Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Royal Wedding: Our Recap

It seems the Royal Wedding went off without a hitch.  It was exciting, romantic and awesomely memorable.  Throughout the weekend there's sure to be continued coverage of the day's events from different points of view and varied outlooks.  But for us, the stand-outs were the brothers, the ritualistic pomp and circumstance and the dress!

The Brothers
While touched by many of the special moments surrounding Prince William and Catherine Middleton's wedding, my personal tear-jerker was the departure of Prince William and his brother, Prince Harry, from Clarence House riding together to Westminster Abbey.  The love between the two princes is obvious, as is the spirit of their mother, Princess Diana, who continues to shine through them.  Also, their uniforms were impeccable ... not at all pretentious, just exuded genuine pride.  William was dashingly handsome in red - wearing the tunic of an Irish Guards officer, as he holds the honorary rank of Colonel of the Irish Guards.  Although he is a Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force and could have worn that uniform, he chose to be a bit bold.  His mother would have been so proud.
The Pomp and Circumstance 
One of the elements of British culture admired most is their respect and preservation of tradition and history.  There is definitely something to be said of properly honoring the past and kneeling humbly to it.  As expected, each action was carefully choreographed and most every gesture, abundantly meaningful.  When my husband and I traveled to England, we marveled at the focus on intricacy.  We felt like kids in a candy store, touring the city of London as well as the English country-side.  There's much to be said about attention to detail.  It really makes a difference.  So, it was not at all surprising this Royal Wedding would follow suit.

The Dress
A few weeks ago I attempted to guess what style gown Catherine Middleton might choose and it turns out 3 of my choices weren't all that far off!  I had a feeling "sheer," "lace" and "non-poof" would collide when I selected styles by Collette Dinnigan, Yolan Cris and Priscilla of Boston.  I must admit, however, I was thrilled to find Kate's gown came out of the house of McQueen - a breathtaking choice, in more ways than one.

Sarah Burton, creative director for the late Alexander McQueen, dazzled the world with her design for Catherine Middleton.  What's more, the gown paid sweet and subtle homage to Grace Kelly's lacey waist-cinching bodice with voluminous skirt.  Finally, for their evening reception at Buckingham Palace, Kate chose another stunning Sarah Burton design.  Her evening ensemble - a soft, strapless, embellished gown which  felt classic yet young.  We loved, loved, LOVED both!
CONGRATULATIONS to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge! 
Wishing you many years of happiness and blessings.

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

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