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Pippa Middleton's Fairytale Country Wedding

Monday, May 29, 2017

I knew that Pippa Middleton was going to be a striking bride, but last Saturday, on a sunny late morning in leafy Berkshire, she exceeded even my expectations. Pippa was absolutely radiating joy and I thought she was the most beautiful I have ever seen her.


For Pippa, always bubbly and outgoing, following in the footsteps of her sister Kate's star-studded wedding was doubtless a challenge, but Carole, Pippa, and Kate managed to plan and put on a wedding that checked every meaningful box that Kate's glittering Royal Wedding marked, but in a completely personal and unique manner. Pippa's fairytale country wedding was truly as perfect as Kate's magnificent Westminster affair. 

The Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom


The mother of the bride arrived on her handsome son's arm looking, as always impeccable. Just as she did for her daughter Kate's wedding, Carole turned to royal label Catherine Walker for this flattering ensemble. The pale pink coat dress features a lot of elements Kate loves, like the wide collar, big buttons, and pleated skirt. 


Carole's sweeping hat is by Juliette Botterill. Susan at WKW, or one of her keen-sighted readers, pointed out that it is a customized version of the company's Twist-Detail Upturned hat. Carole looks so great in wide-brimmed hats and this one is a real winner. 


Carole has a seemingly unerring sense of style. Where Pippa is more adventurous at times, Kate clearly inherited her conservative sense of fashion from her mom. Carole always hits just the right note, choosing ensembles that are neat and feminine, streamlined and effortlessly elegant. Pippa's wedding was no exception. Did this remind anyone of Kate's Alexander McQueen coat initially debuted at Trooping? I loved that on Kate, and I loved Carole in this ensemble. A+ Mama Middleton!



James Matthews' mother Jane arrived on her husband's arm wearing a pale blue ensemble. This was busier than Carole's, but no less elegant. I particularly like Mrs. Matthews notched sleeves, a detail shared with Carole's dress, actually.


The Guests 

Pippa's wedding gathered a sparkling array of society stars, representing her connections to big name celebrities like handsome Roger Federer and his wife Mirka (pictured here leaving the ceremony...for variety's sake):


To her close relationship to royalty like Princess Eugenie and boyfriend (maybe fiancé?) Jack Brooksbank. Eugenie chose a navy Paule Ka dress and a pillbox hat. I love how she has accessorized with shoes that coordinate and give a pop of contrasting color. 


Family members like Uncle Gary and his daughter Talulah were also pictured arriving:



As well as close members of Kate's inner circle, like Sophie Carter (far left), James Meade (right), and his wife of Laura Marsham. James and Laura were married in 2013, and William, Harry, and Pippa all attended the Norfolk wedding, although Kate missed it to spend quiet time at home with baby George.


The guest who wins Best Guest Ensemble is easily Anneke von Trotha Taylor. She is married to Charlie Gilkes, (who has created a number of nightclubs with his business partner, including Bunga Bunga) and the two are good friends of the Duke and Duchess. I love her dress--the print is fresh and modern, the colors work well, and the ruffled sleeves are so on trend. I'd make that pom pom just a taste smaller, but otherwise, I am a big fan of the disk hat.



I think this was the first event where we saw Donna Air officially join the Middleton clan at a family event? She has attended various society functions with James and other members of his family, but I think this is a first for us to see her at a private family affair. She chose an Emilia Wickstead tea-length dress and Jane Taylor percher...and got a hug from her handsome guy:


One big question we all had been asking for weeks leading up to the wedding was, will Meghan Markle be at the ceremony? I thought she would show up, but was proved wrong when Harry strode to the church with William sans his striking girlfriend. 


The Duchess of Cambridge 

The Duchess of Cambridge and her two children, who had supporting roles in the celebration, arrived at the church, along with a gaggle of other little flower girls and page boys. I was wrong about Meghan Markle attended the wedding, but at least I was right that Kate would be her sister's matron-of-honor.  



