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Countess Vera Arrivabene reveals intimate details of her wedding in Venice

Italian socialite Countess Vera Arrivabene has shed some light on her glamorous marriage to her businessman after the couple married in a lavish ceremony in Venice last month.

Model Vera, 28, hails from the Italian Savoia dynasty and, along with her sister Viola, is also the designer behind Vibi Venezia, a line of handmade Venetian slippers known as furlanes.

The socialite has now revealed how she first met her now-husband Briano Martinoni Caleppio ten years ago, her great-nephew who was once removed. City and Country“It was the summer of my high school graduation and we flirted a bit, but it didn’t last long and my heart was broken. He managed to get me back!’

After Briano proposed in January 2020, the couple tied the knot at a glamorous ceremony in Venice last month, with Vera choosing to wear a sustainable Prada dress made from recycled nylon and her mother’s tiara for the event.

Italian socialite Vera Arrivabene, 28, has provided insight into her lavish marriage, saying she 'wouldn't celebrate anywhere else but Venice'

Italian socialite Vera Arrivabene, 28, has provided insight into her lavish marriage, saying she ‘wouldn’t celebrate anywhere else but Venice’

It is touching that her 'something old' was the family tiara of diamonds and pearls that her mother Bianca also wore for her own wedding in 1988 (pictured)

It is touching that her 'something old' was the family tiara of diamonds and pearls that her mother Bianca also wore for her own wedding in 1988 (pictured)

It is touching that her ‘something old’ was the family tiara of diamonds and pearls that her mother Bianca also wore for her own wedding in 1988 (pictured)

The bride opted for a gorgeous tailored cream Prada dress for the occasion, which she paired with a pearl and diamond tiara.

The dress is made from sustainable recycled nylon, and Vera reveals: ‘We wanted to create a simple and elegant dress that would represent me in my simplicity.’

Meanwhile, she borrowed a set of earrings from her Aunt Vera, and her slippers were pimped in blue.

Her “something old” was aptly the family tiara of diamonds and pearls that her mother Bianca also wore for her own wedding in 1988.

After tying the knot at San Pantalon church in the Italian city, the couple jumped aboard a water taxi filled with inflatable toys and balloons (pictured)

After tying the knot at San Pantalon church in the Italian city, the couple jumped aboard a water taxi filled with inflatable toys and balloons (pictured)

After tying the knot at San Pantalon church in the Italian city, the couple jumped aboard a water taxi filled with 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 traveled to a reception at the bride’s family home, Palazzo Papadopoli.

She added: “I couldn’t think of any other place I wanted to celebrate the most amazing day of my life.”

Meanwhile, wedding guests dined on a menu of pumpkin risotto, fish with parsnips and mushrooms, and a chocolate brownie cake with raspberries and opalys.

Photos of the couple shared on Instagram revealed that they tied the knot in a church decorated with mounds of green and white flowers (pictured)

Photos of the couple shared on Instagram revealed that they tied the knot in a church decorated with mounds of green and white flowers (pictured)

Photos of the couple shared on Instagram revealed that they tied the knot in a church decorated with mounds of green and white flowers (pictured)

Meanwhile, Vera's socialite sisters wore dresses in bold jewel tones with pearl details for the occasion (pictured, they helped dress her up for the big day)

Meanwhile, Vera's socialite sisters wore dresses in bold jewel tones with pearl details for the occasion (pictured, they helped dress her up for the big day)

Meanwhile, Vera’s socialite sisters wore dresses in bold jewel tones with pearl details for the occasion (pictured, they helped dress her up for the big day)

Guests waited patiently at the church for the couple to arrive for the ceremony over the weekend

Guests waited patiently at the church for the couple to arrive for the ceremony over the weekend

Guests waited patiently at the church for the couple to arrive for the ceremony over the weekend

Guests waited patiently at the church for the couple to arrive for the ceremony over the weekend

Guests waited patiently at the church for the couple to arrive for the ceremony over the weekend

The aisle to the beautiful church in Venice was lined with greenery and white flowers (photo, guests waiting for the arrival of the bride and groom)

The aisle to the beautiful church in Venice was lined with greenery and white flowers (photo, guests waiting for the arrival of the bride and groom)

The aisle to the beautiful church in Venice was lined with greenery and white flowers (photo, guests waiting for the arrival of the bride and groom)

Vera was walked down the aisle by her father, the Count of Venice, Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzag (pictured together)

Vera was walked down the aisle by her father, the Count of Venice, Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzag (pictured together)

Vera was walked down the aisle by her father, the Count of Venice, Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzag (pictured together)

Photos of the couple shared on Instagram revealed that yuests in colorful dresses and suits watched 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 details for the occasion.

