THE HAIR & MAKEUP
For her fresh, romantic makeup and sleek updo (which, in a very modern twist, exposed a tattoo on her neck), Princess Sofia turned to friends. William Värnild was in charge of her beauty, while pal Marwan Hitti – a fellow contestant on Paradise Island – did her chignon.
Of course, a royal entrance was also in the cards for the soon-to-be princess, thanks to the cathedral-length train on her Ida Sjösted gown. An equally long lace-edged veil (to match the handmade Jose Maria Ruiz lace on her crepe and silk organza gown) also required attendants to manage – though for the reception, she removed the veil and bustled her gown to dance.
In another modern touch, Sofia’s bouquet was exuberant and slightly undone, consisting of cream, peach and coral garden roses, as well as springs of myrtle – a wedding bouquet tradition also observed by Princess Kate. Myrtle, plucked from the grounds of Sofiero Castle, is a tradition in the Swedish royal family that is meant to bring luck. Since 1935, every royal bride has had myrtle in her bouquet or updo. (Sofia wore a sprig in her hair as well, as you’ll see.)
THE RING (AND THE LEAF!)
Sofia showed off another delicate ring while dancing with her new groom, Prince Carl Philip. Palace jeweler W. A. Bolin crafted eternity rings for the new couple – hers inset with brilliant-cut diamonds all around it, his a simpler platinum style.
THE REHEARSAL DINNER DRESS
For the pre-wedding party in Stockholm Harbor, Sofia let her hair down – but still looked every inch the princess – in a Zuhair Murad Couture gown in sky blue, with a fully embellished bodice.
SOPHIE WESSEX AND PRINCE EDWARD
The representatives from England made a dashing show – Edward in his royal regalia and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, in a Tatana Kovarikové dress she was given on an official trip to Prague, plus jewels from the Queen’s private collection.