It's official! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle officially tied to the knot today at Windsor Castle, but their ceremony has already drawn a lot of comparisons to another one back in 2011. Prince William and Kate Middleton just celebrated their seventh anniversary, and their royal wedding didn't look too shabby either. Here's how these two very different couples made their celebrations their own.
The long lace sleeves drew comparisons to Grace Kelly and '50s bridal style, but Burton also drew on the brand's signature corsetry by creating an hourglass silhouette. She even added some subtle padding around the hips for extra oomph. All together, the lace and satin ensemble cost a reported to make.
The French fashion house was a surprising choice, but there is a U.K. connection. British designer Clare Waight Keller, the brand's . first female Artistic Director, created the gown.
"After meeting Ms. Waight Keller in early 2018, Ms. Markle chose to work with her for her timeless and elegant aesthetic, impeccable tailoring, and relaxed demeanor," Kensington Palace announced in a statement. "Ms. Markle also wanted to highlight the success of a leading British talent who has now served as the creative head of three globally influential fashion houses – Pringle of Scotland, Chloé, and now Givenchy.
Queen Elizabeth II lent the bride a pretty amazing "something borrowed." The monarch originally received the Cartier Halo tiara on her 18th birthday and the gorgeous diadem includes nearly 1,000 diamonds.
The platinum piece also belonging to Queen Elizabeth II dates back to 1932, but the circa-1893 center brooch is even older. Eleven sections make up the flexible band, and it's pierced with interlaced ovals and pavé set with large and small brilliant diamonds. The center, detachable brooch itself is set with 10 more diamonds.
The London church traditionally hosts royal weddings, coronations, and other major events. It's only a five-minute drive from Buckingham Palace, where the couple kissed (twice!) in front of thousands of well-wishers below the iconic balcony.
Located 40 minutes outside of London, this church located on the grounds of Windsor Castle holds less people but it's still a top choice for high-profile weddings. Prince Edward, the younger brother of Prince Charles, tied the knot with Sophie Rhys-Jones there in 1999.
Kate was the first of his three children to get married. Her parents also gave her the Robinson Pelham diamond earrings she wore on her wedding day.
After her dad Thomas Markle announced he could no longer attend the wedding due to his health, the future King of England stepped up the plate. While Meghan walked through the first section of the church — the nave — by herself, the Prince of Wales escorted her up to the altar.
Her sister Pippa Middleton assisted with the 9-foot train and helped wrangle members of bridal party. When Pippa married James Matthews last year, the Duchess of Cambridge didn't serve as hers (she reportedly didn't want to detract attention from the bride!) but she did return the favor of keeping unruly page boy Prince George and flower girl Princess Charlotte in check.
The bride decided against having a maid of honor because she "has a very close group of friends and didn't want to choose one over the other," a spokesperson for the couple stated. The bride did rely on her close pal Jessica Mulroney to serve as her "secret wedding planner" though.
Six field maples and two hornbeams measuring up to 25-feet tall flanked the aisle along with mostly grown at Windsor Great Park's Valley Gardens in Surrey. The neutral-colored blooms included azaleas as well as lily of the valley and myrtle in the bride's bouquet.
Their florist Philippa Craddock also selected a neutral color scheme with an emphasis on flowers that bloom naturally this time of year such as white garden roses,, and foxgloves. She also used silver birch and English oak foliage for added greenery in the elaborate archways constructed both outside and inside the chapel.
Pastry chef Fiona Cairns led the charge in creating the eight-layer, 220-pound fruitcake. The traditional British flavor lasts for years (it's often served at later christenings!) but no one ate the final decorated creation that later went on display. Guests actually nibbled at 600 separate slices of fruitcake for breakfast on the morning of the wedding, Cairns told .
The couple tasked with their unusual choice. She and her crew of six used 200 Amalfi lemons, 500 organic eggs from Suffolk, and 10 bottles of Sandringham Elderflower Cordial to bake the lemon sponge confection. It's filled with lemon curd and iced with a Swiss meringue buttercream, she revealed in a .
The prince selected two diamonds from his mother's collection to flank a central cushion-cut stone sourced from Botswana. For the band, he chose a yellow gold, .
The bride used her full name on the invites that went out to all 1,900 guests. (Only 600 attended the ceremony today.)
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry broke traditions left and right.