It’s been a busy season all around for high society weddings, but particularly in Venice. Over the same weekend last month that saw the union of fashion royalty—LVMH scion Alexandre Arnault and Géraldine Guyot—there was, across town, another kind of royal celebration, this one of Italian nobility. Vera Arrivabene, daughter of Count Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga and Princess Bianca di Savoia Aosta, the latter a descendant of Queen Victoria, married her longtime love, and fellow aristocrat, Briano Martinoni Caleppio on October 16.
First, there was a ceremony under the magnificent ceiling fresco of the church of San Pantalon, followed by a reception at the bride’s family home, Palazzo Papadopoli, which also happens to be the Aman. Before its conversion in 2013 into one of Venice’s most luxurious hotels, the grand 16th-century palace had been the seat of the Arrivabene family for 200 years, and still is: they live on the top floor.
“I couldn’t think of another place where I wanted to celebrate the most amazing day of my life,” says Vera, who is currently based in Milan with her husband. “Venice is my home, where I grew up with my favorite childhood memories, and where I always want to go back.”
Below, all the details on Vera and Briano’s idyllic Venetian affair.