I made a quick editorial decision to give this event its own post because the photos coming out of it demanded it. I don’t know that we have seen a wedding like this, or if we will again. This is the first royal wedding in Russia since the 1917 revolution, and from what I have seen of the photos they have hewed closely to tradition. They have also given access to lots and lots of photos.
Right now, you’re getting photos without much commentary, but I’ll add it during the day as I can. Please add your own impressions in the comments! The schedule for the ceremony can be found here.
The couple was married in St Isaac’s Cathedral in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It was built by Tsar Alexander I, and has most recently functioned as a museum.
The bride and her father, Roberto Bettarini, arriving at the Cathedral.
The bride and the mother of the groom, Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia.
The groom’s mother went with a full kokoshnik-inspired ensemble.
The ceremony was traditional in many aspects. The bride chose a tiara from Chaumet, described on the internet as the Lacis Tiara. It is a light design, probably a good thing in the other accouterments of this wedding are substantial.
La cérémonie orthodoxe du mariage du Grand-Duc Georges de Russie #Romanov avec Victoria Rebecca Bettarini peut commencer dans la cathédrale Saint-Isaac #Saint-Petersbourg pic.twitter.com/RASV5IMNbe
— Stéphane Bern (@bernstephane) October 1, 2021
A first glimpse at her dress for the evening activities.
No goat sighting, alas.
Let us know your thoughts. We’ll pop in during the day to add what we can.