Antique Corsage Tiara borrowed from Queen Anne-Marie anchored a Chantilly lace veil featuring a scalloped edge and butterfly embroidery that was four and a half meters long. Rumor has it, this confection cost £150,000.
Grace Kelly-esque in its use of lace. But the passing of time hasn't been kind; these days, the enchantment factor is lost to me. Now, all I see is a gown that's swallowing its bride whole. Marie-Chantal is a tiny lady, and this is just too much. Too stiff and too high, and too much embellishment on the dress itself; rather than seeing a radiant bride, all I see is the lace bodice competing with the lace veil for my attention.
Máxima's gown to me - which of course was also by Valentino. Now, perhaps Máxima is the unoriginal one since she was married 7 years after Pavlos and Marie-Chantal, but I like hers better. She's not so petite, so her figure can stand up to a formidable dress, and the simplicity of her gown works better with her veil. Or perhaps Máxima's thousand watt smile just does a better job of overriding what could possibly be too much dress.
What do you think - too much dress, or is this one of your favorites?
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