Posts Tagged: royal weddings

Jan 14

Ten show-stopping royal wedding cakes

Celebrities go out of their way to have the most showstopping wedding cake. But they are the only ones, Princes and Princesses also like to impress their guests with amazing creations.

See the ten most show-stopping royal wedding cakes that I have picked out and choose your favourite!

10. Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew

When Sarah and Andrew married in 23 July 1986, they served their guests a 5½-ft. marzipan and rum-soaked cake. The creation, which was prepared at the navy supply school HMS Raleigh, featured 15 ingredients, including rum, brandy and port.

Sarah and Andrew's cake

Sarah and Andrew’s cake

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Sep 13

Get the look: Princess Claire’s wedding dress

Princess Claire‘s stunning Elie Saab wedding gown caused a stir this weekend and it has already been proclaimed as one of the best wedding dresses of the year.

But wearing a bespoke gown created by one of the best designers in the world just isn’t possible for us mere mortals, so I have picked out six beautiful, Princess-perfect dresses that will help you achieve Claire’s look.


Pronovias: Elie by Elie Saab 2014

If you really want Elie Saab to be the designer of your wedding dress then head to a Pronovias store. There you can search through the Elie by Elie Saab bridal collection for 2014. It is here that you can find two models that are very similar to Princess Claire’s gown.

The first one is the Cignus Model:



Like Claire’s, this long-sleeved, ivory chiffon gown is adorned with intricate floral motifs. The mermaid silhouette also features a dipped back with pretty bow detailing and sheer shoulder panels.

A view of the back:

A back view of the dress

A back view of the dress

Second Pronovias option, the Lacerta model:


Made from tulle and Chantilly lace, this gown is decorated with organza flowers and thousands of crystal rhinestones. A bateau neckline and cinchined-in waist perfectly offsets the pleated princess skirt.



Rosa Clará

Rosa Clará also offer affordable dresses and similar to Claire’s, such as the Canarias model from the Rosa Clará collection.


With layers of pleated tulle and delicate lace, this drop-waist dress with sheer sleeves is an elegant choice.

From the Two Rosa Clará collection you have the Marabú model.


The dress is absolutely stunning and bears a strong resemblance to Princess Claire’s gown.

Mira Zwillinger from Browns brides

Mira Zwillinger creates stunning couture bridal dresses that are meticulously handmade by a team of ten skilled seamstresses – ensuring a perfect fit. Her use of the finest embroidery, ornate beading, luxurious fabrics (laces, chiffons, taffetas, silk crepe and brocade) make her stunning dresses a celebration of elegance and glamour. The Marion model features illusion long sleeves, just like Claire’s.


Monique Lhuillier

Many have said that Claire’s gown is similar to Kate Middleton‘s Sarah Burton wedding dress, and Monique Lhuillier have a princess perfect dress that is a mix of both.


This beautiful Catherine gown boasts long sleeves, a bateau neckline and a fitted bodice with a hand-appliqué A-line skirt.

Which one is your favourite?



Sep 13

Royal Weddings: Princess Claire of Luxembourg

Prince Felix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg finally tied the knot in France on Saturday. The couple married in a beautiful religious ceremony in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume’s magnificent 13th century Sainte Marie-Madeleine basilica.

Princess Claire did not dissapoint and looked stunning an Elie Saab wedding dress, the family’s favourite designer.

Here we take a close look at her bridal look. Let me know what you think!


The dress

Elie Saab created Claire’s stunning  long-sleeved wedding gown. The creme-coloured silk dress was embroidered with floral motifs made out of chantilly lace as well as silver thread. It also featured embellishments of clear crystals and sequinned pearls.


Sketch by Elie Saab

Sketch by Elie Saab


The three metre long veil was made of ivory silk tulle and decorated with neo baroque floral motifs.


The jewels

Claire wore a floral tiara that belongs to the Grand Ducal Collection, made out of diamonds set in yellow gold and silver, featuring a leaves and berries motif. It has a tradition as a wedding tiara and Claire is already the fifth bride to wear it.


