A Royal Wedding Review

I am honestly depressed the royal wedding is over.  I was delighted out of my mind on Saturday morning watching it and thought it was the best royal wedding ever. Not only for it’s beauty but for the more relaxed (for royals) vibe it had as well as a serious feeling of true love. Like, Harry is HEAD OVER HEELS, it’s so obvious. She was cool as a cucumber, and he was a fidgety, teary mess! It was adorable!

Ok, so down to brass tacks– the church and flowers were AMAZING. Absolutely perfect, loose, garden-inspired and exactly what I was thinking they would do.

I mean, can you even imagine how incredible it smelled in there!

I mean, look how absurdly gorgeous this shot is? NAILED IT.

I would have liked some swags on the front of those pews, but you can’t win ’em all :)

OK, now onto the important stuff. THE DRESS.  The minute I glimpsed her dress and whole look I yelled “I WAS RIGHT!!!!” (see my prediction for the dress on Friday).  Hair up, simple makeup and a modern, clean lined high neck gown.  I missed the mark when I guessed Burberry as the designer, when it was in fact Givenchy, which as it turns out, was the perfect choice seeing as the new creative director is not only British but the first female creative director for Givenchy (and also, the designer was Audrey Hepburn’s favorite to boot.) That choice plus her walk in alone at the beginning of the church was a nice little female empowerment moment.

Lets start from the top. The tiara was bananas. Way better than Kate’s in my opinion. It was modern and streamlined in its design and coordinates absolutely perfectly with her dress. One of the prettiest I’ve ever seen….and can you imagine? This thing just sits in a vault and no one wears it. I’d be vacuuming in that thing (or overseeing the Royal Vacuumers at least, since Queens don’t vacuum I assume!)

The veil was also insane. Simple, perfect and meaningful. (And again, look at those flowers!!!!)

So, if we’re going to be picky, I do think her dress should have been a touch more fitted in the bodice and sleeves. Not TIGHT, but it did look a bit loose. Like most brides, myself included, I’m sure she lost some weight in the week leading up to the event (especially with all that Markle family nonsense), but you would think there would have been tailors on hand to tailor it last minute.  Kate’s dress looked like it was literally sewn onto her body it fit so perfectly.  That said, I LOVED IT.  I loved how simple it was, and yet romantic. It’s a classic look that will never tire.

One of my favorite parts was how the skirt fell with the train. It was beautifully tailored.

I mean, how gorgeous does she look?

One other thing that bothered me though was her hair. I loved the style, but the loose hairs falling in her face and at her neck drove me bananas. I loved the concept of the style, but the execution fell a little short.  A little more hairspray and one more bobby pin and it would have been ideal. But still, I’d donate a kidney to look like her and be a princess so ….. who cares what I think!

This dress by British designer Suzanne Neville is kind of my dream version of Meghan’s dress.

And then HOT DAMN the reception dress? BAM. Stunning. (But yes, also needed a little tailoring around the midsection).  And Harry looks mighty fine in that tux. These two look ready to party.

And the Jag? Swoon. This really is the stuff dreams are made up. Can you imagine waking up a Meghan and then going to bed a freaking Duchess with Princess Diana’s ring on your finger???? Girlfriend must be pinching herself.

Speaking of the aquamarine ring from Diana…

And now onto the guests.  I love Kate’s coat dress but MY GOODNESS, I am floored she wore a re-run for such a big event! She looks gorgeous, but she has worn this three times before to rather large events!  I am sure she did not want to upstage the bride in any way shape or form, and did just have a baby 5 minutes ago– but still, I wish she had worn something new! I would have liked her in this hydrangea blue coat dress with matching Phillip Treacy hat.  I think this color would suit her.

Doria, Meghan’s mother, looked radiant and beautiful as well. I felt so bad for her sitting in the pew alone, clearly incredibly emotional over this magnanimous moment with no one’s hand to hold. But her citron Oscar de la Renta was perfection.

My two favorite looks were Amal Clooney’s yellow ensemble and actress Janina Gavankar’s coral vintage dress/cape situation (which looked so good on tv when she was strutting in!)

Lady Kitty Spencer slayed in this green Dolce & Gabbana and I thought Gina Torres (from Suits) looked radiant in red.

Countess Specer was pretty darn chic is all purple as was Gabriel Macht’s wife Jacinda Barrett

Actually the Suits cast pretty much BROUGHT it. Loved Sarah Rafferty’s navy Lanvin.  I also might be in the unpopular group who adored the floral Valentino on James Blunt’s wife Sofia Wellesley. I thought it was so charming.

OK, so my least favorites: PIPPA! Oh Pippa, this was so out of left field for her! (And yes I’ve seen the Arizona iced tea can comparisons). Rumors are that she’s pregnant (I could have guessed from the much more ample assets up top) but this was not a flattering choice. It looked way too dowdy for such a young woman!

I would have much preferred a slightly more hip Erdem floral dress on her (the second one here is in fabric aptly called Windsor Wallpaper!)!

I also did not care for Oprah’s dress (too tight!) or Victoria Beckham’s dress, which looked sad and depressing.

To me, the wedding seemed like a fresh, modern injection of life into the stiff royal family.  And I couldn’t help but thinking that this wedding, and shift in perspective from the royal family in embracing a woman they most likely would have rejected years ago, is the Queen’s way of trying to make amends to Diana, and her sons. It felt like Diana was orchestrating this whole thing from afar and I hope would be so happy for her son to not only be so in love, but be marrying a strong, independent, outspoken woman whom I imagine, won’t let the rules of the Royal family quiet her ideals.

