Who is the royal bride?
Wow! What a year we’ve had, not 1 but 2 royal weddings, which means 2 wedding dresses to get excited about.
Following the spectacular wedding of our very own Prince Harry to US actress Meghan Markle in the May sunshine, few wondered if the October wedding of Princess Eugenie of York would be the same royal affair and could she top the Givenchy creation worn by Ms Markle? The resounding answer to that was ‘TOTALLY!’
Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank on Friday 12th October 2018, at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. Everybody waited in anticipation of the bride’s appearance prior to the ceremony and we were not disappointed. Our first glimpse of the bride was with her father emerging from Windsor Castle on her way to the chapel, In her stunning dress and tiara, but minus a veil – a real departure from the look favoured by so many royal brides before her.
Who designed Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress?
The youngest daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York chose Peter Pilotto for her wedding dress. The princess worked closely with Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, the duo behind the 2007-founded label, on the design. The London-based brand carried out extensive archive research into previous dresses worn by members of the royal family and finally settled on a corseted silhouette with full pleated skirt. The neckline that folds around the shoulders to a low back and flowing train was a specific request from Princess Eugenie who had surgery at the age of 12 to correct scoliosis.
The gown also features symbols that are personal to Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank – a thistle to acknowledge the couple’s fondness for Balmoral (the Queens Scottish family home), a shamrock as a nod to the bride’s roots, and a rose and ivy to represent the couple’s home. Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos reinterpreted these symbols in a garland of rope like motifs, woven into a jacquard of silk, cotton and viscose blend.
In addition, inspiration was taken from the gown worn by her paternal grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II who married in November 1947 in a gown designed by Norman Hartnell. Also, the Lindka Cierach creation for her mother Sarah Ferguson, who wed Prince Andrew in 1986. Overall the dress was elegant and understated and proved to be a huge hit with the British public, with some going as far as to say it is one of the most beautiful royal wedding dresses of modern times.
Where did the tiara come from?
There’s got to be some benefits to having The Queen as your grandmother right? The royal bride opted for the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, lent to her by her grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, while her matching diamond and emerald earrings were a wedding gift from the groom, Jack Brooksbank.
The glittering bandeau tiara was made by Boucheron in 1919 in the fashionable kokoshnik style. It is made of brilliant and rose-cut pavé diamonds set in platinum, with six emeralds on either side, and was bequeathed by socialite Margaret Greville to the Queen Mother in 1942.
Who acted as page boys and bridesmaids?
Princess Eugenie opted for her sister, Princess Beatrice of York to play the part of Maid of Honour by her side, with the main bridal party consisting of children from members of the royal family and friends.
Prince George & Princess Charlotte of Cambridge made their 3rd outing as page boy and bridesmaid this year, following the wedding of Prince Harry & Meghan Markle back in May and another close family friend in September this year.
The little outfits for Eugenie’s attendants were chosen from the collection at Amaia for Kids based in London, with a sash depicting a watercolour artwork from artist Mark Bradford that also featured on the Order of Service.
Also in the bridal party, the daughter of Robbie Williams and Ayda Field, Ms Theodora Williams made her first public appearance and delighted crowds when she asked the bride’s mother, Sarah Ferguson, on the steps of the chapel ‘are you the Queen?’
The young couple have chosen a very modern flavour for their wedding cake : red velvet and chocolate. This strays from the traditional fruit cake often seen at royal weddings. Autumnal decorations cover the four-tiered cake, designed in a traditional shape and covered in white icing. It is also decorated with gold ribbons, orange leaves, flowers and green vines. The couple asked London-based cake designer Sophie Cabot to make their wedding cake. Ms Cabot was discovered through the @TheDukeOfYork initiative @pitchatpalace.
Evening reception dress
Princess Eugenie broke with tradition of wearing an ivory/white gown for her evening reception, and instead opted for a pale peach/pink gown from American designer Zac Posen. Channelling old Hollywood glamour with the stunning gown which nipped her waist with a fitted corset bodice that fell to the floor in a glamorous sweep of delicate silk.
Much like her ceremonial wedding dress, the gown featured a regal off-the-shoulder design that showcased her back for a hint of subtle sex appeal.
Did you love Princess Eugenie’s dress?
One thing we noticed most about Princess Eugenie as a bride was just how happy and in love she looked on her big day. This was perfectly mirrored by her new husband Jack, who looked equally as loved up and happy to be married to his very own Princess. We wish them many years of happiness together and thank Eugenie for choosing a dress that was modern, yet timeless and very accessible in terms of style and silhouette for British brides who want to emulate the look. Tell us what you think in the comment box below.