She completed the look with diamond drop down earrings, also worn by her sister-in-law Princess Stephanie on her wedding day last year.

The hair and make-up

For her special day, the royal bride chose to wear her hair in a neat and elegant up’do and kept her make-up minimal, opting for mascara and a splash of soft pink lipstick.


The shoes

When the bride stepped out of the Rolls Royce Phantom that drove her to the church, we got a glimpse of the bride’s shoes. Claire opted for a rounded toe, ankle strap white shoe with medium heels.


The bouquet

The stunning, yet simple, bouquet was made up of white freesias


The wedding rings

Like Princess Stephanie and Prince Guillaume did, the couple chose to have their wedding rings made of fair-trade gold to raise awareness on the importance of ethical trade.


Similarities to Princess Stephanie’s dress

Seeing the two brides, we think the Elie Saab wedding dresses are very similar. What do you think?

Princess Stephanie and Princess Claire, both in Elie Saab gowns

Princess Stephanie and Princess Claire, both in Elie Saab gowns

What do you think of the bride’s look? Do you think it was too similar to Stephanie’s? Leave your comments below!


Sep 13

Royal weddings: Tatiana Santo Domingo and Andrea Casiraghi

After an eight-month engagement and a child together, Princess Caroline‘s son Andrea Casiraghi and Tatiana Santo Domingo finally tied the knot last month.

Both the ceremony and reception took place in Monaco and the young couple surrounded themselves with 350 close family and friends who flew over to the small Principality from all over the world.

Here we take a look at ALL the details: the two wedding dresses, the lunch party, the fancy dress dinner party, the stunning guests and much more!


The bride

Tatiana was the ultimate boho bride on her big day. The 29-year-old stayed true to her style and opted to walk down the aisle in a V-neck Missoni dress with three-quarter-length sleeves.

The dress’s bodice was embroidered with raffia and silk thread, and the full-length circle skirt featured layers of silk organza that matched her five-month-old son Alexander’s bloomers (not pictured on the wedding day).


The bride ditched the traditional high-heeled wedding shoes for comfortable flat silver sandals.

Groom Andrea chose a dark blue suit with a spotted tie and white shirt.

The hair and make-up

Bride Tatiana topped the vintage look off with tousled tresses and a floral headpiece, similar to the she wore for her pre-wedding party.

As for her make-up, she kept her look natural, opting for a bit of blusher and lipstick.


The bridesmaids

The bridesmaids weren’t given any specific dressing instructions, but almost all were in Dolce & Gabbana or Valentino.  Two of the bridesmaids wore a yellow Valentino dress which featured light pink, dark pink and yellow heavy lace at the chest with a flirty cutout, a round neckline, a high waisted and pleated A-line skirt with a scalloped hem and two more flirtatious cutouts on the back.


The other two bridesmaids were spotted in a Dolce&Gabbana bouquet flower and strawberry print dress from the FW14 pre collection.


The bride’s second wedding dress

For the couple’s wedding dinner party, the bride changed into a stunning lace Valentino dress with long sleeves, from the 2013 Resort Collection.

It seems the dress was specially made for the bride. The pattern used for the dress is only featured in the Resort collection as a jump suit and the actual design is from the Valentino Spring/Summer collection.


The wedding parties

Following the romantic ceremony, which took place inside the Palace, Andrea and Tatiana were joined by the likes of Greek shipping heiress Eugenie Niarchos and Tatiana’s influential New York-based siblings for an al fresco lunch by the Palace pool. The guests enjoyed a garden lunch with popcorn and ice-cream cart included.



A rock-and-reggae band performed as guests lounged on casual picnic blankets set up on the hillside. Everyone drank the local electric-blue-coloured pastis and, just as the sun hit its peak in the sky, Princess Stephanie and Princess Caroline’s daughters led the charge and jumped into the pool.

Later in the day, all guests changed into the long gowns and tuxedos for an incredible party which took place at the Monte-Carlo Sporting Club.



What did you think of Andrea Casiraghi and Tatiana Santo Domingo¡s wedding? What was your favourite part? Did you like that the bride stayed true to herself?



