Sunday, 28 May 2017

Pippa's Wedding Wrap Up & the 'Kate Effect' Sees Favourites Reissued!

Hello and Happy Sunday, dear readers, it's been just over a week since Pippa and James Matthews' beautiful Berkshire wedding. During that time a host of information covering everything from Pippa's tiara to Kate's artwork has been reported on. Before we start a new week, I thought it might be fun to recap those nuggets of information.


The Tiara

One of the most talked about elements of Pippa's bridal look was the Robinson Pelham 'Maidenhair Fern' tiara with matching headpiece.


Vogue spoke to Robinson Pelham co-founders Zoe Benyon and Vanessa Chilton who provided information and photos: "Pippa wore a maidenhair fern tiara and matching headpiece, crafted with diamonds and 18-karat white gold. Milliner Stephen Jones designed a veil that wouldn't steal focus from either, and Robinson Pelham ensured both items would complement her lace dress. "It’s all about balance," Benyon says. "You do not want the dress and tiara to fight, so one has to take a back seat." Perhaps more importantly, they were tailored to Pippa herself. "Tiaras are like sunglasses; not every one suits every shape of face," Benyon adds. For example, a low-height tiara will flatter a slimmer face, she explains, while a taller version is ideal for those with strong cheekbones; a round or heart-shape face would benefit from height at the center."


The accompanying headpiece.


Kate's Special Sketch

Whilst it was reported the Duchess would not have an official role at her sister's wedding, she did have much to do. Kate acted as an "unofficial matron of honour" carrying out the usual duties associated with the role, from adjusting the train of the dress to looking after the pageboys and bridesmaids. The Duchess also read a prayer. Kate also contributed in another way - creating a sketch of St Mark's Church for the wedding's order of service. Reverend Nick Wynne-Jones, who officiated at the ceremony, said it was a 'lovely piece'. The Mail reports James Matthews also gave her talent a mention in his speech, saying: "To Pippa’s sister, such ability – a beautiful drawing of St Mark’s church in the order of service." With thanks to the lovely Sara for the photo.


The Cherry Blossom Fairy Tale

The reception was one of the most mysterious and intriguing aspects of the wedding without question, as not one single photo from inside the marquee showing guests has been leaked. It was, however, a delight to see floral designer Djordje Varda share several images on Instagram with the caption: "Let me tell you the story about a special wedding for very special and lovely people…..The Cherry Blossom Fairy Tale."


Beautiful floral arrangements.


A Pronovias Gown?

Guests changed into evening looks for the reception and the bride was no exception. According to various reports, there was a sea of glittering evening gowns. Mirka Federer's make-up artist Nariman shared this photo of her glamorous look for the event. It offers a feel of the evening.


Hello! reports Pippa's second wedding gown was created by Spanish bridal brand Pronovias. "The gown was a white, flowing dress which was surely a show-stopping look for the evening supper and party. Pronovias is yet to confirm they designed the dress, but Pippa will no doubt add to their already long list of famous clientele. Models Bar Rafaelli and Camilla Alves are big fans of the brand. Opting for a flowing Pronovias dress will have enabled Pippa to join in with dancing at her reception."


We don't know what Kate wore for the reception; I suspect an elegant gown by one of her tried and trusted designers with her hair down. It would be very interesting to know as one wonders how Kate's "off duty" evening style differs to her "professional wardrobe".


I had a quick glance over several of Kate's favoured designers of late and noticed myriad looks which would have been perfect for the event. I thought the Marchesa Notte Off Shoulder Lace Gown would have been a splendid choice; I adore how the beaded appliqués trim the waist. Perhaps it could be styled with her wedding earrings? The Duchess has also been loving the midi dress look and if she opted to wear the dazzling Kiki McDonough morganite earrings from the ceremony, the Temperley London Midi Onyx Wedding Dress could have worked very well.




What do you think Kate wore for the reception?

Menu & Invitations

A guest at the reception posted a look at the invitations for the evening party (one imagines these were separate to invitations for the church service). Pippa and James opted for a very simple, classic white invitation with understated green floral details.


