Suhad Shtayyeh
Amman, May 20, 2018
by Suhad Shtayyeh

FOMO || The Royal Wedding Fact Sheet

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It was indeed a day to remember. An unlikely union that brought us all together in some way. The vulnerabilities of this unique couple tugging at our heartstrings and reminding us of our common humanity. Princess Diana was not far away on this memorable occasion. Her soft voice ringing in our ears, reminding us that kindness and humility eventually win.

As the invitees gathered to celebrate the marriage of Harry and Meghan, the diversity of the guest list was apparent. Not a politician in sight the upper echelons of British society rubbed shoulders with top celebrities. Oprah, Serena Williams, George and Amal Clooney, Elton John and the Beckham’s came out to celebrate their friendships with the now Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who themselves never quite ticked all the boxes of the British Royal Family. Harry the bad boy of the family has often spoken out about his battle with mental illness. Meghan had her own demons to fight as well, growing up bi-racial in the 1980s. An American actress, divorcee and a few years older than the groom, Meghan wasn’t exactly the ideal candidate.

As the Rolls Royce drove up to St. George’s Chapel at Windsor, the fashion world caught their breath in anticipation of the most talked about wedding dress of the past few months. What would she wear and more importantly perhaps, who would she wear. Meghan surprised us all with a Givenchy Couture gown by British-born Clare Waight Keller. The eggshell shade of white perfectly accented her skin tone, the boat neck seen on Meghan in the past was always a winner. The dress fitted over her torso then gently flared into an a-line skirt. No beading, no pouf, no lace.

The tiara and veil clearly the hero pieces to the gown, accented her face beautifully and kept the attention firmly on her loved up expressions. The tiara on loan from The Queen was, according to Kensington Palace made in 1932. It features diamonds set in platinum and includes a center detachable brooch made of ten diamonds dating back to 1893.

The 5 meter silk tulle veil also made by the Givenchy team was intricately embroidered with 53 individual flowers that paid homage to nations of the Commonwealth.

As for her bouquet of flowers, it was small, nondescript yet very personal. Some of the flowers in the bouquet were actually picked by Prince Harry himself a day prior.

As the bride entered the chapel, she elegantly walked herself halfway up the aisle. What we assumed would be a lonely walk was in fact very sweet with the flower girls and page boys helping her with her veil. Meghan was then met half way up by her father-in-law Prince Charles who delivered her to his son Prince Harry.

Just a little backstory in case you hadn’t heard. Meghan’s father got into hot water with an unfortunate paparazzi story. Next we heard he was undergoing heart surgery and was therefore unable to walk his daughter down the aisle.

The bride’s hair and makeup were kept very natural. Renowned hairdresser Serge Normant creating a signature messy bun for the bride. The makeup was by Hollywood makeup artist Daniel Martin who is also known to create the makeup looks of Jessica Alba.

It would be fair to say that the two most interesting parts of the ceremony were firstly, the mother of the bride who sat so elegantly watching her daughter wed her Prince Charming. Second of course was the 13 minute sermon by American bishop Michael Bruce Curry. His passionate speech drew a very clear line in the sand between the Americans who greatly appreciated his words, and the British who found his exuberance very different to anything they has seen or heard before. You should check out Twitter for a complete rundown of guest facial expressions during the sermon.

The ceremony ended with an unrehearsed kiss on the steps of the chapel that was met with a roar of cheer from the well-wishers stationed outside.

There were two events after church ceremony. Firstly, a formal reception by father-of-the-groom Prince Charles. For this event the bride and groom remained in their wedding costumes.

For the second more casual wedding party hosted by James Corden at Frogmore house, the newly weds were seen leaving Windsor Castle, Meghan in a stunning party dress by Stella McCartney, shoes by Aquazurra and hairstyle by George Northwood. Harry has also changed into a black tie suit. Meghan was due to give an unprecedented speech at the event, share a first dance with her husband and finally let her hair down. Driving off at sunset, it couldn’t have been a more perfect ending to the day.

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