March 26, 2014
You may not recognise the name of today’s Chic Vintage Bride, but I am sure you will see something in those doe eyes and demure look that is distinctly familiar…..
Frances Roche married John Spencer, Viscount Althorp (later the 8th Earl Spencer), at Westminster Abbey on the 1st of June, 1954. The wedding was a grand affair, as befitting a future earl and the daughter of a Baron, as well as a close friend of George VI; with royal attendees including Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen mother and Princess Margaret.
The beautiful young bride (she was just 18 at the time) wore a gown of camellia white faille elaborately adorned with silver sequin crystals and hand-cut diamante, which actually reminds me a great deal of Elizabeth’s Norman Hartnell design worn 6 years earlier. Her cathedral length tulle veil was simple in design but topped by the most splarkly of crowns…..
(sadly I have been unable to discover more about the divine diadem, other than that it was lent to the bride by her mother)
The Queen kindly lent the happy couple St. James’s Palace for the reception, which was attended by the royal family plus 900 ‘personal friends’ – 900? Wow, what a reception!
7 years after this day, the couple welcomed their third daughter, Lady Diana Spencer.
(Image Source – Diana’s Legacy)
I do believe Frances Roche’s wedding dress was as beautiful, if not as iconic, as her daughter’s.