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Kate Middleton’s Second Dress Revealed

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In our books, Catherine can do no wrong with her choice of bridal dresses. While her first gown was of tradition and lace, her second one, which is classy and elegant, certainly has more of that modern flare. Also an Alexander McQueen creation, Kate was able to change dresses after a brief rest at Prince Charles’s home. Read the rest of this entry »

Madeline Gardner for Mori Lee Replicates Kate Middleton Gown in Record Time

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We’ve known that Kate (now Catherine) Middleton’s wedding gown would set the bridal gown trends for years to come. We’ve also known that bridal designers throughout would be watching and waiting until the exact moment that Catherine’s dress would be revealed. What we didn’t anticipate was the record time that a “Kate Middleton” replica gown would be created. Mere hours, that’s all it took for Madeline Gardner of Mori Lee to create a Kate Middleton gown. Read the rest of this entry »

Weddingbells Judges the Royal Cake Competition on The Marilyn Denis Show

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If you tuned into CTV this morning at 10:00 am, you may have spotted my cameo appearance on The Marilyn Denis Show. My job? Having the difficult task to judge, along with Bonnie Gordon and Catherine Lash (pictured above), three gorgeous wedding cakes (half of which were prepared live on set). Read the rest of this entry »

Catherine’s “Something New”

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Along with her dress, shoes and almost every other element Catherine Middleton was wearing on her wedding day, her nail polish could be deemed as “something new”. According to NOW, Catherine’s manicurist, Marina Scandoval, from Jo Hansford Salon, created an individual and unique shade just for Catherine by mixing Bourjois No 28 Rose Lounge and Essie 423 Allure. Read the rest of this entry »

The Meaning of Catherine’s Bouquet

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In addition to the whole “language of flowers” theme for the royal wedding cake, the bouquet itself also has meaning. Catherine Middleton took great care when it came to choosing the petals in her bouquet by incorporating the following flowers due to their symbols: Sweet William for gallantry, Hyacinths for love, Ivy for fidelity and marriage, Lily of the Valley for happiness and, in royal tradition, myrtle, for marriage and love. Love this look? Here are a few other gorgeous green and white arrangements to consider for your own celebration:

Bridal Designers Love Lacy Sleeves

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Legends by Romona Keveza

We had a hunch Catherine Middleton would wear sleeves—and apparently we weren’t alone! Several major bridal designers included long lacy sleeves in their Spring 2012 collections (that just debuted in New York City weeks ago). Here are four of our favourites, and we must point out that this look by Romona Keveza (from her Legends) collection is pretty much the spitting image of Catherine—complete with V-neck, tiara and veil! Read the rest of this entry »

The Other Royal Wedding Cake Revealed

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White the eight-tier confection created by Fiona Cairns was surely the main royal wedding cake attraction, Will’s request for an old family chocolate biscuit cake also did justice at the reception, wouldn’t you agree? Read the rest of this entry »

Royal Wedding Cake Revealed

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How sweet it is for Catherine and William to have a delicious 8-tier confection made out of 17 individual fruit cakes by Fiona Cairns. The timeless cake was designed in all white and cream using a Joseph Lambeth technique (fun fact: Bonnie Gordon, founder of Bonnie Gordon College predicted this method would be HUGE and they just launched a class for the Lambeth technique a few weeks back), which is an intricate dimension of piping. Included with the cake are 900 individually iced flowers of 17 different blooms, which all have a special meaning. Additionally, a garland in the middle of the wedding cake was created to mimic the architectural designs of the garland around the picture gallery in Buckingham Palace, where the cake is displayed (source: CBS). Everything about the royal couple’s cake is classic, beautiful and utter perfection!

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Bridal Style Icon: Catherine Middleton

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Isn’t she lovely? Exiting the Goring Hotel (where she spent her last night as an unmarried woman), Kate—now Catherine—Middleton was a vision in Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. Her bridal ensemble was tasteful, classic and timeless, and in spite of the veil, the train and the diamond tiara, she still looked like the Kate Middleton we all know and love! Let’s break down the essential elements of her breath-taking look.

1) The Gown

If you’re going to do full-length lace sleeves without looking dated, this is how you do it! Reminiscent of Grace Kelly’s iconic wedding gown, this Sarah Burton creation boasted a sheer V-neckline, which modestly showed off Catherine’s elegant swan-like neck. The skirt was full—without overwhelming her willowy figure—and embroidered with some of England’s most famous flora (roses and clover).

2) The Veil

This is the quintessential bridal accessory, and Catherine kept it modern by choosing a simple shape with just the perfect amount of lace trim. Her natural makeup and ravishing smile beamed right through the delicate layer of tulle!

3) The Tiara

We would have been shocked if Catherine had gone without a diamond tiara. This Cartier heirloom (which belongs to Queen Elizabeth) is regal and refined—the ultimate princess touch.

4) The Earrings

Catherine chose well—these delicate drop earrings were eye-catching without being distracting.

5) The Bouquet

We love that she kept it small and natural-looking. This is the trend—more manageable bouquets that are hand-tied to look as though freshly picked from an English garden (love the chic white and green colour combo, too).

See more pics after the jump!

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Royal Wedding Style

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First clue that Sarah Burton was the one: this stunning Alexander McQueen collection.

How ravishing does Pippa look in her sexy white gown? Here’s how to do an all-white wedding party.

First clue that Sarah Burton was Kate’s chosen wedding dress designer—this breath-taking couture collection.

Kate’s Beautiful Bouquet

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As expected, in royal tradition, Kate came out with not only a stunning gown, but a wonderful small bouquet filled with white and green florals–myrtle included!

Kate Middleton’s Dress Revealed: Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

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Fashion trends that are sure to be set by Kate Middleton (and Pippa): full-length sleeves, lace, tiaras, drop earrings, white bridesmaid dresses (Queen Victoria was first to start this trend back in 1840).

The Royal Wedding Bridesmaids

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While Kate’s dress is CLEARLY the centre of attention, we can’t help but fawn over Kate’s young bridesmaids–who look so cute and charming dressed in pretty white frocks and adorable floral hairpieces. We’re all for the all-white bridal party! There’s something so classic and beautiful about having your maid of honour and bridesmaids dresses in such a heavenly hue!

Let the Wedding Begin!

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The Royal Wedding day has finally arrived, and if you’re just tuning in there’s been a couple of big developments—the bridesmaids appear to be en route as we speak (wearing british designer Nicki Macfarlane), and Will and Kate officially have THREE new titles: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Earl and Countess of Strathearn and The Baron and Baroness of Carrickfergus.


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