Pippa Middleton wore a lacy, high-necked Giles Deacon wedding gown

The wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews

From the looks of it, Pippa Middleton’s wedding went off without a hitch. Good for her! I mean that. It must feel so cathartic to have all of those months of planning come to fruition and no one was a runaway bride or a runaway groom and no massive tantrums were thrown. Pippa looked pleased during all of her on-camera moments, from her ride up to the church – where her father drove a vintage car, not a horse-drawn carriage – to the almost-royal kiss outside of the church. Remember, they’re in England and you’re not supposed to kiss after you say your vows. There is no “you may now kiss the bride” there. British people wait to kiss until they’re outside of the church. Some of them wait until they’re on the balcony of a palace, but alas, that was never in the cards for Pippa.

As for her wedding gown, it was Giles Deacon and it was pretty. I was surprised by the design up top, with the “heart” cutout in the back, the high neck and the exposed arms. Those were interesting choices, I thought, for a British wedding. I feel like British brides – society brides, brides getting married in small country churches – tend to cover up more, but Pippa was bringing some Michelle Obama Realness with the arm exposure. The fabric of the gown was “bespoke cotton lace” which was “hand appliquéd to create an illusion of the dress having ‘no seams’,” according to Giles Deacon. Interestingly enough, Kensington Palace was sending out press releases about Pippa’s wedding and what Pippa was wearing. Like, KP considers Pippa to be “royal” I guess.

Pippa wore a small tiara – the Maidenhair Fern tiara – designed by Robinson Pelham. She wore the same diamond Robinson Pelham earrings that she wore to Kate’s wedding in 2011. She paired her gown with custom Manolos. Let’s see what I’m missing… the veil is by Stephen Jones and small pearls were woven into the veil.

What else? Pippa invited several of her exes to the wedding, and a few of Prince William’s exes too – you can see the list here. Terribly Moderately Wealthy James Matthews looked nice, although no one was really looking at him that much. Every news show did a piece about the wedding on Saturday and I was fascinated by how they described him: “a wealthy financier” came up the most.

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  1. justsaying says:

    I like her dress, it’s beautiful but it highlighted her long torso which wasn’t that good. Just my opinion ^^

  2. guest says:

    I know I will be the only one on this board who thinks like that but I don’t care – I wish she would have covered her muscular arms.

  3. Amy says:

    I think she looked stunning. The high neck was beautiful, I loved the fact that she had her hair up, her make up was on point (better than at her sister’s wedding) and she just looked amazing all round. As cliched as it is, she was absolutely glowing in the photos of her and TMW James driving away from the church.

    Dare I say it…I think she looked better than her sister did at her wedding.

    (I know we shouldn’t compare etc etc…but oh well, here we are!)

  4. isakka says:

    They look like a couple in their 40s, I was surprised to learn that she’s only 33-years-old.

  5. Embee says:

    Omg she’s hilarious. All that working out to wear a dress that totally hides her figure (whilst building in a bust where she has none). Blah blah blah.

    His neck is really long.

  6. Jess says:

    For all the hype, all the resources, and all the money available to her, I feel quite underwhelmed by Pippa’s dress and beige wedding colors. The Middletons lack a sense of style.

    • Anett says:

      I second that.
      I came away from the wedding pretty disappointed. I didn’t care for her gown, her hair, her groom.

      • Ange says:

        I thought her hair was far too restrained for the look, if that makes sense. She didn’t have to wear it down but she could have found something a little less buttoned up looking. That combined with the high neck looks very constricting.

    • Seraphina says:

      I agree. I read the SM article on how Pippa wanted a dress that reflected her and was more cutting edge fashion wise than her sister’s dress was. And then I see these pics! Wow, if that is more cutting edge, I now understand the lack of fashion intellect from Kate. The dress was nice, but I really expected more.

      I did like the page boy outfits though. They looked so cute.

      One side note, I wish hats would come back to fashion in the US love me some hats.

      • hmmm says:

        Her dress reflected her sister’s and her wedding reflected her sister’s. There was nothing unique about it, and I, too, was underwhelmed at the lack of imagination. Sorry, Pips, you will always come second and be second best. Just ask your mom.

        The two sisters certainly have beige in common. That says it all.

  7. isakka says:

    It’s a lovey wedding dress but it’s not worth £40,000.

  8. MunichGirl says:

    It was a rip-off of Kate’s wedding which is just more proof that Pippa and Carole really think that they are members of the royal family.

