Harry Met Meghan”
The speeches included Prince Charles giving the Father of the Groom Speech, Harry then spoke and in a break of tradition, its believed Meghan also gave a speech.
Elton John entertained the guests with some of his best-loved hits, DJ Sam Totolee took over as DJ later on and to finish the celebrations, there was even an after-after party at the Chiltern Firehouse which is a popular hotspot in London.
Tip of the week:
Something Blue; Meghan had the soles of her shoes painted in baby blue – a new idea there for future brides to be.
Trend of the week
Meghan’s second wedding dress, which is incredible and stunning. Designed by Stella McCartney. A bespoke lily white high neck gown made of silk crepe. Her shoes are from Aquazurra made in silky satin and with nude mesh.