After taking their vows, the couple left the church to be greeted by guests who threw huge white petals instead of confetti, and raised their hands in joy.

In a joyful moment, they left the venue in a boat decorated with red and white balloons and inflatable toys, including an inflated dolphin and a palm tree.

The bride was surrounded by relatives as she made her vows to her beau Briano at church

The bride was surrounded by relatives as she made her vows to her beau Briano at church

The bride was surrounded by relatives as she made her vows to her beau Briano at church

The bride was surrounded by relatives as she made her vows to her beau Briano at church

The bride was surrounded by relatives as she made her vows to her beau Briano in church (pictured)

Vera's sister Tartianna, donning a bright orange dress with pearl details for the big day, could be seen handing out white petals after the ceremony

Vera's sister Tartianna, donning a bright orange dress with pearl details for the big day, could be seen handing out white petals after the ceremony

Vera’s sister Tartianna, donning a bright orange dress with pearl details for the big day, could be seen handing out white petals after the ceremony

After taking their vows, the couple left the church to be greeted by guests who threw huge white petals instead of confetti, and raised their hands in joy.

After taking their vows, the couple left the church to be greeted by guests who threw huge white petals instead of confetti, and raised their hands in joy.

After taking their vows, the couple left the church to be greeted by guests who threw huge white petals instead of confetti, and raised their hands in joy.

After taking their vows, the couple left the church to be greeted by guests who threw huge white petals instead of confetti, and raised their hands in joy.

After taking their vows, the couple left the church to be greeted by guests who threw huge white petals instead of confetti, and raised their hands in joy.

Vera is the second child of Count Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga of Venice and Princess Bianca di Savoia Aosta, a descendant of Queen Victoria through her paternal grandmother, HRH Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark.

The couple, 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 1988 in a glamorous wedding.

They passed on their good looks to daughters Viola and Vera, who are often seen mingling with beauties from the other society at events such as 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

The newlyweds left the venue in a water taxi decorated with fake flowers, inflatable animals and huge red and white balloons

The newlyweds left the venue in a water taxi decorated with fake flowers, inflatable animals and huge red and white balloons

The newlyweds left the venue in a water taxi decorated with fake flowers, inflatable animals and huge red and white balloons

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 with whom it is worth cultivating ‘an entente cordiale’ before Britain left the European Union.

Meanwhile, in 2019 she was featured in a shoot with young royals from around the world for Paper magazine

In addition to their modeling career, the sisters run their own shoe brand and are ambassadors for the fashion house Dior.

The bride could be seen cuddling with guests at the reception (pictured) and posing for photos next to her socialite sisters over the wedding breakfast

The bride could be seen cuddling with guests at the reception (pictured) and posing for photos next to her socialite sisters over the wedding breakfast

You could see the bride cuddling with guests at the reception and posing for photos next to her socialite sisters during the wedding breakfast (pictured)

You could see the bride cuddling with guests at the reception and posing for photos next to her socialite sisters during the wedding breakfast (pictured)

You could see the bride cuddling with guests at the reception (left) and posing for photos next to her socialite sisters during the wedding breakfast (right)

Their ultra-luxurious range of slippers, ViBiVenezia, is made in an array of opulent fabrics and colors.

Meanwhile, Briano is director and partner of the eco-sustainable brand C’est la vie.

The son of Barbara Parodi Delfino, known as Bambi, and of second husband Paolo Martinoni Caleppio, worked for Prada for seven years before starting his own company.

Later, the newlyweds posed for snaps on a staircase lined with romantic candles (pictured together)

Later, the newly married couple posed for snaps on a staircase lined with romantic candles (pictured together)

Later, the newly married couple posed for snaps on a staircase lined with romantic candles (pictured together)

And at the reception, the couple joined excited guests on the dance floor, where they could take pictures on removal cameras.

And at the reception, the couple joined excited guests on the dance floor, where they could take pictures on removal cameras.

And at the reception, the couple joined excited guests on the dance floor, where they could take pictures on removal cameras.

And at the reception, the couple joined excited guests on the dance floor, where they could take pictures on removal cameras.

And at the reception, the couple joined excited guests on the dance floor where they could take pictures on removal cameras (left and right)

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