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Countess Vera Arrivabene, 28, and Count Briano Martinoni Caleppi wed at the church of San Pantalon last weekend.
The countess wore a stunning Prada gown and a pearl and diamond tiara that her mother, Princess Bianca of Savoy-Aosta, wore on her wedding day in 1988.
It originally belonged to the late Graziella dei Conti Brandolini D’Add, the bride’s paternal grandmother
Alongside sister Viola, the socialite manages the luxury brand ViBiVenezia, a line of hand-crafted Venetian slippers known as furlanes. While she is in charge of the marketing, Viola takes care of the designs.
Husband Briano, meanwhile, worked for Prada for seven years before launching his own business, C’est la vie, of which he is the director.
Given that both are descendants of Count Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga and Nobile Clotilde Vera of Conti Papadopoli Aldobrandini, he is Vera’s second cousin once removed.
The granddaughter of Princess Claude d’Orléans and the Duke of Aosta, who died last June, is the second of five children. Her business endeavours with Viola suggest the two are the closest among all sisters.
They are in fact often seen together at events such as the Venice International Film Festival or Milan Fashion Week and are both ambassadors for Dior.
Briano has six half-siblings – three from his father Paolo Martinoni Caleppio and three from his mother Barbara Parodi Delfino.
The couple’s ceremony took place only a few canals away from the 16-century Papadopoli Palace where Vera’s family lives and which has been home for a few years to the five-star Aman Hotel.
The countess was walked down the aisle by her father, Venice’s Count Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga.
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Vera is his and Princess Bianca di Savoia Aosta’s eldest child.
Through her paternal grandmother, HRH Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark, her mother is a descendant of Queen Victoria.
After saying their vows in the church and being greeted by guests covering them in big white petals in place of confetti, Vera and Briano, full of joy, left in a gondola decorated with balloons and inflatable toys.
The model, as well as Viola, was last year included in Tatler’s list of “European movers and shakers” – a group of non-British royals the magazine advised it was worth “cultivating an entente cordiale with”.
During the wedding reception, wearing her custom-made silk gown, the bride could be seen happily hugging her female guests – all dressed in colourful and glamourous garments.
The lavish celebration conquered Instagram, which was flooded with snaps of the newly-wed couple.
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