"Lavish" is the word to describe the the two weddings within a week of one of the top glamor couples of the European noble set Beatrice Borromeo, whose family counts among Italy’s most ancient and aristocratic, and Pierre Casiraghi, the youngest son of Princess Caroline of Monaco and grandson of Grace Kelly.
The celebrations began last Saturday, July 25th, with a civil ceremony and celebrations for more than 700 guests at the Grimaldi Palace and the opulent Hotel de Paris, in Monte Carlo, presided over by the groom’s uncle, Prince Albert, the head of the small principality, and mother, Princess Caroline.
That warm-up was followed the next day by an even “bigger and grander” religious celebration and festivities that were spread among the northern Italian town of Stresa, on the shores of sun-kissed Lake Maggiore, and two of the various islands belonging to the Borromeo family.
Much anticipated was Beatrice’s choice of dress for this more traditional occasion. She chose a low-cut, white grecian, flowing diaphanous wedding gown with ample skirt and train. “Stunning” has been the most used term to describe it. The groom wore a black cutaway tux with white shirt and bow tie.
After the ceremony at the Isolino de San Giovani, the most private of the Borromeo islands, the smaller group was to join the other guests at the Rocca d’Angera island for the reception.