Marry Me, Martha! 14 Predictions for the Wedding of Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo
The grandson of Grace Kelly will marry his own leading lady in not one—but two!—celebrations this summer. Here is how we see it going down.
After seven years of dating, Pierre Casiraghi, the 27-year-old son of Monaco's Princess Caroline and grandson to Grace Kelly, is set to wed Italian heiress Beatrice Borromeo, a 29-year-old journalist. The union will take place on July 25 at the Prince's Palace of Monaco. But the occasion won't end there! Following their civil ceremony, the stylish socialites will head to the Borromeo family's private islands on Italy's Lake Maggiore for a lavish religious ceremony on August 1. So while Pierre and Beatrice, who met in 2008 while studying at Milan's Bocconi University, technically don't hold any titles of their own, their nuptials will certainly be a royal affair to remember. This is how we see the whole shebang going down.
A few sources have hinted that Beatrice's mother, Countess Donna Paola Marzotto, has invited a few wedding guests to a breakfast at the Fairmont Monte Carlo the morning of the civil ceremony. Of the hotel's three restaurants, the Horizon Deck, Restaurant and Champagne Bar offers the most gorgeous views of the city and the Mediterranean from its location on the seventh floor.
The Civil Ceremony Location
After a wedding service in the palace's newly refurbished salons, Prince Albert II of Monaco, Pierre's uncle, told People that he is hosting an informal Cavagnëtu—a Monégasque picnic—in the palace's rarely photographed gardens that his mother, Princess Grace of Monaco (aka Gracy Kelly), helped renovate in the 1960s.
The Civil Ceremony Attire
For daytime affairs, Beatrice has donned chic pantsuits, including this blush Armani Privé ensemble that she wore to the 2013 royal wedding of Prince Felix of Luxembourg and Claire Lademache. For her civil ceremony in Monaco? We could envision a similar look from the Italian design house.
The Wedding Band
Pierre's grandfather, Prince Rainier III of Monaco, marked his engagement to Grace Kelly with a 10.47-carat emerald-cut diamond ring from Cartier. To carry on tradition, this platinum and diamond eternity band from the French jeweler would be the perfect match for Beatrice's pear-shaped pink diamond engagement ring with a diamond-encrusted band.
Prince Albert hinted that the gathering in the palace gardens following the civil ceremony will be very casual. "It's going to be a summer garden party, a finger-foods-for-lunch thing," he said. These black pepper gougères with pancetta and tomato would be a delectable choice and a fun homage to the bride's Italian heritage.
For entertainment at the daytime affair, Prince Albert mentioned there is likely to be music and Monégasque folk dancers. "And, we'll play some pétanque," he said. This steel set, designed by Hans Thyge and Akiko Kuwahata, would fit right in at the palace gardens.
The Signature Cocktail
"I'll try and keep it short and not bore everybody," Prince Albert said of the toast he's planning on giving the newlyweds. He added that may difficult, however, "because I really like both Pierre and Beatrice."
Pierre and Beatrice recently attended the wedding of jewelry designer Sabine G to Joseph Getty in Rome, so it's likely that the newlyweds will return the honor. Other notable guests expected to attend both the civil and religious ceremonies include Pierre's mother, Princess Caroline, along with Beatrice's half sisters, countesses Isabella, Lavinia, and Matilde, who have married into Italian and German nobility and the Fiat-Chrysler fortune.
The Religious Ceremony Location
Following the civil ceremony in Monaco, the party will head to the Borromeo Islands on Italy's Lake Maggiore for an elaborate religious affair. Beatrice's family has owned the group of islands, just north of Milan, since the 17th century. Some have speculated that the reception will occur at the Rocca d'Angera, because it is closed to the public from July 30 to August 2. However, looking at the title of this post from the islands' website, it's also very possible that the hilltop castle is closed due to filming the upcoming Harry Potter movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Even if that's not the case, we think the couple will marry on Isola Bella, which novelist Edith Wharton described in her 1904 book Italian Villas and Their Gardens
as "that pyramid of flower-laden terraces…in a lovely bend of the lake…" Not only is it home to a Baroque palazzo and sprawling Italianate gardens, it is also where Beatrice's half sister Matilde married Prince Antonius von Fürstenberg in 2011.
The Wedding Party
Considering that all of Beatrice and Pierre's older siblings have young children, there will certainly be a parade of adorable pageboys and flower girls at their religious ceremony in Italy. Pierre's two-year-old nephew, Sasha, seen here with his parents, Andrea Casiraghi and Tatiana Santo Domingo, would make a particularly cute pageboy.
The Wedding Gown
For the religious ceremony, it's been rumored that Beatrice might wear a custom Armani gown. But we think that the statuesque beauty would look ethereal in a pared-down version of this high-collared Valentino dress, because it would go perfectly with the spotted lace veil that has been handed down in the Borromeo line for years. Plus, her uncle, Matteo Marzotto, was once the director of Valentino and her half sisters wore gowns by the Italian designer at their weddings.
The Wedding Cake
Instead of serving a traditional millefoglie Italian wedding cake, it would be an unexpected choice to serve a confection embellished with feathers that brings to mind the Borromeo family's signature white peacocks that roam the island's gardens.
Over the course of their relationship, Pierre and Beatrice have frequented the beaches of St. Tropez and the Balearic Islands on vacation. For such a special trip, a slightly more private beach destination is in order. Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa is only accessible via boat (or helicopter, if they want to get there as quick as possible). Each of the Overwater Bungalows have glass-bottomed coffee tables so they can admire the cereulean lagoon below while toasting to their new marriage with a glass of bubbly.