Royals really are just like us. Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi planned to wed on May 29th at the Chapel Royal at St. James Palace with a reception to follow in the Buckingham Palace Gardens. The couple, like so many this year were forced to shelve those plans due the global pandemic. Bea and Edo surprised everyone with their secret, micro-wedding on July 17th at the Royal Chapel of All Saints, in the grounds of Royal Lodge, in Windsor Great Park. Everything about their wedding day was absolutely on point and pitch-perfect for the current climate.
The couple’s intimate wedding (there were 20 socially-distanced guests including The Queen and Prince Phillip) looked to be the definition of a perfect, wildly romantic intimate wedding. Word has it the wedding was put together in a matter of weeks with the help of the bride and groom’s mothers and the couple decided to make their day happen as soon as restrictions surrounding wedding celebrations were eased up in the UK.
There was so, so, SO much to love about this magical and unique royal wedding day. From the extra-special wedding dress to otherworldly floral décor, Princess Beatrice’s royal wedding was brimming with incredible details and trend-setting wedding ideas. Here are five of our favourites
1. The Vintage Wedding Dress. Princess Beatrice was granted a touching and incredibly special honour by her grandmother who loaned the bride a vintage gown for her to wear. The dress was created for the Queen back in the 1960s by her go-to designer Sir Norman Hartnell who most notably designed her majesty’s 1947 wedding gown and her 1953 coronation gown. The peau de soie taffeta gown features a dazzling diamanté encrusted bodice. The gown was remodelled by Angela Kelly, the queen’s personal dresser and British designer Stuart Parvin, for Beatrice and includes delicate organza puffed sleeves. We love the history and sentiment behind the gown and also that Beatrice chose a sustainable option for her royal wedding day.
2. The Tiara. If you follow royal weddings you know the tiara is of the utmost significance and Princess Beatrice’s was as special a choice as her wedding gown. The Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara was the very same one Princess Elizabeth wore on her wedding day. It was given to the Queen’s grandmother by Queen Victoria and is one of the most treasured heirlooms of the royal collection. Princess Anne is the only other royal bride to wear this tiara.
3. The Ceremony Florals. Statement installations have of course been a trend for a little while now, but the ones decorating the entrance of the Royal Chapel were positively otherworldly. We loved the choice of colours—earthy peach, terra cotta and dusty rose tones—as well as the grandness and natural, unbridled feel of them. It was created by London-based florist RVH Floral Design who was also used by Princess Eugenie for her wedding. Thank you for bringing some much-needed colour to wedding days Beatrice and Edo, it’s a trend we have been fully embracing for some time!
4. The Delicate Bouquet. To compliment the dramatic ceremony florals, Beatrice opted for a mid-size bouquet in the same earthy, dusky toned palette created by Patrice Van Helden, co-owner of RVH Floral Design. A royal representative described the bouquet as being comprised of “trailing jasmine, pale pink and cream sweet peas, royal porcelain ivory spray roses, pink o’hara garden roses, pink wax flower and baby pink astible.” The bouquet also contained sprigs of myrtle as is tradition with all royal brides. The bouquet was placed on the grave of the Unknown Soldier at Westminster Abbey, another royal tradition started by the Queen Mother when she married King George VI in 1923.
5. The Effortless Wedding Day Beauty. Princess Beatrice was on point with her wedding beauty look, keeping it soft, romantic and pretty; an elevated version of her everyday look. She wore her hair down in soft waves. Her makeup was warm and glowy, focused on peach, pink and rose tones to complement her ginger locks…and her florals!