Today I watched the Royal Wedding and officially understood people's love of the Royal family, including my Mom's love of Diana. Watching the wedding really did feel so special and unifying to see it all unfold live. I love moments like these in history. Moments I understand and take part in. Moments that unite people all over the world.
Many people complained about the amount of attention, money, and press regarding this wedding. But to me, I love every minute. In a time of war, unrest, and death, the world needed a wedding. William and Kate's day offered us all a chance to unite and focus on something sweet, hopeful, and lovely. The wedding served as a reminder that good things still happen and proved that celebration can ease the great burdens of today.
Also, when else can we see a Royal Wedding? It is not often celebrities let us in on their weddings, and today, William and Kate were sort of forced to, and I am extremely grateful.
The wedding was one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. I woke up around 1:30am just in time to see the Beckhams take their seats. I watched until about 6:30am and went to sleep shortly after the kiss(es) on the balcony. I ohh-ed and ahh-ed, laughed, and cried, talked to my friends and family and then watched the recaps all day long. Taking the day off was an excellent idea (British folks had today off as a holiday).
So, here are my favorite moments:
1. The wedding dress. Ah-maz-ing. It was perfection. Kate looked amazing. It was exactly what I would expect.
2. Prince Harry - from the stolen look of the bride coming down the aisle, to his smiles during the ceremony, to the cute way he rounded the little page boys and bridesmaids, to how he and Pippa laughed together. He is so cute and seems like such a charmer. I just wish I could have heard his toast at the reception and had him serve me a "survivors' breakfast."
3. When William whispered "you look beautiful" to Kate as she finally reached him at the alter.
4. The special moments between Will and Kate - the quick glance during the sermon was my favorite. But also the sweet looks and smiles during their vows.
I am so excited to watch the Royal Wedding very early on Friday morning (I honestly view it as Thursday late night)! I decided to take the day off work on Friday. Yippee! I figured life is too short not to and in ten years I'll look back and be excited that I watched it live with thousands of others. It really is a big deal. :)
I am still deciding if I will watch with my friend Teri and her friends, go home and wake my Mom up for the wedding dress, or watch it in the comfort of my own apartment. I'll probably do the latter, but we'll see. However, after I got Friday off, I did go out and buy items for a little treat (my nod to an English snack) and a bottle of champagne to toast the happy couple.
Aside from where I will watch the wedding, I also need to decide which network(s) I will watch it on. I am thinking ABC and CNN (ya know, for Anderson), but that is also left to be decided.
Regardless, it will be fun!
For your viewing pleasure, here is a schedule of the time of events. Very helpful if you are not staying up for the entire night.
I just finished watching the Reelz miniseries, The Kennedy's. I loved it! It was so good.
from the film: bobby, ethel, john, jackie, joe, and rose
Katie Holmes rocked as Jackie and Greg Kinnear was incredible as JFK. The series made me fall in love with Bobby Kennedy. The whole thing was really well done and I was hooked in the first episode. It showed fiction and non-fiction events really well.
The miniseries included all the topics linked with the Kennedy name, most I knew about and some I didn't: The Cuban Missile Crisis, the Bay of Pigs, the marriages of JFK and Jackie, Joe and Rosie, and Bobby and Ethel. The "friendships" with Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra. Even a party at Peter Lawford's where Bobby was nearly seduced by Marilyn.
from film: bobby and ethel
from film: jackie and john
The most fascinating part for me was wondering if there is any truth to the Bobby loved Jackie rumor.
I am now obsessed with all things Kennedy and want to know everything about them. Do you know of a great book about them? There are so many to chose from and I want to start with the best.
the real Kennedy crew: John, Jean, Rose, Joe, Patricia, Bobby, Eunice, and Ted (on knees)