Royal Wedding Wrap Up

Okay, almost everybody guessed that the Royal Wedding dress would be designed by Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton. The gown was a delight – Burton was a fashion forward choice, yet the gown was still tasteful enough for Westminster Abbey. According to palace officials, “Miss Middleton wished for her dress to combine tradition and modernity with the artistic vision that characterises…. McQueen’s work.” Burton’s inspiration: the “Arts and Crafts tradition, which advocated truth to materials and traditional craftsmanship using simple forms and often Romantic styles of decoration.” Many commentators also noted that it evoked Grace Kelly’s wedding dress.

The really bold choice, I think, was Middleton’s decision to wear her hair down (her stylist Richard Ward created her swept back look and she reportedly did her own makeup). This simple and elegant coiffure showed off the stunning stylized oak and acorn diamond earrings (a gift from her parents designed by Robinson Pelham).

And, in another nod to 19th century romantic symbolism, the bride’s bouquet included Lily-of-the-valley (symbolizing happiness), Sweet William (gallantry), Hyacinth (constancy of love), Ivy (fidelity, marriage, wedded love, friendship, affection) and myrtle (an emblem of marriage and love).

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