The British Royal family was all smiles and happy while battling the harsh winds to enjoy the beautiful wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor.
Unlike the wedding of Pippa Middleton in 2017 and Prince Harry in May this year, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived together at the wedding. At the last two occasions, Duchess came with the kids of the bridal party to usher them into the church. This time the job was taken by Lady Louise Windsor.
Duchess Catherine, once again putting her trust in her own wedding dress label, chose a dress from Alexander McQueen in a stunning shade of pink – raspberry.
The silhouette of the dress was classic Catherine look, with a structured shape and slightly puffed shoulders, paper bag waistline and pleated flared skirt.
The dress featured a round ruched neckline and three-quarter sleeves. The colour of the dress was simply gorgeous for Autumn wedding and Duchess was looking radiant in it.
A look at the dress from the back.
The dress seems to have similarities with the outfit Duchess wore at 2017 Trooping the colour Parade from McQueen in pink.
Catherine paired the dress with matching pink floral headpiece from Philip Treacy. The hat features a beret accessorized with floral detail and a small veil. A beautiful vintage touch to the whole look.
These were the second velvet pumps just in the span of three days that Duchess’ debuted. The pumps coming from label’s 2017 Fall-Winter collection features pointy-toe with stiletto-heels. The €585 pumps are currently available at 24 Severs.
Duchess finished her elegant look with Queen’s Diamond Pendant Earrings. She was also carrying a matching burgundy velvet clutch.
During the ceremony, William and Catherine were seen holding hands. It was a beautiful day just like their own wedding on April 29, 2011.
Princess Eugenie of York tied the knot with her long-time boyfriend Jack Brooksbank at the St. George’s Chapel of Windsor Castle. Eugenie travelled to St George’s Chapel in a 1977 Rolls Royce Phantom VI, accompanied by her father, The Duke of York, Andrew.
The wedding service was led by the Dean of Windsor, and, following the couple’s vows, there were performances by Andrea Bocelli and the London Symphony Orchestra and readings from family members including the bride’s sister Princess Beatrice who read an excerpt from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
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The couple chose floral designer Rob Van Helden to create the church flowers for their Wedding. Rob Van Helden was born and brought up in Holland, growing up surrounded by flowers. He moved to London 31 years ago, where he started his floristry business from the back of his car. Now supported by a team, including his sister Patrice Van Helden Oakes, he creates floral designs across the UK and abroad.
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The floral displays in St George’s Chapel have been created using foliage and flowering branches, sourced locally from Windsor Great Park, combined with roses, spray roses, hydrangeas, dahlias and berries. The designs will reflect the rich and vibrant tones of autumn and will also include Liquid Amber trees.
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Mr Van Helden said: “It has been the greatest privilege and honour to create the flowers for Princess Eugenie and Jack, on their Wedding day. Her Royal Highness has been very involved from the start and has been instrumental in the autumnal theme. The whole floral design team and I wish Princess Eugenie and Jack our heartfelt congratulations and we hope they have a magical Wedding day.”
Princess Eugenie’s Wedding dress was designed by Designer-duo Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, who founded the British based label Peter Pilotto, in London in 2007. The brand is known for its innovative textile design, paired with a modern feminine silhouette.
Princess Eugenie met the designers when she was co-hosting an event in support of women artists. She has been wearing designs by the brand for several years. Princess Eugenie, Mr Pilotto and Mr De Vos have worked closely together on the design of the dress. The designers undertook archive research into previous dresses worn by Members of the Royal Family and identified a silhouette.
During several fittings the dress was developed layer by layer, constructing it from the corset and the complex underskirt to the fitted bodice and full pleated skirt. The dress features a neckline that folds around the shoulders to a low back that drapes into a flowing full-length train.
The low back feature on the dress was at the specific request of Princess Eugenie who had surgery aged 12 to correct scoliosis. She proudly showed off the scar of the surgery on her wedding day as an inspiration for many to never hide from insecurities.
