Royal Wedding Recap + Kate’s Wedding Day Fashion

kate middleton wedding fashion

So, I didn’t wake up at 3 am to watch the wedding live – did any of you guys? But I did watch all the recaps and coverage this morning and I have to say I really got sucked into all the history + their love. They just seem so happy + in love and who doesn’t love that! :) So, I’d love to hear what your favorite moments were! Here are some of mine:

• When Kate first got out of the car and we all saw her beautiful dress – reminded me of Grace Kelly – so gorgeous! I also love that she wore her hair down – gorgeous with the 1936 Cartier halo tiara lent to her by Queen Elizabeth. Loved her dress + veil, Pippa’s gorgeous dress (also by McQueen) and the adorable flower girls! How cute are they with their flower halos!! Super cute.

• The kiss – or 2 kisses should we say – on the balcony. :)

• Her simple white bouquet. The simpleness of it really lets the dress take center stage. Her bouquet contained myrtle, ivy, lily-of-the-valley and hyacinth as well as sweet William blooms as a nod to William – love that personal detail!

• And then the Aston Martin (which was decorated with balloons, a big red ribbon, and a license plate that read JU5T WED) they drove off in after their brunch – LOVED that. The hubby and I didn’t do a getaway car, but after seeing this I totally wish we did. It looked so fun!

kate middleton wedding dress lace sleeves

Of course, her dress! That was the thing I was most excited to see. It didn’t disappoint for me. What did you guys think? Very traditional, but she looked SO gorgeous. Designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen – she was stunning. I LOVED the lace sleeves – reminded me of another lace sleeve wedding dress I fell in love with last year – that of Ivanka Trump. So pretty and thinking we might see more lace sleeves in the coming years! :) I found a few dresses out there right now with lace sleeves (starting at the top left) by Monique Lhuillier. This dress is actually her homage to Kate and called the Catherine from her 2012 Collection, below from Legends By Romona Keveza and the dress on the bottom right is by Priscilla of Boston (style 4615).

fascinators at royal wedding

fascinators for your wedding

And of course all the fun fascinators and hats! Perfect for a wedding guest (as seen above at their wedding) or on the bride. Here are some perfect picks I’m loving: from BHLDN, Lo Boheme, Twigs & Honey, and the bottom row all from Kitty Andrews.

Kate Middleton Second Wedding Dress

For Kate’s evening dress she wore another gorgeous Sarah Burton dress. I love her pale white sweater (we’ve even posted before about out love of brides + sweaters) and of course her beaded sash! Gorgeous and you could easily incorporate this into your wedding attire – plus you can wear this sash again and again! Some of my favorites include these belts below by Michelle Rahn (top row) and Untamed Petals (bottom row).

beaded sashes belts

So, what do you guys think – anyone thinking of incorporating any of my favorite royal details into their wedding? I’d love to hear about them! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

all photos of the Royal Wedding from Instyle and The Sun

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Real Wedding: Lori + Anthony’s New Orleans Halloween Wedding

With Jazz Fest starting today in New Orleans, I thought this New Orleans wedding would be perfect to end the week. Lori + Anthony invited all their family + friends to join them for their wedding on Halloween for a true New Orleans dress up party. So fun! Gorgeous photos by the lovely Belathée Photography.

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bride in wedding dress

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bride and groom in new orleans

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halloween new orleans wedding

halloween new orleans wedding

halloween new orleans wedding

halloween new orleans wedding

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halloween new orleans wedding

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Congrats to Lori + Anthony!

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Photography: Belathée Photography //  Dress: Phillip Lim  //  Shoes: Donald J. Pliner  //  Caterer: Southern Hospitality //  Florist: Flora Savage //  Band: William Smith Band from Preservation Hall

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Engagement Photos from Edinburgh, Scotland

In keeping with our UK theme today, we have a lovely engagement session to share next from Jessica Claire. Jessica (who lives here in southern Cali) traveled to Edinburgh last month to capture Rachel + Nick’s engagement photos. Rachel + Nick met in London, but Nick is originally from Edinburgh, so they decided to do their engagement photos around the city Nick calls him. Oh, and Rachel loves Nick in his kilt, so he wore that too for the session! How sweet you guys + I have to agree, Edinburgh looks like an amazing city – my hubby is part Scottish, so I hope I get to visit this lovely city one day soon! :)

scottish engagement session

scottish engagement photos

scotland engagement photos

kilt engagement photos

kilt engagement photos

scotland engagement photos

scotland engagement photos

How cute are they?? Love the one below…

scotland engagement photos

scotland engagement photos

scotland engagement photos

scottish engagement photos

scottish engagement photos
From the happy couple…

Rachel says: I met Nick in London, I had just moved back to the Lake District in North West England a couple of months before. I was visiting a friend in the big city when we had a chance encounter in a theatre box office in Covent Garden. He had a takeaway peppermint tea in hand and came in to do a shift at the same place as my friend. Instantly Nick charmed me with his gorgeous accent and funny personality. I knew that despite the distance we would see each other again. Since then, we’ve managed to make our relationship work despite the distance. Nick is in Edinburgh, enjoying his acting career and I am working hard at Aspire in Cumbria, England. He is passionate about his home town, his enthusiasm for the place is infectious but to be honest, it’s hard not to fall in love with the place. Edinburgh is the most stunning and enchanting city. If you have never been to Edinburgh then the film, the Illusionist manages to capture some of the cities essence and is well worth a watch.

Nick is not only the most handsome man I have ever come across but the most honourable. I think he looks dashing in his kilt and I found it difficult in our shoot to keep my hands off him! (Which Jessica will attest to after editing the images!) But in all seriousness, I admire how much respect he gives his roots in Scotland an the family history, his knowledge of which fascinates me. Edinburgh as a location leaves a creative person spoilt for choice; the architecture, landscape, spirit of the place, are are dream. It was such a memorable experience, having our shoot in a city that we both love. Jessica has managed to capture our connection in these images, thank you so much!

Nick says: Edinburgh is my hometown, and I couldn’t have grown up in a more beautiful, unique, and inspiring city. It takes your breath away each street you turn into, with a mixture of ancient buildings and castles, with other parts of Georgian elegance. Walking around hand in hand, seeing the mix of architecture, the stunning views, mixed in with great galleries, parks and of course pubs, I think I’ve found a new level of appreciation to my fair city.

As for my kilt, it is the national outfit for men of Scotland. Usually, when a man has stopped growing, he will be fitted for a kilt. They are 8 yards of wool, spun by large looms further north into the highlands. You would get the kilt in the family tartan, a pattern unique to each family name. Whilst I don’t have one for name my father gave me (Jones), I am allowed to wear either the Hunter or Johnstone tartan from my family tree. The pattern is unique to each clan, and they come in many different colours and styles. Usually, a clan has a ‘dress’ tartan which could be quite bright, and a ‘hunting’ tartan, with more muted colours traditionally worn when out hunting. In the pictures with Rachel I am wearing my kilt which is in a hunting Johnstone tartan.

I love wearing my kilt, its usually worn for weddings, special parties and black tie events, and also when the national team plays football (soccer) or rugby. More and more men have started to wear them more casually, and its great to do so, playing with the traditional styles and seeing what works and what doesn’t. And also, I’ve yet to meet a girl or guy who doesn’t like seeing a man in a kilt!

Congrats you guys + thanks so much to Jessica Claire for letting me share some of her lovely photos! You can see even more from their session here on her blog.

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