The stone images of the Apostles which guard the portal to the Cathedral of Evora in Evora, Portugal gazed silently down upon the open horse-drawn carriage bearing a bride to its entrance on June 21, 2008. Peering from behind the blusher of her diaphanous veil, Diana Alvares Pereira de Melo, the Duchess of Cadaval, looked out on the throng of well-wishers before alighting from her transport on to a red carpet that spilled out from the doorway of the house of worship.
Flower girls in sleeveless white frocks and page boys in knee breeches helped to tame a train emblazoned with a crest as the bride linked arms with her godfather and began to walk past 400 guests toward the altar, where Prince Charles Philippe d’Orleans, the Duke of Anjou, dressed in a Christian Dior morning suit, caught his first glimpse of his bride in her Carolina Herrera wedding dress, Caras revealed. A choir provided reverential ambiance as their voices echoed inside the Gothic cathedral during a ceremony which saw the groom present his bride with a wedding band to accompany her diamond and ruby engagement ring.
Following the exchange of vows, a shower of white petals rained down upon the newlyweds as they made their exit from the cathedral and made their way to Cadaval Palace for a reception in which guests sampled slices of a four-tier, fleur-de-lys and crown-decorated wedding cake which was ceremonially sliced with a sword by the bride and groom.