Alizee Thevenet wore Carole Middleton’s wedding gown for her French wedding

Hello Cover with James Middleton and Alizee Thevenet's wedding photos

James Middleton and Alizee Thevenet got married two weekends ago in the South of France. They had an intimate wedding by the sea, and James’ parents, sisters and brothers-in-law were all there. There was some belief that James would end up selling his wedding photos to one of the British papers or magazines, and look what we have here. The exclusive photos are featured in Hello Magazine, and Hello noted this: “HELLO! is making a donation to James’s charity Pets As Therapy in exchange for these exclusive photographs. Visit petsastherapy.org.” So he didn’t sell the wedding photos and pocket the money. He gave Hello the photos in exchange for a charitable donation? It could be both though, paying James and making a charitable donation. Anyway, you can see more photos here. Some highlights from Hello:

“My something borrowed was in fact my dress from my mother in law Carole who last wore it 41 years ago on her wedding day in June, 1980,” financial analyst Alizée explained.

She added that she first tried on her future mother-in-law’s wedding dress during lockdown, when she and James were residing in Bucklebury, Berkshire with his parents. “While talking about dresses with Carole and sharing ideas during lockdown for inspiration, I tried on her wedding dress and fell in love with it.

“It fitted me perfectly and was exactly what I wanted. It always troubled me that wedding dresses are only worn once so it was amazing to give such a beautiful dress a second lease of life,” she said.

To finish off her elegant look, the bride wore her hair in a chic half up half down style, secured in place with a flowing veil.

James and Alizée said ‘I do’ at the town hall in front of close friends and family, including Kate Middleton and Prince William, along with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, and Pippa Middleton and James Matthews, and their children Arthur and Grace.

Following their ceremony, the newlyweds drove to their beachside reception­, Cafe Leoube, in a vintage 2CV.

[From Hello]

I have to admit, I like Carole’s wedding gown too? It feels weird writing that, but the dress has got a real ‘70s boho aesthetic which I did not expect from Carole, and that aesthetic works really well on Alizee. I bet Carole was thrilled that her son’s wife wanted to wear her wedding gown. And honestly… Alizee looked like a much more relaxed and chic bride than Pippa on her wedding day. Is anyone else surprised that none of the wedding photos include William or Kate or their kids? I really want to know whether Kate basically wore white to another woman’s wedding again. I also want to see the wedding food! Alas, no photos of the food or the cake.

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  1. LadyHanbury says:

    Not to be a hater, but a boho chic wedding dress in the 1980? And how come we never saw a wedding picture of Kris Meddleton?? Hmm it is quite something.. considering Bea wore Lilibet Sr.’s dress last summer. IDK. I just don’t put it past these trifling meddletons for SWF-in the royal women.

    • Esmerelda says:

      I also thought of Bea’s wedding and borrowed gown. It highlights the difference, honestly.
      Still, the bride looked good and relaxed, but the whole thing looks way too twee: the dogs, the 2CV, the groom wearing white (did he go shopping with Kate for his wedding suit? “Can’t go wrong with a white coat for weddings, little bro, trust your Keenster”)
      It mostly looks like publicity for the party hotel/resort and for his dog food business.
      Of course William cannot be photographed to be promoting this very commercial enterprise – and while she’s still nominally royal, neither can Kate.

    • Malificent says:

      My sister got married in 1981 and wore a boho dress. The 70s were all about boho and the Stevie Nicks shawl and boot thing. That spilled over into the early 80s. The big shoulder Dynasty look didn’t start until more the mid-80s.

      • JT says:

        Wasn’t Pippa’s wedding heavily commercialized as well though? I think I remember lots of vendors being mentioned in the write ups about it and all of the Cambridges were front and center for her wedding. Hell, the tabloids were calling Pip’s wedding a “royal” one and they were using Meg’s possible attendance to get more coverage. I don’t think the Keen’s absence from photos has anything to do with the tackiness of a sponsorship.

      • Dee says:

        Pippa’s wedding had some big rented greenhouse type monstrosity, didn’t it?

      • ABW says:

        Dee, I recall it was flown over from Belgium and assembled, piece by piece, for Pippa’s wedding.

      • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

        I wore a similarly styled Jessica McClintock off-the -shoulders dress to prom in the very early 80s, lol.

