Volume III

The Royals Issue

featuring

India Hicks

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Photo by David Loftus for India Hicks/Design by Kenya Bravo

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

Design by Cristina Cianci

Welcome to the Royals Issue—an issue dedicated entirely to royal weddings, a topic that is not-so-secretly a fan favorite here at Brides.

So, grab a cup of tea and settle in: We have a lot to cover!

Why are we so obsessed with royal weddings? What is the allure of them? Why do they still matter to us, especially today? These are questions we explore in the issue, of course, but what I’ve decided is that royal weddings are momentous occasions, and they matter to us for a number of reasons. 

On one hand, I think there’s the romantic notion that, somehow, in today’s chaotic world, there is a time and a place for these epic love stories to exist. There is the possibility that these stories are still being written—the idea of “history in the making” romance. Our cover star, newlywed India Hicks, is a perfect example. She just married her partner David Flint Wood, the father of her five children, at age 54 after 26 loving years together. They just celebrated their four-month anniversary. 

Then, there are the moments that we experience secondhand. The royal weddings we’ve watched on TV in our lifetime—our screens filled with people, places, and feelings that are so immediate and so distinct, however many years later. And, finally, there are the memories and traditions that have been handed down to us, sometimes without us even knowing. The fashion icons and silly traditions and stories we just know. 

While all different, I think the lesson here is that there’s always an opportunity to make a lasting impression. That’s what is cool about royal weddings today. Sure, there’s history, but history is also still being written. So, while we revisit old and new, celebrate tradition but also break the rules, remember this: It’s 2022, and what a fairytale looks like today is different for everyone. Every love story is unique, unexpected, and, as India reminds us, a work in progress. That’s something to celebrate, too.

— Anna Price Olson, Editorial Director

P.S. In the spirit of David's "of all the gin joints in the world" story, check out this selfie of India and me at Rosewood Baha Mar in December. You never know when you’ll run into a "royal" poolside! 

Cover Story

Jenna Ushkowitz and David Stanley together at their wedding

Love Looks Like This: A Busy, Beautiful Life—and, Finally, a Wedding

Every love story is beautiful, has its own distinct history, and its own trials—there's no relationship that looks the same. To celebrate that uniqueness, we're asking couples to open up for our column, "Love Looks Like This." Here, India Hicks—the style icon and newlywed who also serves as an executive board member for the Global Empowerment Mission and ambassador to The Prince’s Trust—shares her...

Coming Together

The Allure Of It All

The Royal Treatment

Background Image Plants

The Moment

Lady Pamela Hicks Photograph

"Someone said to me, ‘It will be the happiest day of your life.’ And I thought, ‘Oh, that's so absurd—that's such a silly thing to say!’ But, you know what, I look back and I think it might well have been the happiest day of my life. Perfect."

—India Hicks, in conversation with her mother, Lady Pamela Hicks