When India Hicks – the great-granddaughter of Earl Mountbatten of Burma, goddaughter of Prince Charles and as soon as royal bridesmaid to Princess Diana – married her companion David Flint Wooden final summer time after 26 years of relationship, the couple surprisingly had essentially the most conventional wedding ceremony anniversary ever can think about. I say surprisingly, as a result of as Hicks himself admits, she and David had a extremely untraditional relationship.

“We knew one another from a previous life, however we acquired again collectively once I moved to the Bahamas all these years in the past,” says Hicks. “My life has been fairly surprising and strange in some ways, and David and I’ve had a whirlwind romance. After 4 months I found I used to be pregnant and David steered we get married and I stated ‘No, I do not assume so.’ I wished his youngsters and I used to be very a lot in love, however there was one thing about me that felt like I nonetheless wished to be impartial in a number of methods.”

I not too long ago spoke to Hicks, a famend designer, entrepreneur, creator, and philanthropist (she counts her godfather’s Prince’s Belief as certainly one of her high charities) for my wedding ceremony podcast, Aisle Seat. She shared that she and David traveled again to their native England with their 5 youngsters and celebrated their wedding ceremony in Oxfordshire, the place Hicks grew up. The ceremony passed off on the church the place she was christened and the reception was held on the pub down the street, the place Hicks says she “ate out for the higher a part of her life”. The couple hosted 100 friends for the day and had a pre-wedding occasion for an additional group of 100 friends the night time earlier than. Two events allowed the couple to have all their family and friends as a part of the day at a time when restrictions had been in place to cap occasion friends.

Hicks and I talked about how she determined it was time to say sure, her elegant Emilia Wickstead wedding ceremony costume, and why, as a 54-year-old bride, she was pondering so fastidiously about her wedding ceremony search for the primary time. Learn on for our dialog highlights.

Concerning the choice to get married

“We had a number of conventional steps in our relationship, however we skipped the wedding half. We now have constructed a life collectively that may be very a lot formed by household, 5 youngsters and quite a few pets from canine to snakes to turtledoves. When the pandemic struck, all youngsters aged 13-24 began asking numerous questions in regards to the world and life that felt very unstable and unsure. I assumed it might be actually good to do one thing that felt anchored, secure and safe. I wished to do one thing significant for all of us, so someday I stated to David, ‘Let’s get married.’ He was very stunned and teased me till the night time earlier than our wedding ceremony by saying he hadn’t stated sure but!”

Courtesy of India HicksIndia Hicks and David Flint Wooden stated “I dos” to her at Brightwell Baldwin Parish Church in England, the place India was baptized.

About planning a pandemic wedding ceremony

“I actually wished a really, very conventional wedding ceremony. Each element was as conventional as you’ll be able to think about. We wished it to really feel applicable for the occasions we reside in. I wished nothing to be excessive. I wished it to be simplified, very rural, very right down to earth and really us.”

On her favourite wedding ceremony day element

“The flowers. I like flowers and the arch that was created within the church was lovely and simply what I hoped it might be. We did not need to spend some huge cash on it as a result of flowers can add up very, in a short time! I requested our florist to make use of numerous greenery love the very fact we took our preparations from the church and used them within the pub the place we had our wedding ceremony reception I wished to maintain the whole lot as native as doable for our wedding ceremony so the flowers had been made by an area florist and lots of the flowers she used had been from my mom’s backyard.”

India Hicks Emilia Wickstead wedding dressCourtesy of India HicksIndia paired her Emilia Wickstead costume with a floor-length tulle veil.

On her Emilia Wickstead wedding ceremony costume

“I knew I did not need to put on white. And I knew I did not need a very lengthy, dramatic costume. So I made a decision on cream, lace and [an] ankle size hem. I enlisted the assistance of an exquisite designer and buddy, Emilia Wickstead. We spent a while arguing in regards to the costume as a result of I had very robust concepts about what I wished and she or he as a designer had robust concepts as effectively. We saved rising after which lowering the size of the neck – I simply keep in mind the ridiculousness of the neckline! I ended up with a costume that was completely what I wished and it was a costume that David cherished. Once I acquired to the highest of the aisle, he turned and stated, ‘Wow.'”

On her Louboutin wedding ceremony sneakers

“I wished a little bit of intercourse enchantment. I wished my Christian Louboutins! I wished to have these purple soles – it needs to be a bit cheeky. Christian is a very good buddy of mine – we met once we had been 18 and I used to be dwelling in Paris and he’s godfather to my daughter Domino. He is cheeky, with a depraved humorousness. I went to Paris to satisfy him and determine what kind of shoe, what kind of heel and what message we wished to ship with the model of the shoe.”

India Hicks WeddingCourtesy of India HicksIndia and David with their mom, Girl Pamela Hicks, their daughter and bridesmaid Domino, and their beloved wedding ceremony occasion.

About her youngsters’s function within the wedding ceremony

“My 13-year-old daughter, Domino, was my bridesmaid and an excellent one. My oldest son, Wesley, drove me to church with my different son, Felix, within the again seat. Wesley led me down the aisle; Conrad, my youngest son, learn a lovely passage within the pulpit throughout the ceremony. The night time earlier than at our ceremonial dinner, my son Amoury, who has an exquisite humorousness, gave a speech. So every of them had lots to play.”

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Why being married feels completely different

“I did not assume a lot would change as a result of David and I spent 26 years collectively, however it truly feels thrilling to have the ability to say, ‘That is my husband.'”

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