Monday, July 14, 2014

The wedding of Princess Theresia of Oettingen-Oettingen weds Carl Christian Oetker

On Saturday, Princess Theresa of Oettingen-Oettingen und Oettingen-Spielberg, 30, married Carl-Christian Oetker, a scion of the German baking products dynasty.

More than 150 guests attended the religious wedding, which took place at the local parish church, St. Jakob.  A stork circled the church, a sign of good luck and fecundity for the couple.

The couple were married in an ecumenical wedding as the bride is Roman Catholic and the groom Lutheran. 

The newlyweds and their guests celebrated the wedding with a reception in the wedding hall and courtyard of Schloss Oettingen, the family home.  The princess is the second child and eldest daughter of the Prince and Princess of Oettingen-Oettingen und Oettingen-Spielberg.

The couple were married in a civil ceremony a week earlier in Oettingen.  The family released few details in advance of the wedding.  This was largely due to the fact that the groom's father, Richard, was kidnapped and held for ransom in December 1976.

Richard Oetker was 25 years old when he was kidnapped and held for 48 hours, and confined to a four by two foot box "attached to a bizarre electrical device rigged to an alarm clock that would have set off the electric shock," according to the Associated Press report.

Oetker suffered "fractures of both hip joints and two vertebrae when he involuntarily set off the device himself."  He was also treated for irregular heart rhythm. 

He was freed after his brother handed over a ransom of $8.3 million several hours earlier.  It took early 20 years for the case to be solved.   Oetker cooperated with the making of a film, Dance with the Devil, regarding the case.

Richard is one of eight children of Rudolf August Oetker, grandson of August Oetker, who founded the baking firm in 1891. 

The Oetker is one of the richest families in Germany.

Princess Theresa and Carl-Christian, who is known as Charly, met in London when they were at university where they were earning master's degrees.  Theresa studied political science and now works in the film industry.  Charly, 32, has a degee in business administration and works in finance.

The palace and catering staff had to hand in their cell phones and sign confidentiality agreements.

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