April 29, 2011

The Royal Wedding - The DRESS!!!

It has been an exciting start to the day as I have been honored to have watched a moment of history as Prince William married his college sweetheart, Miss Catherine Middleton. Today has been filled with anxious moments by many viewers of waiting to see what Kate would wear, who the designer would be, how her hair would be, if she would indeed do her own makeup, what Kate's sister Pippa would be wearing, how the Queen would be dressed, and if all of the royalty would be calm, at peace and full of smiles and tears of joy.

We'll sum it all up for you here.

Kate looked breathtaking, wearing an amazing wedding gown with lace, a full skirt, long sleeves, a scallop and heart shaped neckline and with a long train, designed by Sarah Burton for Alex McQueen.  Kate's hair was down with the front half being pulled back (with a bit of a poof), accompanied by the Queens Cartier “halo” tiara.  The Queen was given this tiara on her 18th birthday and it was made in 1936.  It is too early to say if Kate borrowed it from the Queen or if the Queen handed it down to Kate as a gift. It looks as though Kate did do her own makeup which looked beautiful and flawless, while still looking like her, which is what she wanted.  She had mentioned that she wanted Will to 'recognize' her on their wedding day.
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Kate's sister Pippa wore a cowl neck and ivory dress, also designed by Sarah Burton for Alex McQueen, that was elegant and remarkably simple.  Kate's mother, Mrs. Carole Middleton, wore a pale blue outfit designed by Catherine Walker.  Her hat was designed by Berkshire-based Jane Corbett.  The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker-Bowles, wore an outfit designed by Anna Valentin. The Queen wore an Angela Kelly designed yellow dress. The Queen looked remarkable in a bold yellow, however I wish that smiles were more frequent from her on this joyous occasion.

Speaking of the outfits, I speculate that what took place today will change the wedding industry with leaps and bounds as far as trends and what has been known for years in the US.  For starters, it is normally unheard of and extremely frowned upon to wear white or ivory to a wedding, unless you are the bride.  With Kate's sister Pippa wearing an ivory gown, this will probably carry over to become a new trend in the US for upcoming weddings.  I don't feel that it will as trendy as how wedding gown themselves will look in the coming months, or days for that matter.  Kate's dress had form fitting, long sleeves with lace details.  With many people buzzing about how gorgeous the dress is, I can see this becoming an instant trend here in the US.

It amazed me how at peace everyone looked and how mellow many seemed to be.  I did see a little shake from Kate's hand as she took her 4 minute walk down the aisle, however other than that, it looked like a walk in the park.  That confidence and poise, along with her adorable smile, is what makes Kate glow and sparkle everyday.

Check back for more on the Royal Wedding!


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