Love is the Way

Wedding Bells (East) - - Editor's Letter - Ali­son McGill, Edi­tor-in-Chief, @al­ison­m­cgill

These are The now-fa­mous words of Rev­erend Michael Curry, who shook up the royal es­tab­lish­ment at the wed­ding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry with his en­ter­tain­ing and very non-tra­di­tional ad­dress. “There’s power in love. There’s power in love to help and heal when noth­ing else can. There’s power in love to lift up and lib­er­ate when noth­ing else will.” This was not your typ­i­cal royal wed­ding ser­vice, but the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are not your av­er­age royal cou­ple.

#JustLikeUs, Meghan and Harry opted to break tra­di­tion and hy­per-per­son­al­ize their wed­ding day, which has truly made them the poster chil­dren for hav­ing your wed­ding day your way. They hired a fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher in­stead of a trusted royal pho­tog­ra­pher for their of­fi­cial pho­to­graphs. Tra­di­tional Bri­tish fruit­cake was side­lined in favour of a very 2018 wed­ding cake flavour: lemon-el­der­flower sponge cake. Meghan walked her­self part­way down the aisle, was the first royal bride to make a speech at her wed­ding re­cep­tion, and the cou­ple opted to de­lay their honey­moon to squeeze in a work en­gage­ment be­fore jet­ting off. How thor­oughly mod­ern!

The royal wed­ding was par­tic­u­larly de­light­ful for us here at

Wed­ding­bells be­cause it put weddings on the fore­front of global con­scious­ness. I was lucky enough to travel to Wind­sor Cas­tle and St. Ge­orge’s Chapel in ad­vance of the wed­ding for a sneak peek at how it would all un­fold. While in Wind­sor I even had an amaz­ing Fly­tog­ra­pher ses­sion, the re­sults of which you see here, and was taken along the car­riage pro­ces­sional route Harry & Meghan rode on their big day.

I was also in Lon­don for the royal wed­ding day and the week lead­ing up to it—what en­ergy the city had! Read about my visit and where to plan your per­fect Lon­don honey­moon in our Des­ti­na­tions sec­tion on p. 162.

Another rea­son to love the royal wed­ding is all the amaz­ing trends it has launched, which will no doubt con­tinue to dom­i­nate for the next sev­eral sea­sons. From un­adorned gowns to sexy sec­ond dresses, we give you a run­down of the best with “Roy­ally In­spired,” p. 49.

Some of my other favourite things in this is­sue in­clude our fun and fab fash­ion shoot in the city of glit­ter (“Viva Las Ve­gas,” p. 123); As­sis­tant Edi­tor Kim Agli­pay’s roundup of bridal beauty ad­vice from some of the world’s top pros (“Beauty Ex­perts,” p. 82); and all our beau­ti­ful real weddings, which will in­spire gor­geous ideas for your own party.

Keep up with us on so­cial @wed­ding­bells­mag to see where we're go­ing and what we’re see­ing that’s rock­ing our wed­ding world. Happy plan­ning!

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