I know the wedding on everyone's mind this year is of a certain adorable couple who live on an island, near Europe somewhere, but I'm a little more interested in one that's a less talked about.
It's the wedding of Prince Albert of Monaco to South African, and former Olympic swimmer, Charlene Wittstock.
It's time for a disclaimer. I am going to gush.
The wedding will be on July 1 and will last two days, including a formal dinner in the Oceanographic Museum. The 101-year old museum sits at the top of a cliff, and houses sea fauna, model ships and over 4000 species of fish... sounds like a small piece of heaven to me. I've read Charlene's dress will be by Giorgio Armani, but as the first crown-princess since Grace Kelly, I think Charlene brings as much grace and beauty to the role as her predecessor.
Although I could never dream of reaching the same heights, I'm a bit of a swimmer myself (both of us love backstroke!) and water baby, too, so seeing those swimming shoulders looking gorgeous is so inspirational. And not only is Charlene lovely, she also has a big heart: this weekend she was in SA to swim the Midmar Mile to raise funds for her Special Olympics Charity. Read a great article about her on Vanity Fair.
And Charlene, if you ever get tired of the highlife and all that glamour, send me an email and I'll remind you of what's its like to be a casual, laid-back South African girl. We'll be great friends ;)