May 202017
 

The sun was shining this morning as Pippa Middleton and James Matthews were married at Mark’s Church.

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Guests included Sophie Carter, a close friend of Kate’s and one of Charlotte’s godparents; Lady Laura Marsham; and James Meade, Lady Laura’s Marsham’s husband. Prince William was Mr. Meade’s best man, and he is also a godparent to Charlotte. 

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Claudia and Tom Bradby. The Duchess worked at Jigsaw at the same time as Ms. Bradby, who now has her own jewelry company. Mr. Bradby conducted the television interview with Kate and William after they announced their engagement.

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©James Whatling

Donna Air, James Middleton’s longtime friend, wearing Emilia Wickstead and a Jane Taylor hat. There has been discussion about the dress color, as it looks white in the photos. I believe it is a soft lemon yellow.

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©James Whatling

Here is a snippet of the fabric.

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©James Whatling

Roger Federer and his wife, Mirka.

Princess Eugenie with her boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank.

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The bride’s brother, James, escorting Carole Middleton into St. Mark’s. Mrs. Middleton was in a bespoke Catherine Walker design.

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Prince Harry, Prince William and Spencer Matthews, the groom’s brother.

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Pippa’s new in-laws, David and Jane Matthews.

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©Stephen Lock / i-Images / Polaris

The Duchess corralling the page boys and flower girls when they arrived.

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©Greg Sirc / Splash News

The bride arriving in a bespoke Giles Deacon gown.

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©Splash News

With her father, Michael Middleton.

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The dress featured a high neck, cap sleeves, heart cutout on the back. From The Guardian’s story:

The high neckline and covered shoulders of Pippa Middleton’s Giles Deacon dress make it unassailably demure, yet it has a little more drama and attitude than found at the average home counties church wedding. The upstanding lace collar is rather fashion-forward, and the heart-shaped keyhole detail at the nape of the neck makes the dress interesting when seen from behind

A look at that heart-shaped cutout.

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©i-Images / Polaris

“Remember, shhh.”

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Ken Goff/IPA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

Kate and Charlotte on the left, and a very excited flower girl on the right.

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©Jason Dawson/Nunn Syndication/ Polaris

In a Business of Fashion interview, the designer noted the dress is “all hand-pieced which is why you don’t actually see a seam.”

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©Jason Dawson / Nunn Syndication / Polaris

The Duchess arranging her sister’s dress.

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©i-Images/Polaris

The dress bodice has an internal corset; more details from The Telegraph:

“The bespoke silk cotton lace was hand appliqued to create an illusion of the dress having ‘no seams’.”

“The lace bodice is embroidered with pearl detailing over an organza and tulle underskirt, which has layer upon layer to enable a floor sweeping movement.”

The lace was exquisite.

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© i-Images / Polaris

Bethan Holt’s story for The Telegraph offers this perspective:

Giles Deacon is an inspired, but perhaps unexpected choice from Pippa. When her engagement was announced last summer, it was widely thought that she would opt  for a gown by a traditional bridal designer from a Belgravia-based couturier au fait with designing for an English society wedding.

Pippa’s veil was by renowned milliner Stephen Jones, made from fine tulle with a dégradé of embroidered pearls.

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©Splash News

Her Maidenhair Fern tiara and matching headpiece are by Robinson Pelham.

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The bride’s something old: the earrings she wore to her sister’s wedding in 2011, custom made by Robinson Pelham.

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©Polaris/Robinson Pelham

Pippa wore a custom pair of Manolo Blahnik heels, the brand’s Seneca Bridal Pump in ivory ($925).  The silk satin pump has a pointed toe, ankle strap, and Swarovski crystal buckle embellishment.

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The bride’s bouquet included astilbe, sweet pea, peony, freesia and waxflower.

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This ITN video (about 1:40) shows Pippa arriving at St. Mark’s.

The service lasted about an hour.

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©Ken Goff/IPA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

The newlyweds looked very happy.

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Just a bit more about Giles Deacon:

Deacon’s girlfriend, the Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie summed up the appeal of Deacon’s designs in an interview last year: “He has two of my favourite attributes in artists: wild imagination and technical rigour. [His designs] can be practical, otherworldly, sculptural and mind-bending, but you always feel celebrated as a woman when you wear them… Their confidence somehow increases yours. It’s quite a power for a designer to have. His clothes have personalities.”

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©Ken Goff/IPA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

As one would imagine, the young page boys and flower girls were quite a hit.

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Ken Goff/IPA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

George and Charlotte looked just precious.

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Mother and daughter.

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Visit our sister site, What Kate’s Kids Wore for loads more photos and all the details on the children’s outfits.

Now to what the Duchess wore: a bespoke design by Alexander McQueen.

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From Ella Alexander’s Harper’s Bazaar UK story:

The Duchess visited McQueen’s HQ in recent weeks to meet with Sarah Burton to discuss the design.

Presumably the Duchess didn’t want to overshadow her sister on her big day, thus the pared-down, yet elegant look.

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The dress has elements from previous McQueen designs, including one Kate has worn. Below left, the Ivory Crepe Pencil Dress and second from the right, the green McQueen gown worn by the Duchess to the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards. Both have the fitted bodice with the deep vee-neck and billowing sleeves; Kate’s sleeves are cuffed with three self-covered buttons.

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Our thanks to Michelle Forest of Perth’s Fashion, once again offering ID information on Kate’s dress.

She wore her go-to Gianvito Rossi suede pumps in the ‘praline’ colorway. The style is available in limited sizing ($675) at online retailer My Theresa.

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Gianvito Rossi

Kate’s hat was by Jane Taylor.

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She also wore new morganite and diamond earrings by Kiki McDonough.

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Kiki McDonough / Polaris

The newlyweds after the first reception, held at nearby Englefield House.

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© Splash News

The second reception is at the Middleton home; we’ll have a separate post on that.

NOTE: I will be updating this throughout the evening, there are many more photos I need to add and some more info.

We’ll leave you with this video of the bridesmaids and page boys scattering flower petals after the ceremony.

 

LINKAGE:

  • The Daily Mail’s fashion story on what the guests wore is here; The Daily Mail’s news story is here; another Daily Mail photo-laden story is here; The Daily Mail story primarily focused on Kate’s dress is here;
  • The Telegraph’s story about Pippa’s dress is here; The Telegraph’s gallery of 50+ photos is here; for a chronological timeline, The Mirror’s live coverage is here
  • The Sun’s story with loads of photos of the flower girls and page boys is here; The Mirror’s photo gallery of the day’s events is here
  • The Standard’s story and gallery is here;
  • The Hello! piece on the wedding gown & gallery is here; People’s slide show on Pippa’s gown is here; The Guardian’s story about the dress is here

  179 Responses to “Pippa Middleton was Radiant & The Duchess Wore McQueen ”

  1. Pippa looks so lush! She suits the high neck and plain lace dress perfectly!!! That is so sweet that she wore the earrings from kates wedding! Her makeup is well done as well!
    Kate on the other hand…..it’s not what we expected at all!!
    I thought she would wear a nice long prom dress, maybe a few sparkles??? But it does go well with the vintagy theme of the kids clothes!!
    Her hat is amazing!!!!!
    Sophie Carters outfit is very random and I would never have picked it but she looks sooooo good in it….with the hat and all!!

  2. I *personally* think this colour does NOTHING for Kate and actually makes her look older! I would have liked to have seen her in a brighter colour maybe a darker pink or blue? Nice hat though but the dress – awful in my opinion!

  3. “Mr. Meade was Prince William’s best man.” Prince Harry was William’s best man. Maybe you meant that William was Mr. Meade’s best man.

  4. Pippa looked incredible.

    Kate, on the other hand, looked dowdy. The color of her dress, while not the most flattering for her, matches the little girls’ dresses, so I assume it was chosen for her. The absolute worst part is the shape of the dress. The billowing sleeves and droopy bust…shudder. I know many people think that she chose (or maybe Pippa chose?) such a plain dress to avoid drawing too much attention. It seems that she *did* get a lot of attention anyway – for dressing so terribly. What a shame, considering Pippa looked so lovely at Kate’s wedding.

    Also, is she wearing a hairnet again? Between the billowing sleeves, droopy bust, and hairnet, this look is a total mess.

  5. Pippa looks absolutely amazing!!! Not a fan at all of Kate’s look here, really matronly and frumpy, but I expect she absolutely did not want to steal the spotlight from her sister and I think the dress was appropriate for that. Love the hat and the color though!

  6. Pippa looked quite lovely, but this might have been my least favorite dress Kate has ever worn. I liked the color, the hat, and the earrings for the wedding, but the style and fit of the dress were unflattering and aged her. In fact, I believe my 92 year old grandmother has a similar dress in gray.

  7. Has anyone mentioned or noticed the fact that Carole Middleton’s dress is almost an exact replica of a maternity dress Kate wore when she was pregnant with Prince George?!! I was first surprised that Carole would wear something so similar, and even more surprised when no one (at least from what I’ve seen) has picked up on it! Not criticizing or complaining…simply an observation. Everyone looked beautiful and radiant. Congrats to Pippa!

