Each outfit was full of symbolism.
Stepping out of a Rolls Royce Phantom with her beaming mother Doria Ragland right by her side, the royal bride met with an adorable bridal party to walk her down the aisle. But all eyes were on the 36-year-old and that gown!
Meghan Markle looked every inch the princess bride in a show-stopping, bespoke creation which featured long sleeves, a high neck and a dramatic train. Keeping things timeless and chic, Meghan’s dark brunette locks were swept into a stylish updo.
Meghan Markle’s wedding dress
The high neck, sculpted waist and long-sleeves reminded us of Audrey Hepburn, while every flower stitched into the veil represents a Commonwealth country. The train had an underskirt in triple silk organza.
Meghan has always opted for a classic and polished aesthetic, explaining: “If I think about my style icons, I love [stylist] Géraldine Saglio, and [French Vogue editor] Emmanuelle Alt. The way I dress is really monochromatic or tonal, and I like really classic pieces.”
“I also love that French way of styling, where if your outfit is pulled together, then something’s got to be dishevelled – your hair, your make-up.”
The former Suits actress tries not be a slave to the trends and it’s clear this wedding dress will be remembered for years to come.
“Wear what makes you comfortable, and isn’t going to make you cringe in three years when you see the photo. I’m not very trend driven. I’ll pepper it in here and there, but invest in classic pieces and you’ll never regret it,” she’s previously explained of picking a statement gown.
Meghan Markle’s tiara
Of course, no Royal Wedding is complete without a tiara and as suspected, Meghan Markle was lent one of the Queen’s dazzling pieces. Finishing off her look, sitting atop of Meghan’s head was the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau tiara.
The tiara was purchased by Queen Mary from Garrard back in 1925. After she passed away, her daughter-in-law Princess Marina Duchess of Kent inherited it. Over the years, the piece has been worn by many Kent women, including Princess Alexandra.
The diamond bandeau boasts 13 large oval pearls set on dramatic spikes.
Meghan Markle’s jewellery
Both of the bride’s earrings and bracelet are by jewellery designer Cartier. Speaking about her taste in jewellery, Meghan explained her approach is very minimal.
“I don’t tend to go with things that are ornate – just beautifully made pieces and some classic jewellery. Let the work speak for itself. I love that.”
Meghan Markle’s reception wedding dress
As the newlyweds headed to their wedding reception, Meghan changed into a second wedding dress. This time she wore a high-neck sleeveless halter gown by British designer Stella McCartney.
Despite selecting a fashion-forward second wedding dress for a royal, Meghan opted for nods to traditional wedding trends. A pair of Aquazurra shoes featuring nude mesh and a baby blue-coloured sole gave an element of something blue. While her “something borrowed” paid tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales, by wearing a stunning aquamarine cocktail ring from her late mother-in-law’s collection.
Her classic wedding updo was spruced-up ahead of the celebrations by George Northwood.
Photos: Getty Images
This article originally appeared on Now To Love.
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