Sep 13

Inside Tatiana Santo Domingo and Andrea Casiraghi’s pre-wedding dinner

It has been two weeks since Princess Caroline’s son Andrea Casiraghi and, his then fiancée, Tatiana Santo Domingo celebrated the most stylish royal pre-wedding party of the year.

The couple, who are known for their laidback and bohemian style, ditched their long gowns, suits and tiaras to enjoy a fun and relaxing pre-wedding party aboard Princess Caroline’s yacht Pacha III.


 The couple gathered their nearest and dearest at the party, including fashionista Bianca Brandolini d’Adda, Eugenie Niarchos and, of course, Charlotte Casiraghi. All the ladies chose to wear white for the occasion and accessorised their summer dresses with stunning white and pink floral headpieces.

The bride stood out from the rest of the girls in a pretty red dip-dye Missoni dress, the fashion label owned by her close friend Margherita Missoni, who was unable to attend the event as she was 41 weeks pregnant with her first son.


Even Tatiana and Andrea’s Boston terrier dog, named Daphne, was ‘dressed’ for the occasion as the picture below shows.


All the guest were treated to exquisite food whilst enjoying views of the Mediterranean sea. A special place on the table was saved for the couple’s stunning cake.


What do you think of Tatiana and Andrea’s pre-wedding party? Would you also love to have it in a stunning yacht?


Sep 13

Royal Weddings: Princess Madeleine of Sweden

It has been nearly three months since Princess Madeleine of Sweden married her financier boyfriend Chris O’Neill and in the week that the couple announce they are expecting their first child together, we take a look back at the bride’s look.


The dress

Madeleine managed to keep the designer a secret until the very same day she married and it was none other than Valentino Garavani.

 The stunning gown was fashioned from pleated silk organza with appliquéd ivory-hued Chantilly lace. The upper section of the bodice was lace with a deep-cut back. Narrow vertical pleats opened up from the accentuated waist, above the wide skirt, which ends with a four-metre-long train.


The princess’s incredible veil, also made from silk organza, trailed almost five metres long and it was also edged with tulle scatted with point d’esprit dots and small Chantilly lace orange blossom.

The shoes

 The bride wore shoes in ivory white organdie with woven point d’esprit dots and her tiara, which is privately owned, was decorated with sprigs of orange blossom.


The bouquet

The bridal bouquet that Madeleine carried consisted of classic white garden roses: Austin roses, Schneewittchen, Winchester Cathedral and Alabaster, as well as lilies of the valley and the traditional myrtle from Sofiero. All the flowers were white, and the bouquet was tied into a round shape.


 Hair and make-up

Madeleine wore her hair swept back from her face in a simple elegant chignon. The low bun was held in place by her royal tiara, which was decorated with a delicate garland of fresh orange blossoms.

Her make-up was flawless, a natural complexion appeared to have been achieved through pared-down foundation and bronzer, while several layers of mascara framed her eyes. For her lips, she chose a dark pink lipstick.


The modern fringe tiara was the chosen by the bride. It is dotted on the top with round diamonds and sits on a base accented with a line of diamonds. Like many fringe tiaras, it can be removed from its frame and used as a necklace.  To her diamond tiara, Madeleine added large diamond drop earrings from the Bernadotte collection and a diamond bracelet.




What did you think of Madeleine wedding look? What was your favourite detail?



Dec 12

Celebrity weddings to look forward to in 2013

In just three weeks we will welcome the new year and with it the most anticipated weddings of 2013!
I  have compiled a little list of  some of the most exciting nuptial taking place in the next 12 months, and remember to comment which one you are looking forward to the most.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Brad Pitt finally popped the question to Angelina in April this year. Why did he take so long? Well apparently he spent a year designing the perfect ring which features a diamond of the finest quality that has been cut to an exact custom size and shape to suite the actress’ hand. The pair have recently picked up their wedding rings and according to rumours they will most likely tie the knot at the beginning of the year. Do you think they will get married before award season begins?