What are we going to look forward to now?Yesterday it felt like a had a royal wedding hangover.  I think getting lost in the joy and pomp and circumstance of this event was a much needed happy distraction for many!

What did you think about it???


    1. Adult bridesmaids are not traditional in Britain. More typically, you’ll see very young girls as bridesmaids and young boys as pages.

  1. Agree with all thoughts above-so beautiful and they are clearly deeply in love! I am so happy for Harry who deserves a loving family of his own. Two additional comments: how could she have missed the curtsy to the Queen (I gasped, even if she forgot he couldn’t have) and at no point did I see the Queen smile and look happy like she did at K&W wedding. With the crazy run up the the final days with her nutty family she owed the Queen that honor. Thoughts?

    1. She did curtsy but the cameras missed it. They switched to an overhead shot just as she (and Harry) curtsied…right after they reappeared from going in the back vestibule. Google it and you can catch the slightest glimpse of it from the overhead camera.

  2. As usual, your clever, fun, & astute comments made for great reading. I agree with your (slight) criticisms. The fit of the wedding gown (less so the reception dress) & the loose hairs, especially as they were walking down the steps outside after the ceremony. I thought it took lots of willpower not to reach up to push loose hairs behind her ear. She had to be aware that pushing her hair off her face would have been worse & called attention to it. The best part was how the music & flow of the ceremony reflected them (within the confines of royal precedent & church protocol). Thanks for your posts. Always worth reading!

  3. My 3 favorite dresses by the guests were Lady Kitty Spencer (gorgeous! green), Jacinta Barrett (normally not a fan of burgundy, but was totally put-together and classic), and the floral dress worn by James Blunt’s wife.
    Loved the whole event. #bestroyalwedding

  4. I thought of you the second I saw her dress! Loved every moment and am still devouring all the coverage I can find!

  5. Here’s something that I heard over the past day or so that I thought was interesting! I am up here in Canada, just for reference… I know someone who was getting married this past weekend, same day as Meghan and Harry’s. They wanted peonies for their floral arrangements, and were told that there isn’t a peony to be found because they were all spoken for! Shipped out for the Royal wedding!!! Even from Canada! Isn’t that something? I thought it was! Looking at the floral arrangements though, you can see how that happened. So many flowers. So beautiful!!!!!

    1. Ha ha that just might explain why the florist didn’t have any to send to my MIL for Mothers Day!

  6. As always, spot on! I couldn’t have said it better myself! We are amazingly like-minded!!

  7. It was perfect in every way! The dress made a stunning statement of elegance and fresh, modern style. Megan’s a class act! I thought her mom looked fabulous and Duchess Kate, ditto. She wears it well!

  8. I thought she looked beautiful but if I am being honest, I prefer Kates wedding dress to this. Meghans dresses were lovely but a little plain for my taste. But the important thing is the bride was happy and that is all that matters on ones wedding day. Poor Pippa. I don’t even know what to say to that. I think your opinions were spot on and I am not sure why no one has hired you yet to dress them.

  9. 1. Am I the only one who noticed what looks like folding chairs at the church??? They couldn’t have sprung for nicer chairs???? 2. Why oh why is Meghan’s mom sitting alone???? 3. Those sleeves on Sarah Rafferty’s Lanvin! Ridiculously gorgeous!

  10. Agree with every word! I also thought Jessica Mulroney looked spectacular–she gets my vote for best dressed guest.

  11. This was an AMAZING wedding. Loved everything, love them together. I mean absolutely no disrespect by this but I truly believe she may be a couple months pregnant. Of course the royals have enough money/resources to have her dress taken in, even the day of. If my sis in law had her dress taken in the morning of her wedding while she was sipping her coffee, the royals definitely can and probably have done it before. Either way, I’m happy for them. So beautiful it hurts. Love all your posts!

  12. Agreed. My matron-of-honor wore white at my wedding and it felt incredibly chic. Enough of the white. The Stella McCartney gown would have slayed in a solid color. Pale coral and Dians’s cocktail ring.

  13. I was hoping someone would mention her hair and the dress fitting. That for me brought her overall polished look down a point or 2. I think Harry was wiping sweat from his eyes not tears. That being said I was up at 3:30 central time to watch and give it a 7/10. Kate Middleton set the standard for me.

  14. Nailed it! The wedding and commentary both. It was so lovely. Even my Nana called to say it was the best ever!
    I thought Amal looked so lovely, and while she might have preened, it was nothing to Sara Rafferty promenading up and down like she was working a red carpet :\

  15. I enjoyed your comments and agreed with most….I guess I’m one of the few who thought that Almal Clooney’s outfit was not the best looking. Color and style was over the top and her hair and hat didn’t work for me…..it was the only outfit my husband commented about (not positive)

  16. You hit it right on. I too thought the dress was not fitted properly and I would have thought the designer would have made sure it fit her perfectly even if that meant altering the dress through the night and I thought the fabric was a little heavy. Beautiful design and neckline the dress needed to be fitted. Meghan’s veil was exquisite. You really appreciated the work that went into it when they showed photo’s of the veil up close..
    Perfect weather for a beautiful, blessed day.

  17. Hpw could Stella completly blow this world review of Oprah’s…disaster. You were spot on!!! franki

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