HOW TO TAKE INSPIRATION FROM THE ROYAL WEDDING OF THE DECADE – PART ONE

Did you love the recent Royal Wedding as much as the rest of us? It was pretty hard not to get swept up by the “love conquers all” mentality and their gorgeous modern twist on the traditional pomp & ceremony which the British just do so very well. It was a triumph and has arguably made the Monarch more popular than ever, it’s certainly done wonders for their profile that’s for sure. Meghan & Harry represent ‘modern love’ so beautifully and what’s better, they delighted in bringing us all along for the ride to celebrate their love story.

This wedding was also a reminder that ‘fairytales’ really do come true, no matter how far out of reach they may sometimes seem. If two people profoundly love each other and give themselves permission to commit to that fully, then they do emanate that infectious loved-up glow that we’ve all seen with these two… and everyone is then naturally swept up in that joyful energy, being pulled along by two people’s devotion to one another & their determination to live a truthful life by following ones heart. Oh it’s good stuff!

So, what’s the best part that comes from observing weddings, apart from the enjoyment & feel-good factor of course…well we have to say, it’s the ‘inspiration’ that one garners and draws on for weeks afterwards. And boy, was there plenty of inspiration served up in this wedding. The wonderful thing too, is that much of it can actually be applied in a far more low-key, scaled back manner for your own wedding. Yes to that! So let’s have a good old close-up look at lots of the finer details the Duke & Duchess applied to their big day and find ways that you can bring your own take on them for yours.

THE FLOWERS

Oh the flowers, they were so heavenly weren’t they! From the incredible flowering arches of St George’s Chapel overflowing with fresh greenery & blooms to the bride’s bouquet. All of it was breathtaking…and had a story too!

Philippa Craddock Floristry

The entrances and stairs of the Chapel were surrounded by masses of white roses, peonies, foxgloves and lots of greenery, which all served so beautifully as the backdrop for Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s first kiss on those tall steps.

According to a Kensington Palace statement, Prince Harry hand picked several flowers from the couple’s personal garden at Kensington Palace, that were then used in Meghan’s bridal bouquet. Among them; Forget-Me-Nots which were Princess Diana’s favourite flower. “The couple specifically chose them to be included in Ms. Markle’s bouquet to honour the memory of the late Princess on this special day,” the statement read.

The tradition of including Myrtle in the bouquet, which represents ‘love and hope’, makes a symbolic flower choice on a wedding day and one that dates back to the wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s eldest daughter, Princess Victoria. The sprigs used in Meghan’s bouquet originated

Meghan’s bouquet also includes Sweet Peas, Lily of the Valley, Astilbe, Jasmine and Astrantia with the stems held together by a raw silk ribbon.

Every flower has a meaning in Ms. Markle’s beautiful bouquet.

Interesting Fact: Did you know that the Duke & Duchess of Sussex arranged for all the flowers from their wedding to be donated and distributed to local hospices and women’s refuges across London. How delighted these people must have been to receive their own bouquet of flowers from the wedding, what an incredibly kind gesture.

If you have many flowers left over from your big day, why not follow in Harry & Meghan’s footsteps by donating them too!

A close up shot of the installation flowers from their Wedding re-tied into bouquets and donated to those in need all over London by the Duke & Duchess of Sussex

Want to create your own dramatic or intimate flower installation (we think they’ll be more popular than ever now moving forward), then you might like to look at our big range of local floral artists & stylists who can make your dreams come true here on Tamborine Mountain.

THE RING

The Duchess of Sussex’s beautifully classic Engagement Ring

Meghan’s engagement ring features a stone that was sourced in Botswana, a place that’s close to the couple’s heart. Prince Harry spent time there with his mother during his childhood and the couple enjoyed a special birthday celebration in the African nation for Meghan’s birthday –  the two little diamonds on either side were each selected from Diana’s private collection of jewellery as a touching tribute.

Both Harry & William wanted their mother to be a part of their wedding journeys, with Harry famously presenting Catherine with his mother’s engagement ring.

If you have particularly special connections with some family members, including stones from their rings once worn, can be a really beautiful way to remember them and keep them with you always on your marriage journey.

