All eyes were on the dress.
And in front of a global audience of millions, US actress Meghan Markle put top bets to rest and glided towards Prince Harry and her royal future in a dress designed by Clare Waight Keller of French label Givenchy.
Speculation was in full suspense over which designer would snag the exclusive gig, with several big names in the running – including UK-based luxury brand, Ralph & Russo, who dressed Meghan for the engagement photo shoot.
Its creative director is former Caringbah resident Tamara Ralph, who established the label with her partner Michael Russo.
The mystery of the Royal bridal dress was a tight-lipped secret. But it was the Parisian fashion house that created Meghan’s classic, wide boat neckline dress and long veil, which she wore with a delicate diamond tiara.
Tamara’s mother Robyn, an interior designer from Caringbah, said she was very proud of her daughter’s international success, despite not being chosen for the Royal gown.
“I’m definitely extremely proud of her and her partner Michael,” she said. “Her father, two brothers and sister are also very proud.”
“We hadn’t discussed with Tamara if they were or weren’t doing the dress.
“But from the beginning, they catapulted their brand to amazing heights of elegance with beautiful dresses.
“And of course I watched the wedding.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.