Royal Wedding

How to have a Royal Wedding in Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) - All eyes will be across the pond this weekend for the royal wedding. 

Prince Harry is marrying American Meghan Markle this Saturday. And if the last royal wedding is any indication, a lot of wedding trends will come out of the royal affair. 

We all remember Princess Diana and Duchess Kate's weddings...trend setters who had puffy sleeves and then long sleeve lace gowns flying off the shelves. 

Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding is sure to set the trend for next wedding season. And there are ways you can make your own Alabama wedding fit for a queen!

CBS 42 caught up with Arden Upton. She coordinates the weddings at Windwood Equestrian and is also a wedding photographer of 19 years. She says simple photography tips are ways to make your wedding look regal.

"A traditional portrait," Upton said. "Whereas we've been having a lot of photojournalistic candid moments, I think we're going to maintain those. But, I think we are going to add in a more traditional portrait for the bride and groom and for their immediate family, like how the royal family does."

And the focal point of any picture remains the dress. A royal gown features a long train and lace

"A lot of lace. We always have a lot of lace in the South anyways," Upton said.

As for flowers, ivory, pale colors and greenery are what you should pick. Colors and flowers are both subtle ways you can add a little royal flair to your wedding.

But, nothing screams royalty quite like a castle. And The Sterling Castle is a hidden castle in Shelby, Ala. Misty Binkerd is the "fairy godmother" on your big day at the castle that is also her home. 

"Why live an ordinary live when you can live a fairy tale?" Binkerd said. 

Every detail in this storybook home was built by Binkerd's husband. The castle is complete with a makeup salon, upstairs wing for the ladies, and an entire carriage house for the groomsmen.

"The groom's suite was built to resemble the inside of a trunk," Binkerd said. "And make everyone feel warm and fuzzy and then just a 100,000 pennies on the floor."

When you look down, or up, no detail is overlooked.

"I hope to not be somebody who just puts a centerpiece on a table. I hope to make a whole wedding experience for your guests where they feel they've come to enter a different realm," Binkerd said. 

And a royal wedding is, of course, full of tradition. So, our experts say add touches of your own family elements. One simple way - incorporate your grandparents' china or silver to create your own family tradition. 

You can watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal nuptials right here on CBS 42 starting at 3 a.m. 

Here's a list of the vendors:
Flowers by Bloom and Petal: 
Dress  from Carriage House Weddings: 
Stationary: Empress Stationery: 

Sterling Castle: 

Want a little more inspiration? Here's the blog of the wedding photographer we used to help tell the story:  

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