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux

Justin Theroux got the best birthday present he could have wished for when his girlfriend Jennifer Aniston agreed to be his wife on his 41st birthday.
The couple celebrated their engagement with a star-studded party in Los Angeles. Many say that they are going for a very low-key affair, with only 50 guests invited. Do you think we will get to see her full wedding look this time? Remember that when she married Brad Pitt they only released one wedding pictures!

Britney Spears and Jason Trawick

After several months of rumours, Jason Trawick finally popped the question to Britney Spears exactly a year ago. According to several sources Britney and Jason were planning on having New Year’s Eve wedding until rumours of a break-up surfaced last week. Britney was quick to deny it. Do you think they will be ending the year with a bang?

Keira Knightley and James Righton

The happy couple became engaged in May after 15 months together. The actress recently revealed to Ellen DeGeneres that she still hasn’t started her planning, a wedding summer?

Elizabeth Hurley and Shane Warne

Elizabeth and Shane announced their engagement in October 2011 and revealed to HELLO! they plan on having to weddings, one in the UK and another in Shane’s hometown, Australia. We don’t know when it will take place, but we sure know where to see the incredible pics, in HELLO! Magazine for sure!

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth

Since becoming engaged in June, Miley has revealed several details about her future nuptials. She has  revealed she will be having just one wedding, not three as previously reported, and that it has to be perfect. Will this wedding be bigger than Britney’s?

Royal Weddings 

  • Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Chris Oneill

Just when we though we couldn’t enjoy another royal weddings for years, three pop up! Princess Madeleine’s mum, Queen Silvia, announced that her youngest daughter would be marrying boyfriend Chris in the summer. No official date has been set yet, but it will be one to watch as most of the European princess will be attending.

  • Prince Felix of Luxembourg and Claire Lademacher

Prince Felix’s brother, Prince Guillaume, has recently tied the knot, so he will be able to give him plenty of tips to make his big day special. No date has been set, but something tells me that we are going to have a very busy royal summer ahead of us!

  • Andrea Casiraghi and Tatiana Santo Domingo

Since announcing their engagement during the summers several dates have been mentioned, but no official one. Now that Tatiana is pregnant with her first child and is due in January, many have pushed the date to next summer, but many believe it will take place in March. What are your thoughts?

Which wedding are you most looking forward too?

MB xx

Nov 12

Royal Weddings: Queen Elizabeth II

It has been a very special and unforgettable year for Queen Elizabeth: the sovereign marked her Diamond Jubilee, hosted the 2012 Olympic Games and on the 20 of November she celebrates 65 years of marriage. Here we take a look back at her nuptials to Prince Phillip - then known as Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten – which took place in 1947 and was broadcast to 200 million radio listeners around the world.

The dress

In order to make her wedding dress, the young Princess famously saved up ration cards to purchase the material needed. The beautiful gown, designed by Normal Hartnell, was made of ivory duchess satin and decorated with around 10,000 white pearls imported from America, silver thread and tulle embroidery.


Her bridal ensemble also included a 15-foot patterned full court train attached at the shoulders, and a silk tulle veil held in place by a tiara lent to the princess by her mother. Normal Hartnell’s inspiration for the gown was Botticelli’s Primavera, which symbolizes the coming of Spring.

The Shoes

On her feet, the Queen wore ivory duchess satin high heels, embellished with silver and pearls.

The Bouquet

Elizabeth’s bridal bouquet was made up of white orchids and a sprig of myrtle – from the bush grown from the myrtle in Queen Victoria’s wedding bouquet. The following day it was laid on the grave of the unknown soldier in Westminster Abbey.

The Wedding Cake

After the wedding ceremony, a celebratory lunch was held at Buckingham Palace where guests were presented with posies of white heather and myrtle as favours. The wedding cake was a grand affair, standing at nine-foot high, weighing 500 pounds and featuring four tiers. Made from ingredients received from the Australian Girl Guides, the cake was cut using Philip’s sword. One layer was kept until the christening of Prince Charles and another was sent back to Australia by way of thanks.