      • EBS says:

        Yeah, the big ’80s wedding dress thing didn’t start until after Diana and Charles got married, which was July 1981.

      • ARHUS says:

        I got married recently and wore my mom’s wedding dress – she got married August 1980. It was very 70′s vibe too. long sheer sleeves – (similar to this pic https://www.pinterest.com/pin/232990980695379424/).

  2. Becks1 says:

    I like the dress, it seemed to fit with the overall vibe of the wedding, and I’m also not surprised that Carole wore a pretty dress to her wedding – she definitely has the best sense of style in the family, I have to say.

    As for the pictures….well, we called it, right? Sold the pics to Hello. I know its for a “donation” but lets note that its for a donation to HIS charity, so its not really that different IMO.

    If anyone sees the print version and there are more pics, please share!

    • Nic919 says:

      A donation to his charity is so shady. You know they got money somehow.

    • Weatherby says:

      I’ll eat my hat if James Middleton or his mother didn’t pocket any money from the sale of these pics.

      It’s too true to Middleton form: any means of scraping up a few hundred pounds.

      And what of the sad state of, not just Kate and William’s marriage, but of her parents? Interesting, indeed, that no happy family pics are being released.

      As for William *actually* being there, pics or it didn’t happen. I don’t believe that for one moment, either.

    • RoyalBlue says:

      If it’s his charity, yes, it’s like giving it to him. I bet he was happy to fund this charity, and would probably get some run off salary from that.

  3. Ohlala says:

    I am so bored and upset at the same time for being dumped at the start of dating so i might do an unimaginable thing and buy Hello 🤣

    • Andrew’s Nemesis says:

      The person who dumped you is spectacularly unworthy of you, OhLala. Perhaps breaking up with you is the only decent thing they did, so that you didn’t get in deep enough to have your heart truly wounded. It stings, I know! But think about them, and all those qualities which seemed so appealing, and ask yourself if they WERE not only what you want but need in a partner. Are they honest or actually flighty? Are they charming, but insincere? Best to contemplate their failings with a pitcher of margaritas to hand and a pad and paper to make notes on what will make you truly happy. Wishing you the best! (And step away from Hello!!)

      • Ohlala says:

        Thanks so much for uplifting words… I swear I am so done with online dating:( it is just headwrecking. Just disappointed in men overall

    • Paloma says:

      Love, sorry you are sad. Hope you feel better very soon. A bike ride could be even better than reading that magazine, also look up Female dating strategy on reddit or instagram. (It’s a mindset, not a strategy for more dating to be clear.)

      • Ohlala says:

        Need to check it. Feck it always hurts. But taking mental break from it. And how sad that we need strategies 😭🙅‍♀️

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Yeah everyone here called it. Another money making scam by the Mids. A donation to his charity is just a PR stunt aimed at image control. This charity is just another business for him, wonder how long it will last.

      Here I thought she had a backbone to stand up to his mother.

    • Jaded says:

      @Paloma – I know how hurtful it is, been there. But it may have been the best thing that could have happened — he took himself out of the situation likely because deep down inside he knew he wasn’t worthy of you. I took ten years off dating because I, like you, was sick of all the unworthy men out there. After ten years the love of my life showed up and six years later things are great. It will happen to you. In the meantime, big hugs to you.

  4. Seraphina says:

    I like her statement on wedding dresses only worn once – as mine sits in a closet upstairs. And the wedding looks relaxed and like it would have been fun- the opposite of what I expected Ma Middleton to want. But this was not Ma Middleton’s day . What would be even better would be to get eyes on the rest of the family.

    • Mac says:

      I’ve worn my wedding dress to a few costume parties over the years. People seemed shocked but what else am I going to do with it?

      • Courtney B says:

        Either of my daughters seem inclined to wear mine as they have different aesthetics. But if they don’t, when the time comes I’m going to have the dress cut up and made into christening gowns when and if grandbabies arrive.

    • Sof says:

      It’s easy to re wear a more relaxed dress, if you went full puffy grandeur then I don’t know were you’ll be able to wear it again, maybe as a costume as @Mac says.
      Other people save them and then recycle the fabric, usually for their daughter’s wedding. Though be careful if you have more than one, otherwise you may have a 27 Dresses situation, lol (“You’re just some b*tch who broke my heart and cut up my mom’s wedding dress”)

    • myjobistoprincess says:

      I wore mine twice also – 2nd time in vegas for our vow renewal. And my intention is to renew my vows as many times as possible to wear it over and over again, I love it so much. If one day, my daughter wants to wear it, I’ll be signing halleluya for 3 days straight.

