The Royal Wedding: The Big Day

I was one of the many people who got up at 5 am to watch the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton unfold live on TV.  While I am quite tired now, I am also very glad that I did.  If you weren’t watching along and/or have just gotten out from under a rock, here are a couple of my favorite pictures from the day:

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A few of my favorite things from the day:

*I don’t think that Kate stopped smiling – she just looked so genuinely happy.  I love that.

*Kate’s dress was worth the wait.  It was created by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and it was simply beautiful.  The first thing that I thought of when the bride emerged from the car was that she reminded me so much of Princess Grace Kelly – a suitable role model for Kate given that both married princes but were not born royalty.

*Kate’s sister Pippa nearly stole the show.  Her bridesmaid’s gown was also created by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and fit her like a glove.  It truly was a gorgeous gown that was perfectly suited to her – and in white!  I suspect that while some brides will gravitate towards Kate’s style of gown, some will also look to Pippa’s as bridal gown inspiration.

*William waited until his bride was almost to him before he looked at her but Prince Harry peeked as she approached and when he turned back to his big brother he said “Wait ’til you see her.”

*As soon as she got to the altar, William told her she looked beautiful.  Hint for any grooms reading: do this.  The Prince sets a good example – tell your bride how absolutely beautiful she looks when you see her for the first time. *swoon*

*I loved the Bishop of London quoting St. Catherine of Siena in his homily: ““Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”

*Kate seems so real to me – she told William, “I am so happy right now!” as soon as they were in the carriage and when the doors opened and they walked out onto the balcony at Buckingham Palace she exclaimed, “Wow!”  I love that the excitement and the moment weren’t lost on her – after all, she may be the future Queen but today she was a bride.

*I loved all the fashions and hats on the guests but some people really need a new stylist.  I am looking at you Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

*Loved that they did their own getaway in a gorgeous blue Aston Martin with the license plate “JustWed.”

Overall, it was a beautiful day and it seemed like even with all the protocol, the pomp and circumstances and the choices that William and Catherine couldn’t make, they still managed to keep the day very much about them which in the end is really what it should have been about.

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