In the last couple of weeks have been a wave of excitement in the lead up to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding. We love a wedding at Beverley Edmondson Millinery, we love the celebration of the royals and that feeling that it brings when the whole country comes together to celebrate. Most of all the wedding provides the very best opportunity for people to watch royalty and celebrities all dressed to their best and all wearing hats!
We were lucky to play our own part in the special day, with two of our hats attending the wedding.
The first with the incredible Nova Reid whom I had the pleasure of meeting a couple of weeks before, when she came to me saying she needed a hat but had no experience of wearing hats and was slightly scared of them! We tried to work out a time for her to come and visit the boutique in Farnham, try different styles and allow me to educate her on how to wear hats. However clashing schedules meant that she sent a swatch of material and we consulted via video Skype calls before boxing her up a hat had to suffice.
Nova had been selected to speak on the BBC about style and for a sky documentary about diversity through her mission to showcase diversity via inspired wedding blog www.nubride.com. She really is one of the most inspiring women that I have ever met, and I was thrilled that she choose to wear Beverley Edmondson Millinery for the Royal Wedding occasion and to see her interviewed on the BBC several times on the morning of the Royal Wedding.
The second hat that went to the royal wedding started its journey the week before the royal wedding. We had a last minute PR call for a selection of hats to be sent to ITV, so we boxed up a selection and awaited to see them on TV.
It turns out that the feature we sent to hats for was a feature about dressing some of the members of the public who had been chosen to attend the royal wedding because of their charitable work, and the hats would be attending the wedding itself.
Our duckegg floral wave headpiece was chosen for Hayley Ash who set up and runs Shipston Community Christmas, offering Christmas lunch for those lonely or less fortunate at Christmas. And I couldn’t think of a better place for the hat to go.
Within moments of our hat being on Lorraine, the phone was ringing and texts and our social media pages were full of messages from people saying they had seen our hat, which was a lovely little touch.
We presumed that this would be the last we heard about the hat, but on Thursday Hayley got in touch directly to say that she had worn the hat on Good Morning America, and sent us a link! It seems we went international.
On the wedding day itself we had the television on in the background at the shop, I looked down and there Hayley was again this time being interviewed by the BBC in our hat, what a lovely surprise to see her on TV again! The hat has obviously been on a huge adventure with Hayley throughout the royal wedding coverage and she looks incredible in it.
We were so thrilled to see out hats out and about on national television surrounding such a historical event and loved seeing all the other hats from the day.
Our top 3 hats were:
Well who could miss Amal Clooney, in the gorgeous sunshine yellow, looking so elegant and sophisticated in Stephen Jones
Camilla Parker Bowles pink feather hat by Philip Treacy, contemporary yet elegant and so light and full of movement
Kitty Spencer, a contemporary twist to the 1940’s elegant, simple and classy in he simple face hugging emerald green fascinator also by Philip Treacy
Over all there were lots of nods to the 1940’s with pill boxes and veils and small saucers, bit for us the whole event was a feast of colour for the eyes and reminded us why we all love hats!!
Wow what a weekend!