The nearly royal wedding

I’m sure many of you, just like I did, will have been keeping a close eye on your social media feeds on Saturday to see the first pictures of the hotly anticipated wedding of Pippa Middleton.

On Saturday 20th May 2017 Pippa Middleton, younger sister of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, married James Matthews in her small hometown village of Englefield, Berkshire.

The ceremony took place in St Marks church with the Bride and her father arriving in a vintage 1951 Jaguar Mark V car. Accompanied by eight small bridesmaids and pageboys, including her niece and nephew Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Pippa stunned in a £40,000 Giles Deacon wedding dress which featured floral lace with a pretty high neck and flattering little cap sleeves. Pippa accessorised with a dramatic veil, Robinson Pelham pearl tiara and the same pearl drop earrings she wore for the royal wedding back in 2011, perhaps these were her something old!

A fleet of 50 sparkling Range Rovers were on hand to transport guests to the nearby Englefield House for a champagne and canape reception. A short and charming speech was delivered by Pippa’s father Michael, while James and his brother Spencer also give speeches. The Best Man’s speech was saved for the evening reception and it’s said to have been a little blue!

The groom then drove his Bride to her parent’s mansion, followed by their guests, ready for the black-tie evening reception, which took place in a 140ft glass marquee which was imported from Belgium. The marquee featured a whisky room and posh portable toilets with ceramic bowls, oak fitting and aeroplane-style flushes which are rumoured to of cost £6,000.

A spitfire fly-past took place around 8pm while guests partied until 4am on Sunday morning. There was a live band, saxophonist, photo-booth and table tennis to keep guests entertained, after they had enjoyed a 5-course meal.

With members of the royal family in attendance, security was always going to be present and guests were asked to hand in their mobile phones and cameras until they departed. Guests arriving for the evening reception are said to have required a passport photo and had to state a password which had been given to them previously.

Personally, I adored watching the day unfold and I must say, the cheeky pageboy who took full advantage of the occasion to stick his fingers up for the cameras, just shows, no matter how much time you spend planning, things out of your control can happen. The best thing you can do is smile and carry on, the chances are, the world’s media won’t have caught it on camera!

Sarah