I will finally admit my reluctance to get excited about the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton was a defence mechanism to prevent disappointed.
She didn’t disappoint.
Catherine was resplendent as she made her way to Westminster Abbey this morning.
I was actually was quite emotional seeing Catherine as she left the Goring Hotel, and I’m sure many of you shared that feeling.
Her Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen ivory sweetheart neckline gown had a gorgeous French Chantilly lace bodice and a full skirt.
The dress is made with ivory and white satin gazar with a train measuring two metres 70 centimetres.
Catherine wished for her dress to combine tradition and modernity with the artistic vision that characterises Alexander McQueen’s work. She worked closely with Sarah Burton in formulating the design of her dress.
The wedding shoes were hand-made by the team at Alexander McQueen and are made of ivory duchesse satin with lace hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework.
The bouquet was designed by Shane Connolly and draws on the traditions of flowers of significance for the Royal Family, the Middleton family and from the Language of Flowers.
The flowers’ meanings in the bouquet are:
Lily-of-the-valley: Return of happiness
Sweet William: Gallantry
Hyacinth: Constancy of love
Ivy: Fidelity; marriage; wedded love; friendship; affection
Myrtle: the emblem of marriage; love.