If you didn’t know by now, you should know by now that we’re sort of obsessed with everything “royal”.
We won’t get into it, but … Lindsey truly believes she was Anne Boleyn in a past life, but that’s just a small reason we’re covering the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this week. Unless you live under a rock, you can expect continued coverage not only from us, but all other media. We got married to an American beauty in the royal family!
We’ve teamed up with The Addison in Boca Raton to bring you a Royal Wedding Countdown – LLScene style, complete with royal fashion, beauty predictions, and interviews with South Florida’s top wedding professionals. In fashion, The Addison designed a day fit for a royal with tea, scones, pearls, flowers and more.
Our own royal expert
As much as we pretend to be âroyal experts,â The Addison’s director Zoe Lanham puts us to shame with her knowledge.
âGrowing up in England you experience royal traditions,â Lanham said. “But I have a brother-in-law, Chief Danny Davies of the Future Chef Project, who was a military leader and served the princes when they were younger.”
One of the reasons we’ve loved Harry over the years is that he’s been known to break the rules from time to time. Since he doesn’t have to invite heads of state, Lanham said it means the couple will trade celebrities and politicians for kids they’ve met and worked with at organizations charities around the world. The couple met and bonded through their love for children and charity, so it’s no surprise that instead of wedding gifts, they asked guests to donate to their favorite charities. Rule breaker or not, Meghan will have to participate in every tradition of the British royal wedding, one being her bouquet.
âThere is a tradition that dates back to 1840 when Queen Victoria walked down the aisle with a little sprig of myrtle, and since that day every royal bride has carried a sprig of myrtle in her bouquet, so I can guarantee that Meghan Markle will have myrtle represented in her bouquet, âLanham told us.
Also, the UK wedding day timeline is very different from that in the US, as UK wedding ceremonies usually take place in the morning, followed by a wedding brunch right after until the reception that evening. .
âA British wedding tradition will always include a hat as a reference to style. Every woman in attendance this Saturday will wear a hat, there’s no doubt about it. It is important that they also have structure and simplicity when choosing a companion dress to go with this hat. The dresses for the brunch of the wedding will also have straps and a hem to the knee before putting on their evening dresses for the reception that night, âLanham added.
The royal wedding cake
Founder and CEO of Earth and Sugar in West Palm Beach, Janderyn Makris is up to date and ready to share her expertise on the royal wedding cake.
âMeghan is very earth-conscious, so a lot of her dessert choices will revolve around that. Given that she grew up in Los Angeles, I would also expect her cake to be organic and seasonal, and Claire Ptak is known for this, âsaid Makris.
Ptak is an American pastry chef who became British after moving to the UK from California, and she was the confirmed pastry chef for the Royal Wedding Cake.
âMeghan and Harry will want something light and airy for their spring wedding. Elderflower and lemon are two flavors currently in season, which is why the couple will include it in their royal wedding cake,â commented Markris.
Hair and makeup fit for a princess
We can’t cover the royal wedding without talking about Meghan’s hairstyle and makeup, as it’s one of the few topics that no one really knows about. But, we’re still going to guess! Sitting down with Alissa Westcott, one of the main artists at Face2Face Studios in Fort Lauderdale, opened my eyes! She confirmed some of our predictions and added a few of hers as well.
“It is very common for us to see [Meghan] with loose, bouncy waves, but she’s also known for adopting the ‘undone look’ with a loose bun, âshe said.
When it comes to makeup, there is no doubt that she will have that natural bridal glow.
âWe’ve seen that a lot of brides want a more natural look as opposed to the ‘glamorous bride’ of the past,â Westcott said. âI can definitely see Meghan Markle adopting a more natural and rosy look for her wedding. Do I think she’s going to pull up a Kate Middleton and do her hair and makeup on her own? Absolutely not, but I think she’ll enhance her look with stylists she’s worked with on set and who she’s comfortable with.
A wedding dress for an all-American princess
One of the biggest questions of the hour, who will design Meghan’s wedding dress, is another category none of us will be familiar with anything until she gets to her ceremony, but we have fun and share our thoughts with Margate’s Wonderland Bridal Couture co-founder Alicyn Munoz.
âOne thing you can expect is that Meghan Markle will be wearing a dress with sleeves to the ceremony. You won’t see a bride, guest or even a spectator entering St. George’s Chapel sleeveless this Saturday. âMunoz said.
It’s not clear who will design the dress, but we can tell you it’s going to be gorgeous. Similar to our beauty predictions, we predict that she will stay true to her personal style, while also implementing a bit of glamor to appease the royals and the occasion.
âIt was rumored that Alexander McQueen was a potential designer for Meghan, since he designed Kate Middleton’s dress in 2011. It is clear that Meghan has her own style and her own way of doing things, so I would be very surprised if she took that route, âMunoz added.
Maybe Meghan will shock us all and go with a designer who is completely off the map? Nothing says ‘career launch’ like conception the American princess wedding dress. Did we mention how charitable she is?
How to watch marriage
4 a.m. ET: Charity workers, school children, Queen’s employees and other special guests nominated by authorities to be represented for the royal wedding will arrive at the grounds of Windsor Castle. This also includes most of the national media covering the wedding.
4:30 a.m.ET: Buses carrying guests with official royal wedding invitations to attend the ceremony at St. George’s Chapel will begin to arrive. This is when you’ll want to pay attention to what people are wearing and who attends – we’re expecting some prominent American celebrities in this group!
6:20 a.m. ET: Here is the royal family! Some will be on foot, others will arrive by car. This is also around the time Prince Harry and Prince William will enter on foot to greet everyone within the grounds of Windsor Castle. Harry will then welcome 200 special guests from his charities in the Horseshoe Cloister. All the while, Meghan will start traveling to Windsor Castle with her mother after spending the night with her at the Cliveden House Hotel.
7:00 a.m.ET: Meghan will make a grand entrance into the aisle and the service will begin. Approximately one hour in length, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will officiate the wedding and the Dean of Windsor, Bishop David Conner, will serve. The Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, American Michael Bruce Curry, will deliver the speech.
8:00 a.m.ET: The service will end and Harry and Meghan will leave the church as a married couple, greeting the same guests from Harry’s charities and close family members on the West Steps. They will then board their Ascot Landau carriage for a traditional 25-minute procession as newlyweds waving to crowds of people wishing them good luck, followed by a reception brunch hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at St. George’s Hall of the castle.
After thatâ¦ ?
This is where the details get blurry as Kensington Palace has not publicly announced details of how the rest of the day will play out for the newlyweds. All we know is that they will be leaving Windsor Castle after lunch for a private sit-down dinner for 200 hosted by Prince Charles at Frogmore House, a 17th-century mansion on the grounds of the castle. This may sound familiar as this is where the royal couple posed for their engagement photos.