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Inside the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews

Written by Katie Byrne, published 22nd may 2017

From THAT dress to the royal guests, the glass marquee reception and the hair-raising Best Man's speech...

After months of speculation about how, exactly, they'd do it, Pippa Middleton and James Matthews have tied the knot!

The couple tied the knot in a serene Berkshire-held celebration, swapping their vows in a ceremony held at the deliciously historic St Mark's Church in Englefield, before hopping in a car (not just any car - an E-type Jaguar, no less), to the reception, held at Middleton HQ in Bucklebury.

The beautiful bride dazzled in a custom-made gown created by Giles Deacon, which she paired with a veil by milliner Stephen Jones. Her something old? The diamond-drop earrings she wore at the wedding of her big sister, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, in 2011.

Pippa held a stunning bouquet designed by Lavender Green Flowers; the sophisticated arrangement featured peonies, sweet peas, astible, freesias, waxflowers, green bells and alchemilla mollis. 

Catherine was on-hand to help the bride adjust her gown before she walked into the venue on the arm of their father, Michael Middleton, and was all spotted shushing the very excited (and utterly adorable) gaggle of page boys and flower girls. Included within the adorable troupe were Catherine's two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who looked utterly scrumptious in outfits by Spanish brand, Pepa & Co. 

Photo album: inside Pippa and James' wedding

According to reports, the mini Royals were impeccably behaved at the celebration: Prince George was described as 'excitable' inside the church, whilst his little sister had a brief wobble when she was spotted asking her nanny 'where's mummy?'. (Our hearts...)


The Duke of Cambridge was also on-hand for the nuptials, as well as James' younger brother, reality star, Spencer Matthews; both Spencer and Pippa's brother (also James) gave readings at the emotional ceremony, with the former reading a passage from the Paulo Coelho novel The ­Alchemist, whilst James gave a reading from Love Is An ­Adventure by Pierre Tielhard du Chardin.

After the ceremony, Pippa and James posed happily for photos outside the flower-adorned church before James whisked his bride away in the afore-mentioned Jag. 

At the reception - held beneath a glass marquee at Pippa's parents' home - a carefully-constructed table plan meant couples weren't allowed to sit together. Some observed this was, perhaps, a little unfair in the case of Prince Harry's girlfriend, Meghan Markle, who had a reception-only invite.

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According to reports, the Best Man delivered a rather risque speech at 11pm, after the five-course wedding dinner (which included Scottish lamb and trout) had been completed. The speech, delivered by James' long-time friend Justin Johannsen, began with tributes to the guests who had travelled from across the globe to be at the nuptials, and also included a glowing description of Pippa, with Justin praising her 'gutsiness, spirit and beauty', and calling her 'the image of perfection'.


By this point, Pippa had slipped into a second wedding dress, a floor-sweeping, sparkle-encrusted design believed to have been designed by Spanish label Pronovias.

However, eyebrows were raised when Mr Johannsen made a joke where he likened Pippa to James' beloved pet Spaniel, Rafa - and again when he made a lewd reference to the newlyweds imminent honeymoon.

James' brother, Spencer, also gave a toast, which reportedly had guests in 'stitches'.

After the speeches, it was time for the Middleton-Matthews and their guests to have their first dance, accompanied by a saxophonist and a DJ. Guests then stormed the dancefloor, as well as enjoying photobooths, a single malt whisky bar and a breathtaking light show that saw footage of the bride and groom projected onto the back of ­Pippa's parents' home.

The newlyweds have since been spotted at LAX Airport, with reports suggesting they're heading to French Polynesia for their honeymoon, where they will stay in Marlon Brando's breathtaking property, The Brando.

Image: Instagram/Giles Deacon

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