072507: Wedding of Prince Carl Ferdinand zu Bentheim und Steinfurt

Waving to well-wishers who lined the cobblestone streets, Elna-Margret Rinn enjoyed the afternoon sunshine on July 21, 2007 as she rode in a flower-bedecked carriage drawn by four horses to the Grossen Kirche von Burgsteinfurt, where she was to receive a religious blessing of her marriage to Hereditary Prince Carl Ferdinand zu Bentheim und Steinfurt. At the house of worship, flower girls and junior bridesmaids looked like cherubic angels in their ballerina-length dresses as they placed wreaths of rosettes on their heads and walked down the red carpet aisle ahead of the bride. Although the blusher of her lace-edged veil was draped over her face, the 400 guests inside the chapel could still see the bride’s beaming smile as she clutched her bouquet of pale roses and began her walk toward the altar in a traditional white wedding dress designed with a wedding band collar, lace-accented long sleeves and a full skirt which flowed into a chapel-length train. The groom, who chose a black morning suit and a dove gray cravat for the occasion, donned his gray top hat after the ceremony as the newlyweds exited the church.

The wedding had been preceded by a civil ceremony on July 19, 2007. Held at Castle Bentheim in Germany, the bride held a bouquet of pink roses as she said “I do” in a porcelain blue dress with a scalloped hemline, paired with a jacket designed with three-quarter sleeves, while the groom opted for a pin-striped suit and a paisley tie. Following the nuptials, the couple posed for photos alongside the family’s faithful canine companion, Holly.

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