Saturday, August 4, 2012

Princely wedding: Salm-Salm-Neipperg

Princess Maria-Anna of Salm-Salm and Count Dominik von Neipperg were married today at the the Pfarrkirche  St. Laurentius in Wallhausen.

More than 400 guests were present for the wedding.  The groom, Count Maria Dominik Georg Christoph Johannes Pantaleon von Neipperg, 31, is the third of five children of Hereditary Count Karl von Neipperg and Archduchess Andrea of Austria, the eldest child of the late Archduke Otto.

The 26-year-old bride, Princess Marie-Anna Franziska is the fourth of six children of Prince Michael of Salm-Salm and Countess Philippa of Castell-Castell.

After the wedding, the newlyweds appeared at the front door of the church, where they were greeted by cheers and a gun salute.   The wedding was co-celebrated by Father Henry Wansborough, an English Benedictine whom the couple met in Kenya, and Chaptain Tim Sturm, a school friend of Princess Marie-Anna.

The couple have known each other since childhood. They would run into each other at wine festivals and other events.  Count Dominik, who studied business administration in Vienna, is one of the four founders of Courage in Kenya.  The other three founders are Friedrich Wilhelm and Carl Alexander von Trott, and Prince Felix zu Salm-Salm.

Prince Felix is Princess Marie-Anna's older brother. 

Princess Marie-Anna attended Midleton College, a boarding school in Cork, Ireland.  She continued her education in Dublin, where she studied Spanish, economics and psychology.   She received a bachelor's degree in international business management at Heidelberg.  Since 2005, she has spent a part of every summer in Kenya, working at the Courage, at a summer camp for disabled and HIV positive children.
Princess Marie-Anna's parents own one of Germany's oldest wineries.

The newlyweds will live in Munich, where Count Dominik will work for the private bank, Merck Fink.,-Traumhochzeit-in-Wallhausen-Marie-Anna-Prinzessin-zu-Salm-Salm-und-Dominik-Graf-von-Neipperg-geben-_arid,463863.html

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