This video of Kate arriving, (which oddly repeats the same roll halfway through) shows Kate had her hands full making sure her young and and energetic charges kept their focus:


The princess navigated the gravel path in her Gianvito Rossi Praline heels with the little ones in tow. This snap of Kate turning to give a gentle reminder to keep the clatter down as they approached the doors to the church made headlines in many major newspapers.


The Duchess was reported to have visited Sarah Burton in London to discuss her custom Alexander McQueen. It draws from a number of Kate's preferred elements--the full sleeves she wears often and the partial peplum, pleats, and v-neck. It is very similar in design to the green gown Kate wore to the SPOTY Awards when pregnant with George, and it was clearly the point of inspiration for the two when creating Kate's wedding ensemble. 


I have mixed feelings about this dress. I think the problem here is that the blush tends a little too much toward brown. It is a very elegant accent color, as is apparent from Princess Charlotte's little dress and sash, but head to toe didn't work quite so well for Kate. I don't think it coordinates with her tanned complexion as well as a clearer pink, like Carole's pink, would have. I didn't hate it, and the color grew on me, but it is one of those dresses that looks right within the wedding party, but would not work well away from the coordinating olives and creams of its fellows.



Kate had a matching custom topper created by one of her favorites, Jane Taylor, and completed her ensemble with custom earrings from Kiki McDonough. Her striking morganite drops are a style Kate has been favoring of late and I am enjoying her move toward bigger earrings recently!

The Bride


Kate and the little ones were the last in before the big arrival. They were followed closely by a open-topped car with the bride and her proud father. As Pippa got out of the car and arranged her dress, Kate and Charlotte watched with anticipation from the doorway. Charlotte was visibly excited to see Aunt Pippa arrive looking like a princess. 


There was a lot of speculation about what Pippa would wear for her wedding. Because she is edgier in her fashion than either her mother or her sister, some felt she might choose a very daring dress, but I think that Pippa was equally conscious of the need for the dress to be classic enough to age well. Super trendy doesn't always manage the passage of years as well as more conservative counterparts.  I think she really balanced her personal style with traditional aesthetic in this bespoke Giles Deacon gown. The entire dress is lace with a spattering of pearls on the bodice, and just like sister Kate's McQueen, Pippa's gown held its structure beautifully for the "action" shots.


The high collar and keyhole cutout provide a sporty touch and highlighted Pippa's figure perfectly.


After Stephen Jones was spotted at Pippa's flat, a lot of us assumed he would design Pip's headpiece. Instead, he made Pippa's veil, which was light tulle without embellishment save for delicate, scattered pearls. According to Vogue, this spartan style was by design so as not to draw attention from the tiara, or the dress. The delicate tiara the bride wore was from Robinson Pelham, which Vogue reports was a "maidenhair fern tiara and matching headpiece, crafted with diamonds and 18-karat white gold."


Robinson Pelham did the bespoke jewelry for the Middleton when Kate married, and Pippa chose those diamond earrings from April 29, 2011, for her wedding. Perhaps they were her something old?


As I mentioned earlier, although the two weddings differed significantly in scale, we saw the same sweet and intimate moments at both Kate and Pippa's big day. I love this moment when Pippa took Michael's hand...


...and her final glowing smile back at the bank of photographers.


According to a press release, Pippa's bouquet was a mixture of peony, sweet pea, freesia, waxflower and green bell.



She had St. Mark's adorned with breathtaking florals, which according to an interview the designer gave to People, were meant to "reflect[] the British countryside in early summer and were filled with fragranced flowers including Sweet Peas, Peonies, garden Roses, Philadelphus, Freesia, Astilbe, and Jasmine."  Pictures taken inside the church after the ceremony show the lovely interior that greeted guests as they made their way to their pews on the morning of the 20th. These flowers, of course, matched the arrangements that were visible to the public outside the church. 


