In May 2008, Sassi Holford designed a wedding gown for the marriage of Autumn Kelly and Peter Phillips, grandson of the Queen.
Peter Phillips, who is 11th in line to the throne, and his bride, who are both 30, exchanged vows at the chapel and then hosted a reception and dance at Frogmore House, Windsor, which has been lent to them by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. Peter Phillips is the first of the Queen’s eight grandchildren to get married.
It was reported that the Queen herself had calmed the bride’s nerves. The two allegedly bumped into each other in the castle minutes before the service and the Queen swiftly helped the bride relax by telling her how beautiful she looked.
Walking down the aisle on the arm of her father, Brian, the blushing bride was a picture of loveliness in her £2,000 Sassi Holford gown. The ivory duchesse satin dress, featuring a train of ruffles running down the back and cathedral train, was teamed off with a delicate lace bolero. Autumn’s blonde tresses, meanwhile, were swept up and decorated with a delicate tiara, on loan from her new mum-in-law, Princess Anne. The whole ensemble was softly enveloped in a full-length veil and finished off with a necklace and earrings given to her by her loving fiancé as a wedding gift. The bride walked down the aisle to the Prince of Denmark’s March by Jeremiah Clarke. The couple vowed to “love, honour, comfort and keep” each other but Autumn chose not pledge to obey her husband.
Sassi Holford said: “Autumn was incredibly composed but slightly nervous. She was also very excited. … She has been very enthusiastic and so easy to work with. She had definite ideas about the style she wanted: one that would befit a society wedding but also reflect her own style.”
The wedding was featured in Hello magazine. Click here to read an interview with Sassi about the creation of the gown.