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The fabric was designed by Mr Pilotto and Mr De Vos at their studio in East London and includes a number of symbols that are meaningful to Princess Eugenie as motifs. The symbols are a Thistle for Scotland acknowledging the couple’s fondness for Balmoral, a Shamrock for Ireland as a nod to the Bride’s Ferguson family, the York Rose and ivy representing the couple’s home Ivy Cottage at Kensington Palace.
Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos have reinterpreted these symbols in a garland of rope-like motifs, woven into a jacquard of silk, cotton and viscose blend. once the artwork was completed, it was translated into a jacquard weave in the Como region of Italy. The result is a very modern-looking fabric using a highly intricate weaving technique.
Princess Eugenie is wearing the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, lent to her by Her Majesty The Queen. The tiara was made by Boucheron for Mrs Greville in 1919 in the fashionable ‘kokoshnik’ style popularized in the Russian Imperial Court.
The tiara is made of brilliant and rose-cut diamonds pavé set in platinum, with six emeralds on either side. The tiara was bequeathed by Mrs Greville to Queen Elizabeth in 1942. Taking a break from the tradition, Eugenie decided not to wear a veil. It was refreshing and showed off the stunning gown, her surgery scar and beautiful tiara to its fullest.
Jack Brooksbank presented her fiancee with matching diamond and emerald earrings as a wedding gift that the bride today proudly wore.
Eugenie’s wedding shoes were the satin peep-toe heels by Charlotte Olympia. The Wedding bouquet, created by floral designer Rob Van Helden’s sister, Patrice Van Helden Oakes, consists of Lily of the Valley, Stephanotis pips, hints of baby blue thistles, white spray roses and trailing ivy. Sprigs of myrtle from Osbourne House are also included in the bouquet.
The tradition of carrying myrtle began after Queen Victoria was given a nosegay containing myrtle by Prince Albert’s grandmother during a visit to Gotha in Germany. In the same year, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought Osborne House as a family retreat, and a sprig from the posy was planted against the terrace walls, where it continues to thrive today. The myrtle was first carried by Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Princess Victoria when she married in 1858.
Princess Eugenie’s hair was styled by Sonny-Jo MacFarlane, Hari’s, with make-up by Hannah Martin, Bobbi Brown.
The couple said their vows happily and confidently, while the eyes of guests and media were on them. The wedding ring jack put on Eugenie’s finer is made from a piece of gold gifted by the Queen.
There were two readings during the ceremony given by the groom’s cousin Charles Brooksbank and Maid of Honour Princess Beatrice.
After signing the registers in the presence of their families the couple paid respect to Her Majesty with National Anthem. Princess gave a deep curtsy to her Grandmother before leaving the chapel.
The couple left the St. George’s chapel holding hand with smiles on their face.
The newly married couple sealed their wedding with two kisses in front of family and well-wishers outside the chapel.
A beautiful picture of Mr and Mrs Brookbank.
After the wedding, the newly wedded Mr and Mrs Jack Brooksbank left in the Scottish State Coach.
With the emblems of the Order of the Thistle, the highest order of chivalry in Scotland, and the Scottish version of the Royal Arms are painted on the sides, the covered coach was chosen due to the bad weather.
The family waved happily at the newly wedded couple before leaving for the reception.
Princess Beatrice, Eugenie’s elder sister, was her Maid-of-Honour. She wore an outfit by Ralph and Russo and a hat by Sarah Cant.
Eugenie paid a sweet tribute to her family by choosing all the young kids from her family as part of the bridal party along with her youngest cousins Lady Louise and Viscount James. The dresses of Bridesmaid and Page boys were designed by Amaia Arrieta of Amaia Kids. The design incorporates the Mark Bradford artwork included in the Order of Service.
