Lady Kitty Spencer celebrated her first wedding anniversary to millionaire Michael Lewis on July 24 – as part of Princess Diana‘s niece’s sentimental Italian nuptials.
Lady Kitty Spencer and millionaire husband Michael Lewis celebrated their first wedding anniversary on July 24, but what do you remember of their sentimental Jewish ceremony in Rome, Italy?
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princess dianaThe niece, 31, got engaged to the fashion mogul, 62, in 2019. Two years later, the couple tied the knot in a three-day wedding celebration with a guest list star-studded, after apparently delaying their initial wedding plans due to the coronavirus pandemic.
WATCH: Guests arrive for Lady Kitty Spencer’s wedding
From her six bridal outfits (which were all very different) to her private wedding venue, take a look at Lady Kitty’s big day…
The date of the wedding
Kitty and Michael’s wedding held special significance for the couple as it fell on the weekend of Tu B’av, a Jewish holiday that would be a great day for weddings, commitment ceremonies, renewal of vows or the proposal.
Michael is Jewish and Kitty is believed to have converted to the religion before their nuptials.
The pre-wedding party
The happy couple kicked off their wedding weekend with a four-course meal on Friday, July 23, 2021. The likes of Viscountess Emma Weymouth, Marjorie Gublemann, Idris Elba and wife Sabrina, Made in Chelsea star Mark Francis Vandelli and pop star Pixie Lott dined at the Galleria Del Cardinale, a beautiful Baroque event space in the city.
Kitty’s model friend Marpessa Hennink posted on Instagram
The menu included a classic veal and tuna salad, ravioli with beef broth and pumpkin cream, baked eggplant and a selection of sweets.
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Luxury gift bags
VIP guests stayed at the five-star Hotel de la Ville in Rome, Italy, which is just minutes from the famous Spanish Steps. Upon arriving at the hotel, they discovered adorable straw bags with the colors of the Italian flag on the shoulder straps and the word “baci”, which means “kisses” in Italian, embroidered on the front. The bag was packed with assorted gifts from Kitty and Michael.
Guests go to the ceremony
Many guests were seen preparing for the evening’s celebrations. Emma Weymouth revealed she wore a stunning, bold red Dolce and Gabbana dress, while PR guru Simon Huck and his partner wore sleek black tuxedos. Made in Chelsea Star Mark Francis Vandelli also looked incredibly dapper in a silver suit coat with black pants.
Kitty and Michael’s wedding guests pulled out all the stops
In another post, Emma could be seen driving to the wedding venue in a car alongside her loved ones, fashion designer Jade Holland Cooper and actress and model Sabrina Elba, who is married to Idris Elba. The three ladies cooled off from the scorching Italian sun with traditional hand fans.
Idris Elba’s wife is among those present at the wedding
Kitty and Michael’s nuptials took place at 6 p.m. at Villa Aldo Brandini, located in Rome’s Frascati district and closed to the public.
Villa Aldo Brandini is closed to the public
The villa was adorned with beautiful bouquets of pink and white flowers, both outside in stone vases and adorning the steel balconies.
Kitty’s wedding dresses
Kitty wore several wedding dresses, all designed by Dolce & Gabbana, of which she is the brand ambassador. With long sleeves, puffy shoulders and a stunning full skirt, her main wedding dress had similarities to her mother Victoria Lockwood’s own dress worn in 1989.
The bride looked beautiful in lace
Italian designers spoke to Tatler about the making of the dress, saying, “For the main dress, she wanted to keep it quite traditional and clean cut, but at the same time she wanted to look timeless.”
“One of her inspirations is undoubtedly her love for Italy. Kitty is in love with our beautiful country and its rich history, art and culture,” said Domenico Dolce. Stefano Gabbana added: “But she is also a girl very attached to her origins, to England; to her heritage from the great Victorian era. And like all English people, she has a great passion for all kinds of flowers. “
Michael looked dapper in a white suit
Meanwhile, Lady Kitty Spencer’s new husband wore a smart white suit paired with black shoes and a black bow tie, visible in an instant she shared on Instagram. She captioned the photo: “Amore. Per Semper”, which means “Love. Forever”. How nice!
Later, the fashion house shared a beautiful video of Kitty’s dresses and wrote: “@kitty.spencer chose to wear Dolce&Gabbana on the most important day of her life. For this unique event, #DolceGabbana created a number of exclusive handmade dresses, each celebrating the bride’s beauty, passion for #AltaModa and the absolute joy of the occasion.”
The designer shared a look at some of Kitty’s other stunning dresses
They included a sky blue tulle dress and cape embroidered with cross-stitch flowers, which she paired with a pink sapphire necklace that took eight years to make, as well as a green and white floral dress and a embroidered cream dress.
Kitty open to the design process in Milan, which she shares with her mother Victoria and one of her brothers. “The whole process was really a wonderful prelude to the [wedding] weekend, which was obviously one of the best days of my life, and having this preparation was just amazing,” she explained during a virtual interview on the Conversations with Olga series.
“Just to see the experience through their eyes too,” the model said. “It was my brother’s first time to Milan, and it was his first time to see a brother in a wedding dress, and it was truly an emotional day for all of us that I don’t think we’ll ever forget. never.
“I was crying. They were crying. The designers were crying so there were a lot of tears of joy.”
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Why Kitty Didn’t Wear Princess Diana’s Wedding Tiara
Many fans noticed that Lady Kitty Spencer was not wearing any special family heirlooms that day: the spencer tiara. The tiara was most memorably worn by princess diana for her royal wedding to Prince Charles in 1981, when she teamed it with a stunning iconic dress in ivory silk taffeta with puffed shoulders and a billowing skirt by Elizabeth and David Emanuel.
Princess Diana wore the Spencer tiara on her wedding day
The Spencer Tiara was considered one of the Princess of Wales‘ favorite tiaras, and she was photographed wearing it on several occasions after her wedding. After Diana’s tragic death in 1997, she was returned to the Spencer family.
Perhaps Kitty’s decision to leave the family heirloom out of her bridal look was to avoid any heartache surrounding Diana’s passing and to keep the tiara as a private tribute to her aunt. She may also have worn jewelry from the Spencer collection as a sentimental touch.
The wedding reception
Guests shared a look at the gold-themed reception
Guests shared beautiful photographs of the gold table settings that featured hand-written place cards and napkins adorned with Kitty and Michael’s initials. A pianist and singer serenaded the guests.
Macaroons were part of the wedding meal
Fashion PR and stylist Julia Perry shared a photo of beautiful macarons at the table, also giving a glimpse of the pretty glassware.
The wedding cake
Treats included heart-shaped cakes
Photographer German Larkin captured video of this amazing fruit-laden cake, surrounded by adorable heart-shaped desserts. We don’t know if it was the wedding cake, or one of the many…
The after party
Several guests shared incredible videos of the beautiful fireworks Kitty and Michael lit on the grounds of their wedding venue.
Another video showed a lighted dance floor surrounded by floral arches, showing guests dancing into the night. The Weeknd and Ariana Grande save your tears could be heard playing on the PA system
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