Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A Graceful Royal Wedding

Everyone is talking about the upcoming Royal Wedding between William and Kate so I thought it would be fun to look back at another Royal Wedding.  In April 1956, America's Princess, Grace Kelly, became a real princess when she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco.  The civil service occurred on April 18th but it was the larger religious ceremony on April 19th that captured the world's attention. It was customary for the studio to provide their stars with their wedding dresses so MGM Studio gifted Grace with her dress designed by Helen Rose.  "It was a high-necked, long-sleeved gown with a fitted torso and billowing skirt made of twenty-five yards of silk taffeta, one hundred yards of silk net, peau de soie, tulle and 125-year-old Brussels rose point lace. She wore a Juliet cap that was decorated with seed pearls, orange blossoms, and a veil of 90 yards of tulle." Looking back at it today, it's a shame that almost all modern brides choose strapless dresses for their own weddings. She looked unbelievably gorgeous as I'm sure Kate Middleton will on her big day.
















24 comments:

Alice Olive said...

She was indeed elegant. I remember reading an interview with Vera Wang about Ivanka Trump's dress in 2009. She said that either she or Ivanka were inspired by Grace Kelly's style.

Katie @ Noodle and Boof said...

gorgeous!! all of it! love the old photos!

b.Frank Interiors said...

Thanks for sharing the beautiful photo's of Grace Kelly's wedding. She really had the Cinderella story, being swept off her feet by the Prince of Monaco.

meenal bishnoi said...

Beautiful!!Grace Kelly looks stunning but a little apprehensive..must be natural considering the enormity of the occassion..thanks for sharing..xx meenal

Heidiopia said...

What a fun post, Heather! They were such a dashing couple and she is still the epitome of elegance to me. Thanks for sharing those delightful old images. :)

Joseph the Butler said...

great images. and what a Graceful lady. A friend of mine in Philadelphia used to tell stories of joining Grace and her family for bar b ques when she returned home for visits. Always loved that she was down to earth.

Raulston said...

Exceptional pictures! Thanks so much for sharing.

The enchanted home said...

These pictures nearly took my breath away..she was so incredibly beautiful and graceful..what a stunning bride she made. Proof you can be all buttoned up and still look increidbly beautiful! I am not the biggest fan of the big revealing trend of the sleeveless gowns of today...I am more old fashioned in that sense, cannot wait to see what Kate decides. Great post...fowarding to my mom who I know will greatly enjoy it! Thanks....

Kathryn said...

I agree. I'm so happy I didn't select a strapless dress for my 09 wedding. I think they are so "over" and can look trashy when not worn right.

vicki archer said...

Such a lovely reminder...beautiful images. Princess Grace looked so elegantl....xv

Al said...

Grace Kelly was such a style icon. She looked magical on her wedding day. Thanks for the photos that depicted this fairy tale celebration.

helen tilston said...

I, too love this post.
I believe a bride's arms should be covered, particularly when the wedding is in a church/synagogue.
Beautiful memories of elegance

BlubabesCreate said...

I love this dress. Modesty is always tasteful and timeless.

Dear Polia said...

Beautiful and timeless. I think a bride today could wear that gown and veil and not look out of place, but of course it helps to look like Grace Kelly. For my 06 wedding I had a strapless gown but I covered my shoulders with a high necked alencon lace bolero for most of the day, I wanted to feel like a traditional bride, not just dress in a white evening gown.

Spots and Stripes said...

Divine! I'm currently in the grip of RWF (Royal Wedding Fever) and these pictures have added to my feverish anticipation of Kate & Wills wedding. Amber
PS. My wedding dress in 2005 was inspired by the lemon Valentino dress which Cate Blanchett wore to the Oscars that year.

Lost in Provence said...

Thank you for this post of pure inspiration. I actually haven't been at all interested in the Royal Wedding but this makes me think that I should be.

What incredible, natural elegance Grace Kelly had. She really wrote the book on it.

Admirer of Style & Class said...

I agree, strapless gowns are so common now, and often show way too much cleavage, side spillage, or back fat. I always say, just because they make it in your size, doesn't mean you should wear it. There are so many styles that are flattering and beautiful, to perfect figures and less than perfected ones. So many more pictures were painted when describing a bride's wedding gown, than "Oh, it was strapless".

laughingsalmon said...

One of the most beautiful brides of all time and THE most stunning dress...pure art...

Linda Pakravan said...

Great post! Thank you. Grace's dress has been in my top 5 since I was a little girl.

Splendid Market said...

my goodness, her grace overflowth..beautiful..thank you.

kbd said...

I'm so looking forward to the next Monaco wedding! I believe Albert and Charlene marry in June. Can't wait! I think she's a little older and a bit more glamorous than Kate (don't tell anyone I said that!)

Jimbo said...

I remember seeing Grace Kelly's wedding dress on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art when I was a boy and visiting it every time I returned to the museum. Then it disappeared for what seemed like an eternity.
I'm happy to say it's been totally restored and part of the permanent collection in Philadelphia where Princess Grace grew up.

PopArtRockGirlYeah! said...

I think this has to be one of the best wedding dresses of all time. Timelessely sylish, and worn only like Grace Kelly could :-)

Jane Kilpatrick Schott said...

This dress is timeless..it really makes Diana's look, well, pouffy. 90 yards of tulle...how fabulous is that!

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