07 July 2014

Royal Wedding Gown of the Day: July 7

This year's not shaping up to be huge on big royal weddings, but this weekend did give us a nice wedding tidbit: Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este, married Elisabetta (Lili) Maria Rosboch von Wolkenstein on Saturday in Rome. Prince Amedeo is the eldest child of Princess Astrid of Belgium and her husband, Prince Lorenz (Archduke Lorenz of Austria-Este), and is therefore the nephew of the current King of the Belgians.
In proper royal wedding style, the bride walked down the aisle in Valentino Haute Couture. Her dress was made from ivory point d'esprit tulle with rebrodè lace embellishments, and she topped it with a point d'esprit tulle veil, 5 meters long, accented with motifs of Chantilly lace.
I'm not always the biggest fan of point d'esprit; the scattered dots can sometimes be a little twee, depending on the design. But in this case, I thought it was perfectly deployed, lightening the spirit of the dress so that it didn't weigh the bride down.
Glittering on top of her veil was Queen Elisabeth's Diamond Bandeau Tiara, borrowed from her new grandmother-in-law Queen Paola, and her pearl and diamond earrings perfectly matched the tiara's Art Deco design. The tiara was also loaned to Queen Mathilde on her wedding day, but I think I like it here better - the position with the veil seems to soften the solid line of the bandeau nicely.

This wasn't a big official international royal event, but there were quite a few familiar faces among the family and friends invited. Princess Astrid sported some fantastic pearls (focusing on the pearls...I am focusing on the pearls), Queen Mathilde was half-caped and head-bandaged, and Princess Beatrice was elegant if a little bit blergh, to name a few. Click here for a gallery.

Photos: Elisabetta Villa via Getty Images, VTM video, Maison Valentino