Bridesmaids' style shines on big day

THE bridesmaids’ dresses — ivory with ballerina length pleated skirts, puff sleeves and gold sashes tied in a “sumptuous” bow — were created by childrenswear designer Nicki Macfarlane.

Maid of honour Pippa Middleton wore, like the bride, a Sarah Burton creation made of a heavy, ivory satin-based crepe, with a cowl front.

It has the same button detail and lace trims as her sister’s bridal gown.

The dresses for bridesmaids Lady Louise Windsor, Margarita Armstrong-Jones and three-year-olds Grace van Cutsem and Eliza Lopes were handmade by Macfarlane and her daughter Charlotte at their homes in Wiltshire and Kent.

The younger bridesmaids wore ivy and lily-of-the-valley hair wreaths, inspired by the headdress worn by Kate’s mother Carole at her wedding in 1981.

Each bridesmaid had their name and the date embroidered onto the lining of each dress. Echoing Kate’s dress, they were made using the same fabrics. The ballerina-length, full, box pleated skirt was used to add “a sculptural quality”, with the layering of ivory over white satin gazar adding depth of colour.

They were hand-finished with delicate English cluny lace, which was visible under the skirts, and four layers of net underskirt.

The puff sleeves and neckline were trimmed with the same lace as the bride’s underskirt. The backs were finished with the same button detail.

The sashes were made of pale gold wild silk, tucked at the front and tied at the back in a sumptuous bow, St James’s Palace said.

They wore classic Mary Jane style satin shoes with a Swarovski crystal buckle.

These were made by Devon-based Rainbow Club, which has been designing, making and colouring handmade wedding shoes since the mid-1980s.

As they followed the bride toward the altar, the two youngest bridesmaids clutched their headdresses with one hand, fearing they may slip off.

All six children appeared to appreciate the importance of the ceremony, frowning seriously as they stopped behind the bride when she reached the altar.

Looking stern, it was evident they were concentrating hard on getting it right as the eyes of the congregation — and the billion tuning in around the world — turned on them.

Picture: Maid of honour Pippa Middleton and some of the younger members of the wedding party join the procession to Buckingham Palace following the royal wedding. Picture: John Giles

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