How To Recreate Pippa Middleton’s Wedding Day Look
On Saturday the 20th of May, the wedding season social calendar blossomed with the nuptials of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews. The ceremony took place at 11:30, and blessed by a beautiful Spring morning, Pippa swept into the church looking every inch the bridal vision. Classicists rejoice: Pippa played her part beautifully with an elegant, traditional look for her wedding day, wearing also a radiant bridal glow. For the bride looking to be graceful, poised and head-to-toe perfect, we’ve put together inspiration taken from Pippa’s bespoke Giles Deacon wedding gown, her Robinson Pelham tiara – all the way down to her ivory Manolos…
Rumoured to have taken two months to create, a true labour of love, care and attention, Pippa Middleton’s wedding dress is the ultimate in bridal couture! Naturally, not every bride can afford the services of an exclusive London atelier to dream up their wedding gown but, swooning over the particularly timeless detail is a fantastic way to inspire your own bridal choices! Here, we cast an eye over Giles Deacon’s design – ready to grace the modern bride:
Pippa Middleton’s bridal silhouette benefited from a full, classic a-line skirt, cinched in at the waist by a structured lace bodice. Giles Deacon spoke of this corseted bodice which featured gorgeous hand embroidery, rich with peal detailing. The skirt led on beautifully from the bodice, made up from draped, appliquéd silk cotton lace. If you’re looking to sweep down the aisle, we couldn’t recommend this ballroom-ready style enough!
Pippa chose to show a little skin, following on from the bridal trend to show a little back. This works wonders with lace, giving a lovely skin-to-fabric contrast with an elegant finish. Pippa proved that you don’t have to go crazy with an open-back wedding dress – just a keyhole opening can prove entirely gorgeous!
It’s no secret that a high neck traditionally sings of demure modesty, something which Pippa put an almost oriental spin on. Her Giles Deacon bridal gown combined a delicate lace high neckline with dainty cap-sleeves, forming the perfect cover-up.
Pippa’s Maidenhair fern tiara reminded us of Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf at her society best: Worn beneath a tulle veil, this glinting detail made the bride truly shine. The Middleton family commissioned jeweller Robinson Pelham to put together this little crowning glory, however, we’d point to bridal hair pieces inspired by leaves in silver and gold to recreate the family jewels!
Pearl drop earrings
Pippa’s ‘Something Old’ was a heartfelt callback to the pearl earrings by Robinson Pelham that she wore to her sister’s royal wedding in the Spring of 2011. We love how Pippa chose to accessorise simply, something which can be achieved by a single pearl drop earring in each ear!
Pippa followed in the footsteps of big sister Kate Middleton with her choice of a cathedral veil in tulle, ready for the church. Entirely ethereal, Pippa’s veil covered her face and trailed behind in fairytale ending fashion – this gives us every reason to opt for a veil on our own big day!
Tiny Pearl Detailing
If you looked closely, Pippa’s veil, designed and made by famed milliner Stephen Jones, featured a scattering of tiny hand-sewn pearls. Here, the use of dotted pearls created a uniquely bespoke touch, yet another way to truly feel like a princess.
White Satin Pumps
When it comes to choosing your shoes, for a white wedding, you can’t go wrong with ivory satin pumps! Pippa’s came from coveted footwear designer Manolo Blahnik, who worked in more pearl detailing in a fabulous customisation effort.
Finish off the look by wearing your hair up: The perfect occasion style for a traditional wedding day. Also fantastic if you’re about to hop into an open-top vintage convertible to avoid any windswept moments, just like Pippa and James as they sped off to their reception!
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