Amélie & Benedikt – After a year of waiting

Photos: with kind permission of two of my friends, who were at Wertheim.

The engagement was announced on 3 June 2020 of Benedikt Schmid von Schmidsfelden and Princess Amélie zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg. He romantically proposed on top of a mountain near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Pentecost Saturday, 30 May 2020. They had met at the wedding of friend about three years earlier.

The couple at the time was rather confident that, despite of the corona pandemic they would be able to marry a year later. The date for the religious wedding was set for 29 May 2021 at the Stiftskirche in Wertheim, Germany. However the pandemic continued, and the couple decided to postpone the religious wedding. They celebrated their civil wedding on Saturday 5 June 2021 at the town hall of Kreuzwertheim, only in presence of their witnesses. Afterwards they repeated the ceremony in the open air in the palace gardens.

It was announced that the religious wedding would take place on Saturday 28 May 2022 at the Stiftskirche in Wertheim. The previous evening the “Polterabend” was to take place at the Wertheimer Burg. And the plans were finally finalized. Huge tents were set up in the previous days at the castle gardens in Kreuzwertheim.

On the day itself the bride was accompanied to the altar by her father. The bride wore a beautiful white dress, designed by Jesús Peiró, with veil and a long train. She wore the family tiara with emeralds. Her bridal bouquet existed of her favourite flower, the peony, in pink and yellow. Pink dominated, also in the church, as it is the favourite colour of the bride. After the ceremony the guests walked through the old town of Wertheim to the Main river, where they boarded a ship to Kreuzwertheim, on the other side of the river. From there they walked to the castle. The bridal couple however was driven in a pink oldtimer, which was also used to take the bride to the church.

Witnesses: Joana  Ledebur de Antas de Campas, Princess Theresa zu Leiningen, Countess Victoria von Rechberg, Margarete Schücking, Freiherr Thomas von Riederer, Count Alexander von Thurn-Valsassina, Count Vincenz von Waldstein-Wartenberg.

Flower children: Camilla Kretschmer, Isabelle  and Alexander Lamezan-Salina, Sophia and Nikolaus Schmid von  Schmidsfelden.

Benedikt Schmid von Schmidsfelden was born in 1991 as the youngest of the four children of Wieland Schmid von Schmidsfelden and Elisabeth von Lennkh zu Burgheim und Gansheim. Princess Amélie zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg was born in 1990 as daughter of Fürst Ludwig zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg and Countess Elisabeth von Waldburg zu Wolfegg und Waldsee.

After the dirndl worn at the Polterabend on 27 May and the more traditional dress for the wedding, in the evening Amélie opted for a sparkling dress with a cleavage and puffed sleeves designed by Catarina von Lerchenfeld for Kaviar Gauche.

At the evening party, 28 May 2022

Photos of the bride and groom in Gala magazine

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