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Am I missing the bride gene?

 I’m getting married. It feels strange to be engaged. Don’t get me wrong, I love my fiancé and am over the moon that he put a ring on my finger. I just never thought this time would arrive for me. When growing up friends would share excitedly about what kind of wedding they wanted and the style of dress they liked best — but when asked, I would shrug my shoulders and simply say, “Hadn’t really thought about it.”

What I have always known is that one day I would like to marry my best friend and build a life with him. I thought when the time came, it would be like that wedding planning bug that seemingly every one of my friends had, would come out of its dormant state in me.  It’s not the case.  I’m excited for the day I put on my wedding dress, but I’ve always had the mindset that it’s just ONE day and it’s the adventure that follows which I’m most excited about.  I also hate being the centre of attention, so, of course, I am not one who has ever wanted a massive traditional wedding.

From day 1, Cody and I both admitted we wanted a stress-free, fun, destination wedding with our nearest and dearest. I’m an unconventional girl and despite the expectation to plan a massive wedding at a ornate church and a reception at a lavish ballroom, it’s just not my style. I woke up at 5 am for coverage of the Royal Wedding and loved every moment, but fascinators and Cinderella carriage rides, just aren’t me.

I have to admit it’s enjoyable witnessing my mother’s excitement since I told her Cody and I are engaged. She has waited decades for this time to arrive and as soon as I announced the engagement, she began busily planning as if it is her own wedding on the horizon. She set us up with a destination wedding coordinator, took me to find the perfect dress (which I did. it’s straight off the rack, without a need for alterations. Thank goodness. I hate extra spending on alterations.) and spread the word like wildfire to friends and family, all within 48 hours of the ring being on my finger.

Mom clearly has the wedding planning bug. Why is it missing in me? I can’t pretend to feel it when I don’t. I wear my feelings on my sleeve and my opinions on my face, so feigning excitement is not something I can do. Whenever I worry that my interest in wedding planning isn’t what it should be, I realize that my excitement triples when I think about the future Cody and I have planned after the wedding.  I think all too often we put too much emphasis on the immediate. On the one day , the one dress and the first dance. I understand that maybe I’m a bit different in many ways, but I’m not strange or missing the bride gene. I’m just looking with more excitement at the journey and the future.

Royal & rebels, can’t get enough

The day that royal enthusiasts have waited for over the past months has finally arrived. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are tying the knot today in Windsor. This Royal Wedding seems to have people even more excited than the masses were for Harry’s brother and the Duchess of Cambridge’s big day back in 2011. But why?

Perhaps it’s because Prince Harry is known as the more rebellious royal. Let’s face it, drama did surround Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s youngest for a number of years. For some reason, everyone loves a bit of a rebel. I know I do.

It’s also undeniable that Meghan Markle’s own family drama makes the former Suits star much more identifiable to commoners like me.  She was born into a middle class American family and is a divorcee. The royal family previously would have had an issue allowing a divorcee to marry into the monarchy. Queen Elizabeth II bent the rules for her own son, when he married Camilla Bowles and that trend is carrying on for her grandson. I don’t think I’m alone in saying that it’s fantastic to see a more modern attitude from the long-reigning Queen.

Meghan’s drama and intrigue does not only come down to a divorce and her middle -class upbringing. She also has a half sister threatening to write an unflattering tell-all book about her and her father, sadly, was caught up in a staged paparazzi scandal, which means he has opted out of attending the royal occasion. As heartbreaking as that all sounds, it somehow amplifies Markle’s likeability.

She’s stunning, has a strong tie to Toronto, has a fashion sense that begs to be showcased, has ongoing drama in her life like everyone else, AND she snagged one of the most eligible bachelors on the planet while inspiring the royal family to be more open-minded? No wonder everyone is getting fascinators adjusted and tea parties organized, ready to tune in for today’s big event and to celebrate these two!

Here at Women’s Post, we are just as excited about the wedding of the year, and, dare I say, the Royal Wedding of the decade, as everyone else seems to be. Just the other day, I was talking to my lovely colleague about Meghan and how she used to wander the streets of Toronto as a relative unknown and frequent a favourite restaurant of mine on College Street. Now the stunner has gone and become royalty, covering pretty well every magazine around the globe. Ladies and gentlemen, fairy tales really can come true.

