A simple affair: Stunning in Stewart Parvin

30 JULY 2011

In keeping with the wedding itself, the truly breathtaking bride opted for understated yet elegant.

Exuding happiness, Zara Phillips was an angelic vision in a simple ivory silk dress on the day she sealed her love with Mike Tindall




Fashioned by designer Stewart Parvin, one of her grandmother the Queen’s favourite couturiers, it was a stunning creation.

The young royal selected the gown from bridal shop The White Room, very near to where she lives with her rugby beau in Gloustershire.

Simple yet sculpted, the shape of the graceful gown accentuated her enviable silhouette and gave centre stage to Zara's natural charm.

The dropped-waist bustier was a nod to her youthful and fashion-forward style, while the gently curving organza straps lent a sophistication to the simple dress.

Boasting extravagant layers of silk tulle, the veil cascaded over her pleated full skirt and modest train to form a perfect teardrop.

And it was held gently in place by the Greek ‘Key’ tiara, lent to Zara by her mother, Princess Anne. It was once owned by Princess Alice, the mother of Prince Philip.

The dazzling creation consists of a brilliant cut diamond surrounded by a diamond wreath, and sat perfectly upon the bride’s hair, which had been swept up into a chic chignon.

It was accompanied by a pair of her mother's diamond drop earrings. These are the very same pair Anne wore wore for a Vogue photoshoot that graced the cover in November 1973 - the month she wed. 

Ever the fashionista, Zara completed the modern look with a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes.


In her hand she held a lush bouquet of white calla lillies, put together by Paul Thomas.

Her makeup was rumoured to be by Bobbi Brown Bridal.

She was accompanied by her proud father, Captain Mark Phillips, who escorted her from the car to the church. 

Seconds before she entered, Zara turned and waved to the several thousand who have been patiently waiting in the streets for her arrival.

Her groom arrived over an hour before the wedding - to the pleasant surprise of guests and media alike.

The Queen, the Cambridges, Prince Harry, Princess Anne and many from the world of sport and TV made up the happy congregation.

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