  9. anonymous says:

    Ok I have to admit that I loved the vibes of the wedding, everything looked perfect honestly and her wedding dress was way much better than Kate’s one.

  10. spidey says:

    I think she looked absolutely lovely.

    I also think there are some who would say she didn’t whatever she wore.

  11. amalia says:

    It was better than Kate’s wedding dress. Kate’s wedding dress was so boring.

  12. Nico says:

    For all the hype for months now and especially in the last few days, the whole wedding was so boring to me. It was just a regular normal wedding. Bride looked like a bride and people came and it just seemed like a celebrity wedding with a few photographers. All that security and hype for nothing. There were a few people who stood outside to watch but the hype made it sound like there would be like people lined down the street. Idk it seemed like a huge let down almost. I’m glad everything went well for her and that she looked nice but honestly it was regular.

  13. jeanne says:

    yes, the grandstanding and smiling and kissing for the cameras was a bit much. the drive away in the car was borderline eye roll. but pippa looked so happy! and james looked so proud! it was lovely. good for pippa. i am not a huge middleton fan but i was so happy for her. what a nice moment she had.

    and you can tell she was feeling herself. unlike kate who was so nervous at her wedding (rightly so, not judging). but pippa was there to play. this was all rehearsed but it didn’t matter. she got her great pics. good for her. now go relax!

  14. eXo says:

    It was a very nice wedding but it was not about love and commitment, it was about money and showing off.

  15. Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

    I liked the dress and while it was very similar to Waity’s (and Nicky Hiltons) Giles Deacon did a better job than Sarah Burton. The full skirt hung better for a start. So yeah the battle of the Middleton sisters wedding dresses was won by Pippa.

    The body language between both couples is interesting – P&J look like there is genuine love and affection there compared to W&K who have always looked awkward and since they got married, like they can barely stand to be in each others company.

    As others have said, Pippa got the better deal and not just because he’s wealthy and can give her the lifestyle she and her family want. But also because he seems like a nice guy who would treat her well. The same can’t be said for her sister who married a guy who cheated on her the whole 10 years they were ‘dating’.

    • minx says:

      They both looked extremely happy to be getting married. He seemed thrilled. The contrast with William as a groom was obvious.

    • hmmm says:

      He wouldn’t be so nice if he didn’t have millions. I’m sure Pippa is thrilled to finally be off the shelf.

    • Sarah says:

      Did you read anywhere that Wills didnt go to the reception? If not, i wonder why not? We allknow he likes to dance, LOL!
      He was a jerk, also, letting Kate deal with the kids on her own. He wasnt a groomsman or usher, so he certainly could have helped her.
      I think he must be a real pill to live with. You know how we say #poorjason? I’m going to start saying #poorkate.

    • morrigan says:

      Maybe Pippa was able to see what Kate’s life has been like, and adjusted her wants accordingly, coming to see that having a title maybe isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. So she may not have a title, but she’s got a wealthy husband who at least seems into her and cares about her.

      I think Kate got stuck living her mother’s dream of being part of the aristocracy. Pippa, being younger, was likely able to escape some of that after Kate got married and Pippa got older.

  16. Skylark says:

    She looked absolutely radiant.

  17. lower-case deb says:

    sad thing is, everything about her style is what in wished kate would choose for her highly televised wedding. professional make up and a good updo; but kate chose to “do my own makeup” like the frugal duchess she is not.

    congratulations to the happy couple.

    glad to see Kensington Palace putting all those tax dimes to good use by releasing those press releases. not.

  18. Snowpea says:

    She looks ok but her face was waaaaaay too orange/tanned for her wedding day. And her eyebrows looked…interesting. Very very waxed and groomed to the point they took away every superfluous hair. I think its more modern to keep them ever so slightly shaggy…it looks fresher.

    What else? The husband is tres unattractive, a real face for radio. But I guess the Middletons don’t marry for looks do they?

    Kate looked nice and appropriate though very skinny. The children looked adorable. And I like the olde English feel of it.

  19. doglover says:

    I think the British taxpayer has the right to see the security bill for this wedding.

  20. suze says:

    The press releases from KP are a head scratcher. Will this continue? Will each young Matthews child be announced by posting a bulletin outside KP?

    Other than that, the rest of it all did go off well and it is probably a great relief to everyone to have it in the rear view mirror.

  21. Ophelia says:

    The groom’s family seems non-existent. Less relevant or less camera hogs or both?

    Pippa seems very orange. Rivalling Prez Orange, almost.

