At “Flower Cottage” on the the day of the royal wedding, the hostess, Carolyn Hope Smeltzer, organized a local royal wedding party.
In tandem with the live royal wedding ceremony May 19 at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, “Lady Carolyn” of Flower Cottage opened her doors at 5:30 a.m. Wisconsin time.
All of the arriving guests — wearing hats or tiaras, each unique — showed up to join in the revelry of the day.
The tables were all properly primmed, placed, plated and presented for such a royal celebration right here on the shores of Geneva Lake. It was an event of fun, decorum, tradition and good old-fashioned celebration.
“Hosting this event meant people gathering together, taking in a piece of beautiful history,” Lady Carolyn said, “and not having to do it alone in their pajamas at 5:30 a.m., but rather be with friends to share the moment in time.”
The party was attended by esteemed guests who partook in the celebrations comprised of 24 wonderfully dressed guests adorned by 24 proper hats and tiaras.
It was said the “Duchess of Linn” was in attendance.
The wedding itself, as has been reported once or twice before, was between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry who met in 2016 on a blind date.
Meghan Markle, an American citizen, and Prince Harry have symbolically combined our two nations in their bond of royal matrimony. The wedding was said by local party attendees to have spoken to everything between a reason to celebrate and notions of love as a culturally uniting force that recognizes no boundaries.
Like the occasion at Windsor Castle, our local wedding party shared in British history and tradition.
The celebration included mimosas and Pimm’s.
After the wedding party, what followed was English high tea and bridge games.
The “Flower Cottage” wedding party was partially inspired by a 1981 wedding party for Princess Diana and Prince Charles which Lady Carolyn attended and wanted to carry on as a tradition.
“I figured that Harry would be my last chance to host a party for a wedding of the direct British royal line,” she said. “So now was the time.”
It was a unanimous sentiment among attendees that the cakes were delicious and the wedding felt particularly special, as Harry and Meghan “seem to truly love each other,” as one could be heard saying.
So with a fairy-tale twist, a sense of tradition, a celebratory cause, a symbolic union of nations and a royal wedding party celebrating in Lake Geneva: A couple in love were married.
Congratulations, Prince Harry and Princess Meghan.