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Bridal Style Icon: Catherine Middleton

  |  By Nicole Keen

Photography Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Entertainment.

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!

This article was originally published on Apr 29, 2011

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