    The children pages and flower girls are very darling.

  22. Sydney says:

    I think I prefer this dress than Kate’s dress.

    I saw the pics of them in the car waving a people and media just like Will and Kate

    looking at the guest….most rich people have zero style, for all that money there were some horrible outfits, including some men.

  23. Elisa the I. says:

    Pippa totally looks like Alicia Vikander in these pics – never noticed this before.
    She looks happy and he … is there is well, so congrats!

  24. Lara says:

    Err British couples have the you may now kiss the bride moment. If not then it’s going to be really awkward at my wedding next year when the Mr to be sticks his tongue down my throat…

    • Annetommy says:

      Yep. And there isn’t really such a thing as a British wedding. Secular, Anglican , Presbyterian, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh….etc…all British. Even if It’s meant to mean “toff in church”, many Scots male toffs would wear formal Highland dress, including kilts, and “Britain” and “England” are not interchangeable. Pippa looked nice, as well she should given the cost.

    • auroratudor says:

      Came down here to say this. I’m American, but I married a Brit in England and we have photos of the moment. Maybe it is a Yank thing than has crossed the pond, but they absolutely do it.

    • Manjit says:

      Well, I’m a Brit and I can tell you that at every wedding I’ve been to the Priest, Vicar, Registrar, Celebrant has always said after the vows, “You may kiss the bride”, so that’s complete tosh. Also her father didn’t drive the car, it was chauffeur driven and British brides are not known for their modest attire, I can tell you. In fact the best thing about the dress imho, was the fact it wasn’t strapless, as has been the vogue here for years. I’m not a great fan of meringue dresses but I thought she looked beautiful in this one.

  25. Sarah says:

    I couldn’t take the people (the DM called them Pippa’s fans) who waited for them behind the metal barriers seriously. Seriously, most of them were middle-aged and old women, I really think the new generation doesn’t care about the BRF (and their hanger-ons) anymore.

  26. Jeesie says:

    They both look like they’ve been crash dieting for months.

    Pippa’s arms are worrying. That’s not what muscular arms look like, that’s what arms with no fat on them look like. One suggests fitness, the other starvation.

    • IlsaLund says:

      Thank you. I thought I was the only one who wondered why everyone was going on about Pippa’s “toned arms.” Those arms look flaccid to me and no where near “Michelle Obama arms.”

      • jwoolman says:

        Some people complained loudly about Michele Obama’s arms, too. There seems to be a strong cultural bias against women having obvious muscle. We’re supposed to be weak widdle things, I guess. I personally am a weak widdle thing, but not exactly proud of it! When women routinely use their muscles due to work or deliberate exercise and don’t have a lot of fat, they get obvious muscles. That’s normal.

    • kaiC says:

      Yeah, she looked like a completely different person to me. Kind of sad that someone would think they have to change that much to be “perfect” for their wedding.

  27. KatM says:

    I really liked the front of the dress and I thought she really looked beautiful honestly. I did not really like/care for the cut out in the back. I liked the lace and the neckline suits her. I though the old church was really beautiful. I did think the turning around for the cameras was slightly funny but I am not surprised.

  28. Flufff says:

    Well it’s a very beautiful wedding and she looks really happy, even though I still think the whole family are redefining vulgar.

    The waving thing is hilarious and beyond parody.

    Not sure if the “no kiss” stuff was supposed to be sarcastic? This is definitely not true for most English weddings and that includes upper class society weddings. I’ve never been to a wedding that didn’t have “you may now kiss the bride.”

  29. Lainey says:

    I like her dress more than Kate’s. But even then I found it boring. Didn’t remember it minutes after looking at it. Loved the hair though. Wish the hairdresser that did it would do Kate’s up dos in the future.

  30. Khaleesi says:

    I thought this kiss was so awkward, she with her eyes open, probably more focused on the cameras etc. lol


  31. Ellaus says:

    After all the Daily Mail nonsense (which did much more harm, than good) I was surprised to actually like this wedding. It looked classy, nice (and expensive).
    She looks amazing, the guipure on the dress is really beautiful. It fits ver like a glove and It sita en her natural waist…
    The kids looked lovely, but George got a scolding from her mother for stepping on the brides dress.
    Over all, It seemed a nice and charming wedding.

  32. Snaphappy says:

    Pippa’s dress looked a lot like Nicky Hilton’s. I though that Pippa looked better in it.

