Beautiful Royal Brides and Weddings to Inspire You

At Oudalova, we love to absorb creative inspiration from all around us and royalty is absolutely not an exception- especially royal women. They’ve been setting trends as far back as 1840 when Queen Victoria wore a white wedding dress at her wedding to Prince Albert. Although an odd choice back then, she started a trend that is still going strong today. In fact, as we all know, a white wedding dress is considered to be a traditional choice now.

 

Many women of royalty since have garnered our collective attention and have gone on to achieve iconic statuses for their extravagant weddings, beautiful dresses and, of course, bridal bouquets. And while we’re on the topic of extravagant weddings, Hollywood royalty simply cannot be ignored. In the last few years especially, some couples in the spotlight have really made waves with their beautiful weddings and are sure to be an inspiration to brides around the world for years to come.

 

Here’s a look at some of our favourite royal brides!

Princess Diana

We simply cannot forget about Diana, Princess of Wales. She won the world’s heart with her beautifully dramatic dress and heart breaking story. Her dress, with an exceptionally long train, large puffed sleeves, full skirt and soft fabrics, was considered the golden standard for a bridal dresses for years to come. And that bouquet! Just as dramatic as her dress, the large, cascading bouquet included gardenias, lily of the valley, stephanotis, orchids, and myrtle. She also went with a mostly white theme for the bouquet. 

Kate Middleton  

The Duchess of Cambridge’s popularity across the world makes her nothing short of a celebrity. Her Alexander McQueen gown was not revealed until we watched her walk down the aisle in it, and oh was it worth the wait! The elegant lace details and classic cut of her dress certainly set the bar for a 21rst century royal bride. And we must talk about her bouquet, of course. Her classically simple bouquet was made up of stems with symbolic meanings: lilies, for the return of happiness; hyacinths, for steady love; ivy, for fidelity and friendship; myrtle, the emblem of matrimony. 

Princess Letizia 

Made by Manuel Pertegaz, Princess Letizia’s long sleeved, collared wedding gowns was certainly unconventional, but nonetheless she glowed on her big day. The embroidery along the collar and sleeves was unique and her long veil was beautiful silk and lace. Of course, you can’t forget the 15-foot train either. Her bouquet included blooms that have been historically linked to the bourbon dynasty: Elizabethan roses, irises and lilies. 

Grace Kelly

In our opinion, the most graceful of brides was certainly Grace Kelly. Her story was like a fairytale: The Prince of Monaco falls in love with a beloved young American actress and a year later they get married. Created by Helen Rose, Kelly’s dress was absolutely magnificent with a high collar, long sleeves, fitted bodice and voluminous skirt. She set herself apart from other royal brides by wearing a beaded juliet cap with her veil, rather than a tiara. Her bridal bouquet was Lily of the Valley and the ribbons of her bouquet had small sprigs attached to them.

The time leading up to her wedding, Grace Kelly became quite a fashion icon- even an Hermes bag was named after her. of course, after the wedding, her classic bridal gown became iconic and is one to go down in history surely. 

Solange Knowles

Although not exactly Hollywood royalty, Solange Knowles has achieved the title of a fashion icon in her own right- even more so than her sister, Beyonce. Her avant-garde, minimalist aesthetic showed at her wedding to Alan Ferguson-  right down to every single guest. She wore two looks on her big day: a Kenzo gown and a Stephanie Roland jumpsuit. Both looks were minimalist avant-garde. Knowles is here among princesses because her unique style and unconventional wedding will certainly go down in history as an inspiration to many who prefer to stay completely outside the box, even on their big day.

Knowles and Ferguson arrived at their wedding on vintage bicycles with Knowles basket adorned with her bouquet of white roses and baby’s breath.

Kim Kardashian

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Kim and Kanye’s wedding was certainly memorable- and this time for all the right reasons. The picture of Kim and Kanye standing in front of a beautiful wall of white roses is nothing less than iconic. Her backless bespoke Givenchy gown was breathtaking- right down to every single lace and pearl detail. 

