Pippa Middleton and James Matthews tied the knot on May 20, 2017 and, as we all expected, everyone looked amazing. There was a lot of anticipation leading up to the wedding which took place in a private ceremony at St. Mark’s Church in Englefield, England.
Guests, which included royal family member Princess Eugenie, tennis star Roger Federer, and reality television personality Donna Air, were treated to a champagne brunch at the Bucklebury Village Hall where security was reportedly very tight. Invitees reportedly had to provide personalized passwords and photo identification just to make it through the door!
The festivities did not end there, of course. Roughly 300 well-wishers, including Prince Harry’s girlfriend, Meghan Markle, made their way to the Middleton family’s home for a post-church dinner and evening reception which featured an acrobatic aerial performance by Royal Airforce World War II fighter plane, Supermarine Spitfire, and a dance party to songs such as The Isley Brothers’ staple “Shout.” Sounds like a blast!
While this all might, in some ways, seem like typical extravagant wedding fare, one thing about these particular nuptials set them apart — high fashion. Everyone’s look seemed perfectly planned right down to the most minute of detail so, without further ado, let’s review what everyone wore to this spectacular shindig.
Pippa, the bride
Six years ago, Pippa almost stole the show when her older sister, Kate, married Prince William. As she trailed behind the future Duchess of Cambridge, ensuring that her train flowed beautifully, the younger Middleton daughter gained attention for her sense of style and, ahem, delightful derriere. This time around, she didn’t have to share the spotlight, though — it was all about her!
Glowing in her custom-designed Giles Deacon silk cotton lace gown, Pippa gave a nod to the “something old” tradition by resurrecting the Robinson Pelham pear-cut diamond drop earrings she wore as a bridesmaid back in 2011. She completed her look with Manolo Blahnik Seneca shoes.
On her hand, the 33-year-old new bride sported an antique Asscher-cut engagement ring alongside a simple, elegant Welsh gold band. This style has been popular among British royal bridges for almost a century!
Pippa’s bouquet was a mixture of peony, sweetpea, freesia, waxflower, asilbe, green bell, and alchemilla mollis and was made by Lavender Green.
Kate, the understated sister
Ever the thoughtful big sister, it appears that Kate Middleton went through a lot of effort to avoid taking attention away from Pippa on her special day. Reports suggest that she and Prince William arrived far from the crowds (and prying paparazzi), although, Kate was regularly seen wrangling the youngest participants (including her own children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte) throughout the event.
While 35-year-old Kate may have been managing chaos and smoothing her sister’s train, she still managed to look gorgeous in a blush-colored Alexander McQueen dress, matching Jane Taylor fascinator, and pointed-toe nude heels. While her neat updo, deep v-neck, and billowy sleeves might seem a bit matronly for some, this understated look elegantly avoided taking attention from where it belonged — on Pippa.
Although, she just celebrated her second birthday, Princess Charlotte already has a commanding presence. Clinging close to her mother throughout the day, the little girl was adorable in a tan-and-white Pepa & Co. dress and crown of flowers.
As if that wasn’t enough to absolutely melt your heart, she also carried around a flower-covered heart and a tiny basket.
Three-year-old Prince George looked every bit the perfect pageboy in his white shirt, gold shorts, and matching shoes, all from Pepa & Co. Like his sister, Princess Charlotte, he also seemed to relish in carrying around his tiny basket.
As pictures from the wedding hit the internet, they immediately drew comparisons to when his father, Prince William, served as a pageboy at Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s royal wedding back in 1986. Carrying on the royal legacy!