  8. Kate’s dress colour actually blends in with the flowers!

  9. This is, by far the best look I have ever seen on Pippa, which should be as she’s the radiant bride!

  10. Loved Pippa’s dress. Do not like Kate’s dress. Do not think she picked it out so that she would not stand out. Think she and Pippa just had a miss in seeing what a poor choice for Kate the dress was. Kate’s hat and earrings were wonderful. The men all looked great, most of the wedding guests had on wonderful outfits. Loved the Mother of the groom outfit. Her dress and shoes are great.

  11. I think Kate was the most elegant of them all. Not a big fan of these sleeves though but overall, she was stunning.

  12. Bravo on every front!

    Pippa looked the perfect bride – my only recommendation would have been a larger headpiece ( minor comment). Loved her veil and makeup.

    Kate wore the perfect outfit IMO. Understated, elegant, discreet and a throwback. Her hair, makeup, hat and earrings were the statement.

    The children! Kate interacting with the children was beautiful and charming. Charlotte’s dress was beyond beautiful. The boys’ outfits a little over the top – but isn’t that epitome of an English wedding party?

    Carol Middleton s outfit and hat were elegant. Seeing all the guest outfits and hats was a spectacular display. Wish we could have seen Meghan and Harry but respect they were not the couple on display

    • I agree with you 100% on all counts. Kate looked perfect…I especially loved her hat. George and Charlotte and the others kids were just precious. Pippa looked beautiful (and I don’t usually like her style). Just overall it was a perfect day in all aspects.

  13. Second post on this thread – this time in hindsight. While I have no more love for Kate’s outfit choice, just wanted to comment further on her need to recede. I’ve seen many stories about the wedding that have featured 2 shots of Pippa and 6 of the Duchess. So wanting to not stand out a legit concern.

    Then, the guests’ attire. I’ve been to plenty of afternoon church weddings that included people in Hawaiian shirts/sandals AND sequined mini dresses – always a head scratcher. But I’m surprised by the lack of elegance on the part of many guests at Pippa’s wedding where they knew they’d have lenses on them, plus royals present. What is it about weddings?

    • I noticed some of the outfits of the guests also. Some were downright awful and not at all what I would expect for such an event. Very odd.

  14. On a completely unrelated note, I’m seriously considering ordering the Monsoon Fleur Espadrille Wedge Heels, but I’m a little concerned about import duties and customs entry fees since I live in the United States and don’t want these to end up costing me a small fortune. The WKW community is always so helpful I figured I’d ask if anyone here has ordered these and had them shipped to a United States address, so I can get an idea of what to expect. Any info will be much appreciated. Thanks!

    • I have not specifically ordered the shoes you mention, but have ordered other things. I live in Canada, so what I have to say, may not apply in the USA. But here, with the shipping costs, duty, Canadian sales tax added and a customs clearance, that more than doubled the cost of the item. I realize this is not much help telling you about what happens in Canada, but this could be useful info for someone who does live in Canada. You might find out the details you need online. Or perhaps a USA citizen can enlighten you.

    • I have them and wear them all the time. They are the most comfortable shoe I have. I don’t remember exactly how much the duty was on them but it was very small. They are still some of the cheapest shoes in my closet.

    • Hey Liana,

      I was able to order them through the Monsoon US website. Not sure if they’re available on that site, but I believe I received free shipping.

  15. Firstly what a beautiful wedding. Residing in Melbourne, Australia, a spring wedding – and a Middleton one at that – has brought excitement and cheer to gloomy days in grey Victoria, Australia.

    Pippa looks radiant and just so classically romantic and beautiful. I find the style suits her, despite being such heavy lace. There is simply nothing I would change about her dress; it is beautiful, pretty, elegant and romantic all in one and complements her figure wonderfully.

    From a makeup perspective, I might have extended Pippa’s brows, swept a stronger blush up her cheek and used a berry lipstick, however it is her day and her look – they are simply my preferences. I am enjoying her newer look without the dark black eyeliner and fake tan. Her darker hair is also stunning and elegantly pulled back in a modern romantic up do. I might have also added some shine spray and increased the size of her tiara, however I understand that in this situation it might have raised eyebrows and invoked criticism. Subtle and understated was better.

    As for the Duchess, I have mixed feelings about her outfit. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect, but being an English church wedding and knowing her understated involvement given her title, I knew a hat/fascinator and something classic and low-key would be on the cards. Perhaps I expected something similar to one of her Christening outfits combined with her favoured knee length lace dresses that indicated official closeness, yet without being too Mother of the Bride.

    I did find myself pleasantly suprised with the choice. The day was never about Catherine, so I can understand a more understated style. That said, I found it whimsical though mature. With colour ties to the sashes of the bridesmaids and the floral arrangements, I find it a well executed ‘blend’. While I do not agree entirely that it washes her out, it is not the pink or peach we have seen on the Duchess before. The colour doesn’t ‘pop’ and yet in these circumstances, I feel this is appropriate.

    As for the execution, it is almost unfortunate for the Duchess that she attracts the keen eye of many stylists to be and fashion watchers in all situations. If I had not looked closer, I may not have noticed such details. Like others, I do find the bust not as well fitting as it could be and something about the peplum jarring. Perhaps a middle sash could have worked better – thick and pleated, but not so big that it competed with the bust and subsequently drew the eye to the middle section.

    Additionally, I found the back accentuated the torso area, where I would have preferred to see a concealed zip or seam and or the middle cumberbund I suggested. Breaking the dress up would have lent itself to it flowing out from the waist better. The concept, however, is beautiful and subtle, as well as appropriately demure and mature, which I admire.

    The accessories and makeup were perfectly complementary, in my opinion. I particularly liked seeing the smoky eye and the Duchess’s hair up.

    As for the guests, I found Princess Eugenie to be classic and stunning and both sets of parents traditionally dressed. I did prefer Mrs Middleton’s look at the Royal Wedding, however I liked the contrast of formal and light blue at Catherine’s and feminine and pink at Pippa’s. James’ mother’s outfit was also stunning, though at the angle photographed, I wishit nipped in more at the waist to create a better ‘balance’. I feel the angle of the photography accentuated the lower part of outfit and may have looked like a different fit and flare execution from above.

    I really feel Donna (James’ partner) has had a hard time with outfit criticism. While at first I gasped at her boldness for wearing such a light cream ensemble, my feelings changed when I saw it in different lighting. It does in some shots appear to be more of a light creamy yellow. Of course, I would love to see Meghan Markle’s evening ensemble, but I admire her tact for staying away in the circumstances. If she did wear a black gown to the night festivities, I would be slightly disappointed as somewhat of a traditionalist with etiquette, however black is certainly much better than a light colour, or arriving in a sparkly number in such situations.

    As for the bride’s evening attire, I can imagine Pippa in a full-length backless cream gown, perhaps with a cowl neck. I can see her in something with a contrasting mixture of drama and tradition. For Catherine, I hope she wore an icy blue gown in a chiffon fabric, with silver Prada strappy heels.

    All in all it looks like a beautiful day and I wish the couple much happiness! X

  16. I think all of the Middleton Ladies knocked it out of the park with their choices.
    Pippa looked absolutely gorgeous, radiant and glamorous. Also very, very happy. James must have been so proud to see such a stunning woman walking down the aisle toward him. He is definitely one lucky man.
    Carol looked beautiful in her outfit and very age appropriate. Loved the pink colour.
    I really loved Kate’s look as well, she dressed very well for her part in the bridal party (though unofficial) it was obvious that she was supposed to be a part of Pippa’s Bridal Party, wearing a colour the same as the sash on the flowers girls dresses, arriving in the bridal car, helping the Paige Boys/Flower Girls and helping to fix Pippa’s dress. If she wasn’t in the bridal party she would have arrived with Prince William and Harry.
    I am still completely stumped by the lady who wore the dress with the tiger face print on it? Is it as Stella McCartney design? I’m lost on that one, not just designer but choice for a wedding!

  17. Has anyone considered that perhaps the Kate purposely chose a “matronly” look? I think the fuss that the media made about Pippa’s backside at Kate’s wedding, was definitely taken into account by Kate when dressing for this day, she knew all eyes would be on her. I mean, look, full billowing sleeves, a full skirt with pleating at the back, and a peplum. This tells me that she absolutely did not want to risk any possibility of the media trying to put some “sexy” spin on her clothing choice. I think she looked lovely and properly dressed as the matron of honour.

    • I think there’s “matronly” and then there’s ill-fitting. And rarely does she look “sexy” (whatever that means) to me.

    • Unfortunately, Kate’s dress did not fit her well. The most glaring example being the gaping at the sides of her bust. Really bad! I dislike the idea of her working with a stylist because I feel perfection lacks character and interest but for the first time since Kate has been on the scene, I’m going to say that she needs one. There is a way to look unassuming and not the center of the spotlight, yet, not unattractive and dowdy. This is something she consistently struggles with and needs help. One does not have to make oneself frumpy to let another shine.

