The Royal Marriages Act of 1772 requires all royal descendants to seek the sovereign’s approval for marriage. But the requirements don’t stop there—the 1701 Act of Settlement prohibits royals from marrying Catholics. Royals may legally wed an atheist or someone of any faith other than Roman Catholicism. The Queen’s eldest grandchild Peter Phillips in 2008, Autumn Kelly converted from Roman Catholicism to Anglicanism so her husband would keep his place as 11th in line for the throne. Soon after Will and Kate’s engagement was announced, officials from Buckingham Palace said the Queen was “absolutely delighted” for the couple, which can only mean she approved of Will’s choice. Sources have also reported that Harry has already asked Her Majesty’s permission to wed Meghan Markle, and the Queen bestowed her blessing. There has been much speculation about Markle’s religious background, and many publications have falsely reported that Markle is Jewish because of a two-year marriage to Trevor Engelson, a Jewish producer, from 2011to 2013. While we’re unsure of Markle’s beliefs, we’re assuming the couple is well aware of the law and we’re hoping it’s a non-issue. Continue reading →
The engagement was just announced, but royal wedding fever is already here.
No one does pomp and circumstance like the Brits, and when it comes to royal weddings, they rule. I’m one of those people who set the alarm for 5am so I could get up and watch Lady Diana arrive at St. Paul’s Cathedral in a gold, horse-drawn carriage to marry Prince Charles. Ever since, I’ve made it my personal mission to know everything there is to know about the fascinating family at the center of the world’s longest running soap opera.
After two books and countless conversations with royal insiders (including Diana’s brother, Charles), I’ve gained plenty of insight on how things work within “The Firm.” Although they only just announced their engagement yesterday, plans for Harry and Meghan’s wedding are well under way. Here’s what we know so far. And for more royal engagement coverage, here are 10 Secrets the Palace Doesn’t Want Meghan Markle to Know. Continue reading →
This wedding set-up in the beautiful hills of Jaffrey, NH is simply stunning. Not only was this private residence the perfect location for a Tidewater Sailcloth Tent, but the timeless arrangements underneath the tent are breathtaking. In case of rain, this couple opted for window sailcloth tent sides to prepare for any inclement weather. The white wash cross back chairs add a countryside and modern feel. The white cotton linens and water goblets keep it classic and simple. Just gorgeous!
Legally, all you need for a wedding is a visit to the county clerk’s office, and whatever else your local government requires. (Check here.) Everything else is optional. Of course, some things are more optional than others. Most weddings these days skip the garter toss; many skip the bridesmaids and groomsmen, and some even skip the flowers. What matters is that you pick the right elements to keep making you and your guests happy. Continue reading →
Two Bayview Frame Tents were installed to host to an intimate wedding of 130 guests at a private home in Ogunquit Maine. Guests enjoyed dinner and dancing with breathtaking views of the ocean shore. Café lights were strung throughout the tent providing a romantic glow during the evening celebration. The night was magical!
There is something so classic about the blend of neutral tones with a touch of rustic. Dark farm tables accompanied by walnut crossback chairs provide a timeless look and feel and can really be used in any setting. The blush goblets along with the pink and white flower arrangement add a beautiful pop of color to tie the look together. The celery panama napkins add the perfect amount of texture and the ivory plates with Etage flatware keeps the look clean.
It’s not just the ridiculous cost of weddings these days that makes some couple opt to have a small wedding guest list. Whether you live far away from your extended family or simply can’t think of 200+ people you care enough about to invite, small weddings often make more sense.
However, just because your wedding is tiny in size doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t look and feel as glamorous as a bigger shindig. Here are some small wedding ideas that will make your intimate gathering look and feel as special as anything you might see on Pinterest or Instagram. Continue reading →