Be still our beating bridal hearts. Romance was in the air today as the Brides team swooned over Kate Moss's wedding album, released this morning with the launch of the September issue of American Vogue (www.vogue.com).
The July wedding was photographed by Kate's close friend Mario Testino and attended by probably the most glamorous guest list we've ever seen including fashion luminaries Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney and Christian Louboutin.
In a rare interview with US Vogue journalist and wedding guest Hamish Bowles, Kate disclosed some intimate details about the planning and décor, including one particularly poignant sentiment that brides-to-be across the land will most definitely agree with: 'I've had big birthday parties,' said Kate, 'and I've thrown parties for other people, but this is a completely different thing. It's the Met Ball! Because you have to look at every piece of cutlery; the details are intense. And then you wake up thinking about the ballet shoes for the girls; is the satin ribbon right? I've gone mental."
Kate's elegant vintage wedding theme was inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, as she put it: "I wanted it to be kind of dreamy and 1920s, when everything is soft-focus," says Kate. "The Great Gatsby. The code name was GG for a while. That light and that kind of fun decadence. It's rock-'n'-roll Great Gatsby!"
Kate stunned her crowd in a John Galliano tulle dress, embellished with gold metal sequins and beads, and blue-soled Manolo Blahnik high heeled sandals. As her friend Bella Freud said after the ceremony: "like she just walked through some fairy garden and came out clad in that. It's exquisite." She was closely followed by her pageboy and 16 bridesmaids (in Bonpoint dresses and floral hair-wreaths).
Other details included a stunning six-tier white cake by Peggy Porschen, delicately piped with lily of the valley blossoms. The bouquets and floral arrangements, designed by Victoria Brotherson of Scarlett & Violet, combined seasonal white flowers (delphiniums, daisies, scabious, and sweet-scented stock) with green meadow foliage. The menu, designed by Daniel de la Falaise, was suitably decadent: toro tartare with caviar, Longhorn veal with grilled peaches, and strawberry granita dusted with gold leaf, accompanied by Sesti and champagne.
Meanwhile, Colin Field and his team from the Bar Hemingway at the Ritz Paris designed a bespoke wedding cocktail, the Kate 76, combining vodka, champagne, crushed ice, and sugar. 'Because Kate drinks it, I expect everyone to drink it, said Field. 'It'll be the drink!'
A dreamlike party followed, with guests partying until 6am and Kate making not one, not two, but three outfit changes including two Stella McCartney gowns.
These exclusive photos in our gallery (SEE THE PHOTOS HERE) are just a taster of what can be seen in the September issue of US Vogue( www.vogue.com), out later this month. For an inspiring moment of bridal romance and a wonderfully written tribute by Hamish Bowles, we highly recommend that you treat yourself to this momentous magazine.