Imperial Royal Wedding

The religious marriage of Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia and his longtime Italian partner Rebecca Bettarini took place today at St Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg, the first Romanov wedding to take place in this cathedral in over 300 years.

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Rebecca’s gown is a collaborative creation made by Reem Acra and Elina Samarina for Sergio Marcone Moscow.

 “Reem Acra has exquisite taste and her gowns are designed holistically as if they were a masterwork of architecture, I had only two requirements: a refined and modern dress made of Italian Silk Mikado, in the classic Italian wedding gowns of the 1960s.” – Rebecca Bettarini

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“The dress is a classic that is made to give a nod to the purity of the symbolism of marriage. Made of European fabric and designed in New York, and worn in Russia it’s a combination of 3 worlds and a tribute to our common roots.” –  Reem Acra

The gown, in ivory Italian Silk Mikado, features a high neckline, fitted bodice, long sleeves, natural waist and a full ballgown skirt.

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A 6-meter long train, created by Russian born designer Elina Samarina, attached from the shoulders.

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Rebecca arrived for the ceremony in a silk tulle veil over her face that extended the full length of the train.

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Elina Samarina drew from Russia’s long, rich tradition of embroidery, using the traditional Torzhok style to embroider the Romanoff family crest onto the silk tulle veil in gold thread.

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 “It pays a joint tribute to the Italian and Russian culture. It showcases a blend of Russian craftsmanship and Italian elegance. It connects with symbols and motifs every Russian can identify with. It expresses continuity between the present and the past, and it’s issued of a high skilled collaboration between our countries.”  – Elina Samarina

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Rebecca topped the veil with Chaumet’s “Lactis” tiara, a modern retake on the traditional Russian Kokoshnik shape.

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Following the ceremony, Rebecca removed the cape train and veil to lay her white orchid bouquet on the graves of Grand Duke George’s grandparents, Grand Duke Vladimir and Grand Duchess Leonida, in the Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul. The resulting photographs give great view of the silhouette of her gown and tiara.

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Rebecca’s attendants wore gold and dark green velvet Tudor style pearl trimmed dresses with matching Kokoshnik headpieces made by Russian brand Russkaya Korona

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For tonight’s gala dinner, Rebecca, who will now be known as HSH Princess Victoria Romanovna Romanoff, wore a hand embroidered silk tulle gown also by Reem Acra. Elina Samarina added another Russian-designed element to the ensemble with a white silk Mikado cape inspired by traditional designs and embroidered in a Torzhok style. It looks like her bridal tiara was placed further back on her head, a look I much prefer.

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What do you think of this Imperial bridal look?

Jump over to these posts for additional coverage of this event:

Imperial Royal Wedding: Family and Guests
Civil Wedding Ceremony

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Wedding Trio

We kick off this new week with a look at the three weddings which took place over the weekend. On Friday, the civil marriage of Grand Duke George of Russia and Rebecca Bettarini took place in Moscow.


Prince Jaime de Bourbon-Siciles, Duke of Noto, was married to Lady Charlotte Lindesay-Bethune on Saturday at Monreale Cathedral in Sicily.  The bride’s father, the 16th Earl of Lindsay, is a prominent Scottish businessman and politician and presumably, her delicate diamond tiara is a family piece. The groom’s mother, Sofía Landaluce y Melgarejo, Duchess of Calabria, wore a black lace mantilla with high peineta comb. See a gallery of the event here.


On Saturday, Princess Marie-Astrid of Liechtenstein married Ralph Worthington at the Orbetello Cathedral in Capalbio, Italy. The bride wore the diamond Kinsky Honeysuckle Tiara from the Liechtenstein royal family’s collection. The time and subsequent dress code for these nuptials did not, unfortunately, include hats. See a gallery of the event here.

Lovely royal bridal looks all around, don’t you agree?!

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This Week’s Extras

Back on January 20, Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia announced the engagement of her son, Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia to Rebecca Virginia Bettarini. The couple’s official betrothal ceremony took place this week, the future bride in a deep claret beaded bandeau.
The Duchess of Cambridge shared an important message this morning in a cozy knit hat


Princess Charlene shared another photo of Princess Gabriella taken at the St. Devote celebration in that charming pink and white bucket hat.

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Colourful felt scraps repurposed as trim on this black cloche by American milliner Jennifer Hoertz
Adore the unique shape on this ivory parasisal straw beret with rolled twists by Australian milliner Jill Humphries
How fun is this black steampunk bowler with goggles by British milliner Marie-anne Talbott
Pistachio green teardrop percher with straw lilies and peacock feathers by British milliner Kerry Kernan
Periwinkle felt fedora with pewter snakeskin leather hatband by French milliner Geneviève Parois
Ruby pink silk bandeau with statement silk flowers by British milliner Laura Cathcart
Beautiful texture on this bronze and blue woven straw casual brimmed hat  by Australian milliner Catherine Kelly
Navy felt trilby with patterned top stitching by Japanese brand Maxim
Simple but so, so pretty white feather headpiece by German milliner Antje Lücke
Pink button percher with teal pleated fan trim by British milliner Camilla Rose
Embroidered, pleated, plaid bucket hat by Spanish brand Diaz de Durana
Black lace covered bergere hat by British milliner Justine Bradley-Hill

Little Maria-Alexandra of Romania was baptized last weekend
Queen Rania shared these sweet snaps of the king and Prince Hashem who celebrate their birthdays today

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