Love was most definitely in the windy air as Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank tied the knot last week.
We’ve been spoiled with two royal weddings this year. Both held at St George’s chapel in Windsor, but each taking on their own personality, defined by the couples and their passions. This was the first wedding this century with a royal bride, with only the weddings of royal grooms Harry, William and Charles in recent memory. I adore the chance to celebrate a wedding, so here are my top three moments from the day.
This has to be top of everyone’s list, the most anticipated fashion choice and one that sets the tone for the rest of the day. We already knew Eugenie would choose a British designer and London-based Peter Pilotto was her final choice. Designers Pilotto and Christopher De Vos worked closely with Eugenie as they incorporated a folded neckline to reveal her scoliosis surgery scar and a beautifully wrapped flowing train.
The dress featured embellishments that were special to the princess and her new husband; a thistle for their love for Balmoral, a shamrock to acknowledge Eugenie’s roots, and a rose and ivy to represent the newlyweds’ home. Eugenie beautifully accessorised her dress with a classic mix of something old and something new, with her tiara, the Greville emerald Kokoshnik tiara, lent by the Queen and diamond and emerald drop earrings – a wedding gift from Jack. No veil for Eugenie, which may have been a wise choice on such a windy day! But a definite splash of her personality, making sure her scar would be seen. She said, “I think you can change the way beauty is, and you can show people your scars and I think it’s really special to stand up for that.”
There is so much glorious anticipation in the bride’s walk down the aisle. The first glimpse of the dress, the reactions of the guests, caught up in that single moment, the face of the groom, unable to contain his delight and the words that he speaks when his bride reaches the end of the aisle. I loved all those moments in Eugenie and Jack’s wedding, especially the moment at the end of the aisle when Jack told Eugenie, “You look perfect.” Ahh….
It is such a special occasion when the royal family joins together to celebrate and I just can’t get enough of it. The clear joy in the faces of the family reminded me that, just like any other family, they were so excited to witness the marriage of their cousin, niece, daughter and grandaughter. Looking stunning in their designer outfits, the royals were a spectacular sight to behold. (I also love the fact that, at the time, no one knew there was a secret extra royal baby in the picture!)
So many beautiful moments of the day – I loved the autumnal hues of the flowers, the gorgeous red velvet and chocolate cake and the giggling bridesmaids and pageboys. But overall, it was a wonderful celebration of two people in love. Here’s to the happy royal couple, wishing them a lifetime of adventure, love and laughter.