      I believe Kate was going for a 1930′s vintage look with this dress but it failed in design and execution. Its too bad because with some differences, it could have been a striking dress.

  18. Kate’s dress looks like Flora & Merryweather (from Sleeping Beauty) made her dress without using magic ;)

    Kidding, kidding. It’s not THAT bad. But it does look like Kate went into the dress shop, said she wanted something similar to previous McQueen styles that she’d worn, and the designer took the direction a bit too literally.

    This dress has the potential to be GORGEOUS. Nothing wrong with a flowy tea-length skirt, nothing wrong with flowy long sleeves, but it becomes VERY wrong when the two are put together. Her teeny frame is just drowning in all that billowing fabric. That’s not even taking into account the ‘not-quite-right’ bust, the cuffs, or the shoulders. Minor details that could have been so easily remedied. Unfortunately, the dusty rose colour washes Kate out, but the colour scheme wasn’t her choice. Still- they could have made the dress work for her.

    The fact of the matter is, Kate couldn’t have ‘outshone’ her sister, because Pippa’s dress is so incredibly unique and breathtaking. Not what I expected, but I believe it fit perfectly with her theme of a classic, timeless English wedding. Sleeves and a high neckline were an excellent choice. Classy and more modest will always be fashionable (I personally chose a strapless dress with a sweetheart neckline for my own wedding- but I was ‘trendy’ rather than traditional). And of course, the lace… you can’t go wrong with white lace. I do think either her headpiece or her updo needed to be ‘bigger’! Between that, her minimal jewelry, and neutral makeup, the dress and veil kind of outshine her. Know what I mean? Hahaha.

    The kiddies are hilarious. The boys outfits look almost costume-y, but they are adorable nonetheless.

    Both sets of parents look fantastic. I wish there was another photo of Carole in her dresscoat. It fit her perfectly and is extremely flattering.

    • Hi Lauren. I commented above before I read your comment. Completely agree that Kate’s dress missed the mark but could have been gorgeous.

      Also agree that t is very hard to outshine a bride and that Kate did not have to take the matronly path to let her sister have the spotlight.

  19. I think Kate was actually the Matron of Honor, even though that wasn’t announced. She was front and center on the way in and out of the church. People are assuming that was because of her desire/need to attend to George and Charlotte, but she was also corralling the other six kids, some of whom appeared to be as young as G and C. The parents of the other children, Prince William and Nanny Maria were blended into the crowd of guests. Don’t forget that Pippa also corralled children at Kate’s wedding. She rode in the carriage with some of them and held the hands of the youngest flower girls as they walked down the aisle.

    She was also seen straightening the train of Pippa’s dress in the doorway before Pippa and their father walked down the aisle. So Kate was either one of the last people seated, or she was part of the wedding party. And her dress matched the sashes on the bridesmaids dresses. I wouldn’t expect a guest, even the sister of the bride to match the wedding party unless they were in the wedding party. I would imagine that to be a faux pas.

    • I seem to remember that it is adult bridal attendants are not usually part of an English wedding, or at least that there is this tradition of having very young children instead. Some of my English relatives were surprised that Pippa was included in her sister’s wedding party. Or so I recall, anyway.

      • Brit here :-) Yes, adult attendants are minimal, but there. Usually the closest friend, or a sibling if close. So for adult attendants, there is the best man, and “chief bridesmaid/matron of honour” depending on if married or not. Other than that, bridesmaids and page boys are generally single figure ages. I was part of a group of 4 close girlfriends (3 of us friends as long as we can remember), and since we were a bigger group, none of us ever expected to be bridesmaid when weddings happened, though we did expect to be put to work by giving a reading during the service. I was pretty shocked when I moved to the US (my husband is American) and saw how huge the bridal parties are! I’ve been to weddings where there are 7, 8, even 9 for both the bride and groom. Each to their own, and I love cultural differences, but my ‘British sensibilities’ still finds it a little over the top.

  20. I have gone back and scrutinized the pictures of Kate over this issue of a “droopy bodice” on her dress. I just don’t see it. I do some some pleating or darting that is sticking out a bit under and on either side of her breasts. I don’t find it unattractive or droopy in the least.

    • I also don’t think it looks like she’s “drooping”. I DO see the odd extra fabric that’s sticking out on each side of the chest … and I agree that looks quite odd and like it wasn’t tailored correctly, which is absurd when something is made specifically for you. But drooping I don’t see at all, and therefore can’t seem to understand why so many seem to absolutely hate it as much as they do. In the overall picture, I think she looks quite beautiful.

    • I understand what people are saying and can see, but it is not a droopy bust and Kate is not either. If you look at some of the side shots it looks fine.

      A lot of this style of dresses from the 1930′s and 1940′s that have this bust line that appears “droopy” or “saggy” but they aren’t, it is just the style. It is because the bust line goes on a diagonal down, is an inverted “V” and sits directly under the bust.

    • Exactly, I also don’t seee it. From the front it looks perfect, and while squarting you can actually see it is a perfect fit.

      • I’m with you ladies on the alleged “drooping” – there is none – it’s the cut of dress with pleating, and in some photograph the way the light bounces, or Kate’s arms is pushed forward, it blouses a bit. She’s wearing retro style. It flows and drapes. It look fun yet also understated & chic – suggestion it not tailored properly is hilarious! Loved looking at all guests’ styles – British fabulously eclectic & fashion forward, rocking those midis. Bought 2 midis for summer & can’t wait wear them!

  21. This is the first time I am writing. Thank you for the lovely and positive blog.

    It was touching and refreshing to see how these sisters interacted, and it is such a joy to see Pippa so beautiful and happy. Pippa is stunning in the car. I feel that the Duchess showed beautiful manners in tending to the children and her sister. Their mother looked gorgeous. The English country church with moss on its garden walls was so historic and beautiful; the flowers were understated and romantic.

    I found the dress the Duchess wore to be the perfect color to go with the church and flowers. I do not feel she tried to blend in through the design of the dress; it is a mix of lovely 70s and 30s elements. Rather, it seemed like she simply and genuinely put her sister first.

    From many angles, particularly the side photos, the upper part of the dress looks like highly skilled inverted pleat tailoring that took a lot of time and meant to add graceful volume and fullness in that area to create a more romantic, less fitted, line. While Pippa’s dress was tailored close to her form, her sister’s dress seemed purposely cut looser to follow a very different, flowy aesthetic. It is also possible that the humidity from the air weighed down the fabric a bit. It could also be that the direct photo angles cast harsh shadows, as the upper dress area looks very different and much fuller from the side. I find the dress really beautiful and a style she seems to repeat in many other dresses.

    Further, the upper part of the dress is very fitted when she bends to attend to the children, so the extra inverted pleats seem functional to preserve modesty, too. The extra pleat may provide coverage when she extends her arms, leans over, or rests on the back of her legs.

  22. This was very fun coverage to read, thank you! Pippa’s ensemble was perfection. It’s too bad that Giles Deacon could not have also designed a dress for Kate that complimented her sister’s look. I could see a high collar pale pink fit and flair dress on Kate – understated and seasonal. Her McQueen dress reminded me of a few unfortunate bridesmaid dresses I wore in the early 80s.

    • Agree. Deacon could have designed something simple yet elegant to complemented Pippa’s gown. Your suggestion sounds perfect actually.

  23. I loved absolutely everything about Pippa’s look. On top of that, she looks very happy – “radiant” was really the right word choice!

    I did not like Kate’s dress on her. I have no problem with a vintage look, but the fit in the bust was very poor and made her look dumpy, which she isn’t!

  24. I believe that Donna Airs dress was pale lemon and not white or cream. that has been confirmed so not sure what all the hoo haa is about with wearing certain colours to wedding. As usual people are quick to judge and criticise even when things are not verified.

    Can we perhaps have a story where everyone puts up their own wedding shots and allow others to judge and criticise.

    I also cannot believe that people are making comments that they don’t like Pippa. To be honest have you ever met her or is it just a perception of what is written in the media. So please tell me how you can make an informed comment about someone’s personality when you have never even met them. Surely you realise that the media determines personalities in a lot of cases.

    Please be a little more sensitive and thoughtful about your comments. If you have children then you really are not setting a good example by judging others especially if you have never met them in real life. Think before you write.

    • There is some truth in the media creating fake news and this is the case where probably a middle aged guy from The Sun or others can not see the subtle color and started that ‘she is in white!’ frenzy. Which ties in to your other comment about people not liking Pippa. How can you believe what media says about Pippa’s personality when it is clear the media can not even tell color?!

  25. I think Pippa’s dress was lovely. I also agree with most of the negative comment’s regarding Kate’s dress, BUT despite wearing a very unflattering frock, which, perhaps apart from its colour, did absolutely nothing for her, she was still, by far, the most beautiful and eye-catching woman there. Simply a natural.
    Carole Middleton looked great. Dressed even better than she did for Kate’s wedding.

