Meghan Markle‘s midday wedding in 2018 to Prince Harry of the British Royal Family was not her first marriage. She was previously married to Trevor Engelson, a Hollywood film and TV producer before the two divorced in 2015. And her two weddings couldn’t be more different from each other if they tried.
Markle’s wedding to Prince Harry was an elegant state affair that took place in the St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. She was dressed in a beautiful Clare Waight Keller wedding gown with a 16-foot veil that featured hand-embroidered flowers from all the Commonwealth countries. And after the ceremony, the late Queen Elizabeth II bestowed upon the married couple the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
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Compared to that, Markle’s first wedding was the wildest affair that a bunch of LA residents with ties to Hollywood could come up with.
Trevor Engelson and Meghan Markle got married in Jamaica in the cruise ship port of Ocho Rios. The couple had earlier stayed at the Jamaica Inn during a romantic getaway and wanted to return there for their special day.
Only, they brought 200 guests with them this time and the celebrations lasted for four full days.
Most of the guests were from Trevor’s side of the family while Meghan’s guests included her parents, Doria Ragland and Thomas Markle, her bridesmaids, and fellow Suits cast members Patrick Adams and Rick Hoffman (among others).
It was a beach wedding and everyone was dressed according to the venue, including Markle who wore a yellow, polka-dotted bikini for much of the festivities.
The actual wedding is said to have only been 10-minutes long, but the couple started off the partying with the Jewish Hora, which is a tradition in Jewish weddings and involves family and friends lifting the married couple up in the air, usually in chairs, and dancing vigorously while they hold hands or the ends of a handkerchief (Trevor Engelson is Jewish).
The Couple Sneaked Substances In For The Guests
According to a leaked email that was procured by The Sun, and a wedding guest they spoke to, Meghan and Trevor supplied marijuana hand rolls to all guests in secret party bags.
“Trevor used his charm and very easily found a member of staff at the hotel willing to supply the party,” the source said.
“It wasn’t great quality, I heard he didn’t pay much more than $100 for a couple of bags, but it didn’t really matter. There was enough to roll all the joints in the goodie bags and have plenty of leftovers to pass around as and when needed over the weekend.”
Interestingly, when Meghan Markle and Trevor Engelson got married, Jamaica had very strict laws regarding the possession of marijuana. But according to the source, everyone took it very lightly and Meghan did not even know of the law’s existence.
“There was a lot of drinking all weekend,” the source revealed. “There were cocktails like Pinã Colada and Long Island Iced Tea, and of course lots of rum and a lot of Red Stripe [local beer].”
The source did mention that Meghan was more of a wine and champagne kind of girl and smoking the joints was more Trevor and his friends’ thing.
Rowdy Party Games Were A Staple
Meghan and her mother had been to Jamaica a few times when she was younger, so the place held special significance for her. Plus, the source revealed, Meghan had ‘always wanted to get married with her toes in the sand.’
“It was an epic weekend under the sun and stars.” There were a lot of party games. Drinking ones especially.
Some media outlets got their hands on pictures from that weekend. One, in particular, shows Meghan being ‘wheel-barrowed’ across the sand by a male guest in what appears to be a paired ‘wheel-barrow’ race.
“You could tell there was other sorts of things going on,” the source revealed. “Some people got really rowdy, including Trevor’s friends and some of Meghan’s Suits co-stars… There was drinking games on the sand, people passing out, and others being loud.”
They also had many competitions on the beach, like tug-of-war and beer pong.
“Most guests were couples, but there was some hooking up between the single people… nothing too crazy and public. And the night of the wedding, the party went until very late.”
Other pictures obtained by the press revealed the dress Meghan wore for her wedding: a simple white strapless gown that fell all the way to the floor and had a sweet V-cut in the front.
The dress also had an embellished belt, which is a very common design in simple wedding gowns, but a lot of people speculated that Meghan was somehow copying Kate Middleton’s wedding dress with that choice.
Pictures of the latter’s wedding gown reveal that Kate Middleton’s gown and Meghan Markle’s first wedding dress have as much in common as a blueberry and the color of the sky.