On 8 August 2020, Princess Sofia zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn (born January 1986), the sixth child and third daughter of Prince Alexander and Princess Gabriela zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, married her long-time boyfriend Archia Akhavan-Kharazian (born May 1990) a British entrepreneur with Iranian and Spanish roots.
The couple become engaged in March 2020. Princess Sofia has a BA Art History & Visual Culture from Goldsmith College, London University, and Archia holds a Master’s Degree in Political Economy from King’s College London. Archia currently works at a data analytics startup in London.
The roman catolic wedding took place at the Filialkirche Sankt Lorenz near the town of Mondsee in the Salzkammergut, an Austrian region of lakes and Alpine ranges near Salzburg, Austria.
The Dean of Frankfurt, Johannes Graf von und zu Eltz, a close relative of the family, celebrated the solemn wedding mass.
Sofia’s wedding dress made of cream-colored silk linen was designed by Natascha Klein, who made it in her atelier Villa Petersberg.
The bride wore The Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn Diamond Floral Tiara. The veil have been worn by the brides of the family for generations.
To the particular joy of Princess Sofia, her 100-year-old grandmother, Marianne, Dowager Princess zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, (born Baroness Marianne von Mayr-Melnhof; 9 December 1919) was one of the first to congratulate.
Princess Marianne, a former photographer, is affectionately called “Mamarazza” by her family.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the wedding was celebrated in the narrowest circle.
The young couple would like to catch up on their honeymoon as soon as conditions allow.
Before their religious wedding, Archia and Sofia married civilly at the St. Gilgen City Hall, in the Austrian state of Salzburg.
About the Princely Family of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn:
“The Princes zu Sayn-Wittgenstein belong to the oldest formerly ruling families in Germany. The house nowadays is divided into two major branches, the Princes of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and the Princes of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Hohenstein. The Princes of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn constitute a junior branch of the House of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg”.
General view of Sayn Palace (Schloss Sayn).
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