Amal and George Clooney

How could we not mention Hollywood’s latest power couple? Their wedding was a fittingly glamorous Venetian affair- complete with water taxis, A-list guests and a grand setting. Amal’s Valentino gown of french lace was obviously a beautiful choice. Their wedding décor was full of floral elements, but the floral arch stood out; it was made of white roses, hydrangeas, stephanotis, and dahlia among other stems.

WRITTEN BY: 

OUDALOVA E&D SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR - SALIAH CHAUDHRY

Trend: Fall Weddings

Each season has its own unique beauty to offer to your wedding, and the fall season is no exception. This season’s beautiful but short-lived weather and scenery offer an array of options in venues, dresses and flowers that spring and summer may not be well suited for.

 

The popular 2015 fall weddings will see monochromatic palettes, elegance and fitting metallic details. And the wedding dresses can be described as being full of elegance with a fairytale-like quirk factor.

 

However, before we talk about anything else, the most unique thing about a fall wedding (as it should be!) is the beautiful backdrop that the fall foliage provides. An outdoor wedding in the midst of the gorgeous warm golden colours of fall leaves is nothing less than magical. At the beginning of the season, the afternoons and evenings are still warm enough for an outdoor venue and there is nothing like a refreshingly cool autumn breeze.    

Wedding dresses should be tailored for the season as well. The unique weather makes long sleeves a beautiful and practical option and the trends for fall 2015 wedding gowns are beautiful! Off the shoulder gowns, V-necks and feathers were seen on the fall 2015 runway. Intricate lace, laser cut florals and subtly bejewelled bodices and skirts also ruled the runways. 

However, my favourite trend was definitely the dramatic sleeves! Somehow, they fit well with the rustic yet elegant atmosphere of autumn. 

Speaking of the unique atmosphere of fall- it should be brought into the florals and décor of your wedding too! This year the colours for fall will be pared down, earthy and monochromatic. This year’s trend of adding richer tones such as wine and burgundy will look beautiful as accents in a warm toned monochromatic fall wedding. Also, we’re loving the idea of adding metallic- especially gold tones- to the décor (even the cake)! Golden mirrors the fall colours and would go beautifully with rich tones, blush, pastels, white and really pretty much everything else. 

Some fun fall themed décor options to get creative with include pine cones, pumpkins, lanterns, candles and wreaths. Dahlias and antique hydrangeas are popular for fall weddings as well: dahlias go well with the season with their classy, earthy colours and antique hydrangeas come in subtle earth tones. Of course, other flowers trending this year would be beautiful as well: such as baby’s breath, pictured below. 

Another particularly delicious (and incidentally our favorite) fall themed idea is to serve treats such as hot cocoa, apple cider, s’mores, candied pecans and other autumn treats to your guests. This would be the perfect final touch to a memorable fall wedding! 

So what do you think? Did we convince you to have a fall wedding? Or at least go to one? 

Written By: 

OUDALOVA E&D SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR - Saliah Chaudhry

My Week in Pictures

My weeks are always full of fresh coffee and beautiful flowers! Here’s a peek into this past week’s inspirations, work process and beautiful moments.

May brings stunning spring flowers! Working with these blush majolica spray roses- yes I needed my whole arm to hold this bunch

May brings stunning spring flowers! Working with these blush majolica spray roses- yes I needed my whole arm to hold this bunch


Detail of the Burgundy Ranunculus made into a flower crown fit for a queen!

Detail of the Burgundy Ranunculus made into a flower crown fit for a queen!


One of several Rosa Boxes that left our studio this week! They were quite popular for Mother’s Day.      

One of several Rosa Boxes that left our studio this week! They were quite popular for Mother’s Day.

 


A picture in honour of Mother’s Day and cherry blossoms- lovely blooms for all the beautiful mamas out there!  

A picture in honour of Mother’s Day and cherry blossoms- lovely blooms for all the beautiful mamas out there! 


     And to end the week, a heart-warming Love Note from one of my amazing clients, Roshain Ganesh.

 

And to end the week, a heart-warming Love Note from one of my amazing clients, Roshain Ganesh.