30 October 2013

Wedding Wednesday: Princess Aimée's Gown

HH Prince Floris of Orange-Nassau, van Vollenhoven and Aimée Söhngen
October 20 & 22, 2005
Naarden, Netherlands

The youngest of Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and Pieter van Vollenhoven's four sons was the last to marry, and his nuptials came just a couple of months after those of his brother Prince Pieter-Christiaan, their engagements having been announced at the same time. (This is the last of the four weddings to be covered here, see previously: Maurits and Marilène, Bernhard and Annette, Pieter-Christiaan and Anita.) Floris met Aimée Söhngen while both were studying at Leiden University.
Aimée's civil wedding outfit and her religious wedding gown were both designed by Lidy de Joode. For the civil ceremony, she wore an apricot dress made of lace on a floral background with a jacket of tangerine crepe and a matching pillbox-style hat. It is prim and proper as can be, and combined with her chosen hairstyle gives off a serious Jackie Kennedy vibe.

Video: The civil and religious weddings
In a way, her dress for the church ceremony two days later also has a retro feel. It reminds me of multiple royal wedding gowns from days gone by with its unadorned body, high and simple neckline, long sleeves, and luxurious thick fabric (silk Mikado, in this case). A slim skirt rests underneath an overskirt that splits from the front of the waist and extends back to a wide long train. The dress does have a tendency to look stiff in certain poses, but that happens sometimes with heavier fabrics (this is the same type of fabric used by Valentino to create Máxima Zorreguieta's gown). Aimée finished the look with a veil sprinkled with pearls, and - like the rest of the van Vollenhoven brides - she donned the Ears of Wheat Tiara from the Dutch family collection.
I'm always back and forth on this dress: is it too simple, or just simple enough? I can't help but think it lacks a little personality, but the simple gown does allow her face to shine through. Anyway, this couple is still going strong and over the summer welcomed their third child, a son Willem Jan, to join daughters Magali and Eliane.

What do you think: too simple, or just simple enough?

Photos: ANP/Het Koninklijk Huis/RVD/DPA