  33. littlemissnaughty says:

    Pippa looked absolutely beautiful. But … oof, they look dehydrated. I mean I get wanting to look slim for your wedding day, god knows I’d diet too but they don’t exactly look healthy and he especially looks so damn old. I hope this was a wedding thing and doesn’t continue.

  34. Zooyork says:

    I don’t like the dress at all. Too severe. I don’t like high neck and I don’t like the extremely short sleeves in the dress. The arm exposed does not look good in this case. I’m schocked that with all her access she went with this boring, cold dress.

  35. KatM says:

    Oh my gosh…KAISER, please write a post about this… http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4527140/Pippa-Middleton-James-Matthews-wedding-reception.html

    I was very complimentary until I saw this. Did they project enlarged photos of themselves onto the side of the house? Oh my gosh, I am dying laughing right now.

  36. HeyThere! says:

    I think Pippa looked like the best version of her everyday self!bshe was simply Stunning! I also think brides should look like themselves on their wedding day. Lol. I didn’t diet(young, didn’t need to), tan, change my hair, change my style and looking back would not have it any other way! I look like me, the person my husband fell in love with many, many moons ago.

    Her makeup could have looked over the top but instead, it was very natural and lovely! I think these sisters get a lot of heat from the public and I honestly never understood why.

    The old church they wed in looks amazing!!! I want to see inside! Places like that just don’t exist in the states. Super jealous. I’m also happy MM decided(or was told) not to attend the wedding because it would have been all people cared about. That first picture with Harry. Every bride deserves to be the focus of the wedding. MM did go to the reception, which looked amazing as well!

    Congrats to Pippa and James!

  37. seesittellsit says:

    Well, I don’t like the Middletons, but I have to say, it was a beautiful, expensive, English country wedding. I thought Pippa looked fantastic, and I loved the dress, which gave her a beautiful shape and was sumptuous without being ridiculous. Much as it galls me to acknowledge it, Carole M. knows what she is doing. Beautiful wedding, beautiful wedding dress.

    Of course, there WAS Kate’s dress to despair over, but that isn’t Carole M.’s or Pippa’s fault.

  38. JustBitchy says:

    Celebitcy and Betti
    I haven’t seen too much coverage of Pippa and TR/TMW James’ house. Here it is with link to when James bought it. And the link to the planning document that confirm name and address It’s a very beautiful home I must say. I would take this over KP any day. And I am sure they will buy a country pile soon out in west Berkshire.

    All public, so enjoy.



  39. Rae says:

    Absolutely spot on! She looked stunning.

    I had to laugh at how normal the wedding was, when I had been reading all about the carriage arrival, etc (with lots of eye rolling) being dissected here.

    It looked like a truly beautiful wedding, and they looked in love.

    Congrats to them.

    p.s To those who say she look so manly, or her arms are too muscular to have short sleeves, take a bloody seat.

  40. The Original Mia says:

    Pippa looked good. Overly orange, but very pretty. Hated that fern tiara. I know it matched her earrings from Kate’s wedding, but it nearly got lost in her hair. Overall, well done, Pippa! Now go away.

  41. upstatediva says:

    I think the bride looked happy and lovely. I was never a great fan of Kate’s wedding dress, but I really like Pippa’s. I thought they looked nice together. The idea that Kate or Pippa has great style is pretty ridiculous; they are pretty regular(and often quite boring) gals in their 30s. But I give props to Pippa for beautiful dress and really sweet veil. I thought she toned down the orange nicely for the day. All in all, THUMBS up for the Pips! My hopes for tartans were dashed, but I am already over it!

  42. Cel2495 says:

    She looks very lovely and happy

  43. Cerys says:

    The more I see the dress the more I like it. I wasn’t keen on it at first as all I could see were her arm muscles. It was a lovely dress but if the sleeves had been a fraction longer it would have been stunning. That said, I thought she looked really pretty. I liked her hair, tiara and veil.
    I hope she and TMW James will be happy together.

  44. Joannie says:

    Beautiful wedding! Pippa looked lovely.

  45. Ramona Q. says:

    Her husband’s pants are too long in the crotch and the legs.

  46. Scout says:

    Her husband is just… not cute. At all.

  47. KiddVicious says:

    Now that it’s over we can concentrate of Harry and Meghan ;)

  48. Guesto says:

    So why again was this wedding such an event? Don’t get me wrong, I wish them all the best, but why is Pippa such an important person? I really don’t get it. Care to share?

