Royal Wedding, Take Three: Princess Zara Phillips Weds Rugby Star Mike Tindall in Scotland

First, there was Kate and Wills. Then there was Charlene and Albert. Now, meet the newest royal couple to say “I do” in 2011: Zara and Mike.

Over the weekend, Princess Zara Phillips–daughter of Princess Anne and eldest granddaughter to the Queen of England–wed English rugby start Mike Tindall in a relatively low-key, $800,000 wedding in Scotland (“low-key,” that is, in comparison to Will and Kate’s extravagant London affiar).

Zara, known for being a fashion risk-taker (think leopard-print hats and cleavage-enhancing ensembles) and a rebel (she is the only royal to–admit to-have pierced her tongue), chose a traditional gown for her moment in the spotlight. Designed by London’s Stewart Parvin–one of the Queen’s favorite designers–the ivory duchess silk gown featured silk tulle straps, a corseted bodice, a pleated drop-waist, and a full skirt.

Phillips completed the look with a cathedral-length veil, her mother’s Greek key diamond tiara, and ivory Jimmy Choos. She carried a bouquet of white calla lillies by London florist Paul Thomas.

One of my favorite details from Zara and Mike’s big day were their three flower girls dressed in darling short white full-skirted dresses, each with a perky pale blue bow tied at the back.

Phillips’ wedding gown was certainly polished and traditional, though considerably more understated than Princess Catherine’s Alexander McQueen frock. Speaking of Miss Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge and her hubby were among 400 guests in attendance at the wedding (Zara and William are cousins). Catherine wore a pale gold brocade summer coat and coordinating pale gold hat. It was the same coat she wore to a friend’s wedding in 2006–gotta love a gal who recycles her favorite ensembles!

What do you think of Princess Zara’s wedding gown? Would you wear a similar style on your wedding day? And as a wedding guest, how do you feel about recycling outfits to your friend’s nuptials, a la Kate Middleton? I’d love to hear your opinions!

{Images: Daily Mail UK}

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