It's official, everyone, Pippa Middleton is married! Once upon a time, a prince proposed to his duchess, she wore a Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding dress, and they lived happily ever after. The sequel to that fairytale? Well, it stars Pippa Middleton's wedding day and it's finally, finally happening. Like, right now, this very second! And before you even ask, Pippa's wedding dress is to die for.
Pippa Middleton first sashayed into our world at the 2011 royal wedding of her sister, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William. She was basically the M.V.P. of bridesmaids in her Alexander McQueen sheath, but today, she finally turned in the bridesmaid dress for a bridal gown. After a 10-month engagement, Pippa Middleton and her now-hubby, hedge fund manager James Matthews, said "I do" this morning in Berkshire, England. Here's what we know so far about this royally-related wedding…
About 11:30 a.m. this morning (that's U.K. time, mind you), the wedding party rolled up to St. Mark's Englefield. Middleton's sister and brother-in-law, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were seen leaving their Kensington Palace home early this morning to witness the nuptials, and they were dressed to impress! While William piloted his family to Berkshire in their Range Rover, Kate was spotted riding shotgun in a peach-colored fascinator and matching dress (Alexander McQueen, natch). The Duchess of Cambridge must have been helping her little sister get ready to walk down the aisle, as Prince William was seen arriving to the church with his brother, Prince Harry. Prince Harry's girlfriend, Meghan Markle, was notably absent from the crowd at the church. The word on the street is that the American actress was trying not to attract too much attention by appearing at the ceremony, showing up later at the reception (more on that below!).
The mother-of-the-bride, Carole Middleton, was also seen making her way into the church, accompanied by her son.
Despite Pippa only being kinda royally-related, this wedding party was still plenty regal! As previously predicted, Princess Charlotte served as flower girl and Prince George took on pageboy duties. We even got a glimpse of adoring mom Kate waiting for the ceremony with the kids. How adorable! The royal tots will head to bed before the evening's big bash, though.
Now, on to what everyone has been waiting with bated breath to see: Pippa's wedding dress. Can we get a drumroll, please? Classic, chic, and totally Pippa, this gown is gorgeous and well worth the wait and all that hype. Middleton stunned in an all-lace wedding dress, featuring a high Victorian neckline, A-line skirt, and keyhole back. We're thinking Pippa got a little inspiration from her older sister's trendsetting wedding dress, but with those cap sleeves (that totes wouldn't be allowed in Westminster Abbey…), this dress is totally fresh and we're officially crazy about it.
Harper's Bazaar confirms that the dress was indeed designed by Giles Deacon, proving all those rumors to be true. This bride may not be technically royal, but we're crowning her the queen of style.
And just like any doting sister should, Kate even fluffed Pippa's train before heading into the church! And, made sure the kids were behaving.
Although the bride is definitely the star of this show, we can't forget about the groom. Matthews looked dapper in tails with a red tie—nearly matching brother (and best man) Spencer Matthews and usher James Middleton (who was joined by his girlfriend, Donna Air, who was wearing a cream-colored dress with a matching fascinator). Other bold-named guests included Roger Federer.
Post-"I dos," the newlyweds headed outside to pose for pictures with their itty bitty bridal party. Saying that these two are positively glowing would be an understatement!
And for a truly epic getaway, the newlyweds exited the ceremony in a too-cute convertible, waving to their guests—and all those adoring onlookers! On to the reception!
After the vows were exchanged and Pippa Middleton and James Matthews were officially dubbed Mr. and Mrs., this wedding party reportedly headed to the Middleton family home in Bucklebury. People reports that, after checking in with security and a previously determined password (there will no wedding crashes at these nuptials!), guests were shuttled to the second venue, the Middleton estate, in a fleet of Range Rovers for ultimate privacy. There, guests were required to change into a second outfit for the reception which took place in a Belgium-imported, expansive glass greenhouse in the property's garden that can reportedly fit up to 350 guests inside.
E! News reports that despite the amount of planning that went into the event, the entire reception ran late (even royalty isn't immune to wedding day mishaps, apparently!), with family member speeches not being done until around 9:30 and the first dance not taking place until after 10pm.
However, this was still a celebration you definitely would've wanted to score a coveted invite to! The entertainment of the night (besides celebrity watching!) included an aerial acrobatic performance, courtesy of Supermarine Spitfire, a British WWII fighter jet. And later in the night, the wedding guests broke out into an impromptu Beatles singalong to the group's cover of the Isley Brothers' "Shout." How very British!
Among the guests were Prince Harry and his pretty plus-one Meghan Markle, who opted out of the ceremony and made her grand entrance at the reception. Thank goodness Pippa backed down on her no-ring, no-bring policy so Prince Harry could bring her! After all, there's nothing like a wedding to inspire a proposal.
Hint, hint, Prince Harry, hint, hint…