April 2011

Royal Wedding Recap

Kate Middleton and Prince William are officially husband and wife, having married on April 29th 2011 at Westminster Abbey in front of a crowd of 1,900 {plus the rest of the world}.

The grand wedding had so many gush-worthy moments that started with all the royal dignitaries, celebrities, and friends that arrived at Westminster Abbey looking smashing in couture get-ups and over the top fascinators and hats. Princes William and Harry kicked off the procession looking mighty handsome in uniform. Followed by a regal looking Kate and her maid of honor, sister Pippa, in gorgeous Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gowns. We also gushed when William set eyes on his bride at the altar and when he planted two adorable kisses on her at the Buckingham Palace balcony.

Kate has taken the title of Catherine Middleton Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge, while William has been titled Duke of Cambridge.

Below are the highlights and memorable moments, as selected by the One Stylish Bride team.

We loved watching the star-studded guest list arrive, which included David and Victoria Beckham, Princess Eugenie of York and Princess Beatrice of York, and the mother of the bride Carole Middleton.

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We loved Kate Middleton’s Alexander McQueen wedding dress that featured hand-embroidered lace and a nearly nine-foot-long train. Very Grace Kelly.

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We hyperventilated at how regal Kate looked whilst riding alongside her prince, as they left the royal wedding ceremony. The two grinned widely, whilst waving to the thousands of fans gathered to watch their ride.

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We swooned when we saw Kate in a second white gown designed by Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton for the big party at Buckingham Palace. This gown was strapless in satin, with diamante embroidered detail around the waist. Kate paired the gown with an stunning angora bolero, which made the look ultra chic. Kate Middleton’s maid of honor, little sister Pippa, also changed for the big party. She changed into a green dress designed by British designer Alice Temperley.

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We think this royal wedding will definitely create trends, which will be reflected in many weddings to come. We predict the following – Friday weddings, lunch buffet receptions, non-traditional registries {in lieu of gifts the couple asked for donations to their favorite charities}, no ring for the groom {William wont wear a wedding ring}, short engagement {William and Catherine were engaged for six months}, non-traditional stones {Catherine received the much publicised sapphire engagement ring previously owned by Diana}, wedding dresses with lace on the collar and bodice, loose cured hair and sparkly tiaras, brides doing their own makeup {Catherine did her own makeup after receiving lessons from a makeup artist}, wedding guests wearing gorgeous fascinators and hats, brides choosing small cascade wedding bouquets with lily of the valley and myrtle, and brides opting to have one adult bridesmaid {Catherine’s sister acted as maid of honor, while the four other bridesmaids were under the age of eight}. A wedding that costs millions and millions of dollars, mmmm not so much.

What part of the wedding made you gush?

{Images 1 – 9 via Vanity Fair; Image 10 via Popsugar}

Delightful Australian Wedding Dresses

Today we’ve decided to pick our favourite Australian Wedding Dress Designers, which consistently surprise us with their exquisite collections. Drum-roll please.

First up, Karen Willis Holmes, a designer that knows how to flatter the female body with glamorous silhouettes. We love her couture collection and its vintage feel. We also love her ready-to-wear collection, as it retains a couture feel, but with a far cheaper price tag.

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Carla Zampatti also makes us smile with her collection of wedding dresses with flirty organza fabrics and voluminous silhouettes.

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wedding-dresses We’re also smitten with the gorgeous wedding dresses designed by Collette Dinnigan bridal. Beaded bodice gown, need we say more.

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We’re also dying over Rachel Gilbert and her wedding dresses made from luxury fabrics and hand beaded embellishments.

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Last but not least, we can’t overlook the lovely vintage feel of Lisa Gowing wedding dresses and the fabrics that are used to make them, like pure silk and European laces.

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{Images via Karen Willis Holmes; Carla Zampatti; Collette Dinnigan; Rachel Gilbert; Lisa Gowing}

Royal Wedding Inspiration

We love a royal wedding as much as the next person, but we’ve been a little shocked by how nuts the media has become over the impending royal nuptials of Kate Middleton and Prince William. For that reason, we’ve tried desperately to stay quiet on the matter.

But today we’re breaking our silence after spotting this amazing ‘Royal and Metallic Themed Photoshoot’ at Wedluxe. What! We couldn’t resist.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if the couple broke the traditional royal mold and went for a luminous metallic theme? Shock horror this may just happen, as the latest news is that Kate Middleton’s sister, Pippa Middleton, has actually hung disco balls in Buckingham Palace, which is quite a break with tradition. We love her.

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Stylish Vendors

Photographer: Vow To Remember

Decor: aPOP Event Design

Invitations/Stationery: OOXX Invitations

Cakes: Letitia Burca

Floral: aPOP Event Design

Makeup Artist: Faces by Tania

Hair: Anamaria Rozic

Bridal Hat: Unveiled Bridal Designs

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“I’m Marcela, an Aussie expat living in Hong Kong. This space is where I share my love for weddings and bits and pieces from my family’s life and adventures. I love celebrating weddings, motherhood, family, travel and life’s simple joys.”