Kate added a creative and personalized touch by sketching the image of the church that the couple used on the program. Obviously we all know Kate loves art and photography, but I didn't know she was so talented an artist herself. This is really beautifully done and displays real talent:

@irishsara1980 via Instagram 

The beaming couple exited the church to the excitement of well-wishers and the click of cameras. Kate and the little attendants moved to the side to give the bride and groom space for a full photo. I don't know what Prince George and Kate saw here, but it appears to be exceptionally "oooh" worthy:


Charlotte behaved like a zen angel throughout.



George seems a little more high-strung than his calm sister and he had a brief meltdown which elicited a swift rebuke from Mommy Kate.


The explosion of tears, however, was very short-lived. Kate ushered her kiddies into the car and George was quickly back to the work to which he was born: waving to the adulating crowds as he was chauffeured away. 


The Reception

The guests made their way immediately after the ceremony to Englefield House where they enjoyed a champagne reception before Pippa and James drove off in a vintage Jaguar:



The real glitz and glamour took place in the evening back at Middleton Manor. As has already been reported, the Middletons imported a massive glass reception "tent" from Belgium and set it up in their garden.

via Chris Ship 

Pippa had the interior decorated with cherry blossom trees and complementing pink roses from her ceremony. The floral designer for the reception described the night as a Cherry Blossom Fairytale on his Instagram.


Perhaps the single misstep of Pippa's reception was the flypast. Unless a flypast is par for the British country wedding course (which maybe it is!) I thought it a little too royal-weddingish. Pippa's big day was a smash hit because it danced to the beat of its own drum and a single Spitfire flyover seemed an unnecessary addition to me.  [Update: Louis from the UK commented to tell me that the pilot was a friend of the Michael Middleton's. He owns a flying school and did the flypast as a wedding tribute. I agree with Louise that that changes the flypast from a misstep to a sweet gesture. ]



According to the Telegraph, Pippa changed into "an elegant, white floor-length gown with v-neck and sparkle details" for the reception. There was a light show that celebrated the couple and included a projection of their faces onto the side of the manor house, which was visible from the road:



Apparently, not all was perfect at one of the receptions. Several sources reported the Best Man gave a cringe-worthy toast that included some very crude sexual references. My mother has always warned me that something will go wrong on every wedding day and just to take it in stride. I guess that was Pippa's little irritating blot on what certainly seems from the outside to have been a flawless day.





A story circulated that Prince Harry drove all the way back to London to pick Meghan Markle up and bring her to the evening reception, but Rebecca English revealed that Meghan Markle was in the area during the ceremony, staying at a "country house suite." Thus far, there has only been one photo of Meghan from the day, and that was barely visible windshield snap which you can see here on the Daily Mail.

I think more details will come out on the reception, and I frankly hope that Pippa and James contracted with someone to release pictures to the public. The couple are currently honeymooning on a French Polynesian island where they have been photographed walking the beach, books in hand, and paddle boarding and enjoying the crystal water. I will likely write a separate post on that.



I always wondered how Pippa would meet the challenge of creating her own special wedding after Kate's incredible marriage in 2011, but she found the right blend of country chic and lavish super party reception. It really was the wedding of the year. Congratulations to James and Pippa Matthews! 









46 comments:

  1. Awesome post, Jane, really well done and lovely selection of pictures! It was worth the wait & glad that you're back :) I hope we do get a peek at the evening reception festivities...but I won't hold my breath! Looks like they're having a great time on Tetiaroa, what a beautiful place for a honeymoon...I wish them every happiness in their life together!

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  2. "Zen angel" ~ this is why I read your blog!

    My absolute favorite part of Pippa's ensemble was the tiara with veil-holding headpiece = brilliant!

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    1. 'Zen angel' aptly describes little Charlotte. She is such a chilled kid! Jane's description made me smile :)

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  3. I thought the day was a fairy-tale day from beginning to end. Pippa hit every note with perfect pitch. The only negative for me was their apparent reluctance to share anything from the evening reception. It feels like they dangled the proverbial carrot in front of our faces then left us supremely out of the loop for the rest of their celebrations. I understand that they may have a desire for privacy (and the privacy of their guests), but what would be the harm of a picture in her evening gown? I digress. Charlotte and George were adorable, as were all the little attendants. Kate's dress was not a hit for me (just too bland) but that was probably what she was going for. Carole looked classy. Jane, I've been waiting for your wedding post and you did not disappoint. Well done as always!

