Duke and Duchess of Sussex
On May 19, 2018, 1B people around the world stopped for a few hours and took in the beautiful wedding of Meghan Markle, American to Prince Harry held at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, England. I was one of the many watching from the comfort of my home at 2:30 a.m. Yes, it was indeed an epic day sprinkled with lush flowers, exalted fashion, open carriage, military, horses, celebrities, royalty, Queen Elizabeth II and the people in Windsor sporting expressions of enthusiasm and excitement. Thankfully, no stiff or newspaper seeking politicians or dignitaries as requested by Prince Harry. Thus, a thoroughly modern, refreshing and a bit of a madcap wedding with moments that brought tears, joy and yes, even surprise when a 2 minute sermon requested by Queen Elizabeth II went on for 13 minutes. The reaction of the wedding attendees was a sight to behold. Alas, Prince Harry will never be king so let there be a joyous and an unfettered occasion. My fascination with the royal family really began at 20 years of age when Princess Diana, also 20, wed Prince Charles. My friends and I watched the wedding live and loved every moment. Her life was indeed tumultuous, her death tragic and yet her children were a lasting gift to all. To see them both happily married, Prince William and now Prince Harry is a blessing indeed. Princess Diana would have been proud.
This particular Cinderella story is indeed brilliant. Meghan Markle found her match and good wishes surrounded both of them throughout the day. Even though the tabloids prior to the wedding were as expected ruthless, her mother Doria Ragland was the second star of the wedding party. Her grace, calmness and ability to handle the spotlight all alone with only her daughter present was indeed courageous. Doria is obviously the reason behind the self confidence that emanates from her daughter. Doria's strength, elegance and presence were center stage. And, hats off to Prince Charles for walking Meghan down the aisle and for taking Doria's hand to be a witness for the signing of the marriage certificate and again taking her arm when walking out of the St. George's Chapel. It was indeed a remarkable moment and one we should all remember to embrace. We are walking through this life together, thus include everyone and always display friendship and kindness. The royal family exemplified this message clearly yesterday.
Let's Get Jolly to It!
First - The Wedding Dress
The Claire Waight Keller for Givenchy gown was constructed of minimal lines, giving a nod towards an elegant fashion statement. Think Audrey Hepburn rather than an over flounced, over embellished, low cut and beaded concoction meant for the younger set. The minimalist fashionista vibe was expected from Ms. Markle, since this was her second wedding and she overall prefers classic and simplistic attire. The pure white gown was embellishment free and echoed her favored icon of the late style maven Carolyn Bessette Kennedy. The open bateau neckline highlighted her shoulders and emphasized her waist. The dress was not meant to be fitted but rather gave room to walk gracefully. The flowers were sparing, again a subtle style choice, picked by Prince Harry, a tradition, from the Kensington Palace gardens. Notice, the bouquet similarities in photo below of Audrey Hepburn, Funny Face, 1956. However, it was the 16-and-a-half-foot veil that captured attention. She wanted to have all 53 Commonwealth countries represented in this masterpiece as she journeyed through the ceremony. The florals were chosen and interwoven with crops of wheat to symbolize love and charity. This dress was worn to the ceremony and to a luncheon for 600 wedding guests. The children carrying the veil were priceless.
"I have the luxury of wearing beautiful pieces of clothing every day for work, so my personal style - wedding or not - is very pared down and relaxed," she said. "Classic and simple is the name of the game, perhaps with a modern twist. I personally prefer wedding dresses that are whimsical or subtly romantic." - Meghan Markle
|Audrey Hepburn, Funny Face - 1956 - Notice the Bouquet - Similar to Meghan's|
|Meghan Markel, Duchess of Sussex & The Late Carolyn Bessette Kennedy|
Second - The Second Wedding Dress
The Stella McCartney, second wedding dress for the 200 invited to the reception was breathtaking. The cut, the fit and the high neck were absolutely royal carpet ready.
"I am so proud and honored to have been chosen by the Duchess of Sussex to make her evening gown and represent British design." - Stella McCartney
Third - The Children
One word only: Unforgettable!
Fourth - 800 Wedding Guests - Favorites
There were many gorgeous outfits and everyone looked dazzling. It was also spectacular to see them walk down a long street into St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on a sunny day. The colors and outfits were mesmerizing. There were only a few who missed the memo on hemlines below the knee and not to wear black. Other than that, all shined on this day.
|Amal Clooney - Stella McCartney|
|Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge & Princess Charlotte|
|Sarah Ferguson - Emma Louise Design|
|Sarah Rafferty - Lavin|
Alas, the wedding is over. It was a whirlwind affair, royally entertaining and a far cry from being stuffy and boring. May the Duke and Duchess of Sussex live happily ever after. After all, the fairy-tale has begun and the real adventure is about to begin for this happy couple.
Stand by Me
When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we see
No I won't be afraid
No I won't be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me
And darling, darling stand by me
Oh, now, now, stand by me
Stand by me, stand by me
If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
And the mountain should crumble to the seas
I won't cry, I won't cry
No I won't shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me
And, darling, darling stand by me
Oh, stand by me