Pippa Middleton’s wedding is as extravagant as people have come to expect, and details about the lavish reception have been revealed, as reported by the Telegraph.
On Saturday morning, Pippa Middleton married millionaire businessman James Matthews. Kate Middleton’s younger sister dazzled guests wearing a Giles Deacon wedding dress at St. Mark’s Church in Englefield, Berkshire.
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and husband Prince William were in attendance, along with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
After the wedding ceremony, Pippa and new husband James stepped inside a Jaguar V and drove to Englefield House.
Meghan Markle wasn’t able to join her boyfriend Prince Harry at the church ceremony, presumably on account of Pippa’s strict “no ring, no bring” policy. The Suits actress, wearing a glamorous maroon backless gown, later joined him at Pippa Middleton’s wedding reception. The reception was held inside a stunning 150-ft glass marquee worth £100,000, which was shipped in from Belgium.
While Ms. Markle was stunning, all eyes were on the beautiful bride, whose second dress for the day was a glorious white floor-length gown with v-neck and sparkling embroidery. Middleton took the opportunity to let her hair down, much in the same way her sister Kate did at her own wedding in 2011. Guests reportedly remarked that the bride looked “absolutely beautiful.”
With Pippa’s careful planning, her wedding has become a study in high-society nuptials. She wanted her special day to be glamorous in every manner, so she reportedly hired models to serve food and drink to her guests.
While Pippa and Janes happily posed for photos outside the church, they enforced the rule that photos aren’t allowed to be taken during the reception. The security was so tight that guests were required to produce a password before gaining entry at the wedding reception venue. A “mobile phone ban” was strictly enforced to ensure that the party proceeded in a peaceful manner.
Pippa Middleton and James Matthew’s wedding reception guests were treated to an amazing flypast, showcasing the iconic Spitfire, which was widely used by the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.
The Sun reports that the marquee’s interior had an “enchanted forest theme,” with decorations including pink cherry blossom trees and trees with purple fiber optic lights.
As expected, the wedding was a star-studded affair with guests including tennis great Roger Federer, Made in Chelsea star Spencer Matthews, and television presenters Tom Bradby and Ben Fogle.
Table Talk, one of London’s most well-known caterers, served an extravagant five-courser that included haggis and Scottish lamb and whiskey, just before the bride’s father Michael Middleton gave a speech. Reality TV star Spencer Matthews, the groom’s brother, followed up with a speech of his own, which reportedly sent the guests into laughing hysterics.
Pippa and James then regaled the guests with their first dance together, which was accompanied by a performance by one of the groom’s favorite saxophonists. Before long, the DJ encouraged everyone to hit the dance floor. The guests enjoyed live entertainment provided by royal party planners Fait Accompli, as well as a single malt whiskey bar, photo booths, and a spectacular light show that was beamed onto the back of Bucklebury Manor.
Attendees had witnessed Miss Middleton marry James Matthews in a one-hour service at St. Mark’s Church, which was decorated with flowers and scented candles.
Winchester Cathedral reportedly performed at the wedding, singing hymns including “Be Thou My Vision,” “Tell Out,” “My Soul,” and “I Vow To Thee, My Country.” Spencer Matthews reportedly read a passage from Paulo Coehlo’s novel, The Alchemist. Pippa’s brother James, for his part, read Love Is An Adventure by Pierre Tieldhard du Chardin.
Express UK reports that James Matthews and Pippa Middleton’s wedding had cost between £300,000 and £700,000. The bride’s Giles Deacon wedding dress was estimated to have cost £40,000.
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