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Monday, May 22, 2017

The Society Wedding of the Year ~ Pippa Gets Married

On Saturday, May 20th Philippa Charlotte “Pippa” Middleton married financer James Spencer Matthews. The happy event was deemed the society wedding of the year.

Pippa Middleton

For those who may not know, Pippa is the younger sister of Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, who is married to Prince William, son of Prince Charles and the late Diana, Princess of Wales. 

Pippa and James

The wedding ceremony took place in Saint Mark's Church in the quiet Berkshire village of Englefield.  The church is situated on private land known as the Englefield Estate.

Here is one of the three early English arches decorated for the special day.

The Englefield Estate is owned by Richard Benyon, one of Britain’s wealthiest members of Parliament.

The earliest parts of the church date back to 1190. It was extensively restored by Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1857.

The same shot in all its wedding glory. Faux tree trunks featured cascading vines, to include English ivy, and were topped with peonies, roses, sweetpea, as well as freesia and accented with various greenery.

No doubt the church was selected for it’s history, beauty and privacy.

The church is also located just six miles from Bucklebury where the Middleton's live.

The interior floral decorations only enhanced the loveliness of the church.

A closer look at the traditional floral arrangements.

The bride arrived to the church in a vintage 1951 Jaguar Mk V car.

Pippa Middleton

She was accompanied by her father, Michael.


The bride wore a custom Giles Deacon dress. It featured a high neckline, cap sleeves and a corseted bodice with a heart-shaped detail on the upper back. The bespoke guipure silk cotton lace was hand appliqued to create an illusion that the dress had no seams. The lace was additionally embroidered with pearls. The underskirt of the gown had multiple layers of organza and tulle to create a floor sweeping movement.

Pippa Middleton arrives with her father Michael Middleton

Her veil was a double-tier, cathedral-length design made by Stephen Jones. The tulle had a scattering of dégradé pearls (a minute change from one shade, tone, or color to another). The bride also wore a diamond tiara by Robinson Pelham in a Maidenhair Fern design.


The small bridal bouquet, made by Lavender Green,  included peony, sweetpea, asilbe, freesia, waxflower, green bell and lady’s mantle.

Pippa Middleton

Her bridal shoes were the Seneca bridal heel by Manolo Blahnik. The ivory silk satin pump has a pointed toe, ankle strap and Swarovski crystal buckle embellishment.

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The bride’s “something old” were the earrings she wore to sister’s wedding in 2011. They were custom made by Robinson Pelham who also created the tiara.

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Her engagement ring, also from jeweler Robinson Pelham, is an Asscher-cut, hexagonal-shaped diamond set in a platinum platinum bezel setting. This is surrounded by multiple smaller brilliant-cut diamonds.

A very simple Welsh gold wedding band was selected to pair with the diamond ring.

The Bouquet

The bride’s sister, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, was Pippa’s matron of honor.

Her custom peachy pink crepe silk dress featured a fitted bodice with a deep v-neck and billowing sleeves that cuffed with three covered buttons. It was designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen.

She wore an elegant fascinator hat from milliner Jane Taylor and morganite and diamond earrings by Kiki McDonough.

The Duchess of Cambridge stands with her daughter Britain's princess Charlotte, a bridesmaid

Princess Charlotte’s ivory silk dress, by Pepa & Co., had a frilled collar with pale pink trim on the sleeves and neckline. The bodice features a vintage-style pleated panel. Underneath is a silk petticoat with lace trim to provide volume. The charming frock was accented with a pale pink silk sash.

This same style of dress was worn by all the flower girls.

They also wore custom pink leather “Angelica” strap shoes created by Papouelli.

Here you can see the back pleating of the Duchess’ dress. Her heels were Gianvito Rossi suede pumps in the “Praline” colorway.

Prince George, and the other page boys, were dressed in Pepa and Co. knickers made of pale olive silk dupioni and ivory double-breasted silk pleated shirts accented with olive silk covered buttons and matching cummerbunds. They wore blucher style “Celebration” shoes.

Prince George was cherubic in his little page boy outfit as he gathered some petals to throw over his auntie  

The pageboys were Casimir Tatos, Edward Sebire, William Ward and the bride’s nephew, Prince George.


The flower girls were Countess Philippa Hoyos, Lily French, Avia Horner and the bride’s niece, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.


Prince William and Duchess Catherine’s children were angelic cherubs.

Prince George of Cambridge, paige boy and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge

Just as her sister did for her six years ago Duchess Catherine arranged the back of Pippa’s bridal gown.

Pippa played doting maid of honour to Kate on her big day in 2011 so it was Kate's turn to return the favour by helping her sister out

Spencer Matthews, James's younger brother, was the best man.

Spencer Matthews

In attendance were princes William and Harry wearing customary morning suits.

Princess Eugenie of York (the younger daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York) attended the wedding with her boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank. She wore a Paule Ka dress and carried a metallic Anya Hindmarch clutch.

Princess Beatrice

The bride’s brother, James Middleton, escorted the bride’s mother, Carole Middleton, to the church. Mrs. Middleton wore a pale pink bespoke Catherine Walker design.

The grooms parents, David and Jane Matthews. Mrs. Matthews wore a gown in a lovely shade of mint green and accessorized with emerald green.

