The moment has arrived, and it was magnificent!! There was no denying that this was an enchanted event. The Royal Wedding was regal, beautiful and somehow, subtly extravagant. The hats alone were enough to keep a smile on my face for days, and watching for celebrity arrivals among the guests was much like a red carpet event. The Bentley processionals added great anticipation for the arrival of the wedding party....and finally, THE DRESS. Ahhhh, it was just as I had imagined and more. It was a modern take on the "Grace Kelly" style. Effortless elegance.
Sarah Burton, creative director of luxury British design house Alexander McQueen, created a classic gown for the modern day princess. (rather, Duchess of Cambridge, as I have learned) The full a-line silhouette and pleated skirt was so flattering on Kate. The bodice was covered in French Chantilly lace and full length illusion sleeves, finished by elegant buttons placed at the wrist. The modesty of the lace coverage did not overshadow the immaculate fit and construction of the bodice, with emphasis at the natural waist. The appliqués on the silk gazar skirt rounded the front hem as well as the 9 foot train. 58 silk gazar and organza covered looped buttons completed the back of the gown. Pure Perfection.
Kate's veil was surprisingly subtle, yet so appropriate for her hair style and Cartier "halo" tiara. The silk tulle was adorned with a thin trim of hand sewn floral detail. Just enough of an illusion blusher to add romance without overshadowing her beauty.
Despite the added pressure of the entire world's anticipation, I feel as though Kate stayed true to herself, and her style...as all brides should. Kudos to you Kate.
Thank you to CBS NEWS for the photographs, and you are welcome for the image of David Beckham. ;)