Mabel Wisse Smit
Married to: Prince Johan Friso
Human rights campaigner Mabel Wisse Smit married Prince Johan Friso of the Netherlands in a civil marriage at Delft Town Hall and in a church ceremony at the Oude Kerk or Old Church in the town of Delft. The bride’s wedding dress and the outfits worn by the bridesmaids, flower girls and page boys were designed by the Dutch couturiers Viktor & Rolf. Mabel Wisse Smit was closely involved in the design process. A team of four assistants spent more than 600 hours creating the bride’s dress. Mabel’s wedding gown had a close-fitting bodice, a boat neckline and a flared skirt. The seams were concealed by a pattern of checks with handmade bows covering the points at which they intersect. The dress is made of white satin duchesse from Lyon (15 metres). 30 metres of silk georgette were used for the trimming and bows, all of which are cut on the bias. The bride’s shoes, styled in the same satin as the dress, were made by hand in Italy. They are trimmed with bows to match the dress. The bride carried a spring bouquet of delicate white flowers, with fragrant lilies of the valley, snowdrops, and jasmine. A scattering of white roses and the star-shaped eucharis completed the arrangement. The bride’s tiara was a reworking of a sapphire coronet made by the celebrated jewellers Mellerio dits Meller of Paris in 1881. The original was ordered by Willem III as a gift for Queen Emma. It has been mounted with diamonds for the wedding of Prince Friso and Mabel Wisse Smit.