Parents of the groom Jane and David Matthews looked to be in excellent spirits as they arrived at St. Mark's Church today. Elegant in mint green, Jane teamed her look with an emerald clutch and matching stilettos  

The happy couple immediately following the ceremony.


The first public kiss.

The happy couple share a tender kiss outside the church moments after saying their vows

Pippa and James kiss

A jolly wedding party.


The beaming couple.

Pippa Middleton and James Matthews

The reception took place at the Middleton family home, Bucklebury Manor.

The Duke and Duchess stayed here for a few weeks after Prince George was born.

A custom glass conservatory-style structure was shipped from Belgium and constructed on land behind the home.

As appropriate, the airspace above both villages was closed to intrusive press crews from flying overhead or launching drones on the day of the event to prevent video footage of celebrations.

PHOTO: Aerials views of the Middleton family home in Bucklebury, UK where a gigantic conservatory-style marquee dominates the surrounding gardens. Preparations continue for the upcoming wedding of Pippa Middleton to James Matthews.

The happy couple leaving the church.

©Ken Goff/IPA Rota/Nunn Syndication/Polaris

They drove through the village in a 1961 Jaguar E-Type car.

The groom's hair blew in the wind as he drove his new bride home after marrying her at St Mark's Church. Despite rain forecasts, the couple certainly got lucky with the weather  

Best wishes to the happy couple.

I hope you have enjoyed this post!



Mildred said...

Charming wedding photos. Just like a fairytale!

Christine said...

I enjoyed every bit of this post. Thank you for your work in preparing it.

Christine said...

~~~~****** ENJOYED !!!!******~~~~

(thank you for sharing such wonderful details!)

GSGreatEscaper said...

Lovely wedding. I'm so glad that Pippa wore a pretty dress and that Kate dressed in a subdued fashion - allowing the bride to shine. The custom of having children as attendants is a charming one - I actually had only two children as attendants at my wedding and it works so well when there are many siblings, cousins, half and steps to make sure no one feels mistreated!

Jane said...

How beautiful! I always love your posts about the British royalty!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Loved this post. You amaze me with how you research every detail. Such a beautiful wedding.

Sarah said...

It was obviously a beautiful day and an exquisite wedding in every detail. I like the British custom of daytime weddings, children in attendance, and traditional floral arrangements.
The newly weds make a stunning couple!

Kiki Nakita said...


Such a lovely English countryside wedding. Thank you for sharing all the details.


Vicki said...

{{sigh}} Beautiful, just beautiful!

Lorrie said...

A lovely, lovely post, Laura. Thank you for all the time and research you put into doing this. Pippa's dress is stunning, and I love the happy look on Catherine's face as she celebrates her sister's wedding.

Bonnie said...

Laura, I enjoyed your post very much. You do this extremely well and I always am glad you keep us up on the royals and their families.
Beautiful wedding.

Miz Helen said...

Thanks so much for such a lovely post, you always make me feel like I am right there. It was a beautiful wedding! Hope you are having a fantastic day!
Miz Helen

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh, I loved this post! I took my time and really looked at all the beautiful clothes and pretty scenes. It's the first time I've seen the photos and I enjoyed them! Thank you so much for putting this together for us! Hugs, Diane

Jeanie said...

I'm so glad you posted all this. I've been looking at clippings and coverage, wishing we had it on telly here. Those Middleton girls sure are photogenic and have great style sense, don't they? Pippa's dress was fabulous, Kate's too. And with those little ones, they'd have a hard time drawing attention -- even the bride! A delightful post, Laura!

Barbara H. said...

Thanks for all these luscious details! I enjoyed reading and looking at the photos. I LOVE the hats and wish people wore them here. I love the modesty of the wedding gown, too - I am so tired of strapless gowns. Love the flowers and the dresses and the clothes and the children - all of it!

Sharon Leaf said...

as beautiful as the wedding day was, in every way, you make it even more beautiful. Thank you for your magic touch.

Rita C. said...

Loved your sumptuous details, Laura (especially on Pippa's shoes!). I think the groom's mother looked stunning in her attire. Kate is always stunning. I read another blog post today and was really surprised to learn that James does not have a college degree! I just find that very odd, regardless of the fact he comes from money.

Hena Tayeb said...

Pippa looked beautiful.
The kids so cute.
I wasn't a huge fan of Kate's dress.. it was a bit too matronly. Though maybe that's the way it was supposed to be.

deborah said...

So gorgeous and classy!

ellen b. said...

Oh my...such a world apart but I can enjoy them enjoying this beautiful moment. So classy, so beautiful. Loved seeing all the "littles"

designchic said...

What a beautiful post for a beautiful couple. The wedding was amazing and I love seeing all of the details that you prepared...stunning! Happy Tuesday!

Kelly said...

Looks like such a beautiful wedding! Love the church with its elaborate flowers set in the countryside.

Dianna said...

I enjoy weddings and what better way to enjoy one in the comfort of my own home! Thank you, Laura, for sharing this beautiful wedding with us. I so enjoyed my visit!

Barbara Chapman said...

A lovely post, Laura, thank you! I was in Germany when Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer were married ~ at 2:00p.m. local time there. Such a happy time, weddings! Pinned a few of your photos to my Wedding Ideas and Ethereal Fabrics boards.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend,
Barb :)