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Civil Marriage
Hereditary Prince Heinrich zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn
Donna Priscilla Incisa della Rocchetta

in Sayn on June 7th 2003

I have been there together with Netty and we saw the following family members and guests:

- Heinrichs parents Fürst Alexander and his wife Gabriela
- his paternal grandmother Fürstin Marianne (Mamarazza)
- his sister Princess Alexandra with her children Helene and Johannes
- his sister Princess Sofia
- his brothers Prince Ludwig and Prince Peter
- Conte Vittorio Mazzetti d'Albertis (his brother-in-law)
- Princess Alexandra's former parents-in-law: Fürst and Fürstin zu Oettingen-Wallerstein
- Fürstin Tatiana Metternich
- and of course the bride's parents and other members of her family

Among the guests there should have been members of the house of Wied whom we did not recognized.

We had a great day in Sayn although it was very hot. We were very lucky to get the opportunity to congratulate the bride and groom and to take pictures of the couple together with their parents and also of a few other family members on the terrasse of Schloß Sayn, where the ceremony took place. There were only 3 or 4 people from the press and only 3 crazy royal fans: Netty, Ingrid (a woman I met in Kronberg before) and myself. We got a nice pic of Princess Alexandra with her children, of Prince Peter and Conte Vittorio (I was totally impressed by his charme and personality!). When I asked Fürstin Metternich whether I could take a photo of her she answered: "Wenn es Ihnen Spaß macht!" and she posed very lovely for us.

It seems that Princess Alexandra has a new partner. This goodlooking guy accompained her and her children to the ceremony, took many photos there, helped Fürstin Manni to leave and walked with Alexandra and her daughter through the park back to her parents' home (a very big white house with a beautiful garden!). He seems to be a nice person and it looked like he already belongs to the family. It would be nice for Princess Alexandra if she finds a new love. Maybe she already has.

Although it was a private event and it was said that Prince Heinrich didnn't like to be disturbed by the press (understandable) they were very nice to us and let us take a lot of pics (maybe because we were private persons or maybe we had the help of a German reporter?). Thank you all for this great opportunity! This was such a great experience. Only the way back in the hot car was not very nice. I suffered from the heat anyway because unfortunately I forgot my hat! Maybe photographers should also wear hats when they go to royal and noble weddings! Hats are not only pretty they can be very useful as well! But this time nearly nobody wore a hat (me either - my poor head!) because it was only a civil marriage. The dress code was not that strict.

By the way: sometimes I felt like a "Mamarazza" myself. It is not really nice to watch other people this way (when you know that they don't want it), but on the other hand we were very calm and friendly and we (mostly) asked before taking pics. There was only one photographer who was invited, another one was more like a paparazzi on the other side of the street (but he was not a real paparazzi because the Princely couple also posed for him, otherwise the photo above wouldn't have been possible!). No, I am not a paparazzi, I am just another nice mamarazza with a lot of passion (interest in royalty, joy to see these people and fun to take pics of them) ! Maybe I would be a good journalist because I like to watch and I do see important things happening (while I was sitting in the park in front of the Schloß in the shadow of a tree - just to relax and cool down while Netty went to the museum). I would love to be one!

Prince Heinrich and Donna Priscilla are both descendents of Fürstin Leonilla zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn.

Thanks to Alex for the pics!

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Created June 8th 2003.