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Wedding planner Tracey McAteer was shocked when she received a text from photographer Blynda Dacosta sharing the headline, “Princess Nadia of Leiningen has married Ian Baker of Ontario, Canada,” printed to a journal in London, England, confirming that her humble and caring bride was in fact, Her Serene Highness Princess Nadia Christiane Ruth of Leiningen— a real live princess!
Princess Nadia of Leiningen is a direct descendent of Queen Victoria; her father is Prince Hermann of Leiningen, the great-great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria, who was told he was born 50th in line to the British throne, but who lives a relatively quiet life.
Nadia Leiningen and Ian Baker’s meet-cute is adorable! While collecting US cash for a trip, Nadia made an extra trip to the bank where Ian was a teller just so that she could keep chatting with him! And on their first date, after a walk along the Burlington beach, they took what Ian called the “long way home” so that they could continue to spend time together. After five years together, the final two were spent waiting until the day that Nadia graduated her Professional Master’s of Education at Queen’s University so that Ian could propose on the steps of the university’s Theological Hall, where Nadia had spent her entire undergraduate degree.
The couple’s intimate marriage was held on July 18th, 2020, during a summer of weddings limited to 10 guests — an allowance that matched perfectly to the couple’s closest family members, while over 80 groups of guests tuned in to a digital ceremony with champagne in hand.
Family heirlooms were the bride’s “something old,” “something borrowed” and “something blue.” Nadia found something old in a brooch belonging to Ian’s great-grandmother, something borrowed in her mother’s diamond and pearl Cartier drop earrings and something blue in a blue and gold ring gifted to her Nana by her Grandad just before he passed. Her “something new,” was an elegant Rita Vinieris Rivini veil worn during the ceremony. A silver serving tray handed down to Nadia by her grandfather, Prince Karl zu Leiningen— great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria and of Tzar Alexander II of Russia — that he had been gifted at his own wedding to Princess Maria Luisa of Bulgaria, can be spotted in the reception photos carrying glasses of crisp rose.
On March 16th, 2020, due to COVID-19 the province of Ontario went on full lockdown. As the wedding world turned upside down my couples were distraught and felt defeated. However, my couple Nadia Leiningen and her fiancé Ian Baker were the epitome of the word "positive."
My favorite part of the ceremony happened when the witnesses were signing the marriage license. Nadia and Ian returned to their position and had a brief moment alone. They held hands and exchanged some tender words while no one was watching. They seemed so excited that they were now husband and wife that nothing else really mattered.
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