Grace Kelly and Meghan Markle: The Royal American Bride

Before there was Meghan Markle, before there was Kate Middleton, before there was even Princess Diana…there was Grace Kelly:

 

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A Philadelphia born movie starlet, this American superstar became a European princess when, in 1956,  she wed Prince Rainier III of Monaco. Deemed by the press ‘The Wedding of the Century’, their nuptials were an international sensation. Demand for coverage was so high in fact that MGM studios broadcast the wedding live to more than 30 million European households… in 1956!  To say her wedding style influenced an entire generation of brides would be, well, the understatement of the century. 

 

Monochromatic, tailored, natural – these were the signature elements of Grace Kelly’s iconic style. Some sixty years later, as the world watched another American actress join the ranks of European royalty, we saw a return to these elements. From their fashion choices to their floral style, both Grace Kelly and Meghan Markle showed the world that minimalism can be every bit as elegant and beautiful as opulence.

 

So, what influence might the royal wedding(s) have on this season’s bridal trends?  Here are Petal’s Lane’s 4 predictions:

 

 

1. Less is More: Delicate Bouquets

 

Despite the enormous popularity of cascading bouquets in the mid 20th century, Kelly, chose to carry a delicate bouquet of lilies the valley. Markle also chose to carry a very understated bouquet; hers included not only lily of the valley but also also sweet peas, astilbe, astrantia, and Diana’s favorite flower, the Forget-Me-Not. Markle’s bouquet also incorporated a sprig of myrtle, a royal tradition which dates back to the wedding of Queen Victoria’s daughter, Princess Victoria. Myrtle is known as a symbol of love and of hope, and it has been included in every British monarch’s wedding since the 19th century.

 

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2  Bringing the Outside In: Foliage

Rather than wanting perfectly symmetrical bouquets and arrangements, Markle opted for a more casual look that favored seasonal and natural elements – vines, leaves, branches, etc. London-based florist Philippa Craddock worked with both Harry and Meghan on all the flowers for their wedding celebration, and according to Town and Country, she used “branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, along with white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves,” in her arrangements. We predict more brides will be less interested in perfect symmetry and more interested in capturing a plant or flower’s natural shape and form.

 

                                                                                                     

 

3 The Arch

Steeped in tradition, the wedding arch symbolizes the future home of the bride and groom. As if we didn’t already know Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will share a pretty incredible abode (The two will reside at Kensington Palace), the archway at Saint George’s chapel would have been a great hint! The incredible archway atop the doors of Saint George’s was made using pollinator friendly plants and were harvested from the monarchy’s royal parks.  We expect these round archways to make big headway this season. 

 

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4  All White Wedding Decor 

In the words of Billy Idol, it’s a nice day for a white wedding. While royal tradition dictates that flowers should be white, bold colors and multi-hued flowers have long been a popular choice for American brides. As with any pendulum, we are seeing a swing in the other direction. According to The Knot, even Baby’s Breath, that inexpensive stem of tiny white flowers, is making a return in big and small ways. It pairs perfectly with on-trend greenery and works well for flower crowns and other small hairpieces. It seems bouquets, centerpieces, even dance floors are getting a new look. 

 

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Greg & Danielle

Back when the weather wasn’t blisteringly hot, Greg and Danielle’s gorgeous wedding was set in November of last year! We had such an enjoyable time working on this Autumn event, with the last of the leaves falling from the surrounding trees. The day began at Saint Agnes Church, where the intimate ceremony took place. When asked about her memorable recollections of the day, Danielle replied with the following: “One of my favorite memories is getting up to the alter after walking in with my dad, and asking Greg to tell me a joke to stop me from continuing to cry. He looks at me, and says, “Ryan split his pants.” That did it. I couldn’t help but laugh and feel relaxed as I was about to marry my best friend.” Danielle and her bridesmaids, who wore black strapless gowns, carried an eye-catching bouquet that boasted pops of pink! The groom and groomsmen sported complimenting boutonnieres to the girls floral arrangements. At the reception located in Phoenixville at the Rivercrest Golf Club, the centerpieces mirrored the bouquets, with trumpet vases holding a medley of flowers, including coral and pink roses. You can truly tell this couple is head over heels in love, and we couldn’t be happier to have shared in a little piece of their wedding day! Congratulations, Greg and Danielle!

Ceremony: Saint Agnes Church, West Chester, PA
Reception: Rivercrest Golf Club
Band: Don Eaton Band
Photography: Daniel Fullam
Dress: Claire’s Fashions Inc., Wilmington, DE
Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair and Makeup: Elisa King; Wilmington, DE
Invitations: Paper Source, Ardmore, PA
Transportation: Secrets Limo Service
Cake: Bredenbeck’s
Rehearsal Dinner: Duling Kurtz House & Country Inn; Exton, PA

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All photos courtesy of Daniel Fullam Photography. For more information, contact Daniel at 484-995-4300.

Frank & Christina

We had the pleasure of providing some floral design for Frank and Christina at their nuptials in November. Christina held a traditional ivory bouquet full of roses and lilies, while the burnt orange and bold red accents for the bridesmaid arrangements showcased colors denoting the Autumn season. We complimented the use of gold tones with ivory that providing a warm feel to the Rivercrest Golf Club and Reserve reception space. Tall pillar vases with floating candles also highlighted the guest tables. We truly enjoyed working with this beautiful couple. Congratulations to Frank and Christina on their special day!

Photographer: Jennifer Childress
Videographer: TLJ Studios
Band: Janis Nowlan Band
Makeup: Cheekadee
Hair: Meghan Cahill
Venue: RiverCrest Golf Club
Stationer: Lauren Brown Studio
Ceremony: Saint Thomas of Villanova

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All photos courtesy of Jennifer Childress Photography. For more information, contact (610) 306-5355 or jenn@jennchildress.com.

Matt & Tania

Matt and Tania shared an elegant November wedding that encompassed an antiquated, romantic theme. The ceremony Mass was located at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. For those unfamiliar, this exquisite cathedral is home to some of the most breathtaking architecture in the city. The celebration continued at the Historic Landmark Building of PAFA, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Tania stated that her and Matt loved each location because they provided both a grand and intimate setting simultaneously. She also loved that her guests could dance around the remarkable art galleries that PAFA exhibits! The flowers were a rustic hue, yet delicate enough to incorporate with the champagne and gold-toned decor. The addition of some warm reception lighting and groups of candlelight on each guest table helped set the mood for this unforgettable evening! Congratulations to this beautiful couple!

Photos courtesy of Shari DeAngelo Photography
http://www.sharideangelo.com/ | (856) 616-9291 | shari@sharideangelo.com

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