Just like when her older sister Kate Middleton got married to Prince William in 2011, rumors and speculation have swirled over who would design Pippa Middleton’s wedding dress. Some argued that the fashionable socialite would stick with tried-and-tested British designers like Alexander McQueen, while others suggested she might think outside the box and aim for a fairytale gown by a classic house like Oscar de la Renta.
However, it was to everyone’s surprise when Pippa Middleton emerged for her auspicious wedding to financier James Matthews on May 20th in none other than Giles Deacon. While Deacon might be known to many fashion insiders – especially British ones – he is not exactly a household name outside of the UK.
Business of Fashion said it best when it called Deacon “a true English fashion eccentric”, underscoring the surprising nature of Middleton’s choice. Deacon — known for his highly dramatic collections — seemed a curious choice for the demure bride, but Middleton’s impeccable sense of style proved to be right once again. Her outstanding wedding dress exemplified British tradition while remaining playful with an upright collar and yards of breathtaking, bespoke lace that conformed to her lithe figure like a second skin before falling into a graceful, full skirt.
In addition to her picture-perfect dress choice, other elements of Middleton’s wedding surprised and delighted us. Find our six favorite moments from her wedding, below.
Kate Middleton gently shushing her children.
In a blush-pink Alexander McQueen dress and matching hat, Pippa’s sister and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton was snapped in the perfect “mom moment” while gently quieting her children and other family offspring before they marched into St. Mark’s Church for the wedding.
These classically British flower arrangements.
Pippa Middleton’s haute taste extended to her floral arrangements, which celebrated British blossoms like the English rose.
This great sister moment.
Six years ago, Pippa Middleton was the dutiful sister, following Kate down the aisle holding her wedding train. In a nearly identical situation, the roles were reversed for Pippa’s wedding, with this touching moment of sisterly love (and attention to detail).
Prince George adorably stealing the spotlight.
Prince George – arguably the most photogenic child in the world – practically stole the spotlight from his aunt while dressed in traditional British knickerbockers.
The way Pippa looked at her father.
This photo perfectly captures Pippa’s feelings of joy and happiness as she grasps her father’s arm right before walking down the aisle. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so we’ll stop talking and let the feels sink in.
James and Pippa's first stroll as a married couple.
Emerging minutes after the wedding ceremony with guests streaming out of the church behind them, Pippa and her new husband steal a quiet moment alone to revel in their special day.