A dream budget + royal status resulted in a wedding sent from heaven straight to our Pinterest boards and a graceful entrance into marriage for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The newly-titled Duchess of Sussex danced around royal traditions during the Royal Wedding, in classic, white close-toed pumps. Meghan Markle, while catching the envy of every girl across the world, flawlessly floated down the aisle, exemplifying her contemporary style and taste on her wedding day.
The West Door of the St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle made wedding floral arch history (is that a thing? Now it is). White peonies and white garden roses, sourced directly from the royal gardens, decorated the arch, thus ensuring the wedding's royal status through every detail. British floral designer, Philippa Craddock, designed the arc and incorporated peonies, which are Markle's favorite flower according to her (now deleted) Instagram page.
Prince Harry himself hand-picked the flowers for his bride’s bouquet from their private garden at Kensington Palace as a tribute to some of the other influential woman in his life. The spring of myrtle represents royal tradition embraced by Queen Victoria in 1840. Prince Harry also paid tribute to his mother, Princess Diana, by including forget-me-nots in the bouquet, the princess's favorite flower. We’re not crying, you are!
Bite-Sized Royal Party.
The children of various royal family members participated in the royal ceremony - assuring the squeals of every girl across the world. The kidlets attended as bridesmaids and page boys in meticulous and dashing outfits. Girls in white and boys in black. Getting ten kids to sit and smile perfectly for a photo represented the real royal magic that took place during the wedding.
*pause for the single tear that streamed down everyone's cheek when Harry lifted her veil*
Markle displays her political savvy through the design of her veil and just makes us love her genuine nature that much more. Each flower on Ms. Meghan Markle's veil represents a commonwealth country to "to express her gratitude for the opportunity to support the work of the Commonwealth" (a move exemplifying Markle is game for this royal job). She also incorporated California's state flower, the poppy, to rep her home-state.
Markle continues the standing bridal tiara tradition by wearing Queen Mary's diamond bandeau tiara. The royal wedding website extravagantly explains the intricate diamonds and clasp that is incorporated into the crown to display the tiara's royal historical significance and, what if feels like, our peasantry. There’s nothing like a breathtaking royal family heirloom to exemplify a bride's entrance into princesshood.
Sources: The Official Royal Family Website and Kate Storey, Caroline Hallemann & Maggie Maloney for Town & Country Magazine