Celebrity Weddings

Royal Wedding Jewelry: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Congratulations to the newly wed Royal Couple! The Royal Wedding ceremony was held 6 a.m. EST this morning at Westminister Abbey where Prince William and Kate Middleton exchanged vows after nearly a decade of courtship. With all the anticipation over her nuptial attire, the now ennobled Duchess of Cambridge looked dazzling by all accounts. Kate managed to harmoniously balance royal tradition with her own sense of modern style. Here’s an overview of her elegant ensemble including something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue:

Something Old – Kate’s spectacular ivory white Alexander McQueen gown was designed by creative director Sarah Burton. Middleton worked closely with Burton in formulating the design of her dress which combines traditional fabrics and lacework with modern structure into the artistic vision that characterizes Alexander McQueen’s work. The Carrickmacross needlework in the beautiful lace sleeves and accents is a technique that dates back to the 1800s.

Something New – The royal bride’s custom made diamond earrings were a personal gift to her from her parents for her wedding day. The platinum earrings feature a pear-shaped diamond set drop oak leaf design and pave set acorn motif suspended in the center inspired by the new Middleton family coat of arms. The earrings were beautifully set off by her hair; a natural “demi-chignon” styled by James Pryce from Kate’s favorite salon, Richard Ward of Chelsea, London.

Something Borrowed – Loaned to Middleton by Queen Elizabeth, Kate’s delicate diamond halo tiara held together her veil and perfectly topped off her gown. The tiara was crafted in 1936 and purchased by the Duke of York for his wife(Elizabeth’s mother). Then Princess Elizabeth received the gift for her 18th birthday.

Something Blue – Perhaps the most famous piece bridal jewelry of all is Middleton’s diamond and blue sapphire engagement ring. Honoring his late mother Princess Diana, Prince William gave the exquisite ring to Middleton when he proposed in November 2010. The 18 carat ring features an oval shaped blue sapphire center worth approximately $300,000. Sapphires are actually rarer than diamonds, but less expensive because the demand is lower.

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Wedding Website Announced for Prince William and Kate Middleton

Prince William and Kate Middleton are getting what every young, engaged couple needs in today’s high-tech world –  a wedding website. www.officialroyalwedding2011.org is set to be the official destination for any information on the forthcoming Royal Wedding. Wedding sites today give guests a useful way to get directions, browse photos, buy gifts, and in some cases even choose the music. Expect to find exclusive content, features, videos, links and perhaps even a live stream of the event itself on the Royal Couple’s site.

Buckingham Palace officials have said the website will be the first place to view information such as the details of Miss Middleton’s dress. Perhaps even get a first glimpse of her bridal jewelry too.

The site is being hosted by the Google App Engine which is especially designed to handle large bursts of traffic.

Are you getting married this year?  If so, do you have a website planned for the event?

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Mena Sulvari and Simone Sesito Wed in Italy

American Beauty star Mena Sulvari and music producer Simone Sesito finally tied the knot on Saturday in Italy. In a “very romantic and traditional Italian wedding”, the ceremony took place in a private church in Vatican City with a few hundred guests. They chose this location because Simone’s family is from Rome.

Having met at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival, Sesito got down on his knee and proposed about a year later with a sparkling diamond engagement ring. “It was very romantic” said Suvari. “I love him. It’s all about family and culture. I love his family and it just inspires me.” she added.

This is the second marriage for Sulvari, who wed cinematographer Robert Brinkman in 2000 before breaking up in 2005.

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Diamond Ipad Wedding Anniversary Gift for Mariah

Pop diva Mariah Carey and husband Nick Cannon received a dazzling wedding anniversary gift from the bosses at cosmetics firm Elizabeth Arden – a diamond encrusted Ipad.  Aside from being covered in glittering stones, the Ipad features a butterfly and Carey’s signature “M”. The stunning gift marks the couple’s second anniversary. Known to renew their vows every year, they held a lavish wedding ceremony at their Bevery Hills home on April 30th.  Mariah wore a white dress and veil, while Nick wore a white suit.

Their first 2 weddings were very low key in island-driven remote spots, so they opted for a more traditional ceremony this year.  Cannon mentioned that his super-star wife would be getting a third diamond ring to go with the third ceremony.  Celebrating their second wedding anniversary, he told the press, “We get married every year! That’s our thing.” – then adding, “If you were married to Mariah Carey, you’d want to marry her every year too!”

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