  5. Emily says:

    I love how the Hello cover basically praises “glam wedding guest” Kate for ATTENDING HER OWN BROTHER’S WEDDING! 🤣 Any sane person would be insulted by this level of infantilisation.

    • Lorelei says:

      Right? I feel like we’re weeks away from them telling us that Kate literally walks on water in her quest to be eco-friendly.

    • Antonym says:

      Are my eyes deceiving me or did they photoshop off Kate’s entire arm in the cover photo inset?

  6. Erica says:

    I adore the dress and it fits with the whole vibe of the wedding. James doesn’t bother me, I like how open he is about his depression and anxiety. More men should be. I can’t find anything snarky to say. I think they are a cute couple and seem happy and had the wedding THEY wanted, not the wedding I’m sure his family or hers wanted.

    • Ohlala says:

      I actually came across them twice in London and she is so beautiful in real life nothing like on photos. Each time both were very relaxed and easy and polite. So getting just nice vibe of them

      • Erica says:

        I like to hear that! They seem like just all around nice people.

      • Emily H says:

        That is very interesting – some people are so much more attractive in person than in photos. And others photograph better. I have always thought she was very pretty, and so natural with that effortless French beauty. I love the dress.

        I echo you all who applaud James for being open with his mental health struggles. More men should. My husband suffers and has only been open about it later in life. James is helping to set a better example for men, in being open about it.

      • Lady D says:

        He sounds sincere, as does Harry. William sounds forced and uncomfortable.

    • Becks1 says:

      I do think its important that James is so open about his depression and anxiety and mental health struggles. That’s a really hard step to take so publicly.

      But let’s remember that the same people that praise him for it slam Harry when he does the same.

      And let’s also remember that negative stories about James are very very quickly buried. There was a story about two or three years ago about what it was look at Boomf and he came off…well, arrogant and privileged and lazy. That story went away pretty fast.

      • Maria says:

        I agree.

        For me…nice people don’t fulfill Nazi-paraphernalia themed orders in their businesses even after employees complain and then bury the story with no apology at all but that’s just me.
        As far as him talking about mental health goes, it’s a shame he allows his mother, uncle, and sister to continue to abuse Meghan and seems to have no problem with what it does to her mental health. It would be different if he wasn’t enmeshed in the Middleton dynamic and wasn’t that close to them, but he is.

      • Betsy says:

        It probably went away fast because he’s kind of a nobody and no one cares. He’s a fourth tier celebrity (I’m just here for the wedding dress).

      • Becks1 says:

        @Betsy – I’m sure that’s part of it, but it basically went away the same day. It wasn’t just that it didn’t get clicks or generate interest, it definitely had the feel of “shit we’re getting calls from people this story needs to disappear.”

      • Maria says:

        I would have thought that was the reason too but Pippa’s gun mishap in France was rapidly smoothed over because of a call from Buckingham Palace. Witness how they’ve been able to bury Gary’s mishaps after reporting them once.
        I think the contract protects them all at times.

      • Nic919 says:

        So many people tried to defend him by saying he wasn’t really running the business day to day so the nazi marshmallows weren’t his fault. But really to me the worst part is that he never even apologized even to say that they made a mistake in hiring people who let that happen.

        And if mental health was so important to the Middleton family then Kate would not have put out a false story attacking her sister in law and then keep silent even though she knew her sister was suicidal and explicitly asking for help to the point that even people like Valentine Low and Richard Palmer knew she was experiencing difficulties. And Carole also attacked Meghan in one of her only interviews after this information was known.

      • Erica says:

        Well, I am not one of them. I suffer from horrible depression and anxiety and earlier this year contemplated suicide. Anyone that is able to speak up and feels comfortable speaking up, is okay in my book.

      • Same says:

        I think it’s great he talks about his mental health … but I don’t like him , can’t stand his mother and loathe his sister. Then there was the marshmallow thing and double standards … so yes , screw him and whatever he has to say .

    • Twin falls says:

      I think they are a cute couple, too.

  7. Ginger says:

    It’s interesting we haven’t seen a photo of the Cambridge’s at the wedding. I still don’t think Will was there, honestly.

