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The Royal wedding dress train

November 20, 2010

So, Wills and Kate are engaged! Having spent as long as I did in the UK, you can’t help but become attached to the Royals. I read the the paper like everyone else and watched the make up break up relationship of Kate Middleton and Prince William evolve over time. And now finally, a Royal Wedding to get excited for!

Growing up I absolutely loved Princess Diana (didn’t we all?) and fantasized about a wedding dress just like hers. That long train that stretched on for at least 8 metres!! Prince Williams engagement to Kate Middelton has triggered all our memories of that momentous wedding day, but while Kate wears Princess Diana’s old engagement ring, I doubt whether her dress will mimic that of the late Princess.
Having a look at some Royal wedding dresses, I noticed the train that went on and on didn’t start with Lady Diana Spencer. Below the photos of Her Majesty the Queen on her wedding day to Prince Philip, and her daughter Princess Anne to Captain Mark Phillips show both dresses with extensive trains.
Princess Elizabeth and Princess Anne Wedding day

The elaborate patterns on Princess Elizabeth‘s 15-foot train (attached at the shoulder) were embroidered in pearl, crystal and appliqué duchesse satin. Princess Anne‘s dress was an embroidered Tudor-style wedding dress with a high collar and mediaeval sleeves. Pearls of silver thread picked out a design of flowers on the long, pure silk gauze train

Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles in 1981 in a silk taffeta wedding gownl. In true 1980s fashion the dress had huge puff sleeves and a frilly neckline, and was bedecked with 10,000 hand-stitched pearls. Most notable about the gown was the record-breaking 25-foot train.

The wedding I actually recall watching was that of Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson to Prince Andrew. She wore an ivory duchesse satin gown that had a 17-foot train embroidered with an “A” for Andrew, and featured an anchor to represent the groom’s experience in the navy.

While designs have improved over recent years, it looks like Kate Middleton will still have to endure the long train of the Royal wedding dresses.

Princess Letizia wore an off-white wedding dress when she wed Prince Felipe of Spain. The dress featuring a tight-fitting bodice with a turned-up collar and a sweeping skirt and long train (ofcourse) embroidered with symbols.

Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia wedding

On 19 June 1999, Sophie Rhys-Jones married Prince Edward in a sleek panelled long dress-coat and an ivory silk train. he dress has a medieval feel and it is V-necked and corseted. The veil was also sewn with beads, and was longer than the train itself.

Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys Jones

French-born Marie Chevallier married Danish Prince Joachim in this elegant full-skirted, off-white gown. The fairy tale gown was made of 19th century inspired lace and tulle and boasted a 3 metre train.

Prince Joachim and Marie Cavallier

Finally, this is one of my favourite Royal wedding dresses, and it would appear the only one that doesn’t feature a ridiculously long train.

The romantic and classic cream-coloured gown worn by Canadian Autumn Kelly for her wedding to Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest grandchild, Peter Phillips. The classic gown featured a fitted bodice and lace shoulders, and an A-line skirt in Italian duchesse silk and French Chantilly lace. The regal front transitioned to a fun back with little lace bows, and her veil was hand-embroidered and beaded silk tulle.


How romantic was your proposal?

November 7, 2010

I’m a bit biased on this one, naturally. I believe my (now) husband proposed in the most romantic way possible. It was of course everything I had never dreamed of (I hadn’t ever given the proposal much thought).
Sunset, Mediterranean Ocean, on a cliff top surrounded by vineyards. Except, I have no proof of this fabulous romantic proposal. No hidden camera. No video on demand.

So, what appears to be the latest trend in proposals nowadays, is some thought going into making sure that all the effort our boys put into making the proposal romantic, fun and special, is captured on video or in photographs.

I first saw this put into action, when Iaan proposed to Christine Meintjies in Munich earlier this year – he sneakily arranged for photographers to capture the whole thing!

Watch the video of the Surprise Engagement Shooting from Caringo PhotografiX.

Then, a friend of mine was convinced sky-diving on a beautiful spring day in Cape Town was just a brave idea of her now-fiance, who proposed as she landed from her 11,000ft jump. (The video was included in the adrenaline rush proposal… and while I’ve seen it, I don’t have a copy to publish!)

And finally, I’ve just been sent this video of Frank and Kasey getting engaged in Central Park, New York. Some techie friends, musicians (playing Kasey’s favourite song), a bunch of iPhones running custom apps all made this video possible.

So now the big question… how romantic was your proposal, and do you have a video or some photos of it to share?

Wedding Planning 101

November 3, 2010

Wow! wow! Wow! Seeing something in black and white and knowing that it was printed on paper somewhere out there (London in this case), has been the highlight of my month! (And possibly one of the most exciting things to happen since I started Bride Abroad). The South African paper got in touch a few weeks ago about writing a feature article for the front page of their Wedding Guide supplement for the 2 November edition. So I did.. and I’ve just seen the article published in the online version of the paper.

In all honesty, what was published could’ve been my opening paragraph to a really long article – condensing my top wedding planning tips into the 500 words they requested was a near impossible task! There is so much more to say, and so many tips to give away. I’ve probably said it before, but I could plan my day again and again, and with so much more info readily available online these days – my biggest tip (for today), is drag out the planning for as long as possible. Such a fun time deserves to be lingered over and enjoyed for at least a year!

Read my Wedding Planning 101 article or see the digital version (page 15) of the paper that is currently being distributed in London this week.

Wedding Planning_Bride Abroad

ps. Will post the original (unedited) version in a few days too!

There’s another ‘venue’ to consider

October 20, 2010

Without a doubt this is one of the most beautiful wedding video shorts I have seen. To start, the intimacy combined with this powerful track makes for a romantic teaser of what must have been a very special day. You only have to see the brides face during the fireworks to know how happy she was.

But on watching the video carefully, you have to remark at what a beautiful house the bride got ready in, and had those initial photos with her new husband… and it made me think, we spend so much time thinking about our reception venue and our ceremony venue, and the venue of our first night as husband and wife – but seldom little thought goes into the venue of where we have our photos and the venue you’ll get ready in.

Perhaps you’ll have a good photographer that will mention it to you, but incase you don’t – watch this video and you’ll have to agree that its worth thinking about a few other venues.

And incase you’re wondering, the track is Steve Jablonsky, The Island. I’ve already downloaded it.

Coco + James // Teaser from Americana Cinema on Vimeo.


September 16, 2010

Champagne is a province in the North East part of France. It’s also the liquid heaven bottled by Veuve Cliquot, Moet & Chandon and Bollinger to name a few. And yes, the South African equivalent Cap Classique is a necessity for any wedding in the Cape. Graham Beck and Villiera both make an excellet Cap Classique. However, this isn’t what this blog post is about.

The rich golden colour of champagne translated into beautiful luxurious wedding dresses is what it’s about.

These are a couple of gorgeous photos of wedding dresses with a little twist in that traditional wedding dress colour. Champagne is softer than white, lavish and beautifully modern.

This is possibly one of my favourite wedding dresses!

wedding photographer_Lizelle Lotter

Wedding photographer_Nikki Meyer

Wedding photographer_Prophotography

Prophotography_Lizelle Lotter

And this, just because its an amazing photo!
Wedding photography_Prophotography
These exquisite photos taken by Prophotography, Lizelle Lotter and Nikki Meyer

Isn’t this just the happiest bride ever?

August 14, 2010

Bird cage veil_Nikki Meyer

For more photos of this happy bride taken by Nikki Meyer, click here

August 13, 2010

I’m SO excited! I registered my very own domain today and will be moving all this, onto there shortly!

For now though – this is how it looks! but still.. so much excitement right now!

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