The Let Them Eat Cake team are proud Anglophiles and if you’ve been with us from the beginning, you already knew this detail. We’ve posted about every royal wedding that has happened since the inception of LTEC and we don’t see any signs of slowing down.
Though more royal adjacent, Princes William and Harry’s cousin Lady Kitty Spencer – niece of Princess Diana and daughter of Diana’s younger brother Charles – married South African businessman Michael Lewis in Italy over the weekend and we are here to say … she may have won the wedding game. Not that it’s a competition, but it’s not not a competition.
The 30-year-old fashion model and Dolce & Gabbana global brand ambassador married the 62-year-old billionaire fashion mogul Saturday, July 24, at Villa Aldobrandini in Rome.
The main reason we wanted to highlight this wedding is because the model opted for five (yes, FIVE) custom made gowns to round out her Roman wedding celebration.
Naturally, the main event was her wedding ceremony gown. Garnering comparisons to Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco, and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, the full lace ballgown embodied whatever word can adequately describe something greater than a showstopper. Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana told British Magazine Tatler the gown was a marriage of Kitty’s love of Italy and her want to represent her origins and the heritage of the Victorian era. The ceremony gown sported a high neck and long sleeves along with a sheer midsection with exposed boning that then flowed into a full skirt. The chicest part of the entire look had to be the dramatic puffed sleeves and the dramatically long (royal family typical) veil.
Our absolute FAVORITE look of the entire weekend was Lady Spencer’s reception look.
Another full ballgown, the silk, off-the-shoulder number was hand-painted with gorgeous flowers that included crystals and actual roses.
The Villa Aldobrandini is a 16th century estate that was designed for a “nephew” of the Pope* and is considered one of the best and most famous examples of early Italian Baroque style. The villa includes ancient marbles, valuable paintings and a 17th century hanging garden. It also includes an eye-popping entry way as the aisle, which the bride traversed with her two brothers at her side.
The model also had two other dresses made, one gold beaded dress made for dancing the night away and another lace gown adorned with flowers Spencer wore the following day.
Two obviously missing pieces to the wedding weekend were Spencer’s father, 9th Earl Charles Spencer, who due to an injury didn’t walk his daughter down the aisle, as well as the famous Spencer tiara worn by Princess Diana at her wedding to Prince Charles, which many expected to see atop Lady Kitty’s head. Instead, she opted for intricate headpieces and flower crowns – which we think was a wise substitute.
Though this wasn’t a typical royal wedding, we do believe it was the dreamiest royal adjacent wedding there has been in recent years. We guess it pays to not be directly tied to the British Crown — options are endless, and rules are limited.
*We read in one report that this supposed nephew was just a code name for the son of the Pope at the time of the villa’s construction. We’ve tried to research more on this but can’t find any legitimate sources to back up this claim, though it is widely known that some early Pope’s did father children. Not wedding related, but still an interesting mention.