I know this is a bit delayed but I just couldn’t resist writing about the Royal Wedding, even if it is a week late! Anyone who knows me isn’t going to be surprised to hear that I was prett-y excited about the Royal Wedding. What can I say, I love a good wedding. I wasn’t the only one getting excited though. I know this will surprise some of you, but Ben asked me multiple times what time the wedding would be on. Seriously. Ok, so that didn’t happen, but Ben was literally the only person we have talked to that didn’t watch the wedding! Can you believe that? If you had seen Cambridge before the wedding you would believe me. For weeks leading up to the wedding, anything that could bear the image of Will and Kate or their initials was out on display. Flags, coffee cups, keepsake plates, t-shirts, pillows, tea sets, blankets, playing cards, and chocolates all had their turn at promoting the Royal Wedding. Truly is was a wedding extravaganza.
Some of you may know that the Royal Wedding was declared a national holiday this year, so thankfully I didn’t have to go to work (do you hear angels singing?)!! Since all my girlfriends had the day off, we decided to eat breakfast together and watch the wedding together (so as not to torment our husbands). The morning of the wedding, I strolled through the emptiest streets of Cambridge I have experienced. I couldn’t believe how desolate the place was. This was a stark contrast to my Royal Wedding party!
I arrived about half an hour before the wedding and everything was already in full swing. Breakfast was ready, juice was out, and the television was broadcasting who was getting out of what cars and what they were wearing. It was incredible. I couldn’t believe how festive the atmosphere was! All of us girls had come dressed up (I always love a good opportunity to be girly), and ready for some romance. We loaded our plates with yummy breakfast foods and then plopped down in front of the television. I have to tell you, the experience reminded me of the adrenaline surge I get before an OU game starts. I know that sounds crazy, but seriously, I was pumped! When Kate Middleton made her way through London and the crowd went crazy, I was overflowing with joy. She was positively beaming. As she neared the church we all sat forward in our chairs and eagerly awaited the moment where we would see her dress in all its delicate glory. When she stepped out of the car, the crowds erupted and each of us girls smiled like school girls. She was every bit the princess that we had always dreamed of being.
She looked graceful and really, just sweet, as she stood waiting to enter the church. All of the sudden, I had tears in my eyes. I couldn’t help it, weddings just do that to me. I heard someone else sniffle and looked up to see my friend Alice also had tears shining in her eyes! Everyone got a good laugh out of that, and we just giggled along over how silly we felt! We turned back to the TV as the wedding procession began. By the way, I will never, ever forget what an impression Kate’s sister (the MOH) made. The first words uttered among my girlfriends was, “Wow, now she is sexy!” We all laughed pretty hard at that. But truth be told, it was the talk of town. Pippa knocked everyone’s socks off. As great as she looked though, Kate stole the show.
The moment Kate walked into the church, the room fell silent. We had already discussed previously that there would be no talking during the wedding. Everyone was in agreement that we wanted to actually watch the wedding. Amazingly we did stay pretty quite. Minus the ‘ooh’s’ and ‘ah’s’ of course. Every little look that passed between Kate and Will did not escape our eyes. We were entranced. The sermon was actually quite beautiful. One of the best I have heard. In regards to the church, Westminster has probably never looked so lovely. It was filled with flowers and trees, and hats. Oh the hats! Why don’t we wear hats in America? They are so, so fun! Hats of every color, style, and size filled the seats along the aisle. Some women had flawless taste while others, well, seem to have closed their eyes and picked randomly. That’s ok though, these pictures will only be around for all the world to see until Will and Kate bear a son and he is of age to get married. Twenty to thirty years of humiliation will go by in a snap.
We watched the entire wedding and most of us even stayed around for the long-awaited kiss that didn’t occur for another two hours! We had to wait for what seemed an eternity while practically all of Britain was pushed into the mall outside Buckingham Palace. Finally, Will and Kate stepped out onto the terrace to look out onto a sea of well wishers who had all come for one thing, the first kiss (ok, at least as a married couple)! Will leaned down and in an instant, it was over! If you had blinked you would have missed it! Talk about two people who are nervous in front of two million of their closest friends. The moment came and went but the crowds lingered long after the couple had left for their wedding brunch.
The day was so fun. It was exactly what every little girl dreams about when they see themselves getting married. Ok, maybe not thousands of people lining the streets to cheer for you, but you know what I mean. The beautiful princess marries her prince. How much better does it get than that? I have to say, I was thrilled to be here for the wedding. It really was quite fun to be a part of all the hoopla. As the Brits have so repeatedly stated, it was Britain at its best.
Me and Candice
Yummy breakfast 🙂
Jackie, Candice, Alice, and Nicki
Me in my friend Michelle's fastenater...I loved it!!
Jackie, Alice, and Michelle
Me and Sarah
The whole gang...what a fun, fun day!