Dancing on the breeze, Marie Cavallier’s lace-edged tulle veil seemed to mirror the joy in the bride’s heart on the afternoon on May 24, 2008 as she stood by her father’s side outside of Møgeltønder Church and waited for the start of a ceremony which would unite her in matrimony with the fourth in line to Denmark’s throne. A romance punctuated with a proposal during a trip to Turkey in the summer of 2007 led the French beauty to this moment in which she stepped upon a red carpet, its path leading her toward a flower-festooned altar where Prince Joachim, dressed in an infantry uniform, hugged his two young sons as he waited for the arrival of his bride.
Seventy-three years ago to the day, Queen Ingrid, a princess at the time, clutched a bouquet of white lilies on her way to say “I do” to Crown Prince Frederik. Her memory was lovingly interwoven into the grandeur of this wedding day as the same fragrant flower joining an array of cream roses, winter barley (representing the land in Schackenborg where the couple will reside) and myrtle from Fredensborg Palace carried by Marie Cavallier as she was escorted down the aisle to the strains of “Sarabande Tres Tendrement” by French composer Francois Couperin.
The glint of diamonds from a tiara lent by Queen Margrethe, the bride’s new mother-in-law, sparkled in the light as the bride walked past an assemblage of royalty, including Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria, Greek Crown Prince Pavlos and his wife Marie Chantal and Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon, who stood in her honor as she strolled past in an off-white gown from Arasa Morelli, a creation lined with ivory silk faille and detailed with raised satin stitch flowers and Calais lace.
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As tradition dictates, the couple took their places in the center of a heart fashioned from roses as they pledged their love to one another. Symbolizing their devotion, the groom received a band of gold, while the bride was presented with an 18-karat gold band accented with six brilliant-cut diamonds to accompany her ruby, diamond and sapphire engagement ring.
Following the nuptials, the newlyweds and invited guests convened at Schackenborg Castle for the reception. Guests enjoyed a regal repast of beef tenderloin with summer truffles, turbot with scallops and fjord shrimps and wadden sea oysters– a feast topped with slices of an eight-tier wedding cake.
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Prince Joachim and Marie Cavallier kiss after wedding
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