Pierre Casiraghi, nephew of Monaco’s Prince Albert, and Italian heiress Beatrice Borromeo will wed in successive civil and religious services in Monaco and Italy, sources confirm to PEOPLE.
The big days – both of them! – promise to be a gathering of noble families, with the civil service on July 25 in Monaco, where Casiraghi is currently seventh in line of succession.
From Monaco’s high-profile bal de la Rose gala to the Getty wedding in Rome last month, Borromeo, a 29-year-old journalist and TV host, and Casiraghi, the 27-year-old son of Princess Caroline, have made increasingly public appearances as a couple – signaling that their own wedding was drawing closer.
Reports in Italian media suggest Prince Albert will host a noon Cavagnëtu – a Monégasque picnic – in the Palace gardens as part of the ceremony, and that a select number of guests have been asked by the bride’s family to a wedding day breakfast at Monaco’s Fairmont Hotel.
Last weekend, Italian outlet Dagospia obtained what appears to be an invitation to the civil service.
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A religious celebration will be held Aug. 1 on one of the Borromeo islands – a group of islands in Northern Italy owned by the bride’s family since the 17th-century. (Yes, her family has a private chain of islands.)
There are five islands and islets to choose from, featuring picturesque palazzos and terraced gardens (which American novelist Edith Wharton famously described as unlike “any other on earth”), as well as revived Renaissance structures, private chapels, a convent-fortress and extreme privacy.
Previous Borromeo family weddings – including those of all three of Beatrice’s half-sisters – have employed one or more of the larger islands, notably the Isola Madre and Isola Bella.
As for the bride’s dress, think Valentino. The bride’s uncle, Matteo Mazotto, headed the designer’s business operations for years, and Valentino designed the gowns for all of Beatrice’s half-sisters weddings. Family tradition will also have the bride wear a lace veil handed down in the Borromeo line for years.
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