According to the Telegraph, worldwide an estimated 1.9 billion people watched the royal wedding this past weekend (TV, Internet and in-person views combined) and I am so happy that our household accounts for a tiny fraction of those 2 billion. I set the alarm for 4am on Saturday, woke up my peeps and, hot cup of coffee and tissues at hand, started spotting celebrity after celebrity.
Oprah was among the first ones to arrive. She wore a pale pink dress and looked as beautiful as always. I was mesmerized by Amal and George Clooney…For me, Amal stole the show and looked spectacular in that yellow dress.
The Beckhams followed soon after and looked as posh as ever.
I screamed when I saw Troian Bellisario (Spencer from Pretty Little Liars) arrive at the arm of her husband (who I later found out was Meghan’s on-screen husband! Small world!)
Kate Middleton, Sarah Rafferty, Caroline Greenwood in a green Maria Lucia Hohan (a Romanian designer, woohoo!!!) dress, Karen Spencer, Serena Williams wearing Valentino, Lady Kitty Spencer and Priyanka Chopra were some of my favorite ladies at the religious ceremony.?
Charles and Karen Spencer
Serena Williams and?Alexis Ohanian?
Lady Kitty Spencer
But the one that totally blew my mind was, of course, the bride. The moment she entered the church and started walking down the aisle all by herself, I got goose-bumps and couldn’t contain my tears. The first time I cried at a stranger’s wedding… ?
I love her style and was expecting a simple and chic dress and it was even better than I had imagined. She nailed it!!! Every single detail of her outfit looked effortless and elegant. A simple hairdo, natural makeup and a tiara (lended to her by the Queen) made her look out-of-this-world. I loved the cut of her dress, designed by Clare Waight Keller (the British creative director of Givenchy) and its simplicity. The veil had a delicate embroidery border and perfectly complemented the shape and simplicity of her gown. The boat neck and exposed neckline were perfect too.
Her mother, Doria, wore a citron Oscar de la Renta dress & day coat and was emotional yet composed at the same time. It was touching to see her sitting alone behind the bride and you could feel the weight of the world watching. I can’t imagine what she was thinking … During subsequent commentaries on CNN I’ve heard that while pregnant with Meghan in 1981 she watched the wedding of Diana and Charles and never in her wildest dreams did she?imagine a that one day, her child will marry one of theirs. Life is wonderful like that…?
The ceremony itself felt warm and authentic. It was a departure from the stiffer royal weddings we might have seen in the past and it was a celebration of diversity and love. Reverand Michael Curry’s sermon was a powerful one and the gospel choir had me and my mom sobbing. It felt like Meghan was saying “ This is who I am. This is where I come from and no amount of royals in one room will make me? forget that.”?
I also loved seeing Harry so nervous. He was fidgeting the whole time and even had tears in his eyes after reading their vows. He’s come a long way and I think Diana would be so proud!!??My favorite thing about this wedding was that it felt like the bride and groom were the only ones in the world. They looked so in love that they managed to ignore us all, which is how it should be.?
After the ceremony, the couple left for their wedding reception at Frogmore house and Meghan was wearing another stunning frock – a Stella McCarthy dress and Diana’s aquamarine ring gifted to her by Harry (how sweet is that!?!!)…
I could go on and on about the wedding, as I have since Saturday, and I can’t help but feel sad that it’s over. It was a modern-day Cinderella story and we all need more of these. The strong, ambitious, smart girl decides to say “yes” to her prince and lets him drive her away into the sunset, on her terms.
…and they lived happily ever after!!! ?Based on their fairytale wedding, they’re off to a great start!