Don’t forget to follow @womenspost on social media for updates about Meghan and Harry’s big day today!

 

The taurus prince, oh baby!

I have to admit I was on edge like much of the world and other royal enthusiasts, while awaiting the arrival of Prince William and Duchess Kate’s third child. The day has arrived. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge just welcomed a healthy baby boy – weighing 8 lbs 7 ounces-at St. Mary’s Hospital in London this morning.

Brits have already begun celebration for St. George’s Day and now the newest little royal has encouraged more. The baby’s name is not known at this time. The town crier announced the birth this morning and the London Eye is set to be lit up this evening with colours of the Union Jack to mark the royal’s birth.

The royal couple’s third is a Taurus, which means he’s definitely going to have a personality that makes an impression and will easily make any home his castle, as evidence from today’s horoscope.

Kate and William’s third child is now 5th in line for the British throne, which means that Prince Harry is bumped down to 6th.  Princess Charlotte remains 4th in line for the throne after British rules were changed two years ago, allowing female children to be regarded equally. In previous years, Charlotte would be 6th in line for the throne behind her uncle, Prince Harry. Prince William’s younger brother has always doted on his niece and nephew and will likely be overjoyed for his brother and sister-in-law. Harry is also getting ready for an exciting day in May.

He and Suits star Meghan Markle will wed in mid-May at Windsor Castle. Kate and William’s two older children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, will reportedly be a part of the wedding party. The new royal baby will likely be in attendance with the Duke and Duchess at the event.

Royal wedding news: Here’s the scoop

It seems like I can’t turn on the television or browse the magazine rack  without seeing images of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, The couple are certainly captivating and have everyone antsy to learn the details of their upcoming May wedding. I have to admit, I’m giddy with anticipation for the big day.
It wasn’t quite a rags to riches fairy tale for Markle, who spent years as a Toronto resident.  The former Suits star was  far from the household name she is at this point, prior to starting her romance with Harry. Now the couple are set to marry in mid-May while royal enthusiasts and Markle fans sit on edge anticipating images and information about the dress, the guest list, the honeymoon and everything in between. Here are the few, vague details that are known at this point:
 The venue
 The wedding between Meghan and Harry will take place on May 19, 2018 in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. After their vows at 1 pm, the married pair will  take a carriage ride through the town of Windsor,
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The dress
Anyone who thinks the dress designer will be shared ahead of the big day, is off their rocker. It’s now confirmed that Meghan has selected and her Canadian pal, Jessica Mulroney- stylist and wedding consultant- was in London assisting Meghan with the process. Only a handful of people actually know who the dress designer is. Judging by Markle’s fashion selections lately, the dress is sure to be a showstopper.
The wedding party
The only confirmed members of the wedding party are Prince William and Duchess Kate’s two little ones, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. It’s also being rumored that Jessica Mulroney’s daughter Ivy may be the flower girl.
The guest list
 It was announced that  2,640 members of the public were invited to the wedding. Aside from that, little is known about celebrities and other members of the royal family who will attend. It is likely that Prince William and Duchess Kate will be there, along with William and Harry’s immediate family. Markle’s own relatives -including her half sister and half brother- have caused a bit of drama.
Meghan’s half brother,Thomas Markle, was involved in a drunken New Year’s brawl which apparently embarrassed the future royal. Her half sister,  Samantha Grant, has been threatening to release a tell-all book revealing supposed negative details about Meghan. It’s unlikely that the two will be invited. Meghan’s mother and father are reported to be attending, seeing as they are close with the actress. Oh, and the Spice Girls may also make an appearance!

From small screen starlet to British royalty, Meghan Markle has certainly put her name on the map, while also carrying on with humanitarian endeavors- much like Harry- benefiting young girls and women in impoverished nations.
She and Prince Harry were once considered an odd couple and unlikely match, but the two are now one of the most adored couples around the globe. Their wedding is sure to be one spectacular event.