  26. Thank you for showing the comparison shot of the green Alexander McQueen gown with the blush pink dress. I knew I had seen that design on her at some point, but I couldn’t recall which outfit it was.

  27. It was noble of the duchess to wear something that is elegant and allows the bride to shine at the same time.Its not always in good taste to be the primadonna who is dressed to nines because she feels an urgency to please the crowd in every minute of her life. Yes she could have attended any fancy wedding in the year 1936 being attired exactely like this without raising an eyebrow.But that’s ok.The 1930s feel (almost eerily right) these days.It was her sister’s day and she did shine.This is class.

  28. Hi. I loved Princess Eugénie’s shoes. Would anyone have an idea on the designer? Thanks!

  29. Pippa’s look was absolute perfection. The silhouette of the gown accentuates her trim figure, and the lace gives both elegance and lightness. The cap sleeves are lovely for a spring wedding in a country setting, and the keyhole back is simply exquisite. I like the “after” veil, which is unobtrusive and just enough to be bridal and set off the dress. Beautiful, top to bottom.

    Kate chose well. We need to remember that this event wasn’t about her. She had a background role, and it would have been wrong of her to wear a standout color or style. The neutral color was appropriate for her supporting role, and the long full skirt gave her freedom of movement to wrangle the children (which looks to have been a challenging job!). She was the very picture of a stylish sister of the bride who didn’t want to steal the scene for herself, not an easy trick for a future queen.

    The picture of Carole waving shows us why royal women are trained to wave from the elbow!

  30. Oh my. If Kate wanted to be understated and not upstage the bride, she certainly succeeded. This dress was horrible. Looks like she took it out of Princess Anne’s closet from 30 years ago. I love the color – and would have selected that – but would have selected that tight fitting lace pink/blush dress with the grograin ribbon at the waist she’s worn to several occasions before. But I’m an American, and clearly not up-to-date on English wedding customs.

  31. Susan, you did an amazing job with your post and coverage of the day! Thank you, thank you! It was so much fun to spend a Saturday reviewing all the pics and videos.
    I think Pippa radiated happiness, and that’s typically the best accessory one can have.
    I’m surprised at all the people who feel this is one of the worst outfits they’ve ever seen Kate in. I expected the normal criticism of her looking too matronly (not that I agree with it) and I too spotted right away the odd fabric around the bust. But in no way do I think she looks the worst she’s ever looked. Despite the bodice, I think the overall look was lovely and romantic and elegant and that she really looked quite beautiful.
    In the last video of Pippa and James coming out of the Church, you can see Kate step away from the doorway when they pause to share a kiss… mindful not to be seen in those photos and to let her sister have her moment. Very nicely done.

  32. I am thrilled with Pippas dress! I honestly was only anticipating this day,to see the 2 little cuties and what THEY would be wearing. I completely thought Pippa would be in some unadorned mermaid gown. I am pleasantly surprised !

    NOTE: Admin edit

  33. Long time reader and first time poster here – thank you for running such a great blog!

    I thought Pipa was perfection and am obsessed with her dress. The ‘kids’ looked wonderful too and I hope we get reception pictures.

    Now on to Kate … oh boy. Usually I am a big fan of everything she wears but this is a huge exception. I’m glad everyone else has pointed out the poor draping because I was trying to figure out how to do it tactfully. I think the absolute worst part of her dress was the fabric. The draping around the bust and skirt and the WRINKLES are all because of fabric. I know she is a person and she is a mom but she is also a duchess and the Duchess of Cambridge should not wrinkle, especially at her sisters wedding. This was a fashion miss for me.

  34. I wasn’t bowled over by Kate’s dress on first sight and I certainly anticipated all the negative comments that were going to pop up here, but I find that the dress is growing on me. Every time I see it I like it better.

  35. Pippa looked stunning and in a dress which I found quite different in character from Kate’s. I love the neat little high neck and the cut-out back, though my stern old heart is not a great fan of sentimental heart shapes. This was the bride’s choice and her choice rules on her wedding day.

    I fear Kate, however, may have taken the ‘matron’ in ‘matron-of-honour’ a shade too seriously. I know she had no such official title, and she was aiming to fade into the background as far as she could and in that respect she well and truly succeeded.

    My real problem is this is the style of dress worn by my own grandmother so I can still get a strong whiff of mothballs when I see anyone wear it again. The matronly gathering under the bust was manageable in the earlier green McQueen which looks to be slightly stiffer fabric.

    However the fabric on this wedding outfit is so much softer that all the details like mini peplum, skirt pleating, gathered bell sleeves come across a bit too floppy. Naturally it doesn’t stop Kate herself still looking quite beautiful and I think she scored a hit with the hat and those luscious earrings.

    A lovely day all round, thanks for such a magnificent post.

  36. Sometimes, I just don’t understand those haute couture dresses. Kate is a young and beautiful woman, but even she cannot prettify that dress. It’s as if it was designed to make her look a hundred years old. Add to that the role of fussing over the kids and I’d think she was someone’s far relative invited out of pity and not the future Queen of England and the bride’s sister… I understand her effort not to outshine Pippa, but she succeeded a bit too much IMO.

  37. Pippa hasn’t looked this good since Kate’s wedding !!!! Glad to see all of that black eyeliner gone. Kate’s dress made her bust look terrible. Why would a designer let this happen???

  38. eta to my comment

    now waiting for pictures of the evening party!

  39. Pippa looked lovely, kids adorbs

    I didn’t love Kate’s look, a bit too vintage-ay and not in a good way, but her hair was great, the color was OK but the combo of the style and color didn’t do it for me.

    Not sure what else she could have gone with, maybe something less fussy? and the bustline didn’t fit well

  40. The palette of colors is exquisite, Pippa’s dress is perfection – well, all of Pippa’s ensemble is perfect, but oh dear: did no one in Kate’s house stand way back from a her and see what that dress did to her bosom? It looks dreadful, although the rest of the dress is lovely and the color is divine. I’ve only seen gathers/pleats under breasts like that when the neckline is a surplice (crossover) neckline and even there, it’s not always flattering. Pity the poor women who are not gorgeous like Kate and try to wear that! But really: it seems that standing way back from a mirror and LOOKING would have revealed that unflattering bosom.

  41. Great post, I loved reading all the comments! Pippa’s dress – utter perfection, every stitch was well placed, it was obvious how much work went into planning the day. The earrings were a great choice. And that veil! Kate’s dress was elegant and blended with the day,. I originally thought people were being too harsh on the fit of Kate’s dress but then I went back and saw the bodice close up. I wonder if the fabric shifted around from all the moving and bending to mind the children?? You’re right, something is off! It had great movement though.

  42. I love everything about Pippa’s dress and especially that it had sleeves. I think strapless has been so overdone and not appropriate for this wedding especiallly. The fit is perfection and she was a beautiful bride. Kate was elegant and I love seeing how hands on she was throughout the wedding.

    I find your coverage of the wedding to be the best, having spent quite a bit of time on Twitter and FB looking at photos and video clips. I hope we get to see some of the evening reception.

  43. I must be in the minority then because I thought Kate looked as lovely as I have ever seen here. The overall look was romantic and refined; perfect for an English wedding. Gorgeous soft blush dress which floated and fell beautifully, a sculptured hat to match, and for once, those pinkish suede shoes worked – lol. Her hair was also perfection in that thick low bun. Kate’s outfit looked so lovely as an ensemble with the little attendants and Pippa’s gown. I don’t think Kate aimed to blend in, but rather, to be dignified rather than showy. She achieved that in spades. Bouquets to the Duchess.

    Pippa looked at her best too – loved that thick lace and the ethereal tulle veil. This was one of the most beautiful weddings I have seen. Everything was perfect – look at those roses in the background of many photos.

    • I am not surprised, really. In this age of the kim kardashians, people seeem to define style a something that shows off the figure and making the statement of being sexually desirable. Theremare occassions for that, but this is not it. Agree fully with your comments, and those flowers really add to the romantic feel, doesn’t it?

  44. Pippa looks absolutely beautiful. I love her dress. The guests look lovely too and the two mothers are exceptionally elegant. I also think it’s very generous of her and her husband to allow their wedding to be seen by the world. Very stylish in all respects.

    I think Kate looks like a duchess and a big sister and I mean that in a good way.

  45. Pippa looked gorgeous. Loved her dress with the high neck and cut out back, also her veil and headpiece looked perfect.
    Loved Carole’s outfit, suited her to a T.
    The pageboys and flowergirls were adorable.
    There is nothing like an English country wedding, so beautiful.
    The one miss for me was Kate’s dress. Didn’t like the colour at all and thought the dress looked matronly, more suitable for a mother of the bride. A rare miss for me.
    Good luck to Pippa and her new husband!

  46. The Middletons are really a classy act. Prince William hit the jackpot!

    Love Pippa’s dress, the lace must be beautiful in person. Love her makeup that showcases her tan.

    Kate’s dress is beautiful, the color and fabric are perfect to give movement on a spring morning. It seems almost a rose champagne color in some lighting, exquisite. Bookmarking for a future bespoke order (at my local taylor tee hee!).

