Updated: Jun 5
In case it escaped your attention, there was a bit of a spectacle in Windsor this weekend when the town played host to our very own fairy-tale wedding as our Prince Harry married his sweetheart Meghan Markle (who knew her first name was Rachel?).
In true fairy-tale style, Windsor was sparkling in the bright sunshine, there was a 1,000 year old castle, soldiers on horseback, a horse drawn carriage and a handsome prince, who was clearly besotted with his beautiful bride.
The run up to the wedding had had its stressful moments, as most weddings do, when the father of the bride was taken into hospital for heart surgery and announced that he would not be able to attend the wedding. And what bride would not want her father to be there on the most important day of her life? But on the day, the ceremony went off without a hitch and the bride looked stunning and radiant in her wedding gown. Clearly this did not escape her handsome prince as he only had eyes for her.
Watching on TV, we were treated to an endless stream of celebrity guests who had all come to witness the marriage of our precious prince to his actress bride. I am not really into celebrity culture but two very different members of the assembled throng really caught my attention - Victoria Beckham, looking as glum as ever and dressed as if she were attending a funeral, and Amal Clooney in her Coleman's mustard yellow outfit. Both are married to handsome, famous men but that's where the similarity ended. Maybe Victoria felt she didn't want to upstage the bride, or maybe she just didn't want to be there, who knows. For somebody who owns a fashion label, I found her choice of outfit rather strange, to say the least, and why does she never smile? Has she got crooked teeth? Amal, on the other hand was every inch poised and perfect.
I had a lump in my throat as the happy couple repeated their vows and my thoughts ran back to the day when I married my own handsome prince, as they always do when I attend a wedding, and I wondered what life would have in store for them. Their lives would obviously be very different to that of my own.
As the ceremony progressed we were treated to a real mix of traditional and modern with a cellist playing during the signing of the register, a gospel choir and the Episcopal Bishop who really stole the show!
When the happy couple left the chapel for their carriage ride around the streets of Windsor, my thoughts turned to the forthcoming parties and the cake, of course! What would it look like? We already knew that the flavour would be lemon & elderflower but the design was a secret until the details were released later in the day. As it turned out, the cake was right on trend, three tiers of sponge covered with Swiss meringue buttercream and decorated with 150 fresh flowers. You can check out my article on the use of fresh flowers on cakes here. I read in one report that the cost was £60,000. That's a lot of cake!
If you are planning your own wedding, it may not be as grand as Harry & Meghan's but it will still be the most important day of your life so you will want a cake to match the occasion, designed to your own specification to make it unique. We can help you with that! We offer free consultations for wedding cakes. Contact us to book your slot and get a free, no obligation quotation. Alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or private message the Facebook page.
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