Italian socialite Countess Vera Arrivabene has given an insight into her glamorous wedding to her businessman beau after the pair married in a lavish cermony in Venice last month.
Model Vera, 28, hails from the Italian Savoia dynasty, and alongside her sister Viola, is also the designer behind Vibi Venezia, a line of hand-crafted Venetian slippers known as furlanes.
The socialite has now revealed how she first met now-husband Briano Martinoni Caleppio, who is her second cousin once removed, ten years ago, telling Town and Country: ‘It was the summer of my high school graduation and we had a little flirt but it didn’t last long and left me heart broken. He managed to get me back!’
After Briano proposed in January 2020, the pair tied-the-knot in a glamorous ceremony in Venice last month, with Vera opting to wear a sustainable recycled nylon Prada gown and her mother’s tiara for the event.
Italian socialite Vera Arrivabene, 28, has offered an insight into her lavish wedding, saying there was ‘nowhere she’d rather celebrate than Venice’
Touchingly, her ‘something old’ was the diamond and pearl family tiara that her mother Bianca also wore for her own wedding in 1988 (pictured)
The bride opted for a stunning custom-made cream Prada gown for the occasion which she paired with a pearl and diamond tiara.
The gown was crafted from sustainable recycled nylon, with Vera revealing: ‘We wanted to create a simple and elegant dress that could represent me in my simplicity.’
Meanwhile she borrowed a set of earrings from her aunt Vera, and her slippers were pipped with blue.
Touchingly, her ‘something old’ was the diamond and pearl family tiara that her mother Bianca also wore for her own wedding in 1988.
After tying-the-knot at the San Pantalon Church in the Italian city, the couple hopped aboard a water taxi which was full of inflatable toys and balloons (pictured)
It belonged to the bride’s paternal grandmother, the late Graziella dei Conti Brandolini D’Add.
She arrived at the church of San Pantalon in a gondola with her father before the guests travelled to a reception at the bride’s family home of Palazzo Papadopoli.
She added: ‘I couldn’t think of another place where I wanted to celebrate the most amazing day of my life.’
Meanwhile wedding attendees dined on a menu of pumpkin risotto, fish with parsnip and mushroom, and a chocolate brownie cake with raspberries and opalys.
Snaps shared on Instagram of the couple revealed they tied-the-knot in a church decorated with heaps of greenery and white flowers (pictured)
Meanwhile Vera’s socialite sisters wore dresses in bold jewel tones with pearl detailing for the occasion (pictured, helping her get dressed for the big day)
Guests waited patiently in the church for the couple to arrive ahead of the ceremony over the weekend
The aisle to the stunning church in Venice was lined with greenery and white flowers (pictured, guests awaiting the arrival of the bride and groom)
Vera was walked down the aisle by her father, Venice’s Count Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzag (pictured together)
Snaps shared on Instagram of the couple revealed yuests in colourful gowns and suits watched on as a small group of flower girls and page boys walked down the aisle after the bride and groom.
Meanwhile her socialite sisters wore dresses in bold jewel tones with pearl detailing for the occasion.
After saying their vows, the couple left the church to be greeted by guests tossing huge white petals in place of confetti, and raised their hands into the air with joy.
In a joyful moment, they left the venue in a boat decorated with red and white balloons and inflatable toys including a blow up dolphin and palm tree.
The bride was surrounded by family members as she said her vows to her beau Briano in the church (pictured)
Vera’s sister Tartianna, who donned a vibrant orange gown with pearl detailing for the big day, could be seen handing out white flower petals after the ceremony
After saying their vows, the couple left the church to be greeted by guests tossing huge white petals in place of confetti, and raised their hands into the air with joy
Vera is the second child of Venice’s Count Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga and Princess Bianca di Savoia Aosta, a descendant of Queen Victoria through her paternal grandmother, HRH Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark.
The couple, who are both descendants of King Louis XIV of France through King Ferdinando IV of the Two Sicilies and his wife, Archduchess Maria Carolina of Austria, married in a glamorous wedding in 1988.
They passed their good looks onto daughters Viola and Vera, who are often spotted mingling with fellow society beauties at events like the Venice Film Festival.
The newlyweds left the venue in a water taxi decorated with fake flowers, inflatable animals and huge red and white balloons (left and right)
Even in a country full of impossibly chic women, Italian model Vera has long stood out from the crowd.
She has previously been selected by Tatler as one of the continental movers and shakers who it is worth ‘cultivating an entente cordiale with’ before Britain left the European Union.
Meanwhile in 2019 she was featured in a shoot with young royals from across the world for Paper magazine
Alongside their modelling careers, the sisters run their own footwear brand and are ambassadors for fashion house Dior.
The bride could be seen cuddling up with guests at the reception (left) and posing for pictures alongside her socialite sisters during the wedding breakfast (right)
Their ultra-luxe range of slippers, ViBiVenezia, are created in an array of sumptuous fabrics and colours.
Meanwhile Briano is the director and partner of the eco-sustainable brand C’est la vie.
The son of Barbara Parodi Delfino, known as Bambi, and of the second husband Paolo Martinoni Caleppio, he worked for Prada for seven years before launching his own business.
Later the newly married couple posed for snaps on a stairway filled with romantic candles (pictured together)
And at the reception, the couple joined excited guests on the dancefloor where they could be seen snapping pictures on disposal cameras (left and right)