  47. Pippa was truly a stunning bride. I absolutely loved her dress and veil. I dutifully clicked on all the various links provided by our vigilant Admin and just could not stop smiling while viewing all the pictures. What a wonderful wedding. I loved looking at all the fashions. . . I think Carole looked very pretty as did Princess Eugenie. I also loved the kooky stuff that certain guests wore! Weddings tend to make our friends and family wear crazy hats and tartan trousers! What a great day for Pippa and her family!

    I loved Kate’s dress! It was indeed a very retro/deco style but she looked fantastic in it. Those sleeves were/are gorgeous! And I love a v neckline. This dress IMO is in the category of styles that very few women can pull off. Our Duchess can and does! I am sure the color was the bride’s choice. But, like Kate’s Easter outfit, the monochrome accessories . . . that hat and the earrings (so beautiful) and shoes all in the same color made it sing! I think she looked fantastic. So much so that I forgot to look for a hairnet. LOL.

    I loved the pictures of her shushing the children! Priceless! George and Charlotte were the youngest of the group of bridesmaids and pages. I understand why Kate was apprehensive about how they might behave. They seemed to have done fine!. Kate is obviously a wonderful sister and an exceptional mother. She is also, despite my occasional criticism of her tonsorial and sartorial choices, a woman I admire a lot.

  48. This is the ugliest thing I have ever seen Kate wear. The color doesn’t flatter her, the bodice is a nightmare, the peplum is unflattering, the hemline also unflattering, the hat is ridiculous and doesn’t complement the dress. It’s a completely ugly outfit. Best thing I can say is maybe she did that on purpose so as not to distract from the bride.

    Pippa’s dress is gorgeous. I’m not a fan of back cutouts, but they are popular on wedding gowns these days, so that’s a quibble. The veil and hairpieces are really beautiful.

    Momma Middleton’s dress is too young for her, which, as it always does on everyone, makes her look older rather than younger.

    Papa Middleton looks dashing, proud and impeccably turned out. Bravo.

    The young men look great in their morning coats.

    Roger Federer looks like a dream as usual.

  49. I am so happy for the family that the sun was out for the important parts of the day. Pippa looked absolutely radiant as she took her father’s hand.

    Catherine’s dress? The gathered bustline so many here think is ill-fitting might actually be intended to look that way. I mean, this is McQueen. Occasionally a waist sits too high with some of her labels but I truly believe she meant to go for this vintage, romantic look. So, if that was the intended effect, she looks lovely. I loved that her “big-sis” dedication to her sister showed through today. You can just it on her face. So sweet!

  50. While I agree with the general consensus on the Duchess’s dress (I certainly don’t think it’s her worst, but I don’t love it), I think this is one time where she gets a pass. Though she’s not “officially” matron of honor, I am sure Pippa had a say in the color and style of her dress. I absolutely despised what I wore to my sister’s wedding…but she had something in mind and of course you go along with the bride! The wedding had a vintage feel (seen in the style of cars used, the church chosen, the clothing of the children) and obviously she was working with a muted blush color scheme – Kate’s dress was in keeping with that. I think people are over-reacting a bit…it’s not the best, but come on! She’s definitely worn stranger things. I mean we can still discuss the merits or details of the dress…but let’s blame it on Pippa, not Kate. ;)

    • Honestly, I can’t even blame Pippa for it. It is in keeping with a lot of stuff Kate wears. As the admin pointed out, it is very similar in the bodice to a McQueen she already owns, it in is one of these nude-y non-colors that she favors, it has a sort of peplum, and it is far from the first dress she has worn that looks matronly. Based on what I have seen Pippa wear, Kate’s dress is not anything she would favor at all. So I think this was a Kate pick. I’m sure Pippa approved it, but it is in keeping with a lot of Kate’s own style choices.

  51. A spectacularly beautiful wedding. Of course money was no object, but as we know, money does not buy taste. I can see why Pippa chose that lovely stone church – and with the gorgeous floral arrangements outside it was breathtaking. The vintage cars – perfect. Thought Pippa looked wonderful. Love the gown – just shows how elegant cap sleeves can be (if you have the arms for them – and both sisters do). Don’t agree the lace is too heavy – it is the element of the dress and think it looked much better than Kate’s wedding dress where the lace didn’t read and looked a bit too much like lingerie. The hairpiece, veil and hair – perfect. I suspect she chose the small hairband rather than a tiara because it might have seemed inappropriate – there is absolutely no sense Pippa was pretending to be royal. She did it her way and it worked beautifully.

    OK Kate’s dress. I am a huge fan of McQueen, and almost always feel that the changes the Duchess and her “stylist” make are not improvements. Here its a mashup of two different styles that in the end doesn’t work very well. I am a fan of the signature McQueen peplum and think it works as a design element here, as it gives the only edge to the dress – it also gives the pleats a bit of substance. Its the top half that is a bit of a mess. The bodice is not at all flattering. I think its a combination of the wrong kind of undergarment (Kate has problems choosing the right bras), the tailoring of the pleats and the type of fabric. The outside pleat over the bust gapes open and should have been eliminated completely. Very difficult though with this fabric to create anything but a droopy 30s look – I think that can work, but now on this occasion. In any case, the bodice does not look well tailored – amazing from this design house. The big problem is the sleeves. The edgy original McQueen design of the shoulders and interesting bell shaped sleeve is completely thrown out to be replaced with an incredibly old-fashioned gathered shoulder and sleeve into cuffs. Its a look at is old-fashioned and matronly. Also the fabric creases easily as can be seen in the after ceremony pix. Oddly by contrast her mother looks much younger and fresher. I also thought Eugenie looked simple and fresh and young.

    Scrolling through the pix of the guests on the DM site, I was flabbergasted at the guests attire. I adore English eccentricity, but I have rarely seen such terrible outfits. If that is what is considered fashion and style, then I guess the Duchess is doing very well.

    • My thoughts EXACTLY!! I agree with every single thing you said which is why I’m commenting as I couldn’t have worded it better myself.

    • I was going to write some version of everything you said, so I am going to just say that I agree with you totally instead of writing a new post.

      I would also add that Kate’s hemline was far too long, which also threw of the proportions of the dress and edged it into matronly territory. Had it been knee length or just an inch longer than knee length, it would have looked so much better IMO.

    • I think that you will find that all bespoke designer dresses/gowns especially from houses like McQueen make all of their clothes with built in boning (corsets) so that no bra is actually needed by the wearer.

  52. Such a happy day!

    I’ve really enjoyed pouring over all the pictures and videos online of the wedding and appreciating all the thought, detail and care that went into it.

    It’s nice to get break this weekend and enjoy so much happy news for a change.

    • Amen! Such fun to view the photos and videos!
      Great thank to What Kate Wore for sharing this happy day, the fashions, and beauty of this special day! :)

  53. The first pictures of Kate simply took my breath away!! Just beautiful in every way. I also loved Pippa’s dress and was delighted at how very happy she looked!! Perfection!

  54. Pippa’s dress is beautiful. Not hugely a fan of high necked wedding dresses with short sleeves but the lace detailing is exquisite.

    As for Kate’s dress: loud emphatic NO in capital letters. Her dress reminds me of the wedding dress Sandra Bullock’s character wore in the Proposal and not in a good way. It’s not flattering, looks outdated, and just not working for her at all. I realize she didn’t want to upstage her sister which is great but she didn’t have to dress like she raided great aunt Mildred’s closet! Hopefully she wore something more fun to the reception.

    • “Her dress reminds me of the wedding dress Sandra Bullock’s character wore in the Proposal and not in a good way.” Thank you! I was trying to remember the movie this dress reminds me of. Betty White was awesome in that, she’s a national treasure.

  55. Hmm; I have to say I was a little disappointed with Pippa’s dress. It’s lovely, and all, well fitted but didn’t seem anything special to me. On the other hand, I really liked Catherine’s dress. I think the color was chosen to match the wedding colorways, and the blush color is very fashionable right now. I liked the flowiness of it. And for those who complained she looked matronly; well yes, she is a matron. A 35 year old mother of two, and who clearly functioned (if not named so) as the matron of honor.

    I did not like James Middleton’s girlfriend’s dress. Stiff and too long.

    I LOVED Beatrice’s dress — Fergie’s daughters often make weird fashion choices, but this looked fabulous on her. Where was Beatrice?

    I also think the pastel waistcoats are weird, but that must just be a traditional thing.

  56. Agree – Pippa looked great, though would have loved to have seen her with a stronger lip for this occasion. Blush is definitely not Kate’s colour, but as she was matron-of-honour, she probably had to go with Pippa’s choice – note the little flowergirls are also wearing sashes in this shade. Although she always looks lovely, I really didn’t like the design of Kate’s dress either – very 1940s retro, flouncy and matronly. Big thumbs up for the hat, though.

    Great fun looking at the guests’ fashion on the “Daily Mail” page – quirky seems to have been the theme for the day!

    • I thought the same thing about a brighter/stronger lip color for Pippa!