Menu cards from the reception were personalised with the name of each guest and revealed a series of culinary delights. More from Hello!:

'The newlyweds, their family and friends began their three-course meal with Berkshire Mayfly Trout, served with marinated cucumber, confit tomatoes, horseradish cream and sauce vierge. For their main course, the couple chose a cannon of Herdwick lamb, served with lamb shoulder tortellini, aubergine puree, Yorkshire asparagus and a black olive jus. Dessert was a Glen Affric cranachan cheesecake, accompanied by a Highland whiskey honey – a clear nod to James's family ties to Scotland. The Matthews family own Affric Lodge, a large Scottish mansion which sits in a 10,000 acre estate in Glen Affric, about 15 miles from Loch Ness – and Pippa and James are set to spend a few days there following on from their tropical honeymoon in French Polynesia. The drinks menu featured Chassagne-Montrachet, 2015, Domaine Bernard Moreau, Chateau Palmer 1998 Margaux, and Affric Trait 10 year Highlands Malt.'

Apparently, Pippa and James have called in lawyers to try to keep details from the wedding under wraps. The eBay user who attempted to sell the menus has removed the listing, the florist has removed photos of the floral arrangements and guests who posted invitations have all removed them from their social media accounts in recent days. Personally, I thought it a tad over zealous to take such action as in the case of the florist she was showcasing her work and guests posting invitations were probably just incredibly excited. If possible non-disclosure agreements were signed and the aforementioned parties were in breach of course the reaction could be understandable.

Fan Art

It's been lovely to see all the creative illustrations and sketches. I love this sketch of Kate with George and Charlotte by the talented Naseeba Khader.


This illustration of Pippa and James kissing surrounded by pageboys and bridesmaids by Amelia Noyes is beautifully done.


Will we see reception photos?

That is THE question, isn't it? In this age of social media, it's quite something to see not one photo has found its way to the internet from the reception. I suspect given how public the arrivals/departures at the church were, they wanted the events afterwards to be away from the spotlight. Of course, I could be completely wrong on this one, I just fail to see the incentive to share more of their big day with the public. If there is an exclusive, it would almost certainly be with the likes of Hello! or People.


The Honeymoon

Entertainment Tonight has published a selection of photos of the happy couple enjoying their tropical honeymoon. The couple were photographed strolling along the beach holding hands. You can view the story with photos here. Pippa wore the very pretty Kate Spade New York Lantern Poplin Flounce Sundress in the photos (with thanks to Perth Fashion). It is described as: "A slender band of ladder stitching accents the fitted bodice of a sprightly poplin sundress cast in a bold quatrefoil print. Soft gathers at the inset waist and hem create breeze-catching flounce at the short skirt." It's available at Nordstrom.

Nordstrom

Entertainment Tonight reports: "Pippa Middleton and James Matthews pulled out all the stops for their May 20 wedding -- and their honeymoon was no different! The newlyweds jetted off to Tetiaroa this week, a private and elite group of islands in French Polynesia, where they're staying at The Brando, an exclusive resort on the island once owned by Marlon Brando. When not enjoying their reported $3,000 per night accommodations, Middleton and Matthews were spotted enjoying the island's beautiful beaches." An overview of the Island - it looks heavenly!


UPDATE: It appears the photos of Pippa and James on honeymoon have been removed from ET.

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In the second portion of our post we have several fashion related updates to share concerning pieces and brands favoured by the Duchess. One of Kate's most popular pieces last year was undoubtedly the Preen Finella Midi Dress; in fact Kate loved it so much she purchased it in two colours. The garment remains available in red in limited sizing at Net-A-Porter.


Undoubtedly, the brand has experienced the 'Kate Effect' and saw demand for the Finella soar after the Duchess wore it in Canada last year. For the Spring/Summer season they have re-released the piece with a ruffled skirt. The Palmer dress is described: "Preen by Thornton Bregazzi re-imagines its best-selling 'Finella' dress - made famous by the Duchess of Cambridge - into the 'Palmer' for Spring '17. Cut from vibrant fuchsia stretch-crepe, it has an asymmetric neckline, neatly folded pleats and a full midi skirt. You'll love how it nips you in at the waist."

