When Danish Prince Joachim married French-born Marie Chevallier last week, it was a wedding that bore all the usual stately hallmarks of a royal occasion, with the bonus of fabulous French elegance. The ceremony, which was televised live to the Danish nation, was the second marriage for the Prince, who was accompanied to the chapel by his two young sons.
Marie wore a full-skirted, off-white gown by Arasa Morelli, made of 19th century inspired lace and tulle. To add a sumptuous, fairytale element to her gown she also had a 3 metre train, and finished off the gorgeous ensemble with a stunning 19th century tiara borrowed from her mother-in-law, Queen Margarethe.
The bridal bouquet featured winter barley from the fields around Prince Joachim's residence, 200-year old myrtle from Fredensborg Palace, a key feature of any Danish royal bouquet and lilies, a sweet gesture of homage to Joachim's late grandmother, Queen Ingrid, who had had lilies in her wedding bouquet.
After the ceremony the couple left the church to a guard-of-honor, laughing as they passed under the archway of swords. The reception dinner at Shackenborg Castle featured an delicious dinner of fjord shrimps, turbot with scallops, beef tenderloin and summer truffles from the Prince's estate and then, a scrumptious dessert of white and dark chocolate cream with strawberries.
The cake was an octagonal, eight-tiered concoction decorated with small marzipan crowns, French lilies and blown-sugar birds. It had a bottom layer of biscuit covered in dark chocolate and Tahiti vanilla, as well as layers of cream and hazelnut sprinkled with Grand Marnier. Ooh how decadent, sinful and utterly irresistible!
The wedding sounds as if it were a smorgasbord of taste and style, in a manner that only the European royals can accomplish.