      That is the only thing I would have changed, however. It looked to be a beautiful wedding. I wish for Pippa a beautiful marriage.

  57. The very good things: pippa. She looked gorgeous. That dress is stunning, her hair and makeup looked great, and she just looked so happy. The whole look was just beautiful.

    Good things: Kate’s hair, new earrings. Both very pretty.

    Bad things: Kate’s dress. No. Just no. Color was blah, style was matronly, etc. there is not wanting to overshadow her sister and then there’s that outfit. Like someone said it’s so bad that it makes her stand out in a different way.

    • I like Kate’s dress. It’s appropriate for the occasion, for her age, and for her position.

    • While Kate’s dress is not one of my favorites. I think that it suited her for today, with its length, color and style, the only thing that needed a change was the bodice. As she was looking after the children and helping with Pippa’s dress the length and flow of the dress worked and it matched the wedding colors.

      Overall I think that Kate looked beautiful and picked the right dress.

      Yes, Pippa was absolutely beautiful.

  58. I thought it all looked beautiful. Pippa’s dress was flawless. Kate’s dress was one of the nicest I have seen her wear – hear and hat gorgeous, Loved the sleeves.

  59. This wedding didn’t disappoint! How lovely Pippa looks. Her dress is divine, and I say that as someone who doesn’t like to wear lace. This dress suits Pippa perfectly. Love the back. Her small tiara or headband looks pretty and not overwhelming. Nice natural makeup as well. She and her handsome groom look so happy.

    I though Kate looked lovely, as well as helpful herding all of those kids!. She has the ability to be supportive and in the background, while still looking absolutely beautiful and well dressed. Kate has a maturity and sweetness that shows through in these situations. I love the way her dress matches the belts on the little girls’ dresses. Her earrings are lovely; pretty hat and hairdo, too.

    Carole Middleton looks spiffy as usual, and I actually prefer the shade of pink of her dress; it’s very flattering. I thought the mother of the groom also looked very nice.

    And those kids – all of them are adorable. What moments to treasure!

    The whole affair is beautiful and this union appears to be a very happy one.

  60. Pippa’s dress is stunning. Quite a beautiful bridal look. Kate looks quite matronly. The silhouette is too vintage-style to be paired with that color and fabric – the green dress from 2012 looks quite lovely and is very similar in shape. The bust is also quite unflattering, which is strange given that it is bespoke and her clothing is all certainly altered for her. I do quite like the fascinator.

    Is dressing in an off-white or close-to-white color more acceptable in the UK? Donna Air’s dress is dangerously close to white in all the photos I have seen. I cannot imagine showing up to a wedding wearing that color unless explicitly instructed to do so by the bride or groom (e.g., bridal party)

    • I looked at some other photos, especially when Donna hugged James in front of the church. I feel confident it’s a pale yellow dress. A little risky perhaps for those of us with less intimacy with Pippa but Donna has been around for a while and she wouldn’t upstage the bride.

  61. I think Pippa’s dress was a home run. It was perfect for her body type (not everyone can pull off cap sleeves) and modest with a wink (that open back). Her makeup looked great, her veil was gorgeous, she glowed…but the hair and headpiece I thought were a miss. It’s too hard to see the tiny detail on the headpiece so it looks like something beaded from a craft fair (and crooked at that) not an expensive custom piece. I’m sure it’s gorgeous but doesn’t photograph well from a distance. The hair is good, but it’s too in between–it shouldn’t take away from the look yet it’s neither sleek nor detailed. And the color looks a bit flat…maybe some shine spray would have been a good call?

  62. Pippa’s dress, hair, makeup, everything is perfect.

    I thought everyone looked great, with the exception of the Duchess. She certainly didn’t steal the spotlight, and perhaps that’s the point. But to have a bespoke piece from such an amazing house as McQueen look like too many ideas in one dress, and ill fitting (droopy) at the chest is a real head scratcher.

    • I am going to guess that Kate was wearing a different bra when she had the bodice fitted and that’s why it looks so droopy now.

  63. I think pippa’s wedding dress is beautiful. I think it is so much prettier than Kate’s wedding dress was. I’m not a fan of pippa’s but she looked beautiful today. As for Kate others have said it, her dress is very matronly and doesn’t fit well. It looks so bad it actually makes her stand out, not blend in.

  64. Pippa looked as lovely as I’ve ever seen her. The dress was wonderful, and the updo was so flattering; she should wear her hair pulled back all the time!

    I quite liked the Duchess’s dress (and her hair as well!), though I am not really a fan of the McQueen pocket-flap thingies, particularly in a drapey fabric like this, and I agree that it could have been just a *skotch* shorter.

    The little ones looked precious, and they looked like they were doing a good job behaving themselves! My goodness, doesn’t Princess Charlotte look like the Queen. :)

  65. I’m in the minority, but I loved Kate’s whole outfit. I thought her dress was flattering, romantic, appropriate for the occasion, her role and the countryside setting. The hat, earrings and shoes looked perfect with the dress. My only criticism would be the fit of her dress at the bust area. It just wasn’t well fitted there and I don’t understand how that happens with a couture dress.
    Pippa looked lovely. Her dress was extremely tasteful and pretty. If only all brides could look so elegant at their weddings.
    Carole Middleton looked fabulous as always. She’s got her style down to a formula and sticks with it!
    I did like Donna Air’s dress, although the style was lovely, I can’t believe that anyone would wear a cream dress to someone else’s wedding. Maybe I’m too old fashioned, but I think that’s a rule that should still be followed.

  66. First off, Pippa’s dress was absolutely stunning. The craftsmanship is exquisite and it fit her perfectly. It’s a reminder for the millionth time how tailoring can make so much difference in the way dress appears. No matter how much this cost, it was worth every penny, and what a great gift to the designer in his sad week.

    I am a little surprised that so many people do not like Kate’s dress. I thought it had a beautiful vintage vibe, and the color was stunning. This could have easily been worn by the Queen Mother back in her younger days or even by the Queen herself. It was a perfect backdrop for the photos of Kate and the children.

    It is interesting to hear people say that it looks like the mother of the bride, because Carole would have looked much better in Kate’s dress than what she chose. However, I would not have wanted Kate to wear what Carole wore. It did not fit her and was too short.

    I do think the photo of Kate shushing the children will become iconic.

    • Brenda, I think if you check out other sites you will like Carole’s ensemble more. The photo on WKW of Carole was not the best. In reaching up to wave, it pulls the outfit up, making it look ill fitting and too short. It is neither.

  67. Pippa’s dress is gorgeous! Love the updo and combined with the cap sleeves, high neck and back cut-out there’s enough differences there that they really are unique.

    Kate’s dress is sooooo aging. And the way it droops in the bust is simply distracting-ly ugly. The sleeves have too much fabric – how much better if she had toned them down a bit, or even shortened them to 3/4 length. The color does blend nicely with the sashes on the little girls’ dresses, but it really adds to the mum-sy effect. She manages to still look “nice” enough even with all those flaws.

  68. I had low expectations since I’m not a fan of Pippa’s style, but oh my goodness, she is perfection! LOVE the hair and make-up.
    I’m sorry, I just have to be snarky for a second…. In this day and age of digital photography, where you don’t have to worry about running out of film, a photographer could take many pictures in fast succession, and then pick out the one that is best to keep. Why in the world would you keep the picture of her licking her lips? How silly

  69. Pippa = amazing
    George and Charlotte = adorable
    Kate = OMG :(
    no danger outshining anyone in this. Color is dull on her. The length and those pleats around the torso, dowdy!
    Loved the pics of her corraling all the kiddies. Looked like she had her hands full, but u can see how happy she is for Pippa

    • I also loved Pippa’s dress but thought that the cap sleeves didn’t balance with the type of wedding dress. I was appalled at DOC’s dowdy/matronly dress. It was a 1940′s dress in the front (all she needed was a diamond brooch) but all the other style elements . on the side/back of dress clashed. George and Charlotte and other kids were adorable. . Pippas’s mom ….as usual….was elegant and on point.

  70. Wedding dress was stunning, gorgeous lace with extremely elegant swirling skirt. Looked amazing.

    I find the comments about not trying to outshine the bride by dressing understated. First of all the bride should always be the centre of attention however as we all know some brides don’t get it right and look hideous.

  71. The magazine/blog editors made sure to include a couple of unflattering and demeaning pictures of Pippa’s tongue wetting her lips in there. Isn’t that what everyone does? You wouldn’t allow it for your own family pictures.

    How cunning and mean spirited.

    • The responsibility for the photo of Pippa licking her lips is all mine. The photographers upload in bulk and I thought that picture would better show Pippa’s hairstyle. I am embarrassed to say I didn’t even notice that, I so much liked the look the bride and groom were sharing I didn’t even catch it. (I may leave it in the post, I have really used an enormous part of my May photo budget for today’s coverage.) :)

      • I actually really like it – it’s a very ‘human’ photo. Like the page boy with the rude hand gesture (!) it brings a bit of personality to what must have been a highly-orchestrated day.