The Fringe Tiara

This tiara, which can also be worn as a necklace was made for Queen Mary in 1919. It’s not, as has sometimes been claimed, made with diamonds that had belonged to George III but re-uses diamonds taken from a necklace/tiara purchased by Queen Victoria from Collingwood & Co as a wedding present for Queen Mary in 1893. In August 1936 Queen Mary gave the tiara to Queen Elizabeth, from whom it was borrowed by Princess Elizabeth for her wedding in 1947.

The Duchess of Teck’s earrings

These earrings, which originally belonged to Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester, were bequeathed to her niece Princess Mary Adelaide, Duchess of Teck and by her to her daughter, the future Queen Mary, in 1897. They were given by the Queen to her granddaughter Princess Elizabeth on 31 January 1947, and she wore them at her wedding later that year.

The Necklaces

The shorter of her two pearl necklaces was the ‘Queen Anne’ necklace, said to have belonged to Anne, the last Stuart Queen. The longer ‘Queen Caroline’ necklace was said to have belonged to the wife of King George II. Both were left to the Crown by Queen Victoria and were given to Elizabeth as a wedding present by her father, King George VI.


Nov 12

Royal Weddings: Princess Grace of Monaco

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Princess Grace‘s death and 56 years since her unforgettable nuptials to Prince Rainier III of Monaco.

The wedding, watched by an estimated 30 million people on television and dubbed the “The Wedding of the Century”, was attended by 600 guests, including Hollywood stars such as Gloria Swanson, Ava Gardner, Cary Grant and David Niven.

Grace Kelly‘s wedding dress, designed by Helen Rose, is still considered one of the most beautiful ever and has inspired brides worldwide, including Kate Middleton, who chose a very similar design for her big day.

Here we take a closer look at all the details.

The wedding dress

Truly fit for a princess, Grace’s wedding gown was a gift from the MGM film studios and was designed by Helen Rose who worked on it for six weeks with three dozen seamstresses. The dress, featuring a high collar and long sleeves, had a fitted bodice and voluminous skirt.

The bodice was made of reassembled rose point lace over silk net which had been re-embroidered by two seamstresses who worked on it for a month. Thousands of seed pearls were added to accentuate the patterns in the lace.

Bridal headpiece

Grace decided against the customary tiara and instead opted for a Juliet cap decorated with orange blossoms and a veil that was reportedly 90 yards long. The circular veil was edged with lace motifs, but the majority was left sheer, so that the princess’s face would be visible through it.

Wedding Bouquet

Grace’s bridal bouquet was made from Lily of the Valley and the ribbons of her bouquet had small sprigs attached to them. She left the bouquet on the altar of the Chapel of St. Dévote after the wedding.

Meanwhile, Grace’s matron of honour, her sister Peggy, and six bridesmaids carried bouquets of tea roses, whilst the flower girls carried white daisies.

Wedding Shoes and Bible

The shoes paired with Grace’s wedding dress were from Evins, New York, and were designed by David Evins. At the bride’s request, a copper penny was built into the right shoe for good luck.

Grace carried Rev. J.M. Lelen’s Bride’s Manual: A Manual of Catholic Devotion with Mass for the Marriage Ceremony and the Nuptial Blessing during her wedding to Prince Rainier. The book was a gift from family friend and was decorated by MGM’s wardrobe department.

Engagement ring

Rainier originally proposed to Grace with a Cartier eternity band of rubies and diamonds. When he saw other leading ladies in Hollywood were flashing bigger rings, he quickly ordered a 10.47-carat emerald-cut diamond ring with two baguette diamonds mounted in platinum. Grace can be seen wearing it in the aptly named film High Society – her final screen performance before becoming a princess.

Wedding dress sketch

This sketch of the gown was drawn by Helen Rose herself. The design of the dress was carefully guarded in the two months leading up to the wedding. It never left the fitting room,  the workspace was enclosed in partitions so no-one could catch a glimpse, and the dress was locked away every night.

According to historian Stephen Englund, who had access to MGM’s archives, the dress cost £4,500 (£36,000 today) in materials and manufacture, not including Helen Rose’s salary.  MGM stated that 23 metres of heavy taffeta, 23 metres of silk taffeta, 91 metres of silk net and 274 metres of lace were used, but the finished dress used only about a quarter of these amounts.

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