That train though!!
Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress gave us major old Hollywood vibes and she painted an utterly romantic picture walking up the chapel’s staircase, with a dramatic train trailing behind her. Prince Andrew apparently gave away some key elements of the dress away prior to the big day as he revealed he was worried about stepping on the train of her gown.
Designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos, the folded, slightly off the shoulder neckline dipped down into a lower V at the back for just a flash of skin. It’s one of the more daring silhouettes we’ve seen on a royal, however there was an inspiring meaning behind Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress.
She specifically requested a lower backline in order to showcase her scars from a corrective scoliosis treatment she underwent a child. The royal has long been a big advocate for scoliosis awareness and serves as patron to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, who conducted her own operation.
She said in the lead up to the wedding that on her big day, she wanted to ‘honour the people who looked after [her]’ and that her dress was ‘a way of standing up for young people who also go through [scoliosis]’.
The fabric of the dress was designed specifically for Eugenie and Jack, as it was covered in symbols that had hidden meanings for the couple.
According to INews, they include a Scottish thistle (a reference to Balmoral, the Queen’s Scottish holiday home and one of their favourite places), a shamrock in tribute to Sarah Ferguson’s Irish side of the family and the York rose and ivy to symbolise their home.
She accessorised with a pair of emerald and diamond earrings, which were matched beautifully to a tiara she borrowed from her grandmother Queen Elizabeth. Always one for a great pair of heels, she also chose to wear Charlotte Olympia shoes to tie the whole look together. Surprisingly, she chose to do away with the traditional veil — perhaps because it may have covered her low backline.
The bride looked an absolute dream and although Princess Eugenie’s celebrity wedding guests came prepared to steal the show, she dominated the day. What. A. Dress.
Princess Eugenie’s Wedding Dress Designer
Like her cousins-in-law Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, Princess Eugenie chose to go local with her wedding dress and turned to British designers for her gown. She chose Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, who crafted the gown which boasts a deep V in both the front and back.
Princess Eugenie’s Wedding Tiara
Although it was widely believed that Princess Eugenie would wear her family’s signature piece the York tiara, she actually chose to wear the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik tiara. Designed by Boucheron in 1919, the Margaret Greville left the tiara to her close friend the Queen Mother when she sadly passed away.
It came into Queen Elizabeth’s possession in 2002 when her mother died and she loaned it to Princess Eugenie as her something borrowed for her big day.
Princess Eugenie’s Wedding Bouquet
Princess Eugenie kept with royal tradition and her all-white bouquet included sprigs of myrtle from Osbourne House, which many brides from the royal family have carried on their big day. The ritual started off with Princess Victoria, who was gifted a gigantic myrtle plant by Prince Albert’s grandmother, and the flower is said to represent love according to the Royal Family’s official Twitter account.
Other flowers in the bouquet also included Lily of the Valley, Stephanotis pips, baby blue thistles, white spray roses and trailing ivy. As mentioned earlier, thistles hold a special place in Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s hearts as they symbolise Queen Elizabeth’s home in Balmoral.
Harper’s Bazaar spoke with Rob Van Helden, the florist behind Princess Eugenie’s autumnal floral design, who spoke about the creative process behind the bouquet.
He said, ‘I like designs to look natural and not contrived. I love to work with a mass of one type of flower, as this is the way in which flowers tend to grow in the wild, and I particularly like to try to incorporate fruit, vegetables and herbs in to my work.’