The wedding of Andrés Santo Domingo and Lauren Davis was truly the first high society wedding of the century. Colombian heir Andrés Santo Domingo married Vogue editor Lauren Davis on a privately owned island located off of the coast of Cartegena, Colombia on July 8th, 2008.
It was probably expected that the two of them would have a beautiful wedding, after all, Lauren Santo Domingo (nee Davis) is an heiress in her own right, the daughter of a Polish Spring Executive. Meanwhile Andres Santo Domingo is the son of Julio Mario Santo Domingo, a Colombian businessman who is often seen as one of the wealthiest men in the world. In fact, according to Forbes, he was the second wealthiest in Colombia, with assets totaling around $6 billion.
But outside of simply money, both Lauren and Andres are incredibly stylish people. Lauren is an contributing editor to Vogue and owner of Moda Operandi, a fashion business that allows customers to buy fashions right off of the runway. Andres, meanwhile, is the owner of Kemado Records. Both are well known for being accomplished socialites and philanthropists in New York, and both Lauren and Andres Santo Domingo were named on Forbes International Best Dressed List.
The two of them met in Paris in 2001, shortly after they had both attended college. Lauren had just started working at Vogue, while Andres had yet to start his indie record label. (He would do so the next year). They started dating, and continued dated for seven years until they finally decided to tie the knot in 2008.
As they had been one of New York’s it couples for a good portion of their relationship nearly everyone who was anyone in New York society was invited to their wedding, and many people ended up coming. In fact, because of this their wedding has often been called one of the first great society weddings of the new century.
Lauren wore a dress designed by her good friend, Olivier Theyskens of Nina Ricci, and every bit of it lived up to his reputation. Not only was it made with 60 meters of jacquard silk with peony flower details sewn on one by one, she wore a long robe in the church that was detailed with vintage lace, silver embroidery, and feathers. With almost 1200 hours in the dress alone, the extra 800 hours of embroidery detail made this dress awe-inspiring.
The nine bridesmaids for Lauren Santo Domingo and Andres Santo Domingo included Tinsley Mortimer, Fabiola Beracasa, and Coco Brandolini, and each of them wore a gown designed by a different designer. Going off of the pictures, it looks as if Tatiana Santo Domingo- daughter to Julio Mario Santo Domingo Jr. and Andres Santo Domingo’s niece- was also in the wedding as well. Tatiana is engaged to Andrea Casiraghi, the eldest son of Caroline, Princes of Hanover and the grandson of Ranier III, Prince of Monaco.
But at the reception, the new Lauren Santo Domingo couldn’t decide if she wanted a long gown or a short one. So she decided to have both and, midway through the reception, had Theyskens cut her one-of-a-kind dress nearly in half!
Of course, the wedding guests and couple had plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful summer weather in Cartegena.