With Pippa Middleton and James Matthews now officially married, the spotlight temporarily shifts to British designer Giles Deacon, who created the bride’s wedding dress for the nuptials held on Saturday, May 20.
Deacon, 47, released a statement as the blushing bride stepped into her childhood church, St Mark’s in Englefield, on a clear Saturday afternoon local time. Accompanied by her sister, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, and her father, Michael Middleton, the bride beamed and flashed a mega-watt smile as she elegantly posed for photographers in her gown.
“I was thrilled to work with Pippa on her wedding dress,” Deacon said in a statement. “The dress is constructed with a cap sleeve, high neckline and features a corseted bodice with draping to the front and heart-shaped detail at the back.”
He added, “The bespoke silk cotton lace was hand appliqued to create an illusion of the dress having ‘no seams.’ The lace bodice is embroidered with pearl detailing over an organza and tulle underskirt, which has layer upon layer to enable a floor sweeping movement.”
Like her sister, Pippa opted for a white lace gown. The Duchess of Cambridge wore a custom gown designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen in her 2011 wedding.
The bride, however, swept her tresses up in a sleek-and-glamorous hairstyle, and her veil–a bespoke creation by milliner Stephen Jones–was comprised of tulle with embroidered pearls. Robinson Pelham provided the hairpiece and tiara, and Pippa chose Manolo Blahnik pumps for her walk down the aisle.
Interestingly enough, there’s a familial connection between Deacon and the Middleton family. Their lineages both trace to County Durham. Deacon was long rumored to be Pippa’s wedding dress designer after he was spotted shuffling in and out of her home with garment bags following her engagement last summer.