03 February 2017

Royal Wedding of the Day: February 3

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary yesterday, and I never miss a chance to revisit their fabulous wedding. We've revisited it a few times and we will continue to for as long as this blog thing lurches along, just because it brings me joy. Allow it to bring some joy to your weekend too:

RVD / Jeroen van der Meyde
Queen Máxima, then Máxima Zorreguieta, chose royal wedding gown veteran Valentino for her gown. The result was a couture creation in luxurious ivory silk Mikado with a high cowl neck, three-quarter length sleeves, and a flared skirt. The skirt had panels of lace on the sides and extended back into a five meter train. Valentino also created the lace veil, which is magnificent enough to compete with some of the heirloom lace veils used by other monarchies.

A "new" tiara was created for the occasion by swapping the pearl elements on the Pearl Button Tiara for some of the family's diamond star brooches. It was a prescient move, forecasting the fun that the bride continues to have with the Dutch jewel collection, and a perfect choice to anchor her intricate veil. (I just realized that our Tiara Thursday for that tiara was done for their 10th wedding anniversary. I told you I  never miss my chance to come back to this one.)

I've always loved this dress because it is, to me, a truly royal affair. What I mean is that this ensemble has such a grand scale to it, it belongs in a massive cathedral for a televised wedding ceremony, and I can't imagine it - and don't want to imagine it - in any other situation. As I said when this dress took the number three spot on your list of favorite royal wedding gowns, sometimes that's exactly the charm of a royal wedding gown.