Net-A-Porter

The Palmer dress also comes in 'indigo'. What do you think of the new take on the classic style?

Net-A-Porter

In our last post, we mentioned updates to Kate's green Dolce & Gabbana dress. The dress Kate wore in forest-green crepe and georgette is now available and appropriately renamed the 'Middleton'. The dress has puffed sleeves, a pretty bow tie and white buttons, evocative of styles from the '40s. It's available at Net-A-Porter.


Kate's much talked about Kate Spade New York Pretty Pom Tassel Drop Earrings have been restocked in several colours at Nordstrom.


And just in time for summer Kate's Stuart Weitzman Minx Wedges are discounted by 50% to $212 at 6 pm.

Stuart Weitzman

At present, the Duchess has nothing scheduled on her calendar, although I wouldn't be at all surprised to see that change over the next couple of days. With heightened security concerns in the UK, it's also possible we'll see an increased frequency in unannounced events. For our readers in Manchester, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this shocking and heartbreaking time. X

72 comments:

  1. Why would Preen take a gorgeous dress and add a dowdy ruffle? In my opinion, the original dress did not need re-imagining. I love the length, I love the asymmetrical neckline, and I love the mix of classic and modern in the original Finella Dress. The red Preen was one of my favorite looks from the Cambridge's most recent tour of Canada. I applaud the new color offerings, but am really hoping we don't see the new Palmer Dress on the Duchess of Cambridge.

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    1. Yeah, I don't like the ruffle, either. But the new colour options are lovely. The red Preen was a favourite for me, too.

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    2. I completely agree!

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    3. Courtney from NC29 May 2017 at 05:15

      I agree with the ruffle not adding to the dress. I loved the original and love the new colors but the ruffle kills it for me.

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    4. Alejandra Campos29 May 2017 at 05:44

      Agree with both of you! Not a fan of the ruffle but the colors are lovely! :)

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    5. Alejandra Campos29 May 2017 at 05:50

      Great post Charlotte! Love all the wrap ups and details!
      While I understand that Pippa and James want to keep things private, I think it might be too much, but if they signed a non disclosure agreement, then probably they shouldn´t have shared the snaps, but I love seeing them!

      Oh and Catherine´s drawing is amazing and super detail so well done! :)

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    6. Everything Kiwi Gal said, I second. :)

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    7. Oh I love the ruffle! I think different options appeal to different customers.

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    8. Yay to the colors! Boo to the ruffles.

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  3. I like that Pippa's tiara matches the floral desIgn on her invitations.

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    1. Yes, a lovely idea.

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    2. They do. Were the leaves also on the menu?

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  4. I love that Kate's drawing talents are in evidence for us to enjoy! I really like the way she shaded the church, capturing the feel of its very ancient elegance. I too think that it may be going overboard to attempt a complete media blackout of the wedding reception/party, but of course, if that is what they planned in advance, down to asking all vendors to sign agreements, then the florist is wrong to break the agreement. But still. It would have been gracious of them to issue one or two photos, knowing how interested so many people are and how many wish them well. But if you think about it, you have to admit that such a course would open them up to a ton of the haters getting online and going at them, and maybe they decided that the publicity just wouldn't be worth all the trouble following.

    Meanwhile, I don't like the ruffle on the Preen dress at all! It looks elegant with the long straight, sweeping lines. The ruffle does not belong on a dress with an asymmetrical neckline. Ruffles are for Victorian or countrified effects, in my book.

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    1. Marci, I like her shading of the church also. It does show the history of the building and personality of the setting beautifully.

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  5. The Artwork is so lovely and the floral arrangements so pretty! If non disclosure agreements were signed, then Pippa and James are justified in asking their lawyers to step in. My heart goes out to Manchester, and my prayers are for it's people.

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  6. Pippa's florist did a beautiful job, however I personally find the cherry blossoms clash a little with the table flowers. Feel sad that she is unavle to share her work for fear of being sued.
    I like Pippa's blue sundress.
    The Indigo version of the Palmer would look great on Kate.
    The pom tassel earrings are one of my most disliked items ever.
    With the wedges following not far behind.
    Agree with the empty diary probably being a result of security issues and completely understandable. Might become the new normal I imagine. Sadly.