    • SarahCS says:

      Or maybe he was there but part of their new contract is that she doesn’t get to pimp him out for her/her families gain.

    • Sofia says:

      I think they were there (William included) but James and Alizee didn’t give those pics to Hello either because KP/William said no or to keep the wedding pics focus on them. I don’t think Hello have any pics of any members of the family face on aside from the one I saw of Pippa and Terribly Moderately Wealthy James on the side.

      • Jan90067 says:

        The mayor of that village said that W&K were there (with kids), dressed “casually”; Kate was wearing “light green”.

        This was in a story in here a week ago. Some poster wrote how green was unlucky (in Scotland, was it??), and we pointed out how Doria wore a light green suit to H&M’s wedding, and their wedding pictures were taken in The Green Room at Windsor Palace.

    • Clémence says:

      Yep, first think i tought ! Will wasn’t there and the fact that the middleton emphasis his presence makes it crystal clear to me !

    • Susan says:

      I don’t want to sound like a WK defender, but if there was a photo with them in it—or even a slither of them, like the one of Pippa I saw on someone’s IG yesterday—it would overshadow the bride and groom. Whether this was a decision made by WK or by the couple, i don’t know, but I think it’s a good look that they are not in the photos.

      • Maria says:

        This is Kate we are talking about who had no problem using her sister’s wedding as a photo-op for her showing off her mothering skills (hell, Pippa probably even co-signed it).
        If William had been there with her I think we’d get some sign of it. Maybe more pics will come out but until they do I’m going to say I’m skeptical about him being there.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Susan
        I would believe your theory was possible if Kate hadn’t already cemented a strong history of wanting her photographs out there.

        And William has a history of not being where he’s thought to be. Kate outed him several times for not living under the same roof as her or the kids. To the point KP had to put out a statement that William has other apartments. Remember his bespoke cert program?
        Or even when KP and articles claimed William was with Kate on a family vacation he was photographed partying with blondes hundreds and hundreds of miles away.

      • JT says:

        I still don’t think William was there either. Since The Benching of 2021, something has shifted in Will’s relationship with the Middleton family and this wedding seems to be apart of that. I think Kate got to take the kids and William was doing whatever it is he does somewhere else. I also think that Kate using the kiddos for this wedding were also a no go, because they were prominently featured in Pip’s wedding. I think William is distancing himself and the children from Kate’s family.

      • Becks1 says:

        Pics of Will and Kate aside, I think its weird that there are no pictures of any Middletons – we see Pippa’s profile in one picture, and so far that’s all i’ve seen. Maybe there are more in the actual magazine? The pictures with the dogs are cute but people aren’t going to buy the mag for that, there just isn’t enough interest in James for that.

        I haven’t seen a pic of Carole and Mike with the couple, or the Matthews.

      • Nic919 says:

        I agree JT. Kate was featured very prominently at Pippa’s wedding along with the kids so it is odd that none of them have been seen, even indirectly. The one photo of the crowd waving to the bride and groom in the car would have been the photo to spot them indirectly, as we could see Pippa and James so they are being coy on purpose.
        @becks you are correct that we haven’t even seen Carole and Mike or the other in-laws either. The print edition should be out so if there is something more we will soon see it.

      • JT says:

        @Nic19 I know some were speculating that Kate seems more secure in her position based off of her military appearance last week, but I don’t think she is secure in the slightest. William used to be very pro Middleton, but now he can’t even be bothered to be photographed with them like he used to be? Kate’s “stable family” has been the one thing that she could offer to William and now it seems as though that is faltering as well. Now what does she have?

      • Greywacke says:

        Perhaps Kate would have wanted pictures at this wedding like she did at Pippa’s but times have changed, and so has her marriage, so I’m not sure she could get Will to comply to a photo op if he was there. Also no photos of the others including Pippa, who also used to like the limelight. People have noted how increasingly disengaged she is from her family. Uncle Gary is a no show. Mike is MIA. This clan no longer appears to be united.

    • Harper says:

      It’s a wedding where it is completely normal and expected to see your siblings and parents in the pics. The only reason James’ wedding scores a Hello cover is because he is royal adjacent. So where is the royalty? No photos of Will/Kate at Balmoral and now a Middleton family wedding with only one Middleton in the pic and it’s not the royal one? This is not the way the Middletons roll as they are not publicity-shy or camera shy. It’s weird. There’s an article in Town & Country which says it is unclear which members of the royal family attended the wedding.