The flowers carried by bridesmaid were designed by Rob Van Helden and reflect the design of the Bridal bouquet. The Bridesmaids each have posies of Lily of the Valley and spray roses.
Lady Louise, daughter of Earl and Countess of Wessex, was wearing a dress by Claudie Pierlot and hat by Emily London.
A very special gesture in the wedding was given by Eugenie’s mother Sarah, Duchess of York. Sarah wore a dress designed by local Windsor company Emma Louise Design and carried a vintage Manolo Blahnik bag. The bag was carried by Susan Barrantes at the Wedding of The Duke and Duchess of York in 1986. Susan Barrantes was Sarah’s mother and Eugenie’s Maternal Grandmother.
The couple chose Alex Bramall at the official wedding photographer. He previously photographed Princess Eugenie for Harper’s Bazaar US in 2016.
As expected, the cute and adorable kids of bridal party stole the show.
George and Charlotte arrived with other bridesmaid and pageboys assisted by Lady Louis and their nanny Maria. The kids looked relax and happy.
Princess Charlotte is already perfecting her cute little wave. The shy smile that little kiddo gives is priceless.
George seems to be really close to her elder cousin Savannah. The duo was seen causing havoc at Trooping the Colour balcony appearance, it seems they were not able to control themselves today either. It was good to see George having fun.
The wedding was followed by an afternoon reception inside Windsor Castle’s St George’s Hall organised by the Queen where the 850 guests enjoyed the wedding cake and heard the antics of Prince Andrew. A video of the couple leaving for a Wedding reception by Royal Family Channel.
The couple chose a red velvet and chocolate cake, inspired by the rich colours of autumn – which they cut at their afternoon reception in Windsor Castle. The five-tier red velvet and the chocolate cake were made from 400 eggs, at least 53 packs of unsalted butter, 15 kilograms of organic self-raising flour, 20 kilos of sugar with vanilla essence, vanilla bean paste and red food colour. The cake was covered in autumnal leaves and features Eugenie and Jack’s monogram surrounded by Ivy.
London-based cake designer Sophie Cabot to make the wedding cake. Ms Cabot was discovered by The Couple through The Duke of York’s initiative Pitch at Palace. To ensure it was ready on time, Ms Cabot began baking in earnest at Buckingham Palace’s kitchens on Wednesday ahead of the big day.
The three tiers of cake are red velvet while the other two are chocolate sponge cake covered with buttercream and white icing. The cake was mounted on golden stand belonging to the royal family and was placed in the St. George’s Hall at Windsor Castle before the reception.
About her experience of designing a royal wedding cake, Sphoe Cabot said, “The couple were very relaxed, very comfortable. I got the feeling the cake was something they were very excited about. It was a fun meeting as well because I don’t think it’s every day you have a meeting about cake and you get to try the cake.” Talking about the non-traditional cake choice the designer said, “They were very excited about having red velvet, during the tastings red velvet and chocolate came out top. It’s a lovely thing to have at this time of year as well – it’s a nice rich cake. Not one cake is ever the same and this was extra because of the time of year and they wanted to keep it so seasonal – it was a real joy”.
In the evening, Eugenie’s parents, Sarah and Andrew will host an evening reception for the guests at The Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park, where the couple still lives.
Zara Tindall and Autumn Phillips were gorgeous in blue and green. I especially love Autumn’s dress. Pippa Middleton Matthews who is in last month of pregnancy braved the wind to attend the wedding. She was accompanied by her husband James Matthews and her brother James Middleton.
This wedding will be remembered for its elegance and taste. York family has faced criticism for a long time due to various reasons, but today was there day and they were shining like a diamond.
Royal Weddings are always a happy occasion that I enjoy very much. I really love the traditional wedding setting especially the gown Eugenie chose. It was most probably the last big royal wedding of this generation and the Royal Family did not disappoint the nation and royal-watching community.
People put together this lovely video containing all the special moments of the day. I will leave you with this lovely pic of the bridal party.