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    1. 01:14, the tassel earrings remind me of Scarlett's drapery outfit in "Gone with the Wind". :)

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    2. Isn't that funny Surfer Girl ... I loved those earrings and bought my first ever "KATE" purchase in black (and also in blue). I've never had so many comments by people who absolutely love them. I wear them with my hair in an elegant ponytail, and I just love them. I don't think she quite got them right with the beautiful dress she wore them with. I've worn them for work several times with all black and these earrings and they look fabulous! ❤️❤️

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    3. As I said before Dee, THAT outfit that you bought them (or them for) is just about the only outfit that I think they would look perfect with, perfect.
      But for 95% of other outfits not so much. They are very very outfit specific. Not your basic gold hoops or diamond post earrings. With other outfits, even Kate's, they remind me of Scarlett. xx

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  7. Hello. I agree. Get rid of the rufflle. Happy Memorial Day to all. Thanks again, Charlotte.

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  8. Hello. I agree, get rid of the ruffle. Happy Memorial Day. Thanks again, Charlotte.

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  9. Isn't Harry's BP garden party Tuesday? I am excited because I hope Meghan will be with him. Or maybe William and Catherine.
    I appreciate the fine line Charlotte had to walk in this post between including interesting information and wild gossip. Tricky business. Abagail

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    1. Abigail. That's what makes this "The Bentley of Blogs". :)

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    2. While it would be fun for him to be with Meghan, I highly doubt she will be there. That would completely shift the attention from the guests to Harry and Meghan which is not what these garden parties are about.

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  10. Hmm inlove the with Pippa weddiing. Gown Hmm the. New Color preen is. So beautiful hmm the. Pippa tiara matches the florals design. Of invItations and wedding recepcion

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  11. What is a headpiece? and the difference between it and a tiara? I take it that she wasn't wearing a headpiece? Thank yoU!

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  12. Great post, Charlotte. Thank you. I love the dresses you picked as possible reception gowns for Kate. I hope she chose the Temperly to go with the Kiki earrings that I bet were gifted to her from Pippa/Carole, Michael for her role in the wedding just as Pippa's earrings were gifts for her role in Kate's wedding that Pippa wore again. I agree, Samantha, re tiara and invitations. And, the look of oak leaves from the Middleton crest designed before Kate's wedding make up the tiara and head piece and channel the Pelham designed earrings both Kate and Pippa wore at Kate's wedding. Lovely touches and very personal for the best memories!
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    1. Those do resemble the oak leaves on their coat of arms. She incorporated them apparently onto their invitation also, as Samantha said. Does anyone remember if they were on the menu?

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  13. Thank you for the lovely post, Charlotte. Pippa and James look like they're having a fantastic time on Tetiaroa! They sure love paddleboarding :) Pippa is so ripped! She looks great in those bikinis...I wonder if the pic on James' shorts is of the island itself.
    Thanks for sharing the close-up pics of Pippa's tiara and Kate's sketch...seeing the detail of the tiara/headpiece up close makes me appreciate it more. And I'm impressed by Kate's sketching skills!
    If Hello! or People do an exclusive of the reception, I'll be one of the first to buy a copy :)

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  14. Charlotte, excellent page as always.

    Thank you. I was so happy to see Kate's etching from a better perspective. She did a very good job.
    Also, happy to see the tiara and veil holder from a better perspective. Were those pieces bespoke or custom for Pippa or available to anyone? I had heard that the tiara was easily convertible to a necklace but it doesn't look like it. I thought the veil holder would convert to two earrings easily but it doesn't seem like that either.
    You are right. They did remove the honeymoon photos just as they did the menu, etc. Either that is uber clout or people did sign some sort of contract. I guess clout would be required to have the contracts enforced and those things withdrawn so quickly.

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    1. Charlotte,

      Did you get the photos of the tiara and veil holder from a catalog? Are those items stock items at Pelham Robison or are those bespoke?

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    2. I was wondering if they were bespoke pieces or already part of their collection, too.

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  15. Samantha, I agree. The leaves on the invitation do look like they match the tiara. I wonder if the decoration on the menu did also.

