Arriving to the office today was a buzz. Even before turning on computers, before putting down bags a gaggle of girls gathered around the entrance sharing stories of Friday night, when we joined the millions watching The Prince of Wales marry his princess, Kate. Some of us were in social media heaven keeping tabs on what the wedding community was thinking minute by minute, second by second. Others had donned their Union Jacks and organised a lavish royal wedding party, some simply sat back and enjoyed the show, admitting to needing a a big box of tissues... however we chose to enjoy it, we all certainly caught the royal fever.
What a dress! We were counting down the minutes to when we got that first glimpse of Kate in her wedding gown. The long awaited reveal didn't disappoint. As she slipped into the car, the first thing we saw was LACE! A beautiful bodice made with hand-cut English and French Chantilly lace. The lace flowers came from different sources and were hand-picked for colour coordination. They were hand-engineered onto ivory silk tulle to create a unique and organic design, which incorporates the rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock. The dress was made from ivory and white satin gazar and the skirt was made to resemble an opening flower with an impressive train that flowed a whopping 2.7 meters behind! The beautiful Catherine was wearing a stunning Alexander McQueen gown, designed by head designer Sarah Burton. The dress channelled the beauty of film-star Grace Kelly's own wedding dress and has now taken place amongst fashion royalty. Designers the world around are praising the efforts of the Sarah Burton.
With her hair in an elegant loose style, her makeup simple and natural, she looked every bit a princess.
Fortunately for all the admirers of the now Duchess of Cambridge, Clarence house has announced that plans are being drawn up for the dress to be seen on public display!!
Replica's of the dress are now being produced by dressmakers around the world. Images of Chinese dressmakers whirling into action making the first replica dress just seconds after the princess stepped out into public view were broadcast around the world. From then the race was on. I wonder how many replica dresses we will see coming through... I'm not complaining, it was a stunner and secretly I wouldn't mind one! (I heard on my way to work this morning that Sydney's 2day FM were doing a competition giving away a replica dress! It has started...)
Kate's sister Pippa, also wearing an Alexander McQueen dress made spectators and guests gasp with delight. Some people even tweeted that she is so beautiful, they hope she doesn't out-do her sister!
The gorgeous little flower girls and page boys provided the 'awwww' factor. Wearing white the girls looked adorable and the boys in their mini-military outfits were simply divine.
I had to share this photo - I just ADORE it! This little flowergirl is so candid and innocent as she covers her ears to shut out the roars from the 500,000 spectators below. Love it!
This event certainly stopped a few nations and it has even been said that the wedding and humanity within it has re-ignited the favour for the Royals. The memory of Diana filled the ceremony and the joy was felt across the world. The ceremony and spectacle surrounding the event avoided being a stiff, regimented affair, instead it was personal, delightful, graceful and people instantly related to the emotion of the day.
It was the stolen moments throughout the day that made this simply a wedding of two people in love.
Video courtesy of BBC.
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