Wedding Fever

By Alison April 29, 2011 15 Comments 1 Min Read

It is a lovely day here. The sun is shining and at the back of my little garden the Vicar and his gang of gorgeous old ladies are stringing bunting around the sparkly new Ministry Centre in anticipation of the scrumptious little street party they are throwing for the Royal Nuptials.
While Finley is refusing to get out bed and strikes me as bizarrely anti-royalist for a seven year old, I for one am delirious with excitement. Because days like this are what memories are made of aren’t they? Certainly lovely recollections of the Jubilee and Charles and Di’s wedding form some of my most treasured from my childhood, and in a world that has become significantly more cynical since the flared jeaned community joys of the 1970’s, I rather feel it is my job to conjure up a little magic for the kind of terribly British celebration I hope he will remember for always.
As for me, I’m all about the dress. With the designer who stepped into Alexander McQueens lovely shoes after his death rumoured to be in charge, it is certain to be something rather special, even before the lovely Kate climbs into it and for a woman who has never really been interested in weddings at all, I am feeling ever so slightly eager to catch the first glimpse…
Because suddenly my head is full of weddings. Richard is making frequent reference to the pursuit of a vintage engagement ring and I am ever so secretly prowling around some of the most delicious wedding blogs on the net, privately thrilled by the idea of wearing a wedding dress from the new Anthropologie Wedding site
But do keep it under your hat won’t you? Let it be our little secret for now. It’s all about Kate today, so damn me trying to steal her lovely thunder!
Have a gorgeous day won’t you?


  1. Hausfrau says:

    I'm watching right now! Isn't it thrilling?

    1. brocantehome says:

      It was wonderful.x

  2. I am still aglow, that was exquisite.

    1. brocantehome says:

      And soooooo emotional.x

  3. Beth says:

    I don't get up at 5:45 a.m. for just anything and it was worth it. Gorgeous ceremony, everyone looked amazing, loved the dress (I'll even forgive her for stealing about seventy-five percent of my dream dress), thought the sermon was perfect, wonderful music, and hey– two kisses, no less. Well done!

  4. Gena says:

    Lovely,lovely,lovely! aint love grand? Ali darling I need plenty of notice if I need to buy a hat! xxx

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  6. Love, Mimi xxx says:

    What lovely, lovely news. I am raising my flowery tea cup to your happiness! xxx

  7. Heidi says:

    What delightful news! I actually stayed up to watch the Royal Wedding (Los Angeles time) and it was just gorgeous. Kate's dress was so beautiful and a breath of fresh air. Cannot wait to see what dress you choose, Alison!

  8. lizzie says:

    So lovely as an expat to hear some real enthusiasm for this wonderful event instead of the thinly veiled envious carping and whining and feigned bored indifference(Nigella s phrase not mine) I m thinking that the british middle class is just saturated with the royals and can t seem to control their exposure to the media, so I ll forgive them just this once but it makes me remember why I fled to the States in the first place.
    I watched the whole thing in my better pair of jammies with tea and toast crumbs everywhere . Saw all the old gang – when did the Duke of E got so old ! Did nt recognize too many of the younger royals as I have been out of the U.K. for thirty years and have to admit I dont really think about them on a year-to-year basis; but knowing they are all their holding the fort is comforting
    I am now spending the weekend in a rosy glow thanks to Windsors and Middletons.

  9. Katherine says:

    I am very excited for you! (((hugs)))

  10. Sasha says:

    Woah Neddy, hang about now……….. so does this mean you are ENGAGED then????!!!!! You just rather slipped that in there Mrs! Wow, well if that is indeed the case, CONGRATULATIONS!!!
    Oh, and yes the wedding was perfect, and so much more moving and real somehow for it's (relative) calm and subtlety. I hope Wills and Kate can be allowed to be truly happy and forge a strong love and life together.

    1. brocantehome says:

      Well now Sasha, it seems this is a case of putting the cart before the horse. Richard is talking up this potential engagement a storm, but has not yet proposed!!
      But yep… it's a done deal. Will keep you posted…

  11. Sasha says:

    How funny, my husband sometimes has whole conversations in his head that he swears blind he has had out loud with me (and hasn't!). Proposal or not, it's such exciting and happy news that you are both 'engaged to be engaged'. My brother and his girlfriend have lived, happily I might add, like this for a good few years though, so come on Richard…….! xxx

  12. Carlie says:

    Oh my good heavens! I can't wait to see official news! I was so hoping this was on your horizon….happy endings are the very best.
    I don't have a television so I missed the actual wedding but I am watching it slowly on YouTube and digesting it thoroughly with all my loyal Brit-fan friends who all DID watch it live.

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