First, it was an eco-resort on a French Polynesia atoll – where President Obama had recently stayed. Then, it was the harbor city of Sydney. Third, Pippa Middleton and James Matthews’s honeymoon continued on to Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, a beach-set safari camp. Currently, the fourth destination, enjoying the presence of the couple, is a friend’s nuptials in Stockholm, Sweden. This is the couple’s first public appearance after their wedding.
Could the list really get any more spectacular? Sweden is the final stop on Pippa and James’ honeymoon after they tied the knot on May 20 in Berkshire.
The couple was spotted walking hand-in-hand during a romantic stroll in Stockholm ahead of the friend’s wedding yesterday.
Pippa looked dazzling for the wedding of her friend, entrepreneur Jöns Bartholdson, who married Anna Ridderstad in a lavish wedding. For the event, Kate Middleton’s younger sister broke crucial wedding guest etiquette (the one where you don’t wear white or black to a wedding) and outfitted herself in a black, white and floral Kenzie Gown from Erdem, which was originally priced at $3,468 as reported by E! News. The dress is certainly a big departure from her very formal, lace wedding gown by Giles Deacon.
What was most notable was the fact that Pippa and James looked like they couldn’t take the smiles off their faces as they attended the “white-tie” society wedding, which took place at Stockholm’s Oscar Church. After the ceremony, the group took a steamboat to a Villa Pauli to continue celebrations, likely to dodge photographers and other prying eyes.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s younger sister has been friends with Jöns for years – in 2015 they celebrated her 32nd birthday in an unusual way by completing a grueling endurance race together. They were teammates for the ÖTILLÖ, one of the toughest “swim-run” events on the planet, which involves running and swimming a 50-mile route across 26 of the Stockholm archipelago’s 1,000 islands.
After their own lavish wedding, the couple went on a pronged honeymoon, first vacationing on Tetiaroa, a tiny atoll which is a 2.5-square-mile necklace of coral islets surrounding a lagoon.
While there, the couple wasted no time soaking up the sun while paddle boarding and taking strolls along the beach.
The lovebirds stayed at the island’s only resort, The Brando, an ode to Marlon Brando, the actor who made the atoll his personal sanctuary in 1967. The villa at the resort is believed to cost $3,900 a night.
Their next destination was Sydney where the couple looked like a picture of happiness as they arrived. They were seen holding hands while walking alongside the famous Sydney Harbour before boarding a water taxi and then a waiting seaplane, which took them to dinner with friends at a luxury restaurant nearby.
Their third love-nest was Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, a beach-set safari camp located on the western side of the Australian continent. The camp boasts of itself as “Where the Outback Meets the Reef.”
Pippa and James tied the knot in a high-profile wedding on May 20 in the presence of loved ones, including Pippa’s elder sister Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie.
Guests reportedly had their pick of a whiskey bar, magnums of expensive champagne, and £40,000 worth of Russian caviar, while photos of Pippa and James were beamed onto the wall of the Middleton manor.
Luxury caterer Table Talk provided the gourmet five-course dinner, which reportedly included nods to the groom’s Scottish heritage. There was also said to be a huge wheel of Parmesan available for guests to pick at during the night, while 20,000 canapes were served throughout the day.
It was an adults-only affair so young guests, including page boy Prince George and flower girl Princess Charlotte, were sent home, leaving their parents, Kate and William, to party the night away.
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