Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Royal Wedding

Last week I figured I'd probably have to do a blog post about Prince William and Catherine's wedding, seeing as this is a wedding blog and all. But after watching the nuptials on YouTube, I knew there was no way I couldn't write about it!

I reluctantly decided to not watch the wedding live because I had a wedding to film Friday evening, so I set my DVR to record the event and fell asleep. But lo and behold I magically woke up at about 4:30am, rolled over, and opened my laptop to YouTube and instantly got sucked into the fanfare as the queen was being driven to Westminster Abbey. As the moment of Kate's reveal drew nearer my heart started really pounding! I was psyched to see her dress and I was also sympathizing with the bride. What pressure! Kate and I are the same age so it's pretty easy for me to put myself into her shoes and I can't imagine the jitters she must have been experiencing.

The moment she was ushered into her car was awesome- the suspense of what her dress looked like was finally over. And wow was it beautiful! Definitely a throwback to Princess Grace of Monaco. I loved the softness of her veil too. When she made her entrance at the abbey we all got a good look at the whole ensemble. I really think she looked perfect. Her hair and make-up were flawless and classic, and the dress fit like a glove (I think it was clever that they put a little padding at her hips, considering she has a rectangular body type). You can read more about the details of the dress here. I think my favorite aspect was that the skirt of the dress was designed to resemble an "opening flower" and when you see it in motion it totally does.

Kate and her father made their way inside the Abbey and here ensued my favorite part of the wedding: the two were waiting together and both of them were smiling a whole lot. There were those great close-ups of the bride's face and she really did look calm and happy. I know that those moments before you walk down the aisle can be the most tense, and she appeared rather relaxed and truly happy to be there. Which brings me to my ultimate favorite part about his whole shebang: the fact that this was a love match. Doesn't it warm your heart that the prince fell in love with a commoner and was permitted to marry her and that the whole of Britain supports them? It really is a fairy tale come true.

The wedding ceremony itself was the epitome of class and understated beauty. I think it's interesting that they could have done whatever they wanted and the only decoration are some large trees (loved it) and some flowers up on the altar. To me, the music from the strings and choir were what imparted the most beauty. Watching Kate proceed slowly down the aisle with that gorgeous music playing was a moment to remember.

Which brings me to my least favorite part. I was a little bummed that William didn't get to watch his bride walk down the aisle toward him. He turned around at the last minute and I think that's a little sad that they didn't get to make eye contact during the processional.

The ceremony proceeded without a hitch (she got his names right!) and the readings were meaningful and perfectly executed. I enjoyed the personal touch of William and Kate's own prayer, particularly this line: " us to be generous with our time and love and energy." What a wonderful opportunity these two have as a prince and princess to spend their time and energy focussed on "serving and comforting those who suffer." But my most favorite quote came from The Bishop of London's sermon:

In a sense every wedding is a royal wedding with the bride and the groom as king and queen of creation, making a new life together so that life can flow through them into the future.

You can't beat that!

Congratulations to the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!

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Kelly Clover said...

Great post!! I just rewatched the wedding this morning :)

I loved Pippa's dress!!

Vanessa McKellar said...

Thanks Kelly! It was pretty awesome. And yeah Pippa looked great- I think there are a lot of people that think she stole the spotlight a little...