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June 26, 2019

Charlotte Casiraghi Pays Tribute to Her Grandmother Grace Kelly on Her Wedding Day

By Vennette Lailani  Seprado

The glamorous Monégasque royals celebrated the nuptials of one of its most photographed members, the beautiful Charlotte Casiraghi to film producer Dimitri Rassam on June 1st, 2019. The photogenic couple’s civil wedding ceremony was held at Monaco’s Prince’s Palace Throne Room where Charlotte’s grandmother actress Grace Kelly wed Prince Rainier in 1956.

As soon as photos emerged in public, royal and fashion watchers quickly pointed out the modern ways in which the bride paid tribute to her famous grandmother. After the ceremony, Charlotte was snapped with her new husband wearing a silvery gray brocade mini dress from Yves Saint Laurent, adorned with three large crystal embellished bows down the front. The short lace dress designed by Anthony Vaccarello for YSL drew comparisons from Grace Kelly’s civil wedding dress designed by Helen Rose. The late Princess Grace wore a two-piece ensemble covered with Alençon lace in a dusty shade of pink.  The lace covered taffeta suit paired a tea-length skirt with a fitted bodice and rounded collar with a sweet little bow accent. The bows on Charlotte’s dress is thought to be a nod to the three bows that featured on the back of Princess Grace’s iconic wedding dress.

Following the service, the family hosted a traditional picnic-style reception at the terraced gardens of Ville La Vigie Hotel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Some of the notable attendees were Prince Albert II, his wife Princess Charlene, and their children, Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques. Also in attendance was the bride’s mother Princess Caroline of Hanover, her brothers, Andrea and Pierre Casiraghi together with their wives Tatiana Santo Domingo and Beatrice Borromeo. They celebrated their union along with 300 guests which also included the groom’s mother, famed French beauty Carole Bouquet, the couple’s children from their previous relationships and their seven-month-old son Balthazar.

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Congratulation Charlotte Casiraghi in #SaintLaurent

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At the reception, the bride changed into her second look which was all things Old Hollywood. Her shoulder length hair was coiffed into a faux bob reminiscent of Princess Grace’s hairstyle in the 1950s by Paris-based stylist, John Nollet. Charlotte’s vintage hairstyle was perfect for her custom-made Chanel bustier dress with elaborate folds and a cinched waist that was inspired by a look from the label’s Spring 2019 collection. Her strapless white silk dress was another nod to one of her grandmother’s most famous cinematic looks from the 1955 film, To Catch A Thief.

If the references to Princess Grace aren’t obvious enough, then the three-strand round and baguette diamond festoon necklace from Cartier should convince just about anyone that the bride’s grandmother was a major inspiration for her wedding styling. The sparkling piece was one of the wedding gifts of Prince Ranier to his new bride in 1956. Princess Grace also wore the necklace for the opera gala held on the night of her civil wedding ceremony.

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TIARA TALK: Charlotte Casiraghi . . . Part I: Wedding number two! Yesterday Charlotte Casiraghi, the daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco and her late husband Stefano Casiraghi, wed Dimitri Rassam in a second ceremony among family and friends in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. The couple said “I do” at the Abbaye Sainte-Marie de Pierredon just outside of Saint-Remy in the south of France. The church ceremony was followed by a private evening reception in Provence. The decision to hold her second ceremony in Provence seems to be an emotional tribute to Charlotte’s mother Caroline. When she was only 4 years old, Charlotte and her brothers were taken by their mother to live in St. Remy after the tragic loss of their father in hopes that Caroline and her young family could live a life quietly out of the spotlight. It’s touching that she would want to have her special day in a place that has been the most peaceful she’s known. What is also touching is the diadem she chose to wear. The Palais Princier de Monaco was kind enough to release two pictures of the happy couple and for many of us royal watchers who were waiting on pins and needles for such a tiara sighting and we sort of got one! It’s not very easy to see in this first picture but indeed Charlotte is wearing a diamond floral diadem and not just any diadem. This piece belongs to her mother and although it’s a big piece, Charlotte did not wear the full element, she only wore a small part of it, hence why it’s hard to see but if you zoom in close enough you can just make out the small diamond leaves and roses. Even though it’s hard to see, it’s still lovely of course. ‼️cont. next post 👉🏻‼️📸: Getty Images/ Felix dol Maillet #atiaraaday #diamonds #brooch #floral #history #jewelry #monarchy #principalityofmonaco #princesscaroline #royalty #royaljewels #tiara #tiaratalk #aigrette #charlottecasiraghi #wedding #monaco

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Charlotte wed Dimitri Rassam in a second ceremony with family and friends in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence at the Abbaye Sainte-Marie de Pierredon just outside of Saint-Remy in the south of France. The church ceremony was followed by a private evening reception in Provence.

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Part II: This is a mid 19th century gold and silver ‘en tremblant’ brooch, representing a large branch with three flowers, articulated in six elements and fully set with roses made out of diamonds. It’s a versatile piece that can be used in it’s full length or turned into several small pins – like Charlotte wore it or like Caroline wore it in these two pictures. I believe the small element of this brooch – the part Caroline is wearing at the base of her chignon in the second pic – is what Charlotte wore. I do not believe it’s the same piece Charlene was loaned for her wedding day. Out of all of her mother’s jewels she chose to wear this one which brings me to why it is so special. I have a very good reason to believe that Stefano Casiraghi bought this piece from a private collection for Princess Caroline in 1988 as it was first seen on Caroline when she wore the spray as an aigrette to the 1989 annual Red Cross Ball where she danced for the last time with Stefano. Knowing the significance of this piece and that it fits with Charlotte’s bohemian style, I could see why she chose this very special piece to wear. The jewelry a bride picks for her wedding day is a deeply personal and significant part of the ceremony and in my opinion, Charlotte got it just right. Congratulations to the happy couple 💜 #atiaraaday #diamonds #brooch #floral #history #jewelry #monarchy #principalityofmonaco #princesscaroline #royalty #royaljewels #tiara #tiaratalk #aigrette #charlottecasiraghi #wedding #monaco

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For the religious ceremony, she wore a custom made gown by Giambattista Valli with a vintage vibe very similar to her mother’s bridal look. She clutched a natural bouquet of lavender common in the area. She completed her bridal look with a floral diadem to fasten her veil which was part of a larger piece belonging to her mother.

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