        • Sara, I’m with you. Pictures like this show the humanity in the event. It’s not interesting to view perfect photographs.

    • The British press aren’t terribly kind to Pippa Middleton. The reporting on her and her family is often quite unfair, especially in the tabloid papers. It’s no surprise they didn’t edit out the less than perfect shots. She’s a stunning bride though and looks absolutely beautiful regardless!

  72. Love Pippa’s dress, Kate’s not so much. I do think Kates would have been improved with a better undergarment:). I love the lace used for Pippa’s dress and thought here whole look really gorgeous. What a beautiful couple and beautiful wedding.The kids all looked very cute.

  73. Pippa’s gown – gorgeous – that Guipure lace!. I’d say she’s wearing a headpiece rather than tiara to hold veil. I really like colour & vintage vibe of Kate’s dress with the drape & flow. Very chic & probably look more stunning in person when see the drape of fabric, beautiful cut. Lots of midis & fun styles that mirror latest runway fashion. Talulah’s dress – amazing. Same James M’s girlfriend. Some great shoes too.

  74. Pippa’s look was totally perfect, elegantly proportioned, a complete package. The Duchess’ dress, as has been noted, was very frumpy, very left-over 1930′s black and white movie style, so much sleeve, so ill-fitting in the bust. She did have her hands full, though, with the children and was able to bend down gracefully in the dress, so the skirt fullness worked. Lovely occasion overall, great cars too!.

  75. I think the colour of Kate’s dress is part of the overall colour scheme of the wedding. It matched the sashes on the flowergirl dresses, the soft roses in the floral arrangements. Obviously, it was a very tonal colour scheme. I don’t think it was chosen so as Not to overshadow the bride. I loved both dressed. Kate’s looked very vintage, from the 1940′s. Beautiful wedding. Pippa should wear her hair and make up like that more often. Very flattering.

  76. On a positive note, I thought Pippa was stunning. She wore the dress rather than it wearing her which so often happens w bridal.

    And was charmed by Kate’s shepherding a gaggle of toddlers – and as always – in heels and on gravel! I can’t imagine the pressure of trying to prevent meltdowns which she accomplished beautifully.

    But thought Kate’s dress could not have been less flattering. I support the idea of not overshadowing the bride but that fussy, matronly dress felt exactly like a distraction. A simple dress or a suit like her mom’s would have been such an improvement.

    I’m sure Kate had a plan and brava to her for being a great big sis and terrific attendant wrangler!

    • This was the most un flattering dress I remember seeing Kate wear. But her radiant smile makes up for an ill fitting dress.

  77. I think what would’ve been a perfect look for Kate would’ve been the dress James Middleton’s girlfriend wore (pictured up top) but instead of in ivory it could’ve been done in the blush color. It’s design is much more interesting than the dress Kate wore (which I’m quite sure is from my Gran’s closet circa 1977).

    I’m sure Kate wanted to blend in as much as possible when you’re matron of honor. But instead of focusing on Pippa, I’m seeing many people drawn to Kate’s awful dress to comment upon. Sort of the reverse of her wedding when everyone was talking about Pippa’s great dress.

    Pippa’s dress suited her, but it did look really heavy. But if you can go full lace for your wedding, when can you?

  78. I love Pippa’s dress! Very fresh and modern, and the light-as-a-feather veil is perfection. I could never wear that kind of lace neckline because my neck gets irritated so easily, but it really suits Pippa.

    Not a fan of Kate’s ensemble. Much too mother of the bride.

  79. I guess I must be the only one but, although there were certain elements of Pippa’s gown I enjoyed, overall I was not impressed with it–on her. All the lace looked so heavy on her slim frame and it looked too long and cumbersome in the front. Also I was underwhelmed by the headband and hairstyle. .

  80. I don’t mind Kate’s dress, though the pleating on the chest makes her look very droopy in some pictures. Surprised it couldn’t be tailored better given that it was bespoke.

    Judging by the many pictures I saw online, she looked super-stressed all morning! I would not want the job of corralling all those kids while wearing 4″ heels.

    • I agree about the stress of herding eight children. I am a former kindergarten teacher and know how unpredictable and active little ones can be. I was surprised there wasn’t another adult nearby, perhaps even George’s and Charlotte’s nanny, to assist. The parents of the bridesmaids and page boys were also not on hand. Kate did the job with her usual grace, but I bet she was happy to hand those kiddies over to others.

      • The nanny was definitely there as there is a photo of her. I suspect she just did her best to stay out of the photos. The photographers were focusing on Kate. There are many photos of Kate with just one or two children so clearly there were others helping out.

        On to Pippa, I love her dress. Perfect fit, lovely style, great interest from the back which, IMHO is important for a wedding dress.

        Kate looked lovely and, as already mentioned, I suspect the dress would look better in real life. It does require better under garments, but then I often think that many of Kate’s fit problems with clothes are because she doesn’t wear the right under garments, or she wears different ones than she wore during her fittings.

  81. I don’t get all these comments about Kate’s dressing to let Pippa “shine.” It’s really, really hard to outshine a woman in a big white dress and veil, escorted down the aisle by her father to meet up with a groom and say vows.

    MAYBE the Queen would have garnered more attention, but the guests were there for the bride and groom, not to see Kate.

    • Actually, Pippa is a case in point for that very situation – her dress caused a major sensation when Kate got married, as did Beatrice’s hat (and Eugenie’s), though not for the same reason or effect.

    • Thank you. I thought the same thing. No matter what Kate wore would not have out shown Pippa today. And Pippa did get attention on Kate’s wedding but she didn’t outshine Kate at all. There is no way anybody would have outdone Pippa today and it’s a bit narcissistic to think otherwise. It’s funny though because Kate’s dress did get attention but not for good reasons. Sadly I think it is one of her worst dresses ever. Not flattering at all.

      • I agree with you, Erin, that Pippa didn’t outshine Kate at her wedding – personally, I loved that dress and she looked so happy and serene, really beautiful. But it can’t be denied that Pippa’s dress drew a ton of attention and comment – good grief, it basically put her on the map, ha! And the ridiculousness of the York girls’ hats (esp Beatrice) will live for many years. Kudos to Eugenie for a far, far better ensemble today – what a difference six years makes – she looked great. I thought Kate looked lovely today too, but it was obvious that she was in full attention deflection mode. I saw almost no direct looks toward photographers, and hardly any where she was even standing up straight – her attention was on the children and the dress, lots of bending/looking down, etc., which also perhaps contributed to the dress seeming less attractive for some. I liked it, but I admit I’m a fan of her Beulah dresses too, and this bodice was reminiscent of those for me. All in all, a wonderful, beautiful day.

      • I agree Erin. This dressing down to let others shine smacks of conceit to me. Jeepers.

  82. I like Pippa but the lace on her dress looks heavy and even though her arms are toned, they’re a bit distracting to me. I think Kate looks matronly but I understand not wanting to overshadow the bride.

  83. Pippa’s dress is stunning and she looked spectacular. Perfection.

    As others have mentioned, I’m sure that Kate deliberately chose a look to blend into the background. I don’t like the dress at all. But Kate’s focus I’m sure was to make sure that her sister had a special day. She had her hands full with the children who looked adorable.

    Carole looked lovely but I prefer the dress she wore to Kate’s wedding. (I’m Carole’s age so I’m always interested in her looks. She dresses beautifully.)

  84. Pippa looked spectacular and has the tiniest waist! Kate has got to stop getting dresses that look exactly like other things she already owns. For all you great researchers Who is this and who made this dress? Best dress of all the guests..
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  85. Does anyone know the brand of Donna Air’s shoes that she wore to the wedding?

  86. I agree with everyone regarding Pippa’s dress. It was perfect.

    I was disappointed with Kate’s. It seemed to be out of proportion in my opinion. Kate is very slender and the volume of the sleeves, the length of the dress, the gathers and the semi-peplum seemed to overwhelm her. I also think the v neckline wasn’t her best look. The overall effect was matronly as others have said. Very staid.

    Maybe I am just over the peplum style? I’m not sure what I would prefer if I were using the same fabric, but I would definitely go for less dress.

    I loved her hair, hat, makeup jewelry and shoe choices. The dress color was good for someone going for subtlety over standout.

    I think Kate (as always) had a definite game plan. She is always appropriately dressed for an occasion. She didn’t want to outshine the bride or cause more furor than what is inevitable when she is on world view. This outfit accomplished her mission. Not inspiring, but very appropriate.

    Best dressed (from the photos I’ve seen) are the bride and groom’s mothers and Princess Eugenie. And the absolutely adorable children. Little scene stealers as always.

    • I liked Kate’s dress but I understand what you mean by all the details overwhelming her. I wonder if people would have liked it more if the sleeves were shorter, the length also a bit shorter and the peplum taken off?

  87. Pippa looked lovely and radiant – but her hair should have been left down or at least partly down. The hairstyle made her look older than she is considering she she has lost a bit of weight too. George and Charlotte are so cute. Kate and her mother Carole looked fabulous. This may not be the place for it but I have to say this. What did most of their guests wear? There were just a handful of outfits that looked elegant and fitted the wearer well – and they all are not short of a quid.

