Saturday, June 8, 2013

Sweden: Princess Madeleine's Wedding (1)

The Bride

The Wedding Dress

Princess Madeleine's wedding dress was created by the Italian designer Valentino Garavani. 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.

The veil is also silk organza, and is edged with tulle scatted with point d'esprit dots and small Chantilly lace orange blossom. The Princess's shoes are ivory white organdy with woven point d'esprit dots.
The Princess's tiara is privately owned, decorated with sprigs of orange blossom.
The Princess's hair and make-up are by Rick Ljung and Sara Denman.

The bridal bouquet

Princess Madeleine's bridal bouquet consists of classic white garden roses: Austin roses, Schneewittchen, Winchester Cathedral and Alabaster, as well as lilies of the valley and the traditional myrtle from Sofiero. All the flowers are white, and the bouquet is tied into a round shape.

Myrtle worn in the hair or used in the bridal bouquet

Princess Margareta, who married Gustaf (VI) Adolf in 1905 in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in England, brought a myrtle bush to Sweden with her. The bush grew and was originally tended at Sofiero Palace. It is now at Ulriksdal Palace. Since 1935, a sprig from this bush has traditionally been used in royal bridal bouquets or worn in the hair in some form. Princess Ingrid, who married the Danish heir to the throne in 1935, took a cutting from the bush to her new home country. Since then, the Danish Royal Family has upheld the same tradition, using myrtle from Princess Margareta's original bush.

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