Kate Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge, relied on longtime stylists James Pryce & Richard Ward of London’s Richard Ward salon to create beautiful cascading waves for her big day.
“Catherine was very involved in her chosen style and the bridal look was based on her own personal preference,” Ward told PEOPLE. “It was really a matter of getting a fine balance of feeling natural but also reflected the occasion.” He created three “mood boards” for the then-bride-to-be, narrowing down the options over time.
Kate’s bridal look was called a “demi-chignon,” which the salon defined as “an up-do style which combines a classic bridal look with a regal, couture finish.” Though Kate had hair trials, just like any bride, hers were done off-site in a private location. “Her look had to obviously be kept totally confidential,” Ward said.
Catherine changed her look again for the evening’s reception, where she wore a more casual hairstyle. In lieu of tighter curls, Kate chose a loose wave for the after-wedding festivities, with a voluminous up-swept bang in the front lending a modern feel.