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    1. Alejandra CamposMay 29, 2017 at 12:31 PM

      Agree with you in all! I want to see photos of the reception, hopefully they will release some

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  4. Alejandra CamposMay 29, 2017 at 10:17 AM

    Yeih! I have been waiting for your post for one week and you didn't disappoint!
    Super mega congratulations! It was perfect!
    Great words and photos and comments!
    As usual sublime!

    Please do more posts about post wedding details or similar :D

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  5. Carols dress did remind me of Kate's link Trooping but the top half also instantly brought to mind Kate's blue CW she debuted in Luxembourg.

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    1. Yes, it was like a hybrid of those two outfits.

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  6. Great write-up! I wondered if the Spitfire was a tribute to her grandfather, Capt. Peter Middleton, who was a fighter pilot during WWII...

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    1. I think it was. He taught Spitfire pilots, so it seemed a fitting tribute.

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  7. Perhaps The Kiss was "oooh worthy." anon1

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  8. Lovely post, Jane!
    Not even Nora Ephron could have written a script that included birdsong as the tots exited the car. A favorite part for me. Also, the pealing bells as the bridal couple exited the church.
    And James hugging (and comforting?) Donna.
    Charlotte's glance back over her shoulder.
    The pageboy non-chalantly tossing petals over his shoulder-which resulted in peales of laughter from Pippa, apparently- while George and his co-petal-distributer bridesmaid buddy painstakingly and gently let one petal at a time drift to the ground-as no doubt they had been instructed to do. I see a future with the flower tosser pageboy and flower-swinging Charlotte.
    Agree with Jane-the beautiful moment between Pippa and her Dad.

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  9. Did I detect a hint of other recent nuptials? Mother's advice? Was the holiday our fair Jane took in Europe in actuality a honeymoon? Not a whirlwind political tour after all? anon1
    (Or were you already married and I somehow have missed that news.)

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    1. Interesting! Jane, do you work under the new administration?

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    2. hahaha interesting theories that never crossed my mind. Now I'm curious!

      I think Jane comes from a large family (?) so maybe she's seen siblings get married? Also, she may be at the age when a lot of friends are getting married. I've recently come out of that frenzied stage, and you see all types of wedding "mishaps". And, yes, every wedding has *something* happen...some more dramatic and memorable than others! And unfortunately it tends to come from the groom's side, in my experience. The Father of the Groom, the Uncle of the Groom, the Best Man, etc giving cringe-worthy speeches. *sigh* lol
      ~ A

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    3. I must stop this. It will be all over the internet by morning.anon1

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    4. Do you work for a tabloid anon1? Because you are the queen of starting rumors ;)

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    5. I agree ~A about the problems coming more often from the groom's side.  BUT I don't think it's because that side is more clueless (although perhaps as consumed by the details of "the wedding")  I think toasts seem to go wrong on the groom's side more often because the only *required* toast at the reception is from the groom's "best man". Sure others may toast and there is an order of toasts per ettiquette rules (at least in the US) but the best man must toast.  Apparently the best man's toast did go wrong at Pippa's wedding although I don't think it was THAT awful...at least not per US standards where using mild sexual humor at wedding receptions is more common than it apparently is in the UK. It really wasn't that crude (seriously comparing Pippa to a dog? Hardly) if what I've read is correct although I certainly wouldn't have suggested it!


