08 July 2017

A Royal Wedding for the Weekend: Ernst August Marries in Hanover

I don’t know about you, but I always have time for a massive royal wedding dress. Especially one topped with a massive royal tiara.

Hereditary Prince Ernst August of Hanover married longtime love Ekaterina Malysheva in a religious service today in Hanover, Germany, following their civil ceremony earlier this week. The bride is a fashion designer; the groom is an investment banker and the son and heir of Ernst August, Prince of Hanover. The elder Ernst August is the estranged husband of Monaco’s Princess Caroline. (The groom’s troubled father is also the source of some wedding scandal, having recently – and publicly – decided not to give his consent for his son’s marriage. The two Ernst Augusts have a strained relationship and this is another play in a long battle over control of family property and assets. Not surprisingly, EA the Elder did not attend the wedding.)

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The bride’s gown was created by her friend Sandra Mansour. The elaborate design takes its inspiration from Ekaterina’s Russian roots and included Chantilly lace and rhinestone embellishment throughout the flowing sleeves, the full skirt with lengthy train, and the veil. The whole thing has a bit of a fairy tale vibe, which I’m loving despite the fact that it is truly a lot of dress.

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Answering much advance speculation over whether she would wear a Hanover family tiara (or even the family’s tiny bridal crown), Ekaterina wore the diamond Hanover Floral Tiara. The large diadem was last seen on Princess Caroline in 2004; prior to that, it was worn by the groom’s mother, Chantal. I always think floral tiaras are such a natural choice for a bride, since they fit so well with the floral themes that often appear in lace and other bridal trimmings. In this case, the Hanover Floral Tiara wasn’t just the perfect fit for the dress embellishment, it acted as the serious anchor a dress this big required. An excellent choice.

The guest list was chock full of German titles, Greek royals (Pavlos and Marie-Chantal were there), and Ernst August’s Casiraghi step-family.
Andrea Casiraghi and Tatiana Santo Domingo with their children, Sacha and India
This is a lovely look from Tatiana Santo Domingo in an Emilia Wickstead dress, no? I am totally here for Tatiana embracing the big hat movement, by the way. Monaco events could use an infusion of giant brims.

Pierre Casiraghi, Beatrice Borromeo, Charlotte Casiraghi
And if Beatrice wants to make her hat contribution a variety of fancy braided breads, I think I’m here for that too. Whimsy! Why not?