Saturday was royal wedding time in Tennessee.
No, Harry didn't find a sweet Southern belle to marry - but
he was in town for the nuptials of his pal Guy Pelly, who
tied the knot with a native Memphian, Holiday Inn heiress
Lizzy Wilson, on Saturday evening.
The wedding ceremony took place at the Memphis Hunt &
Polo Club in east Memphis, not far from the private residence
where Prince William and Prince Harry are staying for the
Royal fan Danny Harp, 15, travelled from Nashville and staked
out his spot outside the Hunt & Polo club around noon,
complete with Union Jack flag and a souvenir book from Will
and Kate Middleton's 2011 wedding. "It's very exciting to see
these people who are seas away normally this close to home,"
Laura Fenton, 27, and her mother, Rochelle, 58, decided to
re-purpose their Kentucky Derby hats as wedding attire and
join the crowd. But this is not their first royal rodeo.
"For William and Kate's wedding, we got up at 3am and had a
party," recalls Laura. "We had fancy china and my mom printed
off the royal schedule of events." Rochelle chimes in: "I
made tea sandwiches and we bought a little cake with a bride
topper." They weren't expecting to see much - "probably just
the black SUVs and the motorcade," predicted Laura, "but
that's closer than we would ever be to British royalty."
Tomeeka White, 40, who watched the princes grow up, admitted
she'd been "kinda, sorta" stalking them during their time in
Memphis, saying, "I want to see them - just a glimpse."
Excitement - and the sound of camera shutters - reached a
fever pitch each time one of those big black SUVs pulled up
in front of the venue. But by the time the vintage car
carrying the bride arrived, onlookers figured the princes had
already slipped past them.
According to The Daily Mail, the reception following the
nuptials was a costume party featuring guests dressed up in
fancy gear. Entertainment for the evening was provided by The
Jimmy Church Band.
The wedding ceremony followed days of pre-nuptial
celebrations, including a dinner Thursday night for 175
guests at the city's most famous BBQ joint, Charlie Vergos'
Rendezvous, and a private tour of Graceland, which the
princes and a large group of wedding guests enjoyed Friday.
The brothers' cousins Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie were
also in Memphis for the wedding. They spent Thursday night
drinking on Beale Street with friends from the bride and
groom's inner circle.
The royals' presence in Memphis has drawn some excitement
from locals, though nothing close to the mania surrounding
William and Kate's wedding or the birth of their son, Prince
George, last summer.
Still, it's an exciting change of pace in the Tennessee town,
says Rebecca Adams, who stood outside the Rendezvous on
Thursday night with her husband, Zane, to catch a glimpse of
"It's once in a lifetime," she says. "We're in the presence
of the royals."