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  10. Love Pippa's dress and entire look. Gorgeous. Kate's, I agree the color not great on Kate and frankly usually a color only seen in wedding attendants dresses:). The style of her dress is also a no go for me. Carole looked wonderful, lovely fitted dress and also really like the Mother of the Grooms dress. All of their hats were fabulous. The kids looked very cute. I loved Aneke's hat, the dress was a no for me, but she and her husband looked lovely together.
    Always love Sophie Carters outfits. The whole event was beautiful.
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    1. Pippa's dress is a dream, 100% beautiful. Kate's dress is disappointing, that colour is on nobody great and the style is matronly, Carole and Donna were très chic.

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  11. Pippa resembles the Duchess of Windsor with that wedding updo. I think the high neckline doesn't help either. The hairstyle is pretty,but not the best for Pippa. The heart shaped cut out on the dress strikes me as twee. That being said, she is a lovely woman.

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    1. Now that you mention it, Pippa does sort of resemble Wallis Simpson a bit...I don't know what it is: the eyes/eyebrows or her bone structure. Not saying they look exactly alike, but when I saw Kate's dress, it reminded me of the Duchess of Windsor's style & that's when I noticed the *slight* resemblance.

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  12. Here are some additional thoughts from me :-)
    - I love Sophie Carter! That girl has unabashed style. I hope she finds someone that compliments and appreciates her to settle down with.
    - Donna Air seemed to be as disinterested in her embrace from James as she did from Spencer Matthews's embrace. Since Pippa and Kate have found partners that mesh so well with the Middletons, I kind of wish he'd move along and find someone that nicely fits into the fold, too. We know from family dynamics though that this doesn't always happen perfectly. However, Donna looked stunning - the kind of look I REALLY wish Kate had gone with.
    - On the above note, I still REALLY wish Kate had gone with a lovely coat dress. Her earrings and hat said Duchess, but the dress wasn't my favorite.
    - my opinion on best dressed is this girl - she brilliantly paired her LK Bennett dress with a striking hat. As soon as I saw this photo I was like "well done!" (https://hips.hearstapps.com/hmg-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/images/hbz-pippa-middleton-wedding-best-dressed-guests-gettyimages-685742114-1495285611.jpg)
    - Jane, you didn't post my comment with a link to the honeymoon pics. As a popular blog, are you not wanting to share that since ET removed them? Fear of being approached by lawyers?

    ~ A

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    1. That hug between Donna & James was awkward. How long have they been together for now? And Sophie Carter is gorgeous...& seems like a lovely person. She definitely has her own personal style, which I don't always agree with, but she rocks it! I hope she finds a great guy, too :)

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    2. Oh, the hug was weird. And they have been dating for years....so, I wonder if she was invited as a friend and her and James are broken up? Exes can stay friendly with the family especially after years of dating, she and Pip might be close. Or maybe she was invited and then they broke-up. If the break-up wasn't bad, it would be rude to disinvite her.

      I agree, that hug was questionable.

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    3. Or maybe it was just a weird angle of a hug that felt weird because the huggers know they are being photographed?

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  13. Lovely photos from a very beautiful wedding. I agree, Pippa was gorgeous. Her joy was infectious, and I wish them a long happy life together. Everyone looked wonderful, from Carole Middleton and James' mother, to the kids and Kate. The gentlemen were all handsome too. Kate certainly had her hands full herding the children around, and I love her artwork on the program. She is a mighty talented lady. I would have loved to see the gowns they wore for the reception. But, I can't be greedy!

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  14. My favorite details of Pippa's big day were the fact that she wore her "Middleton earrings", Kate's drawing of the church, and the floral designs. I agree with all you said about the day. Pippa's dress was just stunning and the bride and groom seemed so blissfully happy. The day succeeded in being about them and not about the royals and that's how it should be.

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  15. Wow, that green dress is almost an exact copy of Kate's wedding dress. I understand liking a silhouette, but geez, was Sarah Burton phoning this in! And I don't really hate the dress like some but.... it's silly to repeat a dress so closely for such a memorable occasion.

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    1. I agree, it does seem odd that Kate picked almost the same silhouette as the green McQueen for the wedding. But I think it may be partly because of the whole 'don't upstage the bride' thing & that's why she picked a familiar style that we've seen before, so the focus would be less on her outfit & she kind of blended in. But the hat & earrings were show-stoppers!

