What It Was Really Like to Attend the Royal Wedding — As Told By the Lucky Guests Themselves

Sure, we might still be a little bitter about the fact that we were not invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding — we even had a hat picked out and everything! — but at least we can quell some of our FOMO by reliving the big day through the words of those who were lucky enough to attend

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The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Pre-Ceremony, Windsor, Berkshire, UK - 19 May 2018
Patrick J. Adams and Troian Bellisario at Meghan and Prince Harry's wedding. James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock

"Weddings are a joyous occasion. But today was just off the charts amazing," the Pretty Little Liars alumna gushed on Instagram about the Royal Wedding. "Congratulations Meghan and Harry. I am so grateful I got to witness your love today. There are many happy years to come."

Meanwhile, her husband — and Markle's on-screen love in Suits — sent the bride a sweet message on Twitter the night before the wedding, calling the big day "strange surreal and wonderful. Meghan - wherever you are - we are so grateful to be here to watch you both take this monumental step together." Adams also noted that the day was extremely emotional from the start, joking that he was "already getting misty" before the ceremony even started.

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The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Pre-Ceremony, Windsor, Berkshire, UK - 19 May 2018

The Suits star called the Royal Wedding something "out of a dream," on social media, sharing a look at the lucky guests who got to mill around Windsor Castle between the ceremony and the afternoon reception. He posted a special tribute to Adams, who is also leaving the legal dramedy alongside the new Duchess of Sussex, in which he mentioned that attending Markle's wedding was a "once in a lifetime experience."

“As much as @halfadams is missed on set this year, this trip only reconfirmed we will always be family and I am so proud and excited for his future. It was a dream to share this once in a lifetime experience with him, and the whole @suits_usa gang to celebrate Meghan and Harry’s wedding,” the actor wrote. “Will never forget this other worldly experience.”

He also shared a group photo that featured Adams, his wife Troian Bellisario, Sarah Rafferty and more. “The greatest weekend ever with the most fun group of pals!!” he wrote, adding the hashtag “#surrealdream.”

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The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Pre-Ceremony, Windsor, Berkshire, UK - 19 May 2018
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“Every once in a while there is a moment when time stands still,” the actress wrote in a moving tribute to her friend, markle, alongside a slideshow of images from the fairytale wedding. “That happened today. You my friend, were the epitome of grace, love and beauty. Every choice made at this wedding by you both will go down in history, not just because it was your wedding but because this incredible wedding stood for change and hope. Both things that the world needs desperately.” she continued.

“Thank you for being the perfect picture of all things good,” Chopra added. “Seeing your union and love blessed in front of my eyes made me so happy and tear up! I wish you both love happiness and togetherness always."

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The most thorough account of the Royal Wedding came from Suits creator Korsh, who wrote about his experience for the New York Daily News, who published an excerpt on Saturday. He then shared a larger excerpt on Twitter, in which he described the day as "one once in a lifetime experience after another."

Beginning his description of the memorable day, Korsh explained that “from the second we left our castle-esque hotel to the drive up to and through Windsor, to the walk to the Chapel and then afterwards to the reception, it was one once in a lifetime experience after another.”

Korsh went on to describe Harry as “looking earnest and somehow vulnerable” as he walked down the aisle, while Meghan looked “strong and proud and regal and beautiful.”

“To have the mix of cultures on so many levels and to have two such capable ambassadors showing the world how it should be was moving beyond words,” he continued.

“After that, the walk to the reception was like a dream where we found ourselves momentarily in step with Sir Elton John and George Clooney. I could tell they really wanted to run up and greet me but it was clear they were too shy. Either that or they had no idea who I was or even that I was there. But I’m pretty sure it was the former,” Korsh joked, referencing the couple’s first reception. “I can only sum it up by saying it felt like the world was becoming a better place today. But one thing is for sure, my world will forever be richer for having those memories stored away in my consciousness."

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The actress — who attended alongside husband Gabriel Macht, who was one of Markle's Suits co-stars — revealed that she "danced when @eltonjohn sang, laughed at Prince Charles fantastic speech and am honored to witness [their] commitment and love for each other." Barrett also noted that it was a "beautiful and joyous day" before wishing the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex, "a long and happy life together."

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The guest spoke to PEOPLE about the way that Prince Harry's love for his new wife was evident throughout the day, culminating in his incredibly romantic speech during the afternoon reception. “There will always be nerves — I’ve never seen a bridegroom who isn’t,” the guest tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story, “but what came over to me was this sheer sense of love and commitment. It was so strong. Everyone felt that. It was amazing — when you think what that boy has been through. He loves her and she clearly loves him. It really is a fairy tale.”

“He said, ‘I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you,’ ” says the guest. “It was very informal and very dear.”

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