Monday, August 10, 2020

Princess Sofia zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn Marries with Her 100 Year-Old Grandma Mamarazza in Attendance

The newlyweds.
Photograph courtesy of Schloß Sayn. 
Photograph courtesy of Schloß Sayn.
Photograph courtesy of Schloß Sayn.
On 8 August 2020, Princess Sofia zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn (b.1986) and Archia Akhavan-Kharazian (b.1990) were married at the Filialkirche Sankt Lorenz near Mondsee in the Salzkammergut, Austria. The Dean of Frankfurt, Johannes zu Eltz, a first cousin once removed of the bride, officiated over the religious ceremony. The bride wore the Sayn family bridal veil and tiara.

Sofia and Archia with their parents and Sophie's grandmother.
Photograph courtesy of Schloß Sayn. 
Fürstin Marianne and her granddaughter Princess Sofia.
Photograph courtesy of Schloß Sayn.
Sofia is the sixth child and third daughter of Fürst Alexander zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn and Countess Gabriela von Schönborn-Wiesentheid. Sophie's 100 year-old grandmother Fürstin Marianne zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn (b.1919; née Baroness Mayr von Melnhof) was one of the guests at the wedding. Archia is the son of Asghar Akhavan-Kharazian and Eva Jimenez Ontanaya. Sofia and Archia's engagement was announced in March 2020.

Archia and Sofia at their civil wedding.
Photograph courtesy of Schloß Sayn.
Before their religious wedding, Archia and Sofia contracted their civil marriage at the Rathaus St. Gilgen. The couple will take their honeymoon whenever conditions permit. The groom is an entrepreneur in London.

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