  49. Anitas says:

    The dress was pretty, and I liked her updo too, it was so much classier than Kate’s half-up half-down wedding hair. She looked lovely. Although the material of her dress looks quite scratchy to me – I’m sure it’s expensive and soft, but it doesn’t look that way to me from the photos.

  50. CarolinaBelle says:

    Pippa honestly looked radiant and her dress was beautifully tailored. James looked truly happy. A bit sad when you compare James to William who looked bored and over it on his and Kate’s wedding day.

  51. Ollie says:

    Pretty dress and whoever did her make-up is a pro. She looks beautiful, in love and super happy as did her husband. Congrats.

    Kate’s outfit is unfortunate. Her poor boobs. Carole looks like she was attacked by a swarm of bees.

    IMO best dressed guests are Eugenie and uncle Gary’s pretty teenie daughter. I love her dress

  52. Betsy says:

    Pippa can’t dress herself either. Ish.

  53. AnotherDirtyMartini says:

    I’m obsessed with that church. It’s just gorgeous…sigh. I want to live near one like it. I read it dates back to 1190.

    I liked her dress. I thought it was alençon lace covering it, but I was wrong. It’s another type. Too lazy to look it up.

    I’m in the minority I’m sure – I liked Kate’s attire. Very 1940′s. And kids in weddings make me laugh. It’s a disaster waiting to happen, but these events need comic relief.

  54. Reece says:

    I think Pippa looked beautiful. Her hair and makeup, the veil, the dress all of it! Yes, I have seen that lace applique dress before but it works for her and she looks great.
    I think the colors were pretty bland but that is my own personal taste.

  55. Twink says:

    He looks like Anthony Weiner from the side profile view. Yuck. She does NOT look 32. I’ll go slather up sunscreen all over.

  56. Fran says:

    ‘I feel like British brides – society brides, brides getting married in small country churches – tend to cover up more’
    I love this site but I am so sick of being good schooled about what it means to be British!! Can we call it USAsplaining?!

  57. HK9 says:

    This is what a bride should look like. Happy, makeup done so she still looks like herself and a dress that fits like a glove. Her arms are flawless. Absolutely stunning.

  58. AnotherDirtyMartini says:

    Yes, her arms look great…lol regarding “covering up”. What?

    Someone else said something nuts yesterday about Meghan waiting for her cab after a workout – something about Harry will be upset when he sees that & make her cover up?? They also said she shouldn’t be in public with all her bits showing. I really have to wonder where some people live. The only things “showing” were her ankles and arms. Oh! Part of her face was showing too! The shame!

    Some people need to get real.

  59. Hazel says:

    Before I read all the comments, I’m going to say this (and I live in Hawaii, hence my lateness to the game): I thought Pippa looked absolutely lovely. Gown, hair, makeup, veil, posture, and smile. Her fellow cleaned up rather well, too. The kid attendants & their hovering minder, all looked nice, too. Little kids at weddings are so much fun. Beautiful day, beautiful venue. Everyone looked so happy to be there, clergy included. OK, now I’ll see what the rest of y’all thought.

  60. V.B. says:

    She looked beautiful and younger

  61. porcupette says:

    On the other hand, have you seen the pix from Melissa Percy’s birthday party (has Roger Ailes reincarnated? This was some kind of hella counter-programming)? Makes Pippa’s wedding a low-key soiree of terminal tastefulness by comparison. Topless waiters? I mean Brexit is bad, but this?

  62. Blacbetty says:

    Why we’re exes invited to the wedding? Why would you bother? Sounds bitchy.

  63. Jag says:

    Very pretty!

    I’m surprised with all of his money that he couldn’t find a tailor to properly fit the length of his pants.

    Congratulations to them.

  64. L84Tea says:

    I was glad to see that they look very happy and in love. I liked her dress enough, although I’m not a huge fan of capped sleeves even if you have the arms to pull them off, but she looked radiant and happy. Good for them. I was also glad to see it confirmed that the press doesn’t know what they are ever talking about. It looked like a much more tasteful affair than the tacky RHOB (as in Real Housewives of Bucklebury) they were painting this to be. Just my opinion.

  65. Hkk says:

    Finally! No more Pippa news, please.
    And give the public what they really want a pic of Markle at the reception.

  66. missgeist says:

    pippa looked beautiful. her hair and makeup were lovely. I liked the dress too!

  67. PrincessK says:

    I love the top part of the dress but she has no hips and the skirt part of the dress looks too heavy. I would have added a small bustle at the back that would have lifted it up and out a bit at the sides, because the bottom part of the dress looks too heavy.