NOTE: The royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton was 5 a.m. Friday, and more than 8,000 journalists from all over the world were on hand to to chronicle the royals' special day. The Courier-News staff was not among them. But that won't stop us from blogging about it!
I'm no Anglophile. To wit: I inaccurately referred to the Queen as "the Queen Mum" at about 4:30 this morning on Twitter. (To be fair, it also was 4:30 THIS MORNING.)
But I am a bride-to-be (in 23 days... but, like I said yesterday, who's counting?). And a journalist. That made watching the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton and feigning interest in it in the wee hours of the morning kind of mandatory.
I'm not going to lie, though. Sometime between making fun of the fact the Queen's (again, not the Queen Mum) brooch had a NAME and it was THE QUEEN MARY'S TRUE LOVER'S BROOCH... and that Princess Bea looked like some evil creature from Fantasia... and the time Kate arrived at Westminster Abbey at 5 a.m., I was interested.
All the interesting parts of the royal wedding, after the jump.
TEARDROP EARRINGS! The bride was wearing sparkly teardrop earrings! Her hair, down! And LACE! And the Queen was in yellow!!! My wedding, so vomit-inducingly close, is so on-trend right now!
Then there was Prince Harry, sneaking a peek at his brother's bride coming down the aisle over his shoulder and whispering to William, "She looks incredible." And the groom, joking to Kate's father at the altar, "We were supposed to have a small family gathering." And Kate, mouthing to her husband as they left the church she was "so happy." Those are the little, unscripted details that are far better than anything any bride could come up with in, say, EIGHT MONTHS OF TORTUOUS, MIND-NUMBING PLANNING.
After a week in which I took a straight pin to a vein and spurted gory, horror movie amounts of blood all over my white wedding dress during a fitting... a week of news of tornadoes and budget cuts and murders and drug busts... a little frivolous, entirely joyful news wasn't so bad.
Many are full of fear for the future of the prospects of our world but the message of the celebrations in this country and far beyond its shores is the right one - this is a joyful day! It is good that people in every continent are able to share in these celebrations because this is, as every wedding day should be, a day of hope."
If the royal wedding brings you a little joy, a little hope, who am I to begrudge you that? It certainly brings me a little hope to think THE END IS IN SIGHT. Not to mention, THE EARRINGS ARE GOING TO WORK.
Just remember, when we get to my wedding, what the Bishop of London said next:
"In a sense every wedding is a royal wedding."
Relive Courier staff's tweets about the royal wedding by searching hashtag #cnroyalwedding on Twitter (or simply clicking that link). Share your thoughts about the wedding with @couriernews on Twitter, on our Facebook page or here in the comments.
And find out why Emily may have to curtsy to Courier designer Julia Doyle at her wedding, coming later today on Between the Bylines!
-- Emily McFarlan, Readers' Reporter