Congratulations To The New Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Prince Harry and Meghan Markle)
It’s no secret that there was a Royal Wedding yesterday across the pond. I myself, like so many others set my alarm and spent the entire day glued to watching history in the making as Prince Harry of Wales wed American actress Meghan Markle.
I grew up adoring Princess Diana, so naturally I have loved getting to see her sons (who are in my age range) marry their true loves. After a journey of searching for ‘the one’ Prince Harry finally had his fairytale come to life after meeting Meghan Markle on a blind date last year. The two wed yesterday in an elegant and pleasantly understated ceremony at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. While this wedding was quite different than the very royal ceremony between William and Kate, it was filled with an energy of modernity and genuine love.
The blushing bride wore a gown designed by new Givenchy creative director Clare Waight Keller, a fellow Brit of course. The gown was made of pure white silk with an A-line skirt and open boat neckline. accompanied by a 16 foot veil which represented the 53 Commonwealth countries in one stunning floral composition. No royal bride look would be complete without a crown. Markle chose the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau straight from Queen Elizabeth’s jewelry vault. The English tiara was crafted in 1932 made of diamonds with a platinum setting. The center piece featured a detachable brooch made of ten diamonds dating back to 1893. I have to admit I expected a bit more flash and glamour from Meghan on her big day, but after hearing that she pulled inspiration from the likes of famous brides such as Audrey Hepburn and Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, her more simplistic style makes perfect sense.
For the couple’s second royal reception, Harry’s father Prince Charles threw a beautiful bash for the new husband and wife at nearby Frogmore House. That naturally called for a change of a dress. This time the new Duchess opted for a lily white Stella McCartney design with a halter neck and open back. While still on the simple side, this dress felt much more like Meghan to me and ended up being my favorite of her two gowns. My absolute favorite thing about this look wasn’t the silver blue Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero the couple drove off in (which was pretty nice, and had the newlyweds wedding date on the license plate) but Meghan’s eye-catching finger bauble. The perfect ‘something blue’ belonged to her late mother in law, the Princess of Wales. Diana’s aquamarine emerald cut stunner was last seen on her at a Christie’s auction (for her own clothing) in 1997. It’s also been said that Meghan (just like Kate) had a blue ribbon owned by the Princess sewn inside her gown so that a little piece of her went down the aisle too. I love the subtle nods to Harry’s beloved mother and I have a feeling she would have loved them too.
The couple made sure Diana was all around from her favorite Forget-Me-Not flowers which Harry handpicked for Meghan’s bouquet, to the empty seat near his older brother William, Duke of Cambridge where he stood as best man. Diana raised two exceptional gentleman who will never let her memory be forgotten.
Meghan’s bridal beauty has been quite the debate on social media, as people expected a more glamorous look from her. I myself wasn’t surprised since the California beauty never has been one to wear a heavy look. She loves her freckles to show and for her skin to look like real skin. Makeup artist Daniel Martin kept the look understated and no fuss, staying true to the bride’s signature look. Her piecey updo also caused a stir, as most people expected her to wear her dark locks down. Famed celebrity hair stylist Serge Normant gave Meghan her parted updo, which took around 45 minutes to create. While I prefer more of an dark eyeliner and loose waves type of look like Kate Middleton’s, I think this one fit just right with the overall look the beautiful bride was going for. As an ode to Queen Elizabeth, Meghan wore ‘Ballet Slippers’ by Essie on her nails, which is her majesty’s favorite shade.
No matter what thoughts and opinions you have on the wedding details, it was lovely to witness a day so filled with hope and love. In the world we are living in currently we don’t get much of that, so for that alone I thank Harry and Meghan and wish them nothing more than a lifetime of joy and happiness. I truly believe they are going to achieve great things together.