It was all I hoped it would be. Except for maybe the time of day (night?) it happened (I went to bed at 9 p.m. and woke up at 1:50 a.m. to get to my aunt Jeanne’s by 2 for the pre-wedding coverage).
Although, to be honest, watching at 2 a.m. was surprisingly appealing and magical. The quiet and dark enfolded us in an intimate and cozy embrace. Our part of the world was still hushed as we watched London celebrating vivaciously. Jeanne had made scones, whipped cream (since we don’t get clotted cream over here) and had Earl Grey ready to brew. I had picked up McVities chocolate covered digestives (cookies) and pure cane sugar cubes to make our experience even more authentic.
Five minutes after I arrived, my aunt Kelly walked in. We all settled down and got ready to swoon. And we were not disappointed. Watching this historic and romantic event live with two of the most important women in my life was perfect. We ooohed and aahhed at the same time, drank 3 cups of tea apiece, and agreed that our favorite part was when you saw William lean over and whisper “You look beautiful” to Kate just before the ceremony started.
And don’t even get me started on the dress. Utter perfection. I could talk about it all day, but I’m sure you would tune me out after about 30 seconds, so I’ll end with this…she blended classic sophistication with modern simplicity immaculately. You can definitely see how Grace Kelly was an inspiration.
As a wedding photographer, I look at a lot of weddings; the ones we photograph as well as other weddings I see online when I’m looking for inspiration. I always love when a couple’s personality shines through their day. In the case of today’s beautiful event, I don’t think Kate and William could have done a better job of putting themselves into the wedding as well as keeping it a most decidedly royal affaire.
Did you get up early to watch? What was your favorite part?
May you have a happy and blessed marriage, you two!
Photograph by Mario Testino