    • With the beautiful back cut out on Pippa’s dress I think it would have been odd to have hair draping down her back.

  88. This was such a beautiful wedding! Pippa’s gown is absolutely stunning. Although I’m not sure how I feel about the above pic which caught her with her tongue out…there are so many other lovely ones! The Duchess was classically elegant and appropriate for an English country church wedding.

  89. Now I won’t say a word about Pippa.I wish her all the luck in the world, but I don’t know why I should care about her wedding dress.Kate looks VERY 1930s.In fact she could have shown up to any fancy wedding in 1936 dressed exactely like this without raising an eyebrow.Donna Air is 1930s too but a tad less literal than Kate.That’s not a critique.It is a very …lets say classic occasion.And by the way this skirt length has been on many catwalks in the last few seasons.Her attire also reminds me on that noble attitude bridesmaids used to have in the…well old days I suppose: to discreetly allow the bride to shine by dressing quite pretty but with a deliberate touch of mousyness.The braidesmaids on Grace Kelly’s wedding are the best example for this (I know Kate was not the braidesmaid but her sleeves remind me on their prim,yellow dresses).I admit that this is too much to ask for in times of instagram, but I give Kate credit for that.And she looked elegant.

    • Kate’s dress looks like the dress Wallis Simpson appeared in after her marriage to the Duke. Same neckline, drooping sleeves and bust. Wallis’s was long and didn’t have the peplum effect but it’s very similar. I don’t think it was flattering on either Dutchess.

  90. Lovely post! Pippa looked elegant in her lace dress–as she is so slender she could really pull off an all lace dress. Kate certainly had her hands full–she filled the role of Matron of Honor, without it actually being the full on role, and she shepherded those pageboys and flower girls like a pro!! Her dress-well, as so often is the case for bridesmaids and the maid of honor, the dress is not the most flattering style! She looked lovely as always, but the color is not one of her best, and neither is the mixture of peplum and under bust darts. Kind of an overly busy dress in terms of too many details. But I doubt she had much choice–the color had to go with Pippa’s colors and perhaps the style was also picked for her. And she had to be careful not detract from her sister’s event. In that she succeeded–a good older sister all the way!! I do really like the hat and as for the morganite earrings–love, love them!!

    • Great point: “as is often the case…” – makes it all the more remarkable that Pippa got to wear The Dress at Kate’s wedding. Perhaps a little glimpse into the sort of sister Kate is – to me, she’s remarkably generous and thoughtful.

  91. What a beautiful wedding! Pippa looked radiant, her dress was perfect. And I also – possibly in a minority here? – thought Kate looked wonderful; I love the softer, more romantic neckline after all the high collars and thicker fabrics. Everyone looks to be really enjoying themselves.

    • I also loved Kate’s look. She is slender enough to wear the peplum and so she does. The sleeves were very graceful and I live the self converted buttons, I always think they are very elegant.

  92. pippa’s dress lovely but also thought tiara too small and not high enough. kate;s dress a no no

    • It really wasn’t a tiara, just a headband. Not meant to be showy. I thought it was beautiful.

    • If she’d worn any larger of a headpiece or “tiara” the press would have been all over her for acting like she was royalty. The whole family had a tightrope of propriety to walk and it seems like they did it quite well.

  93. Pippas dress was beautiful – and different enough from Kates not to draw comparisons. I was surprised she had such a small tiara – I thought she hay have gone for something larger? And was also wondering if there was any more information about her bouquet.

    I was a bit disappointed with the style of Kates dress – not a fan of the deep V-neck, bust gathers and billowing sleeves, but she did look lovely as usual! I think the style elements seems a bit confusing…..the peplum seemed too severe for the rest of the more “romantic” style dress.

    Her hair and earrings were lovely though!

  94. Great coverage. Thank you.

    Pippa’s dress was stunning. Carole looked great and the kids were adorable.

    Kate was very put together and proper. but the color, cut and style of the dress were not the most flattering for her. However, I suspect she was trying to be as nondescript as possible. And she succeeded at that. The earrings were a new touch and quite lovely. Don’t get me wrong, she looked fine. Just not as head turning as she can be. She rightly let her sister have the spotlight.

  95. Pippa looked absolutely gorgeous. Her dress was spectacular.

    The Duchess looks very frumpy. That dress does nothing for her bustline, and it’s compounded by those two flaps from the peplum that are visible from the front. Absolutely awful.

  96. What a lovely piece, thank you so much. I thought the Robinson Pelham diamond earrings that the Duchess wore on her wedding day had acorns? I remember when she later wore the Asprey woodland charms necklace it also had oak leaves and acorns, as though it were a family motif. Is it going too far so see oak leaves (and flowers) in the lace of Pippa’s wedding dress?

    • The earrings Pippa’s wearing weren’t borrowed from Kate, they’re her “something old” – her parents bought earrings for both daughters when Kate married. You are correct that Kate’s include an acorn. :)

  97. I just do not like the bust. She’s got great arms!

  98. Did Pippa not have a maid of honour?

  99. Be still my heart! What a spectacular wedding with elements of sheer perfection!

    I love Pippa’s gown. The lace is more substantial than the lace on Kate’s wedding gown. This has the advantage of really showing, whereas the lace below the bodice on Kate’s gown, faded away into the background material. The design of Pippa’s dress was a wonderful creation, from the seamless look, to the heart cutout in the back. The scattering of pearls on the bodice and veil were a pretty touch. Pippa looks radiant, slim, toned and so very happy. Her hair was rather plain, but perhaps that was intentional to let the dress be the main feature.

    Carole Middleton looks beautiful. She really has a great sense of style and is always the picture of elegance. The four bridesmaids and pageboys are off the charts in the cuteness factor. They are so well turned out, right down to their little leather shoes.

    While Kate was not officially the matron of honour, she did fill that role, in looking after the small attendants and arranging Pippa’s train. Kate looked great! Her dress has a vintage flair to it and the colour was very pretty. Some of the pleating at the bust looked a bit awkward at times, but the detail and the flow were lovely. The hat was the perfect accessory. Kate could not have chosen a better pair of earrings, as the Morganite complimented so well. While I don’t always like those shoes with some of her outfits, they were a good match for this one.

    From the cascades of flowers outside the church, to the guests in all their finery, this is most certainly the society wedding of the year.

    *Readers might like to know that there are already many videos on YouTube about the day.

  100. I thought Pippa looked great. It is the first time I have seen her without the Middleton panda eyeliner and she looks so much prettier! And I think her dress is gorgeous. I am actually not a very weddingy person and think a lot of wedding dresses are ridiculously frou frou but I quite like this one. It is sleek and modern while still being romantic with the lace.

    Sigh. I am sure everyone will fawn over Kate’s outfit but I hated it. It is more matronly than what the mothers of the bride and groom wore. I appreciate the v-neckline because it suits her so much more than the high necks she sometimes wears (which is interesting because I quite like Pippa’s neckline on her gown). But there is yards of fabric too much on that dress. The poofy sleeves, the random peplum-y flaps, and the mumsy length are awful. I don’t love the color either, but I assume she chose it to echo the sashes on the bridesmaids dresses. The earrings are beautiful and I like her updo, but this dress is just not great for me. I understand that she wanted to be understated and not “steal the show” and whatever, but as always, there are ways to be appropriate/demure/etc. without being old.

    My favorite guest look (and I am not saying Kate should have gone this route because it is obviously a little more risque than what she would ever wear, I just like it) is Eugenie’s. This picture here is a little blurry but on other sites, you can see her dress and super cute shoes a lot better.

    • Eugenia looked great-my favorite outfit belonged to the groom’s mother. She looked great in green.

      • I liked Eugenie’s outfit too, but I think she should’ve covered up for church. If you look at all the guests (and the bride), she is the most exposed of them all. A simple shawl or cardigan would’ve rectified this for an hour in the church, then the rest of the day is fine without.

        Also agree I think the Groom’s mother looked great, age appropriate with a little fun with the accessories. Carole looked fine, but classic, safe, and not what I’d pay a fortune for Catherine Walker for. Equally lost for words how expensive Kate’s dress was, and this is the result. No further comments!

  101. Pippa looked gorgeous; so radiant and happy. I love her dress. Very pretty and feminine. It was perfect for her to show off her great body and those perfect arms.

    I’m so happy there was no rain and we could see this amazing Scottish inspired, horse and carriage wedding. Oh, wait . . . wrong wedding. That must have been a wedding the Daily Fail was invited to. The wedding we see is a nice, country wedding with guests dressed nicely and looking happy to be there. It looked like such a nice family wedding and both mothers looked happy and the fathers also.

  102. Pippa was perfection! I loved that she chose to wear her hair up, so flattering! I appreciate that Kate didn’t want to outshine Pippa on her big day, but I am not a fan of her dress, especially the sleeves. She looks far too matronly in my opinion. Love the earrings and fascinator though!

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