This week marks 10 years since the last major British royal family wedding was held at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle (also with a North American born bride and a reception held at Frogmore House) – the wedding of Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly. To raise a glass to their 10th anniversary and kick off this wedding week, I thought we’d take a look back at these nuptials and the hats in attendance.
Peter and Autumn’s wedding ceremony was a smaller event than what I expect we’ll see this Saturday with a ceremony that remained private. Autumn’s custom dress, in ivory Italian Duchesse satin, was designed by British designer Sassi Holford. It featured a strapless bodice covered in beaded French Chantilly lace with a wide, pleated cummerbund sash at the waist.
The A-line skirt extended into a flowing two meter long cathedral train with inset panels covered in more of the French lace and decorated with bows (this photo suggests the train was bustled for the reception). An unlined bolero jacket in beaded Chantilly lace completed the gown.
Holford created a custom Cathedral length veil for the ensemble in Swiss silk tulle, bordered in scalloped panels of the same beaded lace as on the bolero and dress. Autumn anchored the veil with the Festoon diamond tiara borrowed from Princess Anne. Her pearl and diamond earrings and pendant were gifts from Peter.
The wedding party consisted of Zara Philips and Autumn’s friends Jacqueline Aubie and Susannah Toynbee as bridesmaids in pale sage green strapless Vera Wang gowns with fresh flowers tucked into their hair. Peter’s half-sister Stephanie and Autumn’s half-sister Jessica, who were both 11 years old, also attended the couple in matching green dresses and fresh floral headpieces. The attendants all carried small posies of the same white freesia, roses, lily of the valley and stephanotis that made up Autumn’s cascading bouquet.
I always loved the pairing of the Festoon tiara with Autumn’s dress- it adds a bit of sparkle without any heaviness and feels in scale with the dress. We’ve not seen Autumn in a tiara since this event – not surprising but a shame, nonetheless, because she wears it very well.