Hello-Hello, what a weekend it was, the royal wedding in Sweden just knocked my socks off.
Formal events got underway Friday night with a dinner at Stockholm’s Grand Hôtel for family members. Princess Madeleine is fourth from the right; the groom, Christopher O’Neill, is on her right (our left).
A better look at the elegant Elie Saab dress worn by the Princess, it is from the designer’s Resort 2013 collection, on the right we see the Jenny Packham gown worn by Crown Princess Victoria, it is from the spring/Summer collection.
Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece used her Instagram account to share photos from the wedding weekend.
She was in an Oscar de la Renta gown from the designer’s spring 2013 collection. We show it below as worn by model Karlie Kloss in the runway show.
The wedding itself was one elegant event, with glittering tiaras, shimmering gowns and some serious party frocks. It was also a significant gathering of European royalty. Below, Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, as well as Princess Charlene of Monaco. Princess Charlene was one of the few titled women not wearing a tiara.
Norway’s Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon as they arrive for Saturday’s ceremony.
The bride’s sister, Crown Princess Victoria and her husband, Prince Daniel, and the couple’s child, Princess Estelle.
Victoria wore a gown by Fadi al Khoury.
More on Princess Victoria’s gown from the Swedish Royal Court news release.
The Crown Princess wore a greige rosé dress with aubergine accents. The dress is made from hand-dyed double-sided silk organza with layers of hand-dyed tulle in three shades, silk threads, Lurex threads, pearls and Swarovski crystals in amethyst and pale grey opal.
The Crown Princess has worn the designer before, and attended his show as she opened Stockholm Fashion Week in August of 2012.
Below, the mother of the bride, Queen Silvia arriving with her son, Prince Carl Philip.
The Queen’s gown is described as “a jade-coloured dress with a train. The dress is silk organza with embroidered silk lace and Swarovski stones.”
Below (left to right) we see Crown Prince Frederik & Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Norway’s Princess Märtha Louise, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon, also of Norway.
The Queen’s husband was not available to escort her to the wedding because he was walking the bride up the aisle. Below we see King Gustav and Princess Madeleine, he wears what would be formal evening attire for the military, he is an Admiral in the Swedish Navy.
The Swedish Princess wed the British-born financier in the Royal Chapel at the Palace.
On the altar, Princess Hedvig Elisabeth Charlotta’s crown, it was at the baptismal font when Princes Madeleine was christened. The crown dates to 1778.
The bride was exquisite.
From the Court Chaplain’s remarks to the bride and groom during the service:
“And the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinth. 13,13). Of faith, hope and love. Of these love is the greatest. But also greater than power and riches. Such is the greatness of love.
Yes, right now we find ourselves in a room of faith and of the heart. The Royal chapel encloses the two of you in God´s loving care, and it gives space as well as direction to your life together.
What is really great, however, is also what is created when all the little words and the warm, tender glances form a web of security and rest in your everyday life. Every day. The numerous moments are joined together into a life, your shared life. Take care of the moments!
She wore a gown by Valentino Garavani, founder of the eponymous fashion house of that name.
More on the dress from the Palace news release:
The wedding dress is made from pleated silk organza with appliquéd ivory-coloured Chantilly lace. The upper section of the bodice is lace with a deep-cut back. Narrow vertical pleats open up from the accentuated waist, above the wide skirt, which ends with a four-metre-long train.
It was a beautiful look. The designer has also created gowns for many other notable brides, including the afore-mentioned Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece and actress Anne Hathaway.
Marie-Chantal shared a photo of herself on Instagram with Mr. Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti, his partner, as they flew to Stockholm.
Both bride and groom looked beyond happy.
They beamed throughout the ceremony.
One of the official photos.
Here you see the younger members of the bridal party with the couple.
The young bridal attendants carried Lily of the Valley. Floral decorations were inspired by an early Swedish summer, more from the Royal Swedish Court:
The colour scheme for the decorations is light green, white and pink, using beech leaves, cow parsley, pink and white peonies, white lilacs, foxgloves, delphiniums and lilies of the valley.
The bride’s bouquet.
After the ceremony Princess Madeleine and Mr. O’Neill proceeded by cortège to a location where where they boarded a boat for the reception.
Arriving at Drottningholm Palace for the reception, you can just about see the boat in the background.
The Princess changed into another gown for the reception, it is a Nina Ricci creation worn by her mother to the Nobel Prize Awards in 2001. Madeleine also changed her hairstyle, wearing it down from the elegant updo seen at the ceremony.
And the song chosen for the couple’s first dance? Mr. Bojangles.