Royal Wedding Merging Cultures

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ride in an Ascot Landau after their wedding ceremony to Prince Harry at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

As an event producer, it’s sometimes challenging to merge cultures when the bride and groom are from different backgrounds. If you haven’t already seen the most talked about wedding of our generation take a look at how seamlessly the Royal Wedding merged Meghan and Harry’s cultures. Why was this wedding so monumental one might ask? Yes, there are princesses of African and other descents who are royalty and get married every day. This is the first time that there was a biracial African-American woman and British royalty are intertwined in the name of LOVE!

The now Duke and Duchess of Sussex broke every mold and barrier with their love.  Meghan noted to People magazine that her “happy song” was Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.” What better way to start your first dance with than with such an uplifting and fun song. The world and Royals were able to get a glimpse of the African American culture. The decor of St. George’s Chapel didn’t detract from the rich history of the space but added classic touches of elegance with greenery and white flowers. Meghan was a vision of perfection with her Givenchy custom wedding gown. Simple, Understated Natural Beauty. Every detail fell in line with what we knew about Meghan and Harry.

You would think that marrying into the Royal Family the wedding would be over the top with extravagance. It was very evident that showcasing tradition and culture was the goal of the couple. The details in the veil incorporated the 53 Commonwealth countries with flora from each country. Meghan’s bouquet had both historical and sentimental significance. Prince Harry picked his mother Princess Diana’s favorite flowers as the featured flower in the bouquet Forget-Me-Nots. Most brides who marry in the royal family stick to using a traditional sprig of Myrtle as a symbol of Love.

The invitation of Bishop Michael Curry from Episcopal Church gave Americans and British Royals a glimpse into being “taken to church.”  Many have talked about his long sermon which lasted 14 minutes. Bishop Michael Curry himself thought his invitation to speak was an April fool’s joke. If you’ve ever been to an African American church this was short and concise, lol. Infusing messages of prominent black figures like Martin Luther King will forever be etched in history. Having the Kingdom Choir sing a nonsecular song Stand By Me was one of the many highlights of this multicultural extravaganza.

 

 

Meghan emerges in her custom Stella McCartney halter gown again simple, sexy, sophisticated elegance. Harry and Meghan ride to Frogmore House for their reception nodding to old Hollywood style and their “something blue” in the vintage Jaguar E Type. The festivities continued with 200 of their closest friends and family jamming to tunes spun by impromptu DJ Idris Elba with R&B hits and 80’s classics. Meghan thought about her bridesmaids enjoying the party and their feet dancing the night away. The ladies were given monogrammed slippers a personal, thoughtful gift from the bride. The moral of the story is LOVE can CONQUER ALL! Meghan and Harry shared their love with the world and that was evident by the personal touches poured into every detail of their big day. When love shines through the world smiles a little more.

Nia Mozee

Nia Mozee of Simply Nia Design loves all things design. The influence of design can be seen in everything from food to fashion! As an event designer she takes pride in finding the smallest detail and creating an ambiance that evokes happiness! Simply Nia Design loves to share their expertise on ideas for events, food, travel and design with you.

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