Local salon recreates royal wedding for all those who didn't get invitations

Hadas Kuznits
May 19, 2018 - 5:31 pm
5/19/2018 - The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leaving Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Some folks who didn't get a royal invite to the wedding gathered together in Paoli Saturday to watch it on TV. 

Debra Van Cleve, owner of Van Cleve Bridal Pavilion, set up a royal watch party, right inside of her salon.

"We have the major salon set up just like the church with rows of chairs, flowers at the altar, which happens to be the TV," she said.

Many women who attended say they were watching to see what royal wedding attendees were wearing.

"The fashions in Great Britain right now are so refreshing," another woman said. "There was just such a bevy of pretty pastels, bright pops of spring color. I love the Queen in her citron and the Dutchess of Cambridge in her pale buttercup yellow."

Van Cleve says she was keeping close eye on the Duchess of Sussex's wedding dress.

"I'm thinking, 'Oh yes. We have things with a similar cut,'" she said. "But I like the combination that she did with the boat neck line and the slimmer dress."

So what did members of Saturday's watch party think of Markel’s dress?

"Beautiful. Very, very understated, but that's her,” one woman said. “I think it was perfect for her."

And while it was mostly women who attended this watch party, you can't have a wedding without a groom -- or at least, a cardboard cutout of a groom!

Did you get a picture with Prince Harry?

"We sure did," one woman said. "We held his hand, we gathered around him, we feel like we're friends."

Another woman says, having grown up watching Diana, it was really something special to see her youngest son get married.

"You've watched him grow up and do all the humanitarian work so he's really kind of carried on her legacy so it gives me goose bumps," she explains.