      Alizee is lovely and the reception looked absolutely aspirational. Makes me want to go to France and do a wine country/chateau tour. Apparently, Alizee’s father had recently passed away …. that has got to have made the day bittersweet for her.

    • February-Pisces says:

      I still don’t think he was there. If he was there would have been photo evidence, because Willie and keen don’t do anything together without making sure they take a pic to share with the world how ‘happy’ they are.

      Technically speaking Willie should have been there if he was following the aristo rule book. They may be living separate lives but still officially husband and wife, so that means still showing up and playing the part publicly, especially at a family wedding. Phillip was always at the queens side, no matter how many mistresses he had. But Willie doesn’t give af, and think he’s reached boiling point with regards to the middletons cashing in on him.

      • Jais says:

        Idk maybe he was there? Maybe a candid photo of them from someone’s phone will “somehow” appear in a few days. That way it looks like they were not trying to steal the thunder, it gives James and Alizee a few days in the light, and eventually gives them some shine. Like how great that they didn’t want to take away from James’ day but here they are in this random photo a few days later. I think the mayor will release it lol.

    • Same says:

      He probably brought a +1

  8. OriginalLala says:

    Curious there are no pics of Kate Keen and Baldimort – who called is that he wasn’t in attendance??

  9. Moderatelywealthy says:

    No pics of Will? Then he was not there- or is the new regal thing to do to attend a wedding but to ask no pics to be taken because he is an “elegant man”?

    Sounds like someone is embarrassed and do not want to be used for publicity!

    This or maybe that french mayor was Carole all along!

    • Hell Nah! says:

      @moderatelywealthy – your post is hilarious. I laughed from beginning to end – I even had to send a Glossette peanut flying out of my mouth and across the room for fear I’d choke from laughing so hard.

      thank you!

  10. Noki says:

    The dress looks lovely and suits the late summer vibes. Alizees mum must be cool for her daughter to choose to wear her in laws dress.

  11. Sofia says:

    Yeah I have to agree, the dress fit in great with the vibe of Alizee and the wedding itself. I did see some of the pics on Twitter and I saw a lot of guests (that were in the photo) wore red/pink – including Pippa (it definitely looked like her). There was one guest with yellow so I’m wondering if Kate actually wore light green because that didn’t seem to fit in the colour scheme of what the guests wore. It’s possible she could have and didn’t care/there wasn’t a colour scheme to begin with and I’m being too tinfoil hatty but this is a gossip site so here I am lol.

    • Becks1 says:

      I saw that pic too (where they are cheering for the car as it passes?) and that’s definitely Pippa, with James standing next to her.

      My guess is that Kate just wore whatever the eff she wanted, color scheme or no, lol.

  12. L84Tea says:

    It’s a lovely dress and definitely suits her style. I’d love to know what Kate wore to this wedding, but I’m betting we’ll never know because I don’t believe for a second that William attended.

  13. Belli says:

    Come on, someone drop a pic of Kate in her very very very pale green dress. Pretty please?

  14. Amy Bee says:

    I think it’s strange that she wore Carole’s dress and not her mother’s. But she looked nice.

    • Rose says:

      Maybe her mom’s dress was ugly.

    • Susan says:

      Or maybe her mom didn’t have a dress worth wearing. Some of those 80s era wedding gowns are massive and don’t age well.

      • Chaine says:

        ITA. A family member saved her dress from the era, all carefully preserved in a box, for her daughters while it seemed like a brilliant idea at the time it’s such an over the top eighties dress with a hoop and long train and veil that would look so dated now. But in the end, she is petite and her daughters all ended up built like beach volleyball players so it won’t fit them anyway. I guess maybe it will be back in style by the time the grandkids get to marriageable age.

      • L84Tea says:

        I couldn’t have worn my mother’s dress even if I’d wanted to. My parents were married in ’69 and her dress was a straight, column like dress with no sleeves and a high collar. I once asked my mom what she did with her wedding dress and she told me afterwards she had it shortened and dyed black so she could wear it as a cocktail dress!

  15. Sunshine says:

    They lived with the Middleton’s???? Hmmmm…

    • Becks1 says:

      So at the time that wasn’t as weird as it sounds now, IIRC – they are based in London I think but moved at the beginning of the pandemic so they could spend lockdown in a more country setting, with access to the outdoors etc. Then this past summer they bought a house there in Berkshire so they clearly liked it I guess.

