In all of the vast coverage of the royal wedding my favorite observation was someone celebrating that the world has been given an opportunity to unite over LOVE. Among the many reasons this stunning couple have to be proud, for me, this is foremost and I consider it a great gift. Thank you, Royals, for elevating the human condition if even for a brief time.
Now for a few other observations beginning, obviously, with THE dress. My money was down hard on Roland Mouret as the designer (British, an obvious front runner) and was shocked she chose Givenchy - until it donned on me that the (female!!) creative head, Clare Waight Keller, is British. Stellar choice given the outcome.
If I had three words to describe Meghan they'd be: dignified, modern, and refined. These attributes were brought to form in her gown. Her style always puts her beauty at the very center and this design followed suit. Meghan, the woman, shined most brightly. But that tiara - GASP! We have all dreamed of that very tiara sitting atop our heads.
An overhead view perhaps?
Something else worth pointing out is that Kate Middleton paved the way for this paired-back look. While her Alexander McQueen was definitely more embellished, it was still very spare compared to royal wedding looks of the past. At the time I was on the fence about it because somehow I wanted MORE; but I think what Kate did was introduce us to the modern bride and how restraint can be so refined. That being said, Meghan made her own mark as she so clearly is her own woman. She is an amazing ambassador for the monarchy.
Look at the LIGHT on her in this photo:
And her after-ceremony Stella McCartney!!!:
Those shoulders!! This dress is exquisite and, again, very on brand for her. I'd be remiss not to mention that Harry looks like Bond here. He's a beautiful man.
It's a damn shame I don't have the time to discuss this ALL DAY LONG but alas, my kids don't seem to be watching themselves. Quickly, though, I need to shout out props to the Clooneys as they added to the beauty of the day:
And last but not least, Meghan's super dignified mother, Doria Ragland, in Oscar de la Renta. She is gorgeous and glowing. A tip of the hat to her for dropping her daughter off onto the royal grounds, walking in alone, with pride, and quietly, quietly, letting her daughter shine: