HOW TO HOST A WEDDING FIT FOR ROYALTY WITH LENZO
At LENZO, we love a royal wedding, and if you were anything like us, you were counting down the days until its arrival, ever since the big news was revealed on Twitter last year in November.
We can only assume our invitation got lost in the mail, which is why we were glued to our TV screens at 9pm last night to watch Hollywood sweetheart Meghan Markle tie the knot with her (literal) Prince at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. If you too were fawning over their royal wedding, check out how you can recreate their look for your Big Day with LENZO (British aristocrat bank account not included!)
The Wedding Flowers
Gentle and relaxed was the style of Meghan’s beautiful wedding bouquet, and we think the London-based florist Philippa Craddock achieved this perfectly.
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We noted forget-me-nots, lily of the valley, jasmine, astilbe, and scented sweet peas, all of which were held together with a raw silk ribbon. Ask for an ethereal and romantic style when it comes to your wedding flowers.
We also loved the bridesmaid’s flower crowns, which delivered an adorably romantic and vintage feel.
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And can we talk about this amazing floral installation?! That's one way to make an entrance!
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While we all can’t get married in a 1000-year-old castle, we do love Campbell Point House as a wedding venue fit for royalty. We’ve held many editorials here – including our Love is Love wedding shoot – so we can attest to its opulence and luxury style!
The Wedding Dress(es)
As expected, Meghan Markle took our breath away in not one but two wedding dresses! The first design was Givenchy Haute Couture by Clare Waight Keller – Meghan nailed understated elegance with an a-line wedding dress with sleeves.
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Meghan’s second gown was a sleek and minimal Stella McCartney number, in a classic halter silhouette dress in silk crepe.
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The Wedding Cake
Traditionally, royal weddings serve fruit cakes to their guests, and we were thrilled when Meghan decided to waive this custom and instead opt for a lemon and elderflower buttercream cake by pastry chef Claire Ptak and her team.
If you want to serve a similar style at your wedding, be sure to add some fresh flowers for a ‘wow’ effect (Harry and Megs’ cake reportedly included 150 real blooms!)
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Meghan's ‘something borrowed’ was the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau Tiara, which was once Prince Harry’s great-great-grandmother’s headpiece. Her platinum and diamond tiara was paired with delicate diamond stud earrings by Cartier – emulate her look with custom wedding jewellery.
(We would have loved to have seen her walk down the aisle in a diamond-encrusted wedding cape – but she still stole our hearts!)
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Lunchtime Reception Canapes
Rather than a formal sit-down dinner, all 600 guests were served a selection of two-bite canapes, which included both savoury and sweet options at St George’s Hall. The wedding menu consisted of Scottish langoustines wrapped in smoked salmon with citrus crème fraiche, champagne and pistachio macaroons, and croquette of confit Windsor Lamb. Yum! Our mouths are watering at the sounds of that!
We knew this affair would be elegant and sophisticated, as Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding invitations by Barnard & Westwood set the tone of what to expect. We love the luxe feel that only gold ink can produce.
We are loving custom printed monograms as the latest trend in invitations for a touch of regal (hey, who says you have to be royalty to get your own couple’s monograms!)
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Congratulations to the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex!
Love, LENZO x
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