Ever since Pippa Middleton walked big sister Kate down the aisle in April 2011 for her marriage to Prince William in that white bridesmaid’s dress, there’s been speculation about when the Duchess of Cambridge’s younger sister would tie the knot—and with whom. On Saturday, Pippa married London financier James Matthews at the 12th-century St. Mark’s Church, located on a private estate in Berkshire, England, close to where the sisters grew up.
The wedding reportedly had around 150 guests, and Pippa had a “no ring, no bring” policy in place, so only married couples attended. Guests included tennis player Roger Federer, British Vogue executive fashion editor Serena Hood, and members of the royal family, including Princess Beatrice. Although it was rumored that Prince Harry’s girlfriend, Meghan Markle, would attend the wedding—she flew into the U.K. shortly before—it didn’t seem like she was at the ceremony (apparently even royal plus-ones aren’t exempt from Pippa’s rule!). But it makes sense: with a network like the Middletons have, Pippa’s policy helped keep the ceremony small. It’s expected, however, that Markle will attend the wedding reception.
Pippa wore a gorgeous bespoke gown by British designer Giles Deacon. Like big sister Kate, she opted for a timelessly elegant look, with a full skirt, tulle-and-pearl veil, and heart-shaped keyhole back—as well as cap sleeves that mirrored those she wore as maid-of-honor for Kate’s wedding.
Although Kate didn’t have an official role in the ceremony—it was thought that the future Queen as matron-of-honor would upstage her sister—her children, Prince George, 3, and Princess Charlotte, 2, were front-and-center as page boy and flower girl. But Kate did have another very important duty: according to the Mirror, her role was to make sure that the page boys and young bridesmaids were on cue for the ceremony. And it looks like she was doing a pretty good job of it:
Matthews, who attended the same school as Princes William and Harry popped the question to Pippa last June with a sparkling Asscher-cut diamond during a trip to England’s gorgeous Lake District. Although they’ve been friends for more than a decade, they dated briefly in 2012—then picked it back up in the summer of 2015.
Now that the ceremony’s over, the newlyweds are off to a black-tie reception at the Middleton family home—a party that’s looking to be more than a little lavish with an estimated £70,000 (about $90,200) for catering and 40 chefs to prepare the five-course meal and 20,000 canapes. The setting for the all-night dance party? A £100,000 (about $130,360) custom glass reception “tent” that looks more like a (gorgeous) conservatory.
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