Foregoing a traditionally grand royal wedding in favour for a private ceremony in Windsor, Princess Beatrice’s surprise wedding shows us that love can be celebrated no matter the number of attendants. Opting for a modest ceremony, Princess Beatrice made a statement in her vintage wedding dress borrowed from the Queen herself.
Beatrice decided to go ahead with an intimate wedding with her close family members by her side at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor, with fewer than twenty guests in attendance. According to sources, there was a “secret garden” theme and the ceremony was followed by an intimate reception. Close friends gathered to celebrate the newlyweds in a decorated marquee in a private garden. Guests reportedly stayed in glamping pods on the estate, showcasing an innovative way to adapt to wedding restrictions.
Surprising us all, Beatrice took something borrowed to a new level, wearing a special gown from her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. The stunning design by Norman Hartnell was a vintage dress that the Queen wore to an event in 1962. The dress was redesigned to fit Princess Beatrice, the designers adding organza sleeves and remodeling the voluminous skirt for the occasion.
Constructed in Peau De Soie taffeta, the exquisitely detailed ivory dress featured a square neckline, diamante adornments, a geometric checkered bodice, and was trimmed with ivory Duchess satin. She paired the vintage-inspired piece with another borrowed piece - a diamond fringe tiara. The tiara was originally created in 1919 and was worn by the Queen at her own wedding in 1947. Incorporating family sentimental pieces, Princess Beatrice’s tiara was a beautiful ode to her loved ones and added a sweet personal touch to the intimate wedding.
Princess Beatrice amped up her low-key wedding with a stunning selection of flowers and a sumptuous floral arch that surrounded the chapel door. Ivory roses, pink hydrangeas, jasmines, and assorted greenery from the park decorated the arch for a standout feature piece at her ceremony. She also included sprigs of myrtle in her bouquet, a royal tradition that has become the symbol of hope and love throughout generations.
Princess Beatrice's vintage choice of dress showed her support and respect for local designers and is an example of how Bride’s to be can find creative ways to adapt to wedding changes in the midst of the current climate. Shop our Wedding Edit, designed locally in Australia.
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