Welcome back to Part Two of our Royal Wedding Special. We hope you liked Part One where we covered The Flowers, The Ring, The Dress & that Veil, The Beauty Look & The Invitation. So let’s delve into the final chapter with plenty more gorgeous inspiration for your own big day, from this special love story that’s captivated the hearts of people all over the world.
One of the most beautiful shots from millions taken that day, was this one that’s captured the world’s attention with many pointing out the ‘heart shape’ formed by Harry & Meghan’s bodies. Patiently & yet almost by chance, this image was captured from very high above by Press Association photographer Yui Mok who said “I had less than a one-second window to take that shot – whilst having to focus through a metal grill I was standing on – so I was happy to get anything really…I wasn’t expecting the opportunity for that kind of shot from where I was, the overhead shot was a real bonus.”
Turn to our incredible range of local photographers here on Tamborine Mountain who will literally go above and beyond for you on your big day. Find out more here and since you’ll want yours beautifully recorded in videography glory too, check our filmmakers out while you’re at it!
THE CEREMONY & VENUES
The ceremony of Prince Harry & Meghan Markle was much less traditional than that of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge. They really did manage to break free of some of the royal family wedding protocol which was refreshing and exciting for all to see. It was a powerful day in history. Their ceremony represented both sides, the bride & groom equally. It was evident that they’d had very strong ideas about the way in which they wanted to reflect their coming together in marriage and it was a beautiful blending of both their backgrounds.
In the bringing together of two people’s personalities and their shared love story, there are many ways in which one can take inspiration from this ceremony, despite the regal venues that were chosen – that of St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle and then Frogmore House for the reception. Sitting within the grounds of the Frogmore Estate, which is itself located within the grounds of the Home Park Windsor in Berkshire, it is just half a mile south of Windsor Castle, which is why the Duke & Duchess of Sussex took the chance to drive the short distance in that gorgeous vintage Jaguar convertible.
Our wonderful list of celebrants for your Tamborine Mountain wedding can be found here, we really do have the most incredible people you bring the wedding ceremony of your dreams to life.
Our venues here on Tamborine Mountain really do make a spectacular setting amongst nature, being that we’re lucky enough to experience all four seasons in their true spirit… and the range of venue options available is quite remarkable for a mountain top covering just 28 km2 plateau (8 km long by 4 km wide). Find out about all the stunning settings that we can offer you for your ceremony & reception here.
Prince Harry and Ms. Markle asked their cake maker – Claire of Violet Cakes in London, to create a Lemon Elderflower Cake that will incorporate the bright flavours of spring. It was covered in buttercream and then decorated with fresh flowers. Once again Harry and Meghan broke with tradition with their choice of cake, as most royal wedding cakes are traditionally fruit cake. Isn’t it just the most gorgeous creation, we love it and we’re predicting this cake will be a trend-setter, with plenty of couples flocking to re-create this beauty and make it their own.
Our local cake makers will quite simply blow your mind with their creative prowess – see what you can achieve here. We can also help with dessert tables, grazing tables and the like – simply incredible ideas that will bring wow factor and foodie goodness to your day – find out here.
The music during the ceremony was particularly beautiful. Featuring a line up that included; The Choir of St.George’s Chapel, The Kingdom Choir, a 19-year-old Cellist named Sheku Kanneh-Maso, an Orchestra, Soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, Trumpeter David Blackadder, Organist Luke Bond & State Trumpeters to round it off. The couple chosen to appoint Karen Gibson and the Kingdom Choir, which is made up of a group of British musicians that have been performing together for over 20 years – their performance of “Stand by Me” was a definite highlight, along with incredible Cellist Sheku, who actually received a personal phone call from Ms. Markle herself to ask if he would play at the wedding. Imagine that? What an honour for such a talented young man.
Music is always one of the best ways to bring people together and the choices that Harry & Meghan had been instrumental in making, really came to symbolise the beauty of their union that embodied modern love and inclusion.
You can include memorable performances by musicians at your wedding too, we have some incredible people in the local music business who will bring music to your ears, find out more here.
THE CARRIAGE RIDE & VINTAGE CAR
Seeing the Royal Family’s beautiful vintage vehicles and the carriage procession after a Royal Wedding is one of the spectacles that people enjoy the most and this one didn’t disappoint. The now Duke & Duchess of Sussex smiled and waved at all the people who had come out to celebrate and wish them well.
This is the moment we first caught a glimpse of Meghan as she took her last non-royal journey with her mother by her side.
Prince Harry drove his new wife from Windsor Castle in a beautiful silver blue classic convertible Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero which was originally manufactured in 1968 and has recently been converted to electric power. Meghan is seen wearing one of Princess Diana’s rings, an impressive emerald cut aquamarine ring which is thought to have been a wedding gift to his new wife (a nod to ‘something blue’ too perhaps!)
Turn to the best of the best in this beautiful region for your special day when it comes to choosing a horse drawn carriage or luxury vintage vehicle for your big arrival. There are a host of vehicles to choose from within our member’s garages. The hardest part will likely be making your choice. You too can enjoy the royal treatment by travelling in style – learn more here.
Interesting Fact x 2: You might have missed this one…we almost did. Check the convertible’s license plate — E190518 — it’s the date of their wedding. Isn’t that sweet! This type of vanity plate (as it’s referred to), was allowed because they were not driving on a public road. You might remember that William & Kate did this with their ‘JUST WED’ vanity plate back in 2011.
Another gorgeous but tiny detail that’s only just coming to light is that of the soles of Ms Markle’s wedding shoes.
Harpers Bazaar shared – In a statement released by the palace regarding Meghan Markle’s reception look, it was explained that, “The Bride’s evening dress is designed by Stella McCartney and is a bespoke lily white high neck gown made of silk crepe. The Bride is wearing shoes from Aquazurra made in silky satin, with nude mesh, with soles painted in baby blue.”
We hope this royal wedding tribute has given you lots of ideas for your own big day. Happy planning!
Remember our upcoming Wedding Expo for all the inspiration you’ll need for your Wedding Day here on beautiful Tamborine Mountain.