Events / 29 July 2016

An Actress Marries a Prince at a Beautiful Summer Wedding in Bavaria

Cleopatra von Adelsheim von Ernest is an actress and model working in Germany—but also a baroness. She made the acquaintance of Hereditary Prince Franz Albrecht zu Oettingen-Spielberg in the most ordinary way despite their extraordinary titles: The two initially crossed paths at a mutual friend’s 30th birthday party in 2011. A few years later, the prince proposed to Cleo, as her friends call her, and the two set a date of July 9, 2016, for the big celebration. The civil ceremony took place at the bride’s father’s estate in Adelsheim, Germany, earlier in the summer, and then the church service and reception were in Oettingen, Bavaria, where the couple is making their home. The Hereditary Prince is the only son and eldest child of Albrecht, 11th Prince of Oettingen-Oettingen und Oettingen-Spielberg, and his wife, Angela. His parents attended the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding, and Prince Harry, who has been known to be a friend of the family, was a guest at the wedding of the Bavarian royals. Rounding out the roster of those with royal connections were Princess Isabella Gaetani von Lobkowicz and Countess Beatrice Borromeo Casiraghi, who both served as maids of honour. Cleo wore a custom-made gown by Luisa Beccaria that took several trips to Milan to complete. “The gown was derived from an already existing dress at the store, but was transformed into a wedding dress,” explains Beccaria. “The organza creation had flowers embroidered in light rose and beige and a seven-meter summer cape that she took off for the reception.” The bride topped off the look with the Oettingen House diadem, a diamond tiara, and her hair and makeup was done by German hair guru Shan Rahimkhan and his team from Berlin. Courtesy of