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Iconic Celebrity Weddings

  • Iconic Celebrity Weddings

In an everchanging world of pop culture and celebrity gossip, some of us have been left wondering what happened to the simplicity of five T.V. chanels. Who didn't tune in to Prince Charles and Princess Diana's fairytale wedding? Twenty years after her death, Princess Diana's influence on the bridal industry remains as impactful as ever, and has been more easily distributed due to social media growth. Therefore, it seems appropriate that the people's princess should feature at the top of our list.

1. Fresh out of fashion school, designing Diana's dress was a career defining moment for married couple Elizabeth and David Emanuel. Below is an image, taken on the 29th of July 1981, of the ivory silk taffeta gown which was trimmed with antique lace. The showstopping dress was embellished with 10,000 pearls and sequins, also scattered on to the 25 foot long train. The ornamental Spencer Tiara was made in gold with diamond scrolls accented with diamond tulip and star flowers set in silver.

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2. On the 19th of April 1956, Hollywood actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainer III of Monaco. This is cited as one of the most memorable weddings of the century.  Helen Rose, a costume designer who had worked closely with Kelly in the past, designed the wedding dress as a gift from MGM studios. The magnificent gown was suitable for both the civil and religious ceremonies held.

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3. The matrimonial ceremony of Jacqueline Bouvier and John F. Kennedy took place on September 12th 1953 in Newport, Rhode Island.  There were an estimated 700 guests at the ceremony and a rumoured 1,200 at the wedding reception. Jacqueline had her dress designed by Ann Lowe in New York City.

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4. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton met on the set of Cleopatra, where they began to have an extramarital affair. They were married in 1964, despite dissaproval, but went on to divorce in 1974. For the ceremony, Taylor wore a yellow empire line dress and floral crown. They remarried in 1975 and divorced for the second time in 1976.

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This cascading floral look can also be achieve with a bridal headpiece. Blossom, for example, offers a modern day twist on this look. Blossom is a comfortable head piece, trailing an intricate web of fresh water pearl flowers with crystal centres, and Swarovski pearl accents. These features sit on a ribbon wrapped headband, adorning one side of the hair with delicate handmade detail.

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 5. Audrey Hepburn married Mel Ferrer on the 25th of September 1954 in Switzerland. The exquisite bridal ballerina-length gown was designed by Pierre Balmain. It had an accentuated waist and long chiffon sleeves, in line with ideals of modesty in the fifties. This was a feminine and delicate style that suited Audrey's petite frame.

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A modern-day twist on Hepburn's florall crown would be a hairvine like Abilene Vine.  With one larger flower in the middle of the vine comprising of freshwater keishi petal pearls and a diamante center surrounded by tiny fresh water pearls, triplets of Swarovski glass crystal pearls and delicate sparkels of tiny crystals. Abilene trails both ends with smaller petals and vines either side with two small loops to be pinned just about anywhere in the hair. Our model is wearing this head piece at the back, but this romantic hairvine can be worn to any side of the head.

 

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6. Mick Jagger wedded Bianca de Macias on the 12th of May 1971 at a Catholic ceremony in Saint-Tropez, France. Macias wore a tailored suit in order to conceal her 4 month pregnancy. This was also a time of empowerment for women, and the androgenous bridal style rose in popularity.

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 7. An empowering image of solidarity can be seen in the wartime wedding below, as Ena Squire-Brown picks up her skirt to avoid the rubble of bomb damage in a war-torn Britain. She is seen leaving her home as she makes her way to St George's Church in Forest Hill to marry her Royal Air Force Sweetheart. Ena was an international dancer who became famous as a result of her Dove Dance.

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8. Finally, the words iconic and wedding cannot be uttered without the inclusion of the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge. Kate Middleton's gown was designed by Sarah Burton, who took inspiration from both tradition and modernity.

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But, of course, many of you may have been looking elsewhere...

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Taking inspiration from tradition is pivotal in creating a bridal style that will stand out amongst the rest. Iconic celebrity weddings are pivotal in setting trends and showcasing revolutionary fashion pieces. Feel free to take inspiration from the images above, and consider bridal accessories to elevate your look.

'In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different'

-Coco Chanel

 

 

                                                Princess Lady Diana 1961 - 1997