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  16. I hope this isn't going to be the year of the ruffle. :)

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  17. Strange how a couple has no problem using the Communications Office of a royal palace to make a public announcement, but then goes gang busters trying to ban any reporting of it.

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    1. To repeat what has already been said here numerous times, for anyone who missed it:
      The fact that royal family members would be a part of the wedding was an appropriate bit of information to be released by KP. ( although there was no ID to verify its palace origin on the email that a reporter shared on Twitter. There was nothing to indicate the announcement was from a palace "Communications Office" nor was there further information subsequently released by the source listed at the head of the email. If there was any such identification or further releases please let us know.)
      It was appropriate although not mandated to share pictures in front of the church.
      However, the couple are not obligated to share personal information about the ceremony or reception. They seem to have accepted the release of information by the vicar who officiated at the ceremony, however. I don't know if one could require a NDA from a minister. :) I assume the thought is dependence on taste and discretion alone would suffice.
      I think one reporter even hinted that the rumors and gossip would stop if the couple yielded to pressure to publish information. Which is nonsense. The gossip would continue.
      If they do share, they have a right to do so in a format of their choosing. Abagail

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    2. Strange indeed, Moxie. And, again, a very good point. Like I said, even the Queen shares more.

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    3. Abigail. in addition to the Kensington Palace release because of the Royal presence at the wedding, I think that Pippa actually had a PR firm handling the information and promotion of her wedding. So she was doing promotion it seems

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    4. Abagail, I totally agree with you. The couple has the right to try to keep their reception private, and I applaud them for succeeding. Might I like to see some pictures? Sure. Am I bothered that I haven't? Not really.

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    5. Abagail your argument contradicts itself. KP has the right to release information about the royal family - but you are saying they didn't - they weren't the source. What you are saying then is an independent source released information about the royal family for their own purposes of attracting attention to themselves.

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  18. I have always loved Stuart Weitzman shoes. I just bought the Minx wedges on Amazon for $85, such a great buy!

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  19. I love it too it is maidenhair fern which matches her hairpiece so delicate!

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  20. Tammy from California29 May 2017 at 04:46

    I have questions:

    1) Is the Middelton's home just called The manor? I am confused. If I am a guest and need to Mapquest directions to their house, do I put in "the Manor" bucklebury? Are they so known that they don't have to have an address?
    2) What is the difference between a manor and a house? Is it like saying an "estate" here in the U.S.?

    Anyway, just lingo I am not familiar with.

    I think the maidenhair fern invitations are absolutely beautiful. Simple and sweet. Kate is a very talented artist!! That sketch of St. Marks is absolutely beautiful!

    A friend and I were talking the other day and we both said, it was exactly as a wedding should be: sweet, lots of beautiful flowers and fairytale-like.

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    1. Tammy-I think there is usually one "manor house" in a community. It served as the hub and generally the most prominent family and landowner lived there in the past. Just a guess and I yield to our British commenters.
      I wonder if Kate also designed the decoration on the invitation? (Did I miss that information?) Abagail

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    2. Tammy with my wedding invites we had a separate insert with directions and maps. I suspect they did something similar. How there invitations look are very classy, and the separate insert would prevent the invite from being muddled. Also, with an incident like invite photos being shared, now the whole world doesn't know their exact address :-)
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    3. Julia from Leominster29 May 2017 at 16:39

      I'm no expert on this - perhaps others can speak with more authority, but in the distant past, a manor was the home of a local lord, or sometimes the squire. Today, it has no particular meaning - houses are often called manors that weren't originally, and houses that were once manors may be referred to as "...house" or something else. The most historic manors can be quite old - Jacobean, Elizabethan or even medieval. But the Middleton's home is Georgian and was known as Bucklebury Manor according to Charlotte's post. http://hrhduchesskate.blogspot.com/2013/08/kate-loves-bucklebury.html The Middletons bought this home after Kate's wedding - she did not grow up there. Because of the location, it was quite an expensive purchase - any house in commuting distance of London will be. It is a Grade II house, the most common listing classification for an older home, and I believe what Amner was before it was delisted. (Which allows changes to be made more easily - but delisting is quite unusual.) Grade I or Grade II* are more historic but it is also more difficult to alter them.