      • Maria says:

        All three of the Middleton kids have failure to launch syndrome because of their parents and they are only saved because the sisters married well, IMO.

      • Becks1 says:

        @Maria – they definitely have failure to launch. Pippa seems to have the most hustle out of all of them and that’s not saying much. It’s interesting bc for all their issues, I don’t get the vibe that Carole and Mike Middleton are lazy and their children all definitely seem to be. You can be really wealthy and not be lazy, you know?

      • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

        I remember reading they moved in during Covid, forming their family “bubble”, before they found their own home in the area (or were maybe saving for it?).

        Alizee surely is the money person in that family (being in finance).

    • Lorelei says:

      My first thought was how hellish the idea of having to spend the entirety of the lockdown with CarolE is. I understand they wanted to be in the country, but good god, having to deal with that woman every day? No thank you.

      (Also I guess I’ve typed her name with the capital E so many times that my phone just did it automatically 😂)

  16. Jais says:

    The dress suits her and looks lovely. Overall, like the chill vibes she is giving. On a snarky note, she’s really attractive so I hope Kate is nice to her and William is not too nice to her.

  17. Summerlover says:

    No photo of Pippa and family either! Or for that matter the Middleton parents….

  18. Merricat says:

    It’s not my style, but it’s a wedding, a celebration of love, so nobody’s opinion matters except the the couple who are joining their lives. Is this “marrying up” for James? I am curious, because the Middleton daughters were expected to do so.

  19. Jan says:

    I believe this is a copy of carole’s original wedding dress, even if you preserve a white dress, it turns and 41 years.

  20. Molly says:

    These pictures are beautiful, and they seem really happy. She’s always seemed a bit out of his league, but that just may be her French coolness vibe.

  21. MJM says:

    I can’t stand the Midds but this is actually nice. Kudo’s to James for the charity arrangement with Hello Magazine. Respect.

  22. swirlmamad says:

    No Kate & Will, and no Pippa/James/Carole/Mike either?? I personally think it’s quite odd that there was no family photo printed in Hello — it’s a wedding, which is supposed to be a happy family event. Plus they’ve been making such a to-do about what a wonderful loving celebration it was with all their nearest and dearest. I can MAAAYBE get the whole “no pics of Kate and Will as that would overshadow the happy couple” but let’s be real, we know that isn’t how these folks roll. Kate was front and center with the kids in Pippa’s wedding photos — so it was okay to overshadow her sister but not her brother? Something is rotten in France all the way back to Bucklebury.

  23. Over it says:

    I think I am weird because I won’t wear my mother in law dress. Why would I ? She isn’t my mother, I would also be afraid that it would hurt my mom’s feelings.

    • Nic919 says:

      I think if they had been dating for years and there was some kind of friendship with the mother in law then perhaps it would be less odd. But she’s known Carole for maybe two or three years? It’s very odd.

      • Over it says:

        Agree with you. Plus if it’s so troubling when a wedding dress is worn once, again why not wear your own moms dress who you have known your entire life and not Carole Jenner dress.

    • Turtledove says:

      My mom was married in a suit that she didn’t keep. In that case, I would have considered wearing my MIL’s dress if it was offered and the style/size suited me.

      But I do think it is a little odd, or not so much “odd” but more something that not everyone could do. It probably depends a lot on each bride’s mom. If both the MOTB and the MOTG still had gowns and offered them, as a bride, you better take your mom’s or at least know that your mom would truly not care if you didn’t.

    • court says:

      we don’t know if her mother is married or divorced or the same size or eloped or kept her dress. I think it was kind of sweet.

    • Lex says:

      Like it’s just a dress…. perhaps she doesn’t attribute emotions to it being Carole’s? She saw a dress she liked and decided to wear it. Saved her some cash.

  24. Stacy Dresden says:

    I love the dress. I wish them happiness. I can’t help it, I find him attractive. I’ll go hide now.

    • Hell Nah! says:

      Stacy — let’s go find a corner together and chat. James is attractive but I get his association with the rest of the Midds is a bit of a turn-off.

