27 July 2015

Princely Wedding of the Day: July 27

The wedding of Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo, part one (a.k.a. the civil wedding), took place on Saturday at the Prince's Palace in Monaco. Just a few photos were released, which is actually lucky given that this was a private event.

As was expected, the bride wore Valentino Haute Couture, adding another credit to the maison's rep as the number one producer of royal wedding gowns. Designed by Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, Beatrice's dress is a floaty v-neck frock in pale pink and gold lace silk chiffon. She wore her hair down with a floral crown on top.

It's not what I would have expected her to choose - it almost seems a bit too sweet in some respects - but given the floral arrangements we can see, I'm guessing it was a perfect choice for the wedding's atmosphere. (After all, this was followed by a reception in a picnic theme, honoring Pierre's childhood in the French countryside.) And since she has a religious wedding gown still ahead of her, I love that she used this opportunity to wear a dress with some color.

The sketch of the wedding gown (left), and the Spring 2015 Couture gown on which Beatrice's evening dress was based (right)
In the evening, Princess Caroline hosted a dinner for the couple and guests, and Beatrice wore another couture Valentino creation featuring a design of sparkling clouds across the skirt (as seen in the tweet/article below, and the arrival on video here). I thought it a bit twee in the runway version, but in action and for this occasion, I'm all in. It's romantic on a romantic night, so why not?

As for the guests, well, they weren't the focus. I mean that in the practical sense, because there were only small glimpses of some guests arriving (here's a video), and the family picture released is a casual grouping and not one posed so everyone can be seen. This, again, is not surprising. The religious wedding is next weekend in Beatrice's native Italy, on the Borromean Islands owned by her family. She will reportedly be dressed by Armani Privé. It remains to be seen whether there will be any photos released.

Meanwhile, in regular princely business, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene excused themselves from the evening wedding festivities and went to the annual Red Cross Ball on Saturday night. (Albert's the President of the Monaco Red Cross, and this is one of the principality's big yearly events.)
But the wedding theme still reigned, thanks to Charlene wearing a bit of Valentino herself. I'm left surprisingly unmoved by her red jumpsuit, neither against it due to its jumpsuit status (as I normally would be), nor in favor of it due to its non-blergh status (as I normally would be).
Valentino Resort 2015
My ambivalence aside, she styled it perfectly with her sleek hair, massive diamond stud earrings, and small gold clutch. And if anyone's going to make a jumpsuit at a black tie event work, it'd be Char. This much is true.

Photos: Twitter, Valentino, Style.com, Getty Images