The society wedding of the year has seen Pippa Middleton wed James Matthews in front of royalty, family and friends.
A quiet corner of the Berkshire countryside was transformed into a major social occasion for the nuptials of the bride and groom who exchanged vows in front of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and former Wimbledon tennis champion Roger Federer.
Earlier Pippa looked radiant when she stepped from an open-topped vintage Jaguar wearing a bespoke Giles Deacon wedding gown, crafted to create the impression of being seamless.
The dress was teamed with a Stephen Jones veil, a Maidenhair Fern tiara and Manolo Blahnik ivory satin shoes.
Beside her was beaming father Michael who took his youngest daughter’s hand and walked her into St Mark’s church, in Englefield, Berkshire, where mother Carole met them at the entrance.
Big sister Kate played a vital role and ensured her younger sibling looked her best for her big day.
She rearranged her train and other parts of her dress before she made her procession into St Mark’s.
But royal fans were left disappointed as there was no Meghan Markle among the guests, with William and Harry arriving together on foot.
There is speculation she may make it to the wedding reception later being staged at the Middleton family home in nearby Bucklebury.
Royal watchers were cheered by the sight of Prince George and Princess Charlottewith the other pageboys and bridesmaids who arrived in classic cars.
Other guests included the groom’s brother, former Made In Chelsea regular and reality television personality Spencer Matthews, Pippa’s controversial uncle Gary Goldsmith and Princess Eugenie.
The bride and groom emerged from the church following a service that lasted around 45 minutes – and were blessed by the weather.
The heavy downpour that started minutes after the beginning of the service ended a few moments before the church doors opened.
With a peal of bells ringing out across the Berkshire countryside, they walked hand in hand slowly along the church path. In touching scenes in front of them, the group of young page boys and bridesmaids led the way.
The husband and wife could not help smiling and, as they reached the main gates of St Mark’s, they paused as the young children played around them. They then kissed for the waiting press who were gathered nearby.
Kate continued her role as big sister and marshalled the young bridesmaids and page boys into the classic cars that had brought them to the church as guests filed out and walked to nearby Englefield House, where it is believed a champagne reception will be held.
Was the bride upstaged? A resounding ‘no’
The bride looked spectacular in a Giles Deacon dress, but what were the high profile guests wearing?
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry attended the service at St Mark’s Church in Englefield, Berkshire, along with best man Spencer Matthews, of course best known for appearing on Made in Chelsea. Surprisingly, Prince Harry’s
girlfriend actress Meghan Markle didn’t attend the service.
Kate Middleton looked understated but stunning in a blush pink, long sleeved Alexander McQueen dress (the designer she chose for her own wedding gown).
Mother-of-the-bride Carol Middleton appeared to co-ordinate with Kate and wore head to toe pale pink. The jacket is by Catherine Walker&Co.
Princess Eugenie looked elegant in a navy prom-style dress with subtle shoulder cut-out detailing and got extra fashion points for a statement Anya Hindmarch “crisp packet clutch” bag.
James Middleton’s girlfriend Donna Air arrived in what looked suspiciously like an ivory dress to the wedding, a faux pas. However, it could be called pale yellow to avoid embarrassment.
Prince William and Prince Harry looked typically dapper in their morning suits.
The groom’s brother and best man Spencer Matthews, greeted guests at the church entrance. His blue waistcoat and orange tie combination was a nice touch.
Tennis star Roger Federer and his wife Mirka were on the guest list too.
Some of the male guests were sporting some loud tartan, possibly because the Matthews family owns an estate in Scotland.
Serena Hood, executive fashion editor at Vogue, looked fabulous in a high-neck blue maxi dress with a white box clutch and gold heels.
And the page boys and flower girls looked adorable in their cream and gold ensembles.
Rumours have been swirling for months, but today it was finally revealed that Pippa Middleton’s wedding dress was designed by British fashion designer Giles Deacon.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s sister wore a high neck, cap-sleeved ivory gown with a corseted bodice and bespoke lace detailing to marry financier James Matthews, 41, at St Mark’s Church Englefield, Buckinghamshire.
“I’m sure we’re going to get lots of girls following her lead with this dress,” Hunt says. “It’s an easy look for us all to emulate. It is what most girls dream of looking like, I feel.”
Now the dust has settled let’s find out what the villagers thought of Pippa’s big day.
Englefield resident Elizabeth Mary Reeves sported a silver wristband with the wedding date 20.05.17 printed on, given exclusively to locals who were let into the private church grounds to get a better look.
She stood and waved and looked just lovely. As all brides do, they glow, no matter how expensive their dress is.
She looked absolutely beautiful.
The 68-year-old, whose daughter and son married at the same church, said the bride and groom looked “very happy” as they waved to the small crowd gathered on the church green.
As the doors opened, the bells started and it was just brilliant.
There were about six little ones, well-behaved, and they all stood on the porch and it was lovely.
(Prince) George was waving, (Princess) Charlotte was waving and Kate stooped next to them.
I just love it. I think it’s so good for the village, so good for the country, and it just gives it a happy mood and we need a happy mood.
There’s so much sadness in the world, so much nastiness. And to have something like this just gives the county a little bit of a lift up.
It just put a buzz in the community.
She said she marvelled at the dresses and said:
All I hope is that they bought from British brands.
The dresses were magnificent but the heels – I wonder how they’re going to walk in those.
Princess Beatrice was there, Roger Federer was there. It was beautiful.
I came just to say I was here.
Soooooooo, now the dust has settled from the ceremony and we know all about the dress and the pageboys and bridesmaids and all that, there is one thing that hasn’t been answered: where is Harry’s squeeze?
We didn’t see Meghan Markle arriving at the church, and we haven’t seen her leave.
So far it’s the slightly awkward elephant in the room.