Today I have resumed blogging because I was surprised at how interactive my posts were during my self appointed Facebook live reporting on the Royal Wedding. Admittedly, I was one of those wedding enthusiasts who wasted their whole day glued to the TV, analysing the tiniest detail with a few inaccuracies on some aspects of the wedding. My best mate was on standby emailing to-the-minute articles on the royal wedding. We were up at 6am in readiness for the big day ...
First, massive congrats to Meghan and Harry for putting up a wonderful celebration of multi-culturalism! There were so many highlights but here are a few of my absolute faves...
Meghan's hair and beauty team including New York based celebrity hairstylist Serge Normant and makeup artist Daniel Martin ensured she was every bit of herself with the most barely- there makeup and loose chignon look I have experienced in modern times. Loved the emphasis on the eyes and the nude lip colour. She looked relaxed and youthful . Same goes for her beautiful Mum.
When I learnt self taught British Florist Philippa Craddock was doing flowers, I braced myself for a showstopper. Her IG account days ahead of the wedding hinted of an English Country Garden inspired look... but I wasn't quite ready for the visual impact of foliage on that scale. Scrumptious pollinator-friendly plants beautifully arranged into giant arch installations framed both entrances of St George's Chapel. Full head white rose blooms added some prettiness to the whole look. The altar echoed the same foliage styled arrangements suitably presented in traditional urns and plinths.
Entertainment was breathtaking ! It was a fine balance of classical and gospel performances appropriately reflecting the couple's heritage and their love for diversification. The dramatic and theatrical music prompted special moments in the order of service. What a treat.... I also found the appointment of black Cellist Sheku Kanneh Mason , playing several traditional classical numbers quite clever ...frankly there couldn't have been a better representation of multi-cultural Britain.
The song choice of The Kingdom Gospel Choir 'Stand by Me" lifted the whole mood of the wedding ceremony. It was a mix between emotional and happy all in tune with the couple's body language sending us love signals throughout. Loved it... black culture / excellence at it's finest!
American Bishop Michael Curry of the Episcopal Church 's soulful delivery peppered with civil rights nuances, humoured the conservative nature of the royal family and Brits in general. I was in stitches as he grabbed the opportunity to bring important but uncomfortable reminders of race relations and slavery to the fore-front.
Loved, loved Meghan's walk down the aisle! With the furore over the father-of-the bride's no show at the wedding, Meghan's bridal procession hushed all those negative news headlines and stereotypes of a dysfunctional family as she proudly owned her walk, gliding solo..... until the half way point where she was met by Prince Charles. Now... that walk down the aisle overturned one of the most symbolic gestures of patriarchy in the church and royal tradition. So bravo Meghan for turning an awkward situation into a Feminist clap back moment.
I could really go on...so yes to pomp and pageantry, yes to elegant simplicity, yes to the size of the wedding guest list ( ceremony 600 lunchtime reception, evening reception 200), yes to supporting self taught and small business start ups including the former market stall cake vendor Claire Ptak of Violet Cakes, yes to barely-there make up, yes to a full display of black excellence, yes to verdant floral arrangements, yes to forgoing traditional presents in favour of donating to causes, yes to an interesting flavoured cake (elderflower flavoured), yes to ululations outside the church, yes to marrying the sexiest Royal.
Finally a big fat yes to love undefined by privileged education, upbringing, race, or connections.We savoured every moment in my household, the tears the applause, the laughter... thank you for a wonderful day and may God bless your marriage!