I think it's fair to say the wedding of HRH Prince William & Catherine Middleton on Friday certainly lived up to everyone's expectations. With over 2 billion people worldwide tuning in to watch the nuptials and 1 million people lining the streets of London to celebrate it has certainly reignited the worlds love and infatuation with the British monarchy. Possibly the greatest kept secret of the day was Kate's dress and after much speculation it was announced she was wearing a gown designed by Sarah Burton, head of famed British houseAlexanda McQueen. Made of ivory and white satin gazar with a train of just over 6 feet long, the Royal website notes "the skirt echoes an opening flower, with white satin gazar arches and pleats. The ivory satin bodice, which is narrowed at the waist and padded at the hips, draws on the Victorian tradition of corsetry and is a hallmark of Alexander McQueen’s designs". With her hair down Kate wore a stunning Cartier halo tiara on loan from the Queen and diamond earrings given to her by her parents made especially to match the tiara. According to reports Middleton worked closely with Burton to create the formula for her gown, with obvious notes taken from Grace Kelly's famous wedding gown. There's no doubt that Kate's look will forever be replicated by bride's worldwide as have the looks so many famous brides in the past. Kate's sister and lady in waiting, Pippa Middleton, also wore a custom made McQueen gown complete with little sleeves, a cowl neck and covered buttons. Kate's second gown, for the 80's themed evening party, was another McQueen creation with embellished waist band and finished off with a super cute angora cardigan. Princess chic perfection! Visit the official Royal wedding website at www.officialroyalwedding2011.org for all the wonderful photos.
The official photographer for the wedding was Hugo Burnand
Kate wore a Cartier tiara, on loan from the Queen, with earrings gifted to her by her parents
Kate carried a bouquet of Lilly of the Valley, which also represents 'trust' when refrencing the 'language of flowers', a floral code made popular by Queen Victoria
Kate's second gown for the evening celebration was another McQueen creation with embellished waist band and angora cardigan
The amazing cake was crafted by Fiona Cairns and took five weeks to design. The cake, consisting of 17 individual fruit cakes, was decorated in cream and white icing with 900 delicate sugar-paste flowers
Posted by Emilie Harrison