Curious wedding watchers were dumbstruck when Stéphanie stepped out of the wedding car at Luxembourg's Notre Dame Cathedral on Saturday morning in a radiant white gown by fashion designer Elie Saab.
The demure but stylish ivory dress and train were bespoke creations for the Luxembourg Royal wedding, using the finest of lace and silver thread. With three-quarter length sleeves in lace and veil in silk tulle and a 4.5 metre train, the effect was one fitting of a Hereditary Grand Duchess.
The dress itself was the result of 3,200 hours of embroidery work by 15 people and 700 hours by 10 seamstresses. Among the fabrics used, the dress was made from 50 metres of Chantilly lace, 40 metres of Calais lace, 30 metres or satin organza, 70 metres of tulle and silk crepe for the lining and 15 metres of silk tulle for the veil. It was decorated with 200 pieces of transparent glitter, 80,000 transparent crystals, 50,000 beads and 10,000 metres of silver embroidery thread.
The tiara or diadem
Stéphanie raided the family vaults for the dazzling tiara she wore up the aisle. The platinum creation is composed of a diamond in the shape of an inverted pear, surrounded by a dozen smaller jewels and underscored with a thin, platinum jewelled frieze.
The tiara was created by Brussels goldsmiths Althenloh, which has a number of clients from the Belgian aristocracy, including the parents of King Albert I, the Count and Countess of Flanders. The tiara was previously worn by Stéphanie's sisters at their respective weddings.
The trailing white bouquet of flowers carried by Stéphanie was created by the House Lachaume, Parisian Master florists since 1845.
Master makeup artist Bouzouk was responsible for Stéphanie's simple but feminine makeup as well as the makeup of their Royal Highnesses the Grand Duchess and Princess Alexandra and Miss Antonia Hamilton.
Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy's beautiful blonde locks were fashioned into a stylish chignon by Tom Marcineau of the House of Carita in Paris.
The family's outfits
Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Princess Alexandra, Princess Tessy and Miss Antonia Hamilton wore creations by designer Edouard Vermeulen of NATAN.
Hats worn by the Grand Duchess and Princess Tessy were by Fabienne Delvigne.
His Royal Highness the Grand Duke wore the official Grand-ducal blue uniform, decorated with the Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau (Grand Cross insignia) and the Grand Plate Cordon of the Order of Leopold of Belgium.
HRH Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume wore the official Grand Ducal uniform, decorated with the Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau (Grand Cross insignia) and Crown Order string.