It’s official: Royal wedding bells are ringing! Clarence House announced yesterday morning that American actress Meghan Markle is engaged to Prince Harry, and since then, we’ve been running around in a flurry of royal-wedding-induced excitement.
In the past 24 hours, we’ve learned all kinds of sweet details about the happy couple, from where Prince Harry popped the question to the so-Southern way he spoke with Markle’s parents before proposing. We’ve even learned when they’ll be getting married (May 2018) and where (St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle) … and I’m currently waiting on my Save-the-Date to land in the Southern Living mailroom (Not holding my breath).
But there’s one thing we don’t know yet, and we may not know until their spring nuptials: What the 36-year-old Suits actress and royal-to-be will wear on the big day. Markle told People that she favors dresses that are “whimsical or subtly romantic,” noting she’s a fan of designs by Delphine Manivet, Christos Costarellos, Ellie Saab, and J. Mendel.
We can’t help but wonder, though, if Markle will ultimately go with a dreamy gown from Atlanta-based designer Anne Barge. After all, she already knows she looks stunning in their “classic and fairy tale”-inspired designs: In the season 5 finale of USA Network’s Suits, Markle’s character, Rachel Zane, dazzles in the “Versailles” gown, designed by Anne Barge's Creative Director, Kentucky-born Shawne Jacobs.
"The gown was designed to invite you to daydream of misty spring days in Paris, drifting through the romantic gardens of Versailles," says Jacobs. A wedding dress fit for royalty indeed!
With its plunging (but not too showy) V-neck bodice, twirl-worthy tulle skirt, and intricate embroidered details, the Paris-inspired dress certainly has whimsy and romance – just what Markle has said she likes in a gown.
"When I design a wedding gown, I think of the bride on her special day. I want her to feel feminine and beautiful. I imagine her radiating with happiness and love. And, most importantly, I envision her being completely comfortable in her skin, confident and vibrant," says Jacobs. "Because Ms. Markle is always chic, classic and utterly modern, I would love to see her in an elegant, understated gown. I read she loved the Narciso Rodriguez gown Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy wore on her wedding day. So, perhaps a luxurious satin gown with a Sabrina neckline. And, as homage to her future sister-in-law, a touch of lace."
Not unlike a Southern bride (who has to hear opinions from Mama, Aunt Sue, and the mailman about what her wedding gown should look like), what Markle chooses to wear on her wedding day will be a highly diplomatic decision: Will she marry her prince in a gown by a British designer? Or go with a designer from closer to home? Decisions, decisions! Whatever she wears, we know she'll make a beautiful bride.