Inside Lady Kitty Spencer’s big royal wedding to Michael Lewis: Prince William and Harry’s cousin tied the knot in a knockout Dolce & Gabbana gown – everything you need to know
#ICYMI: Lady Kitty Spencer, cousin to Princes Harry and William, married her millionaire businessman fiancé Michael Lewis in a ceremony in Rome on Saturday. Lewis is the chairman of South African fashion giant, the Foschini Group.
So how did their nuptials go down, and just how OTT were they?
An Italian extravaganza
Harper’s Bazaar reported that celebrity guests included Pixie Lott, Idris Elba and Made in Chelsea’s Mark-Francis Vandelli.
Kitty’s brothers, Louis Spencer and Samuel Aitken, walked her down the aisle after a reported injury meant her father could not do the honours, according to Hello magazine.
Pink and white flowers filled massive vases on the pathway to the palace as guests made their way in. Of course, expensive wine and champagne was ordered for the big day too.
After the ceremony, Mr and Mrs Lewis stood on a podium and waved at their friends and family who were in attendance.
After exchanging vows, guests were treated to a fireworks display, reported Harper’s Bazaar.
The venue, Villa Aldobrandini
The villa shows Rome at its best and offers guests incredible views of the Italian city. According to Garden Visit, the event venue is a palace constructed in the early Italian baroque style. The garden, which was laid out from 1598 to 1603, has a “water theatre” filled with statues and fountains. Tours are available, and the palace is considered a major tourist attraction. It is known for its ancient marbles, paintings and 17th century hanging garden.
Kitty wore a bespoke Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda wedding dress for her big day. The dress was Victorian era-inspired and made from white lace with a high neck, long sleeves and a corseted bodice. According to reports, the dress took six months to create, with Kitty having just four fittings. The dramatic full lace skirt leads into a long train and cathedral-length veil.
The different looks
A Dolce & Gabbana ambassador, Kitty asked Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce to create five more bridal looks for her luxury Italian wedding.
After the ceremony, she changed into a hand-painted silk gown with crystal embellishments, reported Elle. In the evening, she went more casual, opting for a cocktail dress with silver and gold beads.
The night before, she wore a baby blue tulle gown with stitched flowers and the day after her wedding, she wore a Mikado silk dress, according to Elle.
All eyes were on Kitty and her pals in the lead-up to the big day as they hinted at the upcoming celebrations on their Instagram accounts. She had a hen night in Florence with her friends before they left to get ready for the wedding.
On the night before the wedding, the couple hosted a dinner at the Galleria del Cardinale, reported Hello.
- The late Princess Diana’s niece originally planned her wedding to her millionaire fiancé for 2020, but it was delayed by Covid-19 and travel restrictions
- She wore six bridal looks to her nuptials, which were attended by stars Idris Elba and Pixie Lott, and her parents Earl Charles Spencer and Victoria Aitken