Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in a bespoke Peter Pilotto gown created by Pilotto and Christopher De Vos.
The bride incorporated dozens of little personal details in the design of her gown—from the custom fabric created specifically for the dress, featuring motifs of the Thistle for Scotland, acknowledging the couple’s fondness for Balmoral, a Shamrock for Ireland as a nod to the Bride’s Ferguson family, the York Rose and ivy representing the couple’s home, to her jewelry choices.
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The bride’s choice to pair emeralds with her gown in the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara –which dates back to 1919, and was on loan from her grandmother, the Queen – and diamond and emerald earrings, which were a gift from the groom, were likely in ode to the Ferguson family’s Irish heritage as well. Sarah Ferguson, aka Fergie, the Duchess of York also donned kelly green for the ceremony. Per the Palace, “The tiara was made by Boucheron for Mrs Greville in 1919 in the fashionable ‘kokoshnik’ style popularized in the Russian Imperial Court. The tiara is made of brilliant and rose cut diamonds pavé set in platinum, with six emeralds on either side. The tiara was bequeathed by Mrs Greville to Queen Elizabeth in 1942.”
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The bride donned satin peep toe heels by British designer Charlotte Olympia to match the ivory tone of her gown, and in what was possibly her largest buck of royal wedding tradition, Eugenie forewent a veil.
While veils are not required by the royal family in formal protocol, most English royals have donned them down the aisle paired with tiaras. Kate Middleton donned an opaque veil with her Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown, while Meghan Markle‘s embroidered tulle veil was her look’s statement piece, embroidered with the 50 flowers of the British commonwealth and trailing significantly longer than her short train.
Eugenie’s choice not to wear a veil was likely due to the drama of her gown’s open back and draped waistline; the bride specifically requested an open back to showcase a scar from an operation she had at age 12 to correct scoliosis. A daring move which many brides would have chosen to keep under wraps, clearly Eugenie views her scar as a battle wound, and a mark of her overcoming physical and emotional challenges. A veil would have covered the scar, and the back of her gown, and skipping a veil was an undeniably modern choice.
Another similarity to Meghan Markle’s ceremony was Eugenie’s choice of wedding band. The bride opted for a classic, simple, yellow gold band for her ceremony, and will likely also receive another diamond band to complement her engagement ring at a later date. However, completely different from the Duchess of Sussex was the Princess of York’s choice of innovative details in her wedding look. From the fabric detail to her infusion of jewel tones, Princess Eugenie just nailed royal wedding dressing.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s Bazaar US.