The big day might have been clouded in family drama, but the Cinderella-worthy dress made headlines for all the right reasons…
The royal house of Hanover hasn’t actually ruled in Germany for more than 100 years, but the family can still put on a wedding as regal as one would expected.
That was demonstrated over the weekend, as Prince Ernst August of Hanover Jr wed Russian fashion designer Ekaterina Malysheva in a spectacular ceremony attended by 600 guests.
For the big occasion, the bride turned to her friend Sandra Mansour, a Swiss-Lebanese designer who created a custom gown positively dripping in regal splendour.
Crafted in lace and encrusted with pearls, the romantic creation looked like it had stepped straight out of a fairytale with its full train and demure billowing sleeves.
The ornately traditional look was topped off with a glimmering diamond tiara, a Hanover family heirloom according to People.
The gown itself was inspired by floral motifs from the bride’s home country, Mansour told Who What Wear, adding that the dress was her present to Malysheva.
“We really wanted to highlight Ekaterina’s Russian heritage,” the designer said, revealing the gown took 10 months to create.
Royals and aristocrats looked on as the long-time couple tied the knot at Hanover’s Market Church on Saturday, though the groom’s father, Prince Ernst August, declined to attend at the last minute.
The royal – who’s head of the deposed house of Hanover – formally objected to the nuptials the day before they took place, stating he would like property transferred to his son for tax reasons returned to him.
“The decision was not easy for me because it concerns my son,” the Prince, who is married to Princess Caroline of Monaco, told German newspaper Handelsblatt.
“But I am constrained to preserve the interests of the House of Hanover and the property, including cultural property, which has been its property for centuries.”
However the newlyweds didn’t let the family drama disrupt their big day, setting off for a big party at the royal family’s Marienburg Castle after they said their vows.
Mansour also created two more dresses for Malysheva’s wedding celebrations, which will reportedly be spread over 10 days.
The designer, who was born in Switzerland but has her workshop in Beirut, previously worked with Lebanese King of Couture Elie Saab before establishing her eponymous label.
And we suspect her designs just got added to many a bride-to-be’s Pinterest board…
Images: Sandra Mansour/Instagram, Getty