Meghan Markle’s Wedding Dress Designer Reflects on How She Brought Meghan’s Dreams to Life for the Royal Wedding

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex was a gorgeous bride, in part because of the beautiful wedding dress she wore for her royal wedding to Prince Harry. Meghan’s dress designer recently shared some insight into how involved Meghan was with the dress design and what factored into planning for the big day.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wedding day.
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Meghan’s designer reflects on the ‘secret dress’

Every bride, royal or not, wants everything to be as perfect as possible for their wedding day and, of course, one major element of the big day is the wedding dress.

Clare Waight Keller gave a very big behind-the-scenes look at what was involved with helping to design the wedding dress of Meghan’s dreams. She posted a series of photos from Harry and Meghan’s wedding to show the sleek and glamorous dress from different angles and included some commentary about how the dress came to life from Meghan’s concept.

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The Royal Wedding Dress – Two years ago today I was in the final fittings for a very secret dress. So many emotions were running through me during those months leading up to the big day. A wedding dress is one of the most exquisite and beautiful moments for a designer, but also personally as an woman artist, creator there is a lot of sensitivity that flows through the process from the knowledge and understanding of the feelings that you have as a bride. It’s a unique point of view when you have been through it yourself, as I did at my wedding to my beloved husband 20 years ago, you remember every moment so clearly and realise the significance of every detail and decision. In so many ways you are capturing dreams, that as a girl and as you become a woman you will have been thinking about for years. Learning to let go of my emotions and embrace the feelings of someone you are designing for brings about an incredibly beautiful relationship of trust and intimacy. Through hours of conversation, meetings together, and research, slowly all the pieces of that story came together. Purity and simplicity were the guiding principles, a narrative of nature through the 53 florals of the Commonwealth to bring the world into the journey of the ceremony and subtlety bringing the lines of Givenchy and the history of the Maison to capture the classical timeless beauty i knew she wanted to achieve. It was obvious the significance of this occasion was more than any other, it would be a very personal ceremony with so many choices that would reflect both the bride and grooms heritage and their unique way of being incredibly inclusive, genuine and generous. Here are some of those moments from the day. @givenchyofficial #hautecouture #sussexroyal #meghanmarkle #royalwedding

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“The Royal Wedding Dress — Two years ago today I was in the final fittings for a very secret dress,” Waight Keller noted in the caption. “So many emotions were running through me during those months leading up to the big day.”

She continued, “A wedding dress is one of the most exquisite and beautiful moments for a designer, but also personally as a woman artist, creator there is a lot of sensitivity that flows through the process from the knowledge and understanding of the feelings that you have as a bride. It’s a unique point of view when you have been through it yourself, as I did at my wedding to my beloved husband 20 years ago, you remember every moment so clearly and realise the significance of every detail and decision.”

How Meghan’s dress designer captured her dreams

Waight Keller further shared how a wedding dress is more than a fashion statement — and explained that there is a “relationship of trust and intimacy” to work with a bride-to-be to make her vision a reality.

“In so many ways you are capturing dreams, that as a girl and as you become a woman you will have been thinking about for years,” the designer shared. “Learning to let go of my emotions and embrace the feelings of someone you are designing for brings about an incredibly beautiful relationship of trust and intimacy.”

The designer and Meghan worked collaboratively to ensure that the design and theme that was important to Meghan was included. “Through hours of conversation, meetings together, and research, slowly all the pieces of that story came together,” Waight Keller noted.

Meghan’s vision involved the concept of “timeless beauty” that was so important to the soon-to-be duchess. “Purity and simplicity were the guiding principles, a narrative of nature through the 53 florals of the Commonwealth to bring the world into the journey of the ceremony and subtlety bringing the lines of Givenchy and the history of the Maison to capture the classical timeless beauty I knew she wanted to achieve,” the dress designer explained.

She added, “It was obvious the significance of this occasion was more than any other, it would be a very personal ceremony with so many choices that would reflect both the bride and groom’s heritage and their unique way of being incredibly inclusive, genuine and generous. Here are some of those moments from the day. @givenchyofficial #hautecouture #sussexroyal #meghanmarkle #royalwedding.”

Fun fact: Meghan incorporated the traditional “something blue” into her wedding look — a small piece of blue fabric stitched into her veil was a piece of fabric from the dress she wore on her first date with Prince Harry.