The announcement of the engagement of Hereditary Prince Alexander von Isenburg and Dr Sarah Lorenz on 13 February 2014 came as somewhat of a surprise. The eldest child of Fürst Franz Alexander von Isenburg and his wife Countess Christine von Saurma was born at Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on 16 June 1969. His three younger sisters all married very well. Katharina (born 1971) married Archduke Martin of Austria-Este, Isabelle (born 1973) married Fürst Carl zu Wied, and Sophie (born 1978) married Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia. The only brother, Viktor (born 1979) last year married Jungeun Anès Lee from South Korea. Alexander studied forestry at the Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen, Germany. He also studied economics at the Strathclyde Graduate Business School in Glasgow and the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel. In 2007 he took over the family business and is now residing at Birstein Castle.
The bride, Sarah Maria Luisa Valentina Lorenz, was born in München, Germany, on 12 February 1981 as daughter of Holger Lorenz and Constance Neuhann. Her mother remarried in 2013 Lothar Strobach. Sarah has one brother, Simon (born 1982). Sarah attended Sevenoaks School, Kent, Great Britain. Both her father and paternal grandfather were doctors. Also her mother was from a known family of surgeons in the third generation, although most family members were eye doctors. Constanze Neuhann however specialised in plastic and aesthetic surgery. Sarah followed in her mother's footsteps. She studied at the "Institut für Geschichte und Ethik der Medizin" of the "Munich Technical University", and completed her medical diploma in 2007. She is also specialised in plastic and aesthetic surgery, as well as burn care. She started her career in the trauma unit of Schwabing Hospital in München, and afterwards worked at the Bogenhausen Hospital in München. She gained experience at the Sushma Koirala Memorial Hospital in Nepal and spent four months in Tanzania. Her mother is one of the founders of the organisation WomenforWomen, and the current president. Sarah loves skiing, climbing mountains, diving, travelling, theatre and opera.
The civil wedding of Alexander and Sarah took place in the Stucksaal at Birstein Castle, Germany, on 14 June 2014. The couple shortly appeared in the courtyard. There was a small intimate celebration in the castle with the family.
The bride arrives at church with her father; the bride and groom leave church (Copyright: Gabi P.)
The religious wedding was held at 1pm at the Benedictine Abbey of Frauenwörth on the "Fraueninsel" (The Women's Island) in Lake Chiemsee, Bavaria, Germany. The service was led by the auxiliary bishop of Fulda, Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Diez, assisted by the pastor of the Fraueninsel, Konrad Kronast. Witnesses were Johanna Katharina Braun, Freiin Cécile von Fürstenberg, Freiherr Franz Mayr-Melnhof, Prince Floris van Oranje- Nassau, Van Vollenhoven, Alexandra Schiffer and Kai-Harald Solmitz. A
Princess Sophie and Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia; Prince Viktor von Isenburg and his wife; Pieter van Vollenhoven and Prince Pieter-Christiaan van Oranje-Nassau, Van Vollenhoven; Prince Floris and Princess Aimée van Oranje-Nassau, Van Vollenhoven; Princess Viktória and Prince Jaime de Bourbon de Parme; Prince Jaime de Bourbon de Parme (Copyright: Gabi P.)
Among the about 300 guests were several members of the Dutch royal family: Pieter van Vollenhoven, Prince Pieter-Christiaan van Oranje-Nassau, Van Vollenhoven, Prince Floris and Princess Aimée van Oranje-Nassau, Van Vollenhoven, Prince Jaime and Princess Viktória de Bourbon de Parme, as well as Albert Brenninkmeijer and Princess Carolina de Bourbon de Parme. Also present were Fürst Alexander and Fürstin Nadja Anna zu Schaumburg- Lippe, Fürst Philipp and Fürstin Leonille zu Stolberg-Wernigerode, Elizabeth Herzogin in Bavaria with her two children, Hereditary Prince Hubertus and Hereditary Princess Kelly von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha, Princess Maria Theresia and Princess Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis, Fürst Kraft zu Hohenlohe-Oehringen, Fürst Wolfgang Ernst zu Ysenburg and Büdingen. And of course all four siblings of the groom with their families.
Fürst Alexander and Fürstin Nadja Anna zu Schaumburg-Lippe; Duchess Elisabeth in Bavaria with her children; Fürst Philipp and Fürstin Leonille zu Stolberg-Wernigerode; Hereditary Princess Kelly and Hereditary Prince Hubertus von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha, Countess Antonia and Count Felix von Spiegel; Fürst Wolfgang Ernst zu Ysenburg und Büdingen (Copyright: Gabi P.)
The guests were taken to and from the island by a boat called "Irmingard". Also bride and groom returned to Gsadt am Chiemsee on this ship. From there they drove off in a Mercedes 600. The party with about 160 guests took place in a big tent in the garden of the house of the bride's mother in Söchtenau.
The homecoming of the bride will be celebrated in the courtyard of Birstein Castle on 16 August 2014, starting at noon.