Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones and Daniel Chatto were married in London on July 14, 1994 and celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary yesterday. In celebration of this milestone, let’s look back at their wedding.
Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, who is the only daughter of the late Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon, met Daniel Chatto while working as a wardrobe assistant on the Merchant Ivory film Heat and Dust in India. Their wedding was a family affair that reflected the artistic tastes of the couple (both are professional artists). This was immediately evident in their choice of venue, St. Stephen’s Walbrook, a small 17th-century church in London built by Sir Christopher Wren. Lady Sarah’s dress, designed by British designer Jasper Conran, was inspired by a Holbein portrait. Made of white silk georgette, the dress featured a square neckline, ruched corset bodice, long sheer sleeves and the most beautifully draped skirt that flowed into a train. Even in photos, we get a sense of the effortless movement of the skirt. I remember being awed by the graceful simplicity of this dress and by how authentically it seemed to capture Sarah’s streamlined and unfussy personal style.
Lady Sarah topped her dress with a full length silk tulle veil and the Snowdon Floral Tiara. The brooches that make up this tiara were a gift from Lord Snowdon to Princess Margaret when they married; Jasper Conran suggested they be put together to create a tiara for Sarah’s wedding and the Snowdon Floral Tiara was born. The floral tiara gave such a feminine touch to Lady Sarah’s bridal ensemble and I loved the addition of greenery in her hair. The greens seemed to make the diamond flowers almost come to life.
Lady Sarah’s bridesmaids wore gowns also designed by Jasper Conran. The fitted corsets, long sleeves, open neckline and flowing skirts of their white silk dresses closely replicated Lady Sarah’s dress. Their hair was pulled back into low chignons and studded with the same pink garden roses that made up their bouquets. These floral headpieces, which looked so painterly and romantic, remain one of my favourite royal bridesmaid headpieces of all time.
Lady Sarah’s dress, veil and the Snowdon Floral Tiara are on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum until March 2015. If any of you have seen it in person, I would love hearing your thoughts! To see the hats worn by Lady Sarah’s royal relatives at her wedding, check out this post.