I couldn’t help but share this amazing shot of Kate Middleton’s wedding gown.  There was so much conversation and speculation up until the wedding day and I was happy to get up at 2am (with husband, I might add) to see every little moment of this historic occasion.  Designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, the dress was just perfect.  I wouldn’t have changed a thing.  I loved the fitted bodice and sweetheart neckline enclosed with handmade, specially designed lace.  The A-line skirt really made the dress for me, adding a classic tough truly reminiscent of the timeless gown of Grace Kelly.

I am so happy for Prince William and his bride and wish them nothing but happiness and the normal life they so crave.  With that, here are some interesting wedding facts I came upon while immersing myself in the splendor this week:

  1. Prince William chose Westminster Abbey for the location because when he’s there he feels the presence of his mother, whose funeral was held at the Abbey in 1997.
  2. Kate’s shield style bouquet included myrtle flowers cut from a plant and grown from the myrtle flowers in Queen Elizabeth’s bouquet from her 1947 wedding to Prince Philip.
  3. The Cartier tiara worn by Kate  was selected from all of the royal tiara’s, offered to her in a meeting with the Queen at Buckingham Palace.  The tiara she selected was previously worn by Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth.
  4. Kate and Will left Westminster Abbey in the coach used in Prince Charles and Diana’s wedding in 1981.
  5. When Charles and Diana kissed on the balcony at Buckingham Palace after their 1981 wedding, that was the first public kiss by any British royal couple.  Will and Kate set another milestone, with two kisses on the balcony.
  6. Kate followed the tradition of something old (the traditional Carrickmacross style of lace-making used to make her dress originated in Ireland in the early 19th century), new (diamond oak leaf style earrings given to her by her parents), borrowed (the 1936 Cartier “halo” tiara lent by Queen Elizabeth) and blue (a blue ribbon sewn to the inside of her dress by Sarah Burton).

Did you watch the Royal Wedding?  What did you think?