      Most often manors have a name attached - like Baddlesley Clinton Manor for example (moated and very fine) but they don't have to. I don't know why the Middletons dropped it here - perhaps because it is redundant to the village. I suppose it is the same as an estate - as long as there is property attached to it. An estate would be the house and grounds and any other property owned by it such as farms or other buildings.

      There would be an official address but it needn't be on the invitation. I would imagine a separate card was sent with directions and security information. I was surprised at the informality of the invitation that didn't refer to Mr and Mrs Michael Middleton and referred to their daughter as Pippa - but that's probably because it is for the evening party only. The church invitation may have been more formally worded.

      The flowers were beautiful. I agree about not having a photo spread of the evening party but a couple of releases might have prevented these legal matters.

      As for the Preem, dress, I don't care for the ruffle. I believe it will date it.

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    4. Tammy from California29 May 2017 at 17:18

      Thank you ALL above! Very good insight! Julia, quite thorough, thank you!

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  21. Courtney from NC29 May 2017 at 05:18

    What happens when Pippa and James find a situation where they cannot bully their way into having photos removed? I can understand not wanting photos from inside the reception but other than that I think they have gone way overboard. Florists use photos of their work in portfolios all the time and I fail to see how the invitation belongs to them any longer after they've mailed it out to someone.

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    1. I think they are really overdoing it also, Courtney.
      I can understand why Pippa would want to get some satisfaction with controlling the media coverage but trying to control minutia, like the publishing of the menu, and invitation doesn't put her in the best perspective. It seems petulant, entitled and petty.
      Even the Queen shares more.

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    2. The Queen didn't have her rear touted and discussed endlessly. I'm not aware of any photos from Princess Elizabeth's wedding reception.
      I think she is entitled to have control of photos of her wedding details, as is any bride.It was generous of her to share what she did with the media. If one is a close enough friend or relative to be invited to a wedding, one should be expected to honor what was likely the bride's request for discretion.

      I don't understand how she can simultaneously be criticized for being publicity hungry while being chastised for not sharing enough. A paradox.

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    3. Courtney from NC29 May 2017 at 22:30

      I still maintain the invite, once mailed out, belongs to the person it was sent to. The event has already occurred so it isn't like they are spilling a date and time. Not allowing phones or photos at a reception is one thing and have a lawyer phone people telling them to remove a photo of the invitation you sent them is totally on another level.

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    4. Abigail, :). I hear you, but the Queen certainly had other fish to fry. Phillip was quite a controversial choice, it seems, for the young Elizabeth to have made. And, being a post-war event like it was, their wedding stuff wasn't going to get as much negative press at all. People were just glad to be alive and in a still existent England. England almost didn't make it, but only through the miracle of the battle of Dunkirk, among many others miracles.

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    5. Surfer girl we can't just comment on the Queen not sharing her reception photos - W&K didn't either. I don't think I've seen a single photo inside their reception. Maybe she used her sister's wedding (precedent set by past royal weddings) as a template for how much media to allow access to it?

      I say all this while *hoping* they sell photos to a magazine. BUT what she's currently doing isn't different than her sister's wedding.

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    6. I see your point, AH. :)
      I would definitely to see some photos also.

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  22. Pippa’s tiara is subtle which made a well-blended elegant difference, without appearing to be one. She wore it well.

    I can’t get over the fact how hard they tried to protect the privacy of their guests, and there by their own. At some point, the protected images might have some value and released in their own terms as times unfold. The honeymoon photo was like “now you see it and now you don’t” (remember some commercial way back). I saw them both in blue for the first time on this blog several hours back.

    Charlotte, you are quick to update, their disappearance. It sent me googling her interviews to Matt Lauder. She obviously felt bullied on line and by paparazzi after post 2011 wedding exposure. Over all from her interviews , she seems to be an assertive sort of person. Her sport life is inspiring.

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  23. What amazed me is how they managed to strictly protect every image and news once the church part was over. The involvement of lawyers is very interesting. Your web site is indeed top of the line. Much there is to know is all in one place and well filtered out.

