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Countdown To A Royal Wedding: Princess Brides

To continue our week of Legendary Brides, let's take a look at Princess Brides, seeing as we'll have another one to chat about come Friday!

To begin, let's look at Prince William's mother, the beloved Princess Diana. As we all know, the comparisons between Kate and Diana will never be exhausted, and are exacerbated by the fact that Kate is wearing the former Princess' engagement ring, originally given to her by Prince Charles in 1981.
Diana's Royal Wedding on July 29, 1981 transformed her from a kindergarten teacher with a heart of gold, to a compassionate Princess dubbed the "English Rose." In the end, her marriage left much to be desired, but her wedding was a thing of fairy tales!

Though Diana's silk taffeta gown was ornate (with a train measuring twenty-five feet!), Diana refused to use hairspray to control her short, layered hair and opted for natural-looking makeup on the day of the ceremony. Nonetheless, she was absolutely stunning, and her wedding (and life) captivated an audience across the globe.

Grace Kelly lived the American dream of being an Oscar-winning film star and then became a real-life Princess with one of the most lavish wedding celebrations of the century. In 1955, Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco became engaged, and her life as a celebrity took a turn from Hollywood Royalty to Monarch. The week leading up to the wedding was incredibly lavish, and included a garden party for the entire adult population of the small principality, totaling 3,000 attendees!

When it came to the actual wedding day, no bride would ever look so glamorous, stately, and composed as Princess Grace!

Of course, we must also mention American Royalty, and specifically the stunning union of Jacqueline Bouvier to John F. Kennedy on September 12, 1953. Billed as the "Wedding of the Year," the future First Lady and style icon gracefully dealt with the challenges of a super-size wedding on a budget, and she humbly accepted the media scrutiny, disappointment of her father's absence at the ceremony, and the fact that she could not afford a dress by a major New York or Paris designer (though her dress was still so elegant and lovely). Jackie Kennedy married before 700 official guests, but thousands more took part in the celebration by cheering on the streets or through the media.

Jackie was always a true class act, and a stunningly chic woman and bride!

And we cannot finish our Princess post without mentioning Carolyn Bessette's wedding to Jackie's son, and America's Most Eligible Bachelor at the time, John Kennedy. What I love most about this wedding was it's simplicity. The couple, which was a favorite among media hounds and gossip writers, were always a private pair, and on September 21, 1996, they secretly wed on an island off the coast of Georgia. Carolyn's stunning slip dress, and simply bun were both elegant, youthful, and chic, and made many young brides re-think the classical silhouettes of bridal gowns.

Three years later, the couple was killed in a plane crash off Martha's Vineyard. The couple has always been remembered as genuine, loving people with a stunning connection and passionate love. I think their connection is evident in their intimate ceremony and we all think of them with fond memories.

Until tomorrow,

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