Swedish Royal Wedding: The Bride

Royal Hats Princess Madeleine choose a beautifully romantic bridal look in a short sleeved lace gown with sweeping train. A sketch can be seen here. A press release on the Swedish Monarchy website reads,

“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.”

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It’s a very light and delicate gown that seemed to suit Madeleine well… except for the bodice, which wasn’t fit perfectly and seemed to easily fall off her shoulders. I’m also not a fan of the dust ruffle at the bottom. That all being said, Princess Madeleine showed her traditional and romantic side through the choice of this dress and it suited her beautifully.

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Princess Madeleine anchored her silk organza veil with the Modern Fringe Tiara, a piece privately owned by her mother (read more about it here) but one she has worn often and is closely associated with her.  The bottom of the tiara frame, which sits quite high, was woven with white orange blossoms.

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The couple were attended by bridesmaids and pages in white and spring green ensembles. The bridesmaids wore delicate white floral bandeaux in their hair.

For the evening reception, Madeleine changed into a white Nina Ricci ballgown with pearl covered bodice, sequin dotted tulle skirt and white silk sash. The gown, originally worn by Queen Silvia to the 2001 Nobel Prize ceremony, is the stuff of fairytale princess/bridal dreams and clearly had great sentimental both for Princess Madeleine and her mum. I adore that she wore it as her second wedding dress.

Princess Madeleine has not had an easy path to finding love and her look today was surpassed only by her megawatt smile and radiant happiness. What did you think of her bridal looks?

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14 thoughts on “Swedish Royal Wedding: The Bride

      • The flowers were pretty but I don’t like how the veil attached to her head. There was too big a space between the veil and the tiara (you can see it in the second photo from the top)

    • I love Valentino and the workmanship on this dress was oustanding but… it was nothing new. Some might even say a little dowdy. Such a dissapointment.

      • Wow. This wedding was totally under the radar here in the US. I didn’t hear a thing about it until I caught up on hat news here today. Her makeup, jewellery and hair are all perfect. I think it’s great she wore her own tiara and did what she wanted instead of following traditions that didn’t work for her. As for the dress… meh.

      • I was so happy that Valentino was to design the gown. However, a big mistake with the neckline, that sleeve should not have slipped of the shoulder. Fitting problems I think. Surprising, because I’ve seen documentaries where Valentino is so fussy (as he should be), but of-course he is not doing the work.

      • I dunno. For the past 5+ years designer wedding dresses have all been satin fishtail sheathes that are very body concious and plain. This is fresh, romantic, youthful and pretty- things we haven’t seen in wedding dress fashion in a LONG time. I loved it.

  1. Madeleine was a beautiful bride, and I thought everything was perfect — her hair and veil really looked wonderful with the tiara, and the orange blossoms across the base was a terrific idea, and I love the myrtle tradiion. Her makeup was stunning, too — truly, she looked breathtaking. And of course her best accessory was the loving groom on her arm!

    • It was a little early 80s for me. My aunt had nearly the same dress in 1982! Ah well. She looked happy and he’s one of the most earnest royal grooms ever. Nice to see a groom who can’t stop kissing his bride.

    • That has got to be one of the prettiest wedding dresses I ever see. The lace is so pretty and it’s appropriate for church. I saw some other websites where the lady guests would near fall out of their dresses if they sneezed if you know what i mean. It’s nice to see a young bride not in a strapless dress. So much more beautiful.

  2. Lovely! Tried to watch live stream from STV but am iin hospital & slow feed. Your photo of Christopher putting on her ring shows the myrtle in her hair (top of her bun) as is tradition for all royal brides to have a sprig of myrtle. Margaret of Connaught brought this myrtle with her to Sweden from England for Madeleine.

    • I thought it was so nice that she incorporated this tradition. When Princess Ingrid of Sweden married King Frederik of Denmark, she brought a sprig from the Swedish plant to Denmark and the same tradition has carried on in Denmark. Lovely, isn’t it?

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