Congrats are in order for Prince Ernst August Jr. of Hanover and Ekaterina Malysheva! The couple married in a civil service last Thursday before celebrating with a (very) public ceremony on Saturday, July 8, in Hanover, Germany. And, believe us, this royal wedding did not disappoint! The bride, a fashion designer herself, looked stunning in a long-sleeved, beaded wedding dress designed by her friend Sandra Mansour, a Lebanese designer. (Seriously, she's giving us major Grace Kelly vibes!)
And while we're busy admiring the bride's beautiful gown and anxiously awaiting details from the 10 days of festivities, let's discuss the real gossip: The father of the groom skipped the wedding! Last week, Prince Ernst’s father (who is also called Prince Ernst August) publicly announced his opposition to the marriage based on "financial reasons." But thankfully, for the sake of romance and a good love story, not even his own father's diss could stop Prince Ernst Jr. from marrying his longtime girlfriend, whom he has dated for six years. The two met at a party in London, where they now live, and got engaged while vacationing in Greece.
Keep reading to see more of their over-the-top fairy-tale wedding! It's definitely a royal wedding to remember.
Hundreds of onlookers witnessed the bride's grand entrance into Hanover Market Church. She walked on the arm of her father, wearing a custom-made gown and veil by Sandra Mansour. The Lebanese designer, who once worked at Elie Saab, is famous for her intricate details, and the beading on Ekaterina's dress and veil did not disappoint.
The bride paired the cathedral-length veil with a jeweled crown, an heirloom from the prince's family that was originally created for Princess Victoria Luise for her marriage to Ernst August III, the groom’s great-grandfather.
The intricate beading on Ekaterina's veil merits a closer look. Stunning!
The couple married in a traditional ceremony before 600 guests. The location, Hanover Market Church, was especially meaningful as it was the first time a Hanoverian prince has married at the historic church in 66 years.
It's official! The newlyweds exited the church to applause by onlookers, many of whom dressed up in traditional attire for the monumental occasion.
After photo ops on the stairs of the church, the happy couple walked through the streets (to the sound of more cheers!) and exited in a horse-drawn carriage. They celebrated with a luncheon at the historic Herrenhauser Gardens, followed by a dinner at Marienburg Castle.
And, finally, can we talk about the bride's chic dress for Thursday's civil ceremony? We love the tailored look and blush color. We can't wait to see more photos of the the bride's highly anticipated fashion from the 10 days of planned festivities. But for now: Cheers to the happy royals!