The moment Diana stepped out of that regal glass coach on her wedding morning—"like seeing a butterfly emerge from a chrysalis…" the Emanuels said later, with the endless yards of train magically materializing with her—she had us hook, line and sinker. Unspeakable beauty combined with a sympathetic appeal can do that.
Lady Diana Spencer would become a princess that day and she already looked the part down to every little detail. Her enchanted pouf of a silk taffeta gown (that would influence generations of brides) shimmered in the morning sunlight—the fabric custom woven by the oldest silk weavers in Britain and specially dyed in a shade of palest ivory never to be used again. Trimmed with lace once belonging to Queen Mary, Charles’ great-grandmother, the fitted, intricately beaded bodice showed off Diana's new slim figure. The young bride was cocooned in a gossamer tulle veil of silk made from British farm silkworms just for the occasion. With gusts of wind swooshing it about as if on cue, the nonstop veil glistened with thousands of hand-sewn and hand-knotted mother-of-pearl sequins as Diana prepared for her ascent up the red-carpeted cathedral steps.
"Time seemed to stand still as we waited for her to come up the steps," the young designers reported. The Emanuels were in place and prepared to give the bride one last elegant going over before she walked up the long nave of the church into her Never Never Land.
Diana’s "something borrowed" was the Spencer family heirloom diamond tiara; a not so subtle reminder to the world that she was already "royal." (If not "officially" royal by dynastic standards, then certainly of old nobility that knew a thing or two about noblesse oblige.)
Leaving a perfumed trail wherever she moved, her massive bouquet, matching the scale of her gown, was filled with fragrant creame and yellow flowers and greenery from gardens all over England, including (according to the Emanuel’s account in their book, Dress for Diana) gardenias, Mountbatten roses, freesias, Royal Wedding orchids, lily of the valley, miniature ivy, and myrtle from the Isle of Wight.