Left to right: The Duchess of Cambridge’s Ring & The Duchess of Sussex’s Ring

You might like to look here for inspiration from our local Master Jeweller who has created many a precious ring that fall in line with these timeless styles.

THE DRESS & THAT VEIL

Ms.Markle walks up the steps of St.George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in her timeless Givenchy bridal gown.


Meghan Markle’s magnificent Givenchy Haute Couture wedding gown was designed by UK designer Clare Waight Keller, who was made the first female creative director of the House of Givenchy in 2017.

She recently told Paris Match that Meghan had 8 wedding dress fittings and she said “we very quickly agreed on the perfect dress – “I wanted a modern and fresh silhouette while respecting her style. A key design point was her  16-ft. long veil.  We questioned ourselves at length,” she says. “A lace edge, is it more or less important or not? Then I proposed an embroidered flower for each of the 53 Commonwealth countries. In a way, they accompanied her to the altar. It was a moment of intense communion.”

A Kensington Palace spokesman, “Ms. Markle wanted to express her gratitude for the opportunity to support the work of the Commonwealth by incorporating references to its members into the design of her wedding dress.” It’s poignant since The Queen recently appointed Prince Harry as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador and the now Duke & Duchess of Sussex will carry out this work together.

The designer Keller has also stated – “to keep the veil immaculate until the ceremony, the embroiderers washed their hands every 30 minutes,” she added. “The silk crepe for the dress is double, which gives the silhouette its simplicity and its holding, while remaining supple.”

Why not think of a way to incorporate a special piece from your family or that of your future husband’s by including something or someone in your veil or dress – it’ll be a talking point and always have much meaning to you both. It’s ‘rumoured’ that Meghan also had a piece of fabric from Princess Diana’s wedding dress stitched into the inside of her gown, in a tribute to her, just as The Duchess of Cambridge had also done before her.

Meghan’s dedicated dress designer Keller actually made sure she was there to help her bride as she arrived at St. George’s Chapel in front of the whole world. She said “it was an important part of the moment when she walked out of the car, for me to really be there and make the veil absolutely perfect. I knew that the dress as she went up the steps would make this beautiful line. With the veil being so long, I wanted to make it absolutely spectacular. So I handed it to the two page boys and they did an amazing job.”

You too can have someone helping you on your big day, everyone needs a lady in waiting on the biggest day of their life after all – and we have the perfect lady for you right here.

THE BEAUTY LOOK

Meghan’s hair and make-up was kept to a minimum as per her signature look. Her understated beauty look was a lovely, more relatable surprise for a royal bride. “Talking to Elle US about the experience on May 19th, Daniel Martin the NY based Make-Up Artist that Meghan chose (they are very good friends after many a year working together) explained that the bride’s make-up look – natural ‘no make-up make-up’ skin, subtle smoky eyes and a soft pink lip – was a collaborative decision.” This clever choice enhanced her natural beauty and complemented the elegant combination of her dress, veil and tiara.

The make-up and hair look is one we think will be mirrored by bride’s all around the world. Our local beauty experts will help you create your perfect vision for your beauty look – they absolutely love what they do.

The Duchess of Sussex’s natural, no make-up make-up look was perfect for her overall look.

THE INVITATION

Keep them beautifully classy and elegant. Parchment stock, touches of gold embossing, your own monogram and beautiful calligraphy {even if it’s just a font & not the real thing!}. Formal invitations designed in a stylish way always make beautiful stationary and easily flow onto a comprehensive wedding stationery suite.

Visit our Expo to see some example of locally produced custom stationery that we’re sure will fit the bill.

The Royal Wedding Invitation

Stay tuned for Part Two of this special inside look at The Royal Wedding of the Decade. We hope you’re enjoying it and getting plenty of inspiration for your own big day – in the next chapter we’ll be covering The Photography, The Ceremony & Venues, The Cake, The Music, The Carriage Ride + Vintage Vehicles – we’ll let you know when it goes live.

Remember our upcoming Wedding Expo for all the inspiration you’ll need for your Wedding Day here on beautiful Tamborine Mountain.

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