Pippa Middleton married financier James Matthews this weekend — and reports on the wedding’s details are finally starting to trickle into the press.
33-year-old Pippa and 41-year-old Matthews tied the knot at St. Mark’s Church in Englefield, Berkshire, on Saturday. Later, guests attended a reception at the Middleton family home in nearby Bucklebury. And even though it wasn’t a royal wedding, all accounts indicate that it was still an extravagant affair.
Here’s a closer look at what we know (so far) about the big day.
Pippa wore a custom dress and looked gorgeous.
She walked down the aisle wearing a “bespoke Giles Deacon dress with a Stephen Jones veil, a Maidenhair Fern tiara, and Manolo Blahnik ivory satin shoes,” according to the BBC.
People reporters also spotted that Pippa chose the same pearl earrings she wore for Kate’s wedding in 2011.
She walked out of the church with one new piece of jewelry: An understated gold wedding band to contrast her massive diamond engagement ring.
The ceremony was “amazing.”
At least according to one guest who spoke with People after leaving the church. “It was amazing,” the guest said. “They were so cute. I cried. My makeup was running.”
Pippa and her father showed up at the church in 1951 Jaguar convertible, according to the BBC. From there, they entered the church for a 45-minute ceremony. During the service, Kate read a prayer and the youngest Middleton sibling, James, read “Love Is An Adventure” by Pierre Tielhard du Chardin, the Telegraph reports.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte looked adorable.
A guest told People that George and Charlotte were “very” well-behaved inside the church. For that, credit older sister Kate, who was in charge of corralling all the young page boys and bridesmaids as they entered and exited the church.
ET reported that the young prince and princess were whisked back to Kensington Palace via helicopter once the ceremony was finished.
Guests reportedly had to use a password to get into the reception.
The Telegraph reported that security for the reception was so intense that guests had to produce a password in order to get inside. Other reports said the reception guests were searched and required to produce a photo ID, too.
To ensure that no photos of the reception were leaked to the press, guests were reportedly not allowed to use their phones, according to the Daily Mirror.
And the guest list was star-studded.
Tennis star Roger Federer, Prince William, Princess Eugenie, and British reality star Spencer Matthews (the groom’s brother and best man) were all in attendance.
Prince Harry’s girlfriend Meghan Markle did not appear to be at the church ceremony, but she was spotted attending the reception later that evening, according to the Telegraph.
But apparently they made a point of chatting with everyone they invited. Middleton’s uncle tweeted that the pair were a “Brilliant couple who gave everyone time and attention.”
The food was served by models.
Guests dug into trout and Scottish lamb, a selection of 20,000 canapes, serrano ham, foie gras, toasts, wine jelly, and chunks of Parmesan cheese, the Daily Express reported. (The children in attendance were given raw veggies and finger sandwiches instead.)
And the food wasn’t doled out by just anyone: According to the Telegraph, the Middletons hired a company that enlists “impeccably trained models and/or actors to serve food and drinks.”
The newlyweds also cut into a four-tiered fruit cake covered in white icing, the Daily Express added.
The reception was personalized with decadent details.
The 300-guest reception was held outside under the cover of a giant glass marquee — kind of like a green house — that had been erected specifically for the event.
The Telegraph reported on the party in depth, sharing that the estate was decorated with an “enchanted forest” theme with purple string lights in the trees, that the bride changed into a v-neck white dress for the reception and wore her hair down, that the table names represented places the couple had traveled together, and that no couples were allowed to sit next to each other for dinner (though there’s no apparent explanation as to why).
A number of important guests gave speeches, the Daily Mirror reported. The groom paid tribute to his late brother, who died while climbing Mount Everest in 1999. James Middleton, Pippa’s father Michael Middleton, and the groom’s brother Spencer Matthews addressed the crowd, as well.
The entertainment included an air show by a vintage World War II fighter plane, a photo booth, a DJ and dancing, a table tennis tournament, and an “astonishing light show” in which footage of the bride and groom was projected onto the back of the Middleton’s house, according to the Telegraph and the Daily Mirror.
And finally, ET revealed that guests danced to the wedding classic “Shout” by the Isley Brothers once the party really got underway. (Now there’s a video we’d like to see.)
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