In the context of who what and where, today's Royal Wedding was pitch perfect. Joyful and reverent. Appropriately rooted in faith. Far down the scale of priorities, the lady guests provided visual lessons on a great cultural divide across The Great Atlantic Pond to my little outpost on the far side of the North American Continent.
The British Sentiment
"A hat is a flag, a shield, a bit of armor, and the badge of femininity. A hat is the difference between wearing clothes and wearing a costume; it's the difference between being dressed and being dressed up; it's the difference between looking adequate and looking your best. A hat is to be stylish in, to glow under, to flirt beneath, to make all others seem jealous over, and to make all men feel masculine about. A piece of magic is a hat."
The True Westerner's Sentiment
"Her hat is a creation that will never go out of style, it will look ridiculous year after year.”
Now, I LOVE my feathered friend flocking to the feeders;
|Photo Credit ABC News|
In the consummate "bringing the outdoors in" the Royal couple walked down an aisle lined with six English Field Maple and two Hornbeam 20 foot trees grown in planters built by craftsmen at The Prince of Wales's Residence, Highgrove. The floral palette of bblossoming azaleas, rhododendron, euphorbias, beech, wisteria and lilac must have had the abbey scented like the countryside. After May 6th, the plants will leave the Abbey to be donated to charities or replanted, some at Highgrove.
The bride's bouquet drew on the traditions of flowers of significance according to the Language of Flowers and the two families joined through matrimony. Shane Connolly's gathered together
Lily-of-the-valley – Return of happiness
Sweet William – Gallantry
Hyacinth – Constancy of love
Ivy: Fidelity; marriage; wedded love; friendship; affection
Myrtle: the emblem of marriage; love. ( a sprig of which is an offspring from Queen Victoria's 1847 wedding bouquet.
Congratulations to the Newlyweds. My hat is off to you. If I wore one):-