  25. AmelieOriginal says:

    I’m not really a fan of the boho look, it’s not my thing but Alizee does look very pretty in spite of the dress. I think it would be perfect for a beach wedding though. Also my dad will be green with envy at the inclusion of the 2CV, he’s French and would love to own one of those (plus I think it reminds him of his childhood growing up in France). French weddings are so much fun, I’ve been to several of my cousins and they are so much more fun than American weddings with better food and more dancing.

  26. Sparrow says:

    Huh. Her wedding ring looks like a modern take on Kate’s Big Blue Ring of Doom.

  27. Poppy says:

    They look happy and everyone looks happy for them. Can’t ask for a better wedding than that.

  28. Sof says:

    I know people do this for sentimental and economic reasons, but part of me thinks that keeping your dress so your daughter will wear it sounds really egotistical. Let them choose their own!

    • SenseOfTheAbsurd says:

      This. My mother is a raging narcissist control freak, and was always banging on about me wearing her dress. Just another way of making it all about her, and I was kind of relieved to outgrow it when I was about 9. Have been with my partner for nearly 15 years, and absolutely refuse to get married whilst there’s any possibility she might be involved.

      • Ajsquared says:

        My mother once told me that she kept the dress because of an ethnic tradition in our culture to bury an unwed daughter in her mother’s dress. I’ve never been able to confirm this but… I happily went wedding dress shopping on my own.

        But I digress. I like this wedding and I liked Beatrice’s as well. Much “simpler” and seem to suit the situation and the bride.

  29. notasugarhere says:

    Mummy issues and controlling MIL from hell? Check and check.

  30. Janice Hill says:

    I think it’s beautiful and looks great on her in the context of the wedding background. I don’t love the Middletons, but I think ya gotta give Carole her due as a stylish dresser with an amazing figure. The story that Alizee tells about trying it on in the midst of the lockdown and wedding prep hangs together for me and smells not of lies. Sorry if I disappoint anyone for not trashing it, but I’d rather save the trashing for the many times the Middleton clan earns their trashing.

  31. Coco says:

    I’m curious how common it is for women to grow up with the expectation of someday wearing their mother’s wedding dress, because it’s alien to me.

    • Ann says:

      My late 80s dress is unwearable but I’m glad I kept it. When my daughter got married I took the dress and cut out some small lace flowers that had a pearl center. I hot glued the little flowers to hair pins and my daughter wore them sprinkled in her updo. The hair pins were so pretty and of course she was too!

  32. Athena says:

    What stand out to me is how happy they look especially him. If they stay away from the brother of the ffq nonsense they should be fine.

    The suit looks more yellow than white. I thought a white suit would have looked better in pictures. I’m any case, they’re both given off positive energy not the fake over the top let show how happy we are energy that I see at some weddings.

  33. Margot says:

    That dress is not what I was expecting! The bride looks relaxed and low-key. Not really CM styles.

  34. Katebush says:

    I think it’s a nice story and I like the dress. Would have liked to have seen a pic of the original wedding with Carole wearing it .

  35. Liz version 700 says:

    It was a cute gown for a laid back beach wedding. She is a gorgeous bride. I suspect she could make almost any gown look cute! Pimp Momma Carole is going to have to up her game to get them to sell themselves more. Compared to the rest of the family their a bit less obtrusive. Not consistent with the Middleton Brand

  36. MerryGirl says:

    Hmmm, no pics of CarolE & Mike, no pics of Will & Kate. Re looks: I like her dress, hate her ring. James’ white suit looks cheap and I hate the blue shirt with it. Otherwise, MEH.

  37. furbar says:

    the style looks so cheap

  38. Merricat says:

    I have a feeling that when Carole is in the mix, she takes up all the room.

  39. Maria says:

    This story would be sweet if it weren’t Carole Middleton at the helm. It’s all about her.

  40. Nic919 says:

    Yeah the article making more about Carole Middleton than the bride is weird.

  41. L4Frimaire says:

    Agree. She’s everywhere in her kids lives. The dress fits Alizé really well. I don’t like the elastic neckline with the handkerchief details, but the body of the dress and hem are nice. Her hair is way too casual for my taste. Not into this rustic outdoor look.

  42. LadyHanbury says:

    Agreed. Also very weird for the bride to wear the dress of her MIL to be. I mean, I’d understand if the dress was her mother’s.

  43. Hell Nah! says:

    Someone’s paid the piper so I fully expect they are dancing to her tune…