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  16. What a beautiful collection of photos! Thank you, Jane. The wedding was nothing short of perfect. Truly.

    My favorite photo here is the one of Pippa reaching for her father's hand. Very, very sweet.

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  17. Sara from CanadaMay 29, 2017 at 11:00 PM

    Hi Jane, thanks for your post! I rarely disagree if you suggest a fashion hang-up, as generally your praise is more generous than mine:) But I have to say that I disagree with you about Kate's dress colour. That nude blush/champagne looked lovely on Kate. She has a warm colouring. And people with warm colouring--well--nude blush is the "pink" that they wear best. This is confirmed when you look at Carole's cool-coloured pink dress (albeit a pretty pink). When you see her, the first thing that you see is the dress, and then her face. The colour is wearing her. She is not wearing the colour. When you look at Kate's ensemble, you are drawn to her face. I love it when Kate gets her colours right! This fluid glance speaks of beautiful cohesion that draws attention to the face. While many people don't follow these rules, and it's in vogue to experiment with any colour, the fact remains we look our best when we wear the colour instead of the colour wearing us:)

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    1. Sara, you're so right! I felt the blush colour complemented Kate beautifully & I was drawn to her face straight away. I didn't take notice of what she was wearing, as I was also distracted by the cute bridesmaids & page boys she was in charge of :)

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  18. Pippa's wedding florist, who had to remove the IG pics, has a photo of him posing in the reception "glass palace" with all the tables done up published in a French magazine. I'm guessing he'll get his hand slapped over that too? Will the Matthews' have to fire him from Eden Rock? I can't imagine his contract didn't protect against his own profit from this, particularly without their approval...
    ~A

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    1. So maybe he has their approval? The photo doesn't show any guests and being published after the event it doesn't compromise security in any way

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  19. I loved the flowers at the church, but the arrangements at the reception seemed a bit overdone. The trees look lovely, but the raised centerpieces look like they would obstruct the view for the seated guests. It's hard to really know from a photo or two, of course.

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  20. I wasn't a fan of Pippa's tiara. It soured me on her & the Middletons a bit. It read to me as, "we think you're a princess too" by association. Some floral diamond hair clips would've been less "I think I'm a Royal by association". (I know plenty of normal people wear them, but there's a difference when you're already sort of Mrs. Me Too and your sister will be a queen some day.)

    Felt bad for Kate, too. There's not upstaging the bride and then there's making your sister look frumpy and older. Not very nice! Didn't look like she was attending the same wedding as her parents, sibling, husband, and even kids!

    Bad form, Pips.

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    1. I said to myself, Oh, Lord, when I saw the tiara for your exact reasons. Jane's comment - something to the effect of... Pippa deserves a little tiara too. That's hilarious!

      Cause, I mean, your sister's a real princess, future Queen. You really can't compete with that, on that level. And besides, who would want to? Rock your own life, Pippa! And, sans the tiara, she's doing a pretty good job of it.

      My other tiara comment. Once I saw it, OMG. It was so tiny and so small, looked like lint got caught in her hair and needed to be pitched. Maybe on purpose as not to draw attention? But it was just too, too small.

      Other thing, I remember when Kate got her first full sitting portrait done. And the Middletons then had one done for Pip, complete with her holding her dog. It was in the DM. It was horrible.

      I'm glad that Pip married a man with money because being "poor", relatively speaking, next to Kate would be hard. But besides that, don't try to mimic Kate's life. That's a losing battle. Do your own life and do it well! After all, just because she's a princess doesn't mean she is the only one who gets a fairytale!!

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    2. I agree that the tiara was entirely too small. I had wondered if she would "borrow" a tiara. Do we know where this one came from? Maybe from the Mathews family? She will inherit a title one day.

