Count Carl Alexander von Faber-Castell will marry Melissa Eliyesil on Saturday at the Martin Luther Church at Stein. The couple's civil wedding took place last September.
Count Carl-Alexander is the only son of Count Anton Wolfgang von Faber-Castell. His bride comes from a wealthy Turkish family.
Melissa was born in Istanbul in 1984. Her mother is Colombian. She attended school in Switzerland and in the United States, where she studied business and fashion design.
The couple were introduced while both were students at Columbia University in New York City. Count Carl Alexander works as a strategy consultant with Roland Berger, a consulting firm. The future countess is currently undertaking an internship with Hubert Burda Media in Munich.
More than 400 guests are expected to attend the wedding. A traditional Polterabend will be held tomorrow night.
Carl-Alexander was born in Zürich, Switzerland on June 20, 1980, six years before his father, Count Anton-Wolfgang married his mother, Luxembourg-born Carla Mathilde Lamesch. They married in Las Vegas on June 16, 1986, and were divorced not long afterward. Carla died in Little Rock, Arkansas, in May 2010. Anton-Wolfgang married for a second time in 1987 to American-born Mary Hogan. They have three daughters, Katharina, Victoria and Sarah, all of whom were born in New York.
Count Anton-Wolfgang is the head of Faber-Castell AG.
The von Faber-Castell family is a non-dynastic branch of the princely family of Castell-Rüdenhausen. Prince Alexander, the 6th child of Wolfgang, Count of Castell-Rüdenhausen, who was elevated to the rank of Fürst by the King of Bavaria in 1901. In 1898, he renounced his titles, and was created Count of Faber-Castell, when he married Baroness Ottilie von Faber. This marriage was considered unequal, which is why the Faber-Castells have no dynastic rights for Castell-Rüdenhausen.
Alexander and Ottilie, the heiress to the Faber pencil fortune, were the parents of three daughters and one son, Count Roland (1905-1978). They divorced in 1918. Although Alexander had remarried and resumed his birth title, he remained head of the Faber-Castell business, which eventually passed to his son, Count Roland.
Anton-Wolfgang is the sixth child of Count Roland who married three times. His mother was Roland's second wife, Katharina Sprecher von Bernegg.
One of Carl-Alexander's first cousins, Countess Floria-Franziska is married to the Hereditary Prince of Hesse.