Claire Lademacher is the latest royal/celebrity bride to marry in an intimate civil ceremony. The German beauty married Prince Felix of Luxembourg in her home city Frankfurt on Tuesday morning.
For the special occasion, Princess Claire chose to wear an elegant white peplum dress with cap sleeves by Dutch designer Jan Taminiau and she completed the look with stunning aquamarine earrings and a bouquet made of white Platinum Avalanche roses and hydrangea flowers.
Claire follows a small number of famous brides that have opted for a civil ceremony, although most times they are also followed by a religious one. Here I take a look at some of them and the outfits they chose, to serve as inspiration to future brides!
Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg
Stephanie married Prince Guillaume in October last year. On the day of her civil ceremony, the bride looked magical in a cream Chanel, high-collared jacket and skirt. She ditched the traditional bouquet in favour of a white Chanel quilted handbag.
Princess Charlene of Monaco
A year earlier, it was the turn of Princess Charlene. The South African bride looked nothing short of princess-perfect in a beautiful Chanel sky-blue suit.
The sharp, clean fit of the blazer gave a nod to her androgynous sartorial preferences, whilst the floaty chiffon palazzo trousers added the perfect amount of gentle femininity.
The Duchess of Cornwall
Camilla chose two different outfits when she married Prince Charles in 2005. One for the actual ceremony, and the other for the blessing at St George’s Chapel.
Her first choice was an oyster silk basket-weave coat with herringbone stitch embroidery and a chiffon dress with appliqué detail, designed by Robinson Valentine. Philip Treacy designed her hat, which was natural straw overlaid with ivory French lace and trimmed with feathers.
He also designed her headdress for the blessing at St George’s Chapel, which consisted of gold leaf feathers tipped with Swarovski Diamonds.
The Duchess’s second choice was a full length porcelain blue silk dress with a hand painted ikat design, hand-embroidered with gold thread work.
Nancy Shevell and Luisana Lopilato
It’s not only royal brides who opt for civil ceremonies but also celebrities, such as Nancy Shevell and Luisana Lopilato.
In 2011, Nancy and Paul McCartney married in the Marylebone Registry Office. Luckily, Nancy Shevell had a little help from her new stepdaughter, Sir Paul’s designer daughter Stella.
Her dress was a beautiful ivory colour, with a fitted body, long sleeves puffed at the wrist and cut at the knee. The simple look was perfect for the bride, maintaining a romantic yet formal aspect for their quiet civil ceremony.
Adding to the air of sophistication the dress was inspired by Wallis Simpson’s outfit when she married the Duke of Windsor in 1937.
In April that same year, Luisana Lopilato and Michael Buble made their union official in Argentina. Michael’s beautiful bride wore a pleated violet mini dress with tulle trim for her nuptials.
Her only accessory was her bridal bouquet, made up of purple orchids.
For her civil wedding to Tony Parker in 2007, Eva chose pink Empire-waist mini dress by Chanel. She completed her look with sky-high silver shoes and a pink clutch.
So which bride is your favourite? And if you’re heading for a civil ceremony, what dress would you wear?
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