      I don't think it was wrong of her at all to wear a tiara. Especially given the fact that it was so tiny I wasn't sure it wasn't just flowers etc.. I don't think she tried to compete. If so it was more so the vintage car and fly by than what is so extremely common as a tiara. It's not as if either family is hurting for money they can afford it. On top of all of that maybe James wanted her to wear one, bc she is his princess!!

      I really liked the fact that without saying a word, Kate was the defacto matron of honor.. Honestly she did what Pippa did at her wedding. There was no real way for Kate to be moh without handling it the way they did with perfection..

      Speaking of, I liked the color of Kate's dress because it did tie in with the colors that were used.. I didn't care for the design at all.. I seriously doubt Pippa told Kate what to wear, I'm sure it was discussed but as far as " making her sister look frumpy and older" I just don't see it bc that dress is something Kate would wear to a number of places and is very close to other dresses in Kate's closet. Sometimes I wish Kate would dress more like Pippa and not Carol or the Queen and bring the shorter fun Kate back. But it has been some time since there has been a wardrobe malfunction so I guess if that's part of her end game she's winning..

      I think she has totally been true to herself with what we've seen. I would feel differently if she had worn a huge tiara or one that mimicked Kate's. I wasn't a huge fan of how her hair was pulled up especially given the fact we know Amanda Cook Tucker is amazing at doing updo's.

      Pippa gets the last laugh anyway.. Her husband is worth more, way more than Prince William and she doesn't have a duty to serve for the rest of her life. It is interesting to see what she does next though..

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  21. I love the comment on Jane possibly having got married rather than being on study leave :)because it fits in with a thought that I have had recently. Jane I know this blog is on Catherine but I do hope that when you get married you'll do a blog for us on your own wedding. I absolutely love brides and would so love to see what you choose and what your bridal party looks likes when such an event happens. What do you say? May we make that a date? Waiting with baited and expectant breath!!!
    ~Mo

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  22. What a feast for the senses this wedding was - Pippa was absolutely radiant. I am in the minority but I adored Kate's dress - I loved the soft subtle blush colour and that it was a classic vintage look - perfectly appropriate for her.

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  23. Have photos from Kate's and Williams reception ever been published?

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    1. We never got to see a glimpse inside Kate and William's evening reception. I keep hoping they might release a few pics one day, maybe for their ten-year anniversary in 2021?

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  24. Excellent post, Jane! I've wondered as well about pictures and details from the wedding reception. I think we will eventually see them, but suspect that we might learn about everything in a wedding planning book written by Pippa. It fits with everything we know about Pippa and her love for writing, entertaining, and continuing her career as an author. Yes, "Celebrate" tanked (though I enjoyed it!), but she followed that up by writing columns for The Telegraph, Waitrose magazine, and Vanity Fair. She published the "Heartfelt" cookbook recently, after all.

    If that's the plan, she would be able to control the narrative of her planning process and decide which photographs to include. This seems to be much more preferable than relinquishing all the data and editorial control to a major magazine like Vogue, Vanity Fair, People or Hello! It dovetails with what we know about the tightrope that she and her family walk between maintaining privacy and allowing us a glimpse into their lives.

    This is all speculation, of course, but those wedding ceremony photo ops were too tightly stage managed for nothing!

    Also interesting: one of Pippa and James' guests was Serena Hood, the executive fashion editor at British Vogue. She got married a few years ago in a lavish wedding in the Cotswolds, and did a fab video series on her wedding planning for Vogue's site. Serena cited Kate's wedding as an influence and commissioned Robinson Pelham to design her wedding earrings and had a wacked out acrobat ride a plane for a supremely unusual flypast. So who knows?! Perhaps Pippa might think a bit more smaller in scale than a book and work with British Vogue to release the details of her wedding.

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  25. This is perhaps the best post I've read covering the wedding! Worked out very well to wait a bit until all the best pictures were in! Pippa and her family's fashion choices for an occasion like this are so personal that I hate to comment at all - so in the spirit of the day, I'm going to refrain from comment other than to say everyone looked very happy, particularly Pippa and Carole who always manage to look happy and and completely relaxed!

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