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  24. Pics of Pippa still visible here: https://www.aol.com/article/entertainment/2017/05/27/pippa-middleton-james-matthews-honeymoon-photos/22112926/

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    1. Wow she has a perfect body.. They seem to be having fun. I wonder who took those pictures from such close proximity? They would have seen them right next to them.

      About the wedding pictures - the marquee was to die for. The flowers and trees - breathtakingly beautiful. I also agree that they went overboard going after the florist. The explanation for that is they gave exclusive rights to Hello and didn't want the florist sharing pictures on her own.

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    2. How did a photographer get into this remote and so-called private place?

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    3. I didn't find the photos there. They have been removed it seems.

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    4. Some of the florist photos clearly showed the Middleton home in the background, I believe. That may have been the objection. It was a beautiful display and one that a florist would like to use for clients, I am sure. I do think identifying
      elements should not be included and that the photos should be used for private client viewing. It is difficult to keep things private however, as so many businesses use
      internet blogs to advertise. Abagail

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  25. I really loved that gorgeous red dress and I am glad to see it in pink. I think that Kate has mastered wearing dresses of that length, they look spectacular on her and she has the figure to pull off anything!

    I hate to start fodder but when my mum saw the pictures of Kate at Pippa's wedding, her first response was "Looks like she is expecting" and upon a second look, I could see why she would say that. Her face looked much fuller when she wore that blue coat dress recently and then she wore an unflattering dress to the Chelsea Flower Show. I would say that her last 3 appearances have done nothing to dispel such speculation but it's just what I have noticed.

    My thoughts are with all those who were affected by the Manchester attack. Truly heartbreaking to think about all the innocent lives which were lost.

    Love Avee in SA

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  26. Look at kensingtonroyal instagram, they posted two pictures from GQ. One is picture of prince William and other is picture of William and Kate with their children and lupo. Kensigntonroyal is the official instragram for duke and duchess of Cambridge and prince Harry. I think you should check it out. The GQ article will come out next month and it is about Heads Together campaign!! https://instagram.com/p/BUq-VScgYOH/

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  27. Charlotte, are you sure Nordstrom restocked the earrings? They have had the blue, pink & multi you linked to since she saw 42nd Street. I've been keeping an eye out and haven't noticed a change in colour availability.
    AH

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    1. Shopbop have them in Black, red and pink, red and yellow and blue! xx

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  28. It's not a poll, but it feels like one: New Preen colours-->thumbs up. Love the intense saturated hue. Ruffle-_>thumbs down. The sleek bodice and asymmetrical design don't suit a boho vibe at all. Ruffles are very, very tricky and can make a dress look so-yesterday in a heartbeat. Like the year pink was the new black and it was a tired trope long before the end of the season. Once in a while they can be miraculous, but not as a rule.

    Though I love the setting and the tone, the family photo's composition seems a little odd. Because it is in b&w William's hand appears to be Catherine's and dear little Charlotte is lost in the weeds. As an amateur, on my camera that shot would have hit the trash can. I'm surprised to see it in a publication such as GQ.

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    1. Cute, Philly. Love your clothes comments. And ditto on the photo.

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  29. First, Charlotte you do an excellent job of editing information and providing it in such an informative way. The head piece that Pippa wore is absolutely beautiful and loved how they incorporated the maiden hair fern into the program. The close-up of the drawing by Kate is exceptional.....she is really truly talented. It appears that great care was taken in the details for the wedding and that there is great personal significance in those choices. Would love to see at a minimum, some glimpses of the reception. I think Charlotte's choice of the Marchesa Notte Off Shoulder Lace Gown would have been lovely on Kate, and if she didn't wear it then, I sure hope she sees this and wears it at another event...it is very, very beautiful!

    The new colors of the Preen dress are great, but not a fan of the ruffle with this style of dress. It takes the sophistication and edge off of the style.

    As always enjoy the comments and appreciate the interesting information regarding manors, estates, and can only imagine how beautiful England's country side must be! cc

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  30. I don't understand why anyone believes the public are owed pictures of the reception or honeymoon. These are private individuals who had a private party and are now on a private holiday paid for with their own money. They are entitled to their privacy. Erininnyc

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