Meghan Markle's Second Wedding Dress Is Just As Gorgeous As The First

by Stephanie Montes
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When I got married, I didn't have a second dress. Not entirely because I blew my money on custom lighting and silverware (did you know you have to pay for each individual fork, spoon, and knife?), but because I couldn't bear the thought of taking off my wedding dress before the night was up. It was difficult enough slipping out of it at 2 a.m. when I got back to my hotel room. However, had I found a gown that looked like Meghan Markle's second wedding dress, I might've sang a different tune.

I've met so many different brides with different views on the second wedding dress. Some feel like I did: the gown is too special. You only wear it once. You have to wear it all night. But on the other hand, I've been to a wedding where the bride was so extra (and I mean this in the nicest way), she changed four times. Each one was just as beautiful as the last, but I still wonder how she had the time for so many costume changes.

Somewhere between simple and over the top, Kate Middleton also opted for a second dress. She changed from her lace long-sleeved Alexander McQueen gown that boasted an almost-9-foot train to a second McQueen design with a similar silhouette and sweetheart neckline. I still dream about that darling white, fuzzy bolero cardigan that she threw over the gown.

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And on her very own wedding day, Meghan Markle also opted to change out of her ceremony gown — which was designed by Claire Waight Keller for Givenchy, according to Elle — to a stunning Stella McCartney gown with a halter neckline for their wedding reception at Frogmore House.

Royal correspondent Richard Palmer announced the details of Markle's ensemble on Twitter, writing:

The Bride's evening dress is designed by Stella McCartney and is a bespoke lily white high neck gown made of silk crepe. The Bride is wearing shoes from Aquazurra made in silky satin, with nude mesh, with soles painted in baby blue.
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No, it's not Photoshop. Her dress is really that gorgeous. I know it's a lot to ingest, so go ahead and take another look.

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Yep, it's official: I definitely would've opted for a second dress if I found anything as gorgeous as this hanging around in-store. If you need a visual of how I'm feeling inside, this is totally it:

While we're all marveling over this look, can we also take a moment to discuss how these two are totally color-coordinating with their ride to the reception? The Palace notes that they rode off in a fancy silver blue Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero, which was "originally manufactured in 1968, and has since been converted to electric power."

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Do wedding looks get any more lavish as this?

Twitter users were so smitten with Markle's second dress. One person wrote, "Just when I think she couldn’t be more beautiful or he more handsome they go and do something like this."

My thoughts exactly, @magnoliapeach.

Some even said they adored Markle's second dress more than the first.

Markle has been radiating beauty this entire day, and just when I thought I couldn't be wow'ed any more than I've already been, she completely shook me up with this second look. Although it's long past my wedding day and the window to rock a second dress has closed, I'm already conjuring up ideas to get away with wearing a dress similar to Markle's any way that I can. Perhaps I could even wear mine at Christmas...