A Reuss/Castell wedding in Germany

Iphofen, 21 September 2013

Photos and copyright: Gabi (not to be published elsewhere without permission)

Not only Prince Felix of Luxembourg and Claire Lademacher married on Saturday. Also Prince Heinrich XXIV Reuss and Countess Dorothea zu Castell-Castell tied the knot in a catholic ceremony at St Veit Church in Iphofen, Germany, on 21 September. The groom was born in 1984 as son of Prince Heinrich X Reuss and his first wife Baroness Elisabeth Åkerhielm af Margrethelund. The bride was born in 1985 as daughter of Count Alexander zu Castell-Castell and his first wife Marion Stepp.

A pre-wedding gala dinner took place at Castell Castle on 20 September. The next day the family gathered at Castell and from there travelled to Iphofen, to return to Castell Castle after the wedding. The bride arrived at church with her father. She wore a nice simple dress, well chosen with the gorgeous embroidered antique train and veil, as well as the old diadem, probably all from the Castell-Castell family  The train was held by the brides three young halfbrothers, the Counts Gustav (10), Johann (8) and Albrecht (6) zu Castell-Castell. The catholic service was officiated by Monseigneur Gereon Rehberg. The witnesses were Indra Kinkel, Philippa Rotenhan, Nina Zech, Manuel Nieder, Jan Preisz and Friedrich Schlott.

Among the guests were the surviving grandparents of bride and groom Princess Woizlawa-Feodora Reuss and Fürst and Fürstin zu Castell-Castell. Among the guests were also the groom’s sister Princess Benigna Reuss and her husband and son, Prince Maximilian and Princess Alina Lobkowicz, Count Dominik von Neipperg and his wife, Count Clemens and Countess Antonia von Mirbach-Harff.

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