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Here at Weddings Tasmania headquarters we love nothing more than a royal wedding.
And the royal family has delivered in spades in 2018, with not one but two aristocratic nuptials.
First it was Prince Harry and Meaghan Markle tying the knot back in May, and this past weekend it was Princess Eugenie’s turn, when she and Jack Brooksbank exchanged vows on October 12th.
From the amazing five-tiered cake to the star-studded guest list, we take you through the latest royal wedding day.
Brooksbank popped the question to Eugenie in early January 2018 during a trip to Nicaragua.
“We had a beautiful volcano, [the] sun was setting, birds were flying,” Jack revealed in a joint interview with his fiancée to the BBC.
“The light was just a special light that I’ve never seen,” Eugenie added. “I actually said, ‘This is an incredible moment,’ and then he popped the question.”
Jack didn’t have the ring on him when he got down on one knee. “I found a ring in a jeweller’s, and then proposed to Eugenie without it,” he said, as he wanted to ensure Eugenie approved of the design.
The pair chose a pinkish-orange oval padparadscha sapphire surrounded by diamonds, which closely resembles the engagement ring Eugenie’s father, Prince Andrew, gave to her mother, Sarah, Duchess of York.
Designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos the bride’s wedding gown included a number of symbols close to her heart, including a Thistle for Scotland, a Shamrock for Ireland, the York Rose, and ivy.
“[The dress] is the one thing that I was really decisive about,” Eugenie revealed before the royal wedding day. “As soon as we announced the wedding, I knew the designer, and the look, straight away. I never thought I’d be the one who knew exactly what I like, but I’ve been pretty on top of it.”
Like her cousin Prince Harry, Princess Eugenie married at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
The chapel dates back to the 1300s and has hosted numerous royal weddings, including Prince Edward’s marriage ceremony in 1999 to Sophie Rhys-Jones, and the union of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005.
After the nuptials guests attended an afternoon reception hosted by the Queen at Windsor Castle, with an intimate evening reception held later that evening at Royal Lodge, the York family home.
“After the more formal celebration [of Eugenie’s wedding] at Windsor Castle on Friday, the Saturday bash will be a relaxed party,” a source revealed before the big day.
“There will be dodgems and funfair rides, coconut shies, lots of food stalls, loads of cocktails, bloody Marys for the hangovers and a festival vibe.”
Eugenie and Jack broke with tradition, serving a chocolate and red velvet cake by London-based baker Sophie Cabot, instead of the customary fruitcake.
“I am incredibly excited to be given this wonderful opportunity to create such a special and unique cake,” Cabot said when the news was announced. “It has been lovely working with Princess Eugenie and Jack, and I really hope they enjoy the cake on the day.”
The guest list
With an 800-strong guest list, numerous celebrities attended the big day with Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Liv Tyler, Demi Moore, Ellie Goulding and Cara Delevingne just some of the stars that shared in the couple’s special day.
Saving the world
For the environmentally-conscious bride, it was important that the wedding be plastic-free.
“My whole house is anti-plastic now,” said Eugenie, “and Jack and I want our wedding to be like that as well.”
Many other brides are getting on the sustainable wedding bandwagon and it’s great to see that even in high places, with an enviable wedding budget, saving the world is front of mind.