It was such an honour to photograph the beautiful Austrian wedding of Maria Reiner and Georg Von Trapp last week....although I must admit I was quite surprised at his choice of bride as when we had initially meet to discuss this special day I meet with The Captain and a rather stunning and witty Viennese Baroness by the name of Elsa Schraeder....but, I guess that was not meant to be. Being thrifty and time poor he chose to keep the date and the booking, but substituted the bride. The bride was dressed by her formers Sisters, the nuns of Nonberg Abbey and was accompanied by Georg's eldest daughter, Leisel. She was given a blessing by the Mother Abess and then given away by Georg's eldest son, Friedrich. The nuns of Nonberg Abbey provided beautiful backing music to the ceremony....although it may not have been the best idea to remind her husband to be that Maria is a problem that they were unsure of how to solve! I would have liked to have taken some shots of the happy couple after the ceremony, however they had a pressing concert to prepare for and Nazi's to flee over the mountains from so I thought I'd let them be. Thank you both for trusting me capture this very special day in your lives and I wish you and your seven children all the happiness in the world together, and best of luck with the arduous journey ahead of you.
If you would like a chance to witness this auspicious occasion for yourself they will be repeating the ceremony only 4 more times at the Echuca Paramount in June: Thursday 7th 7.30, Friday 8th 7.30, Saturday 9th 1.30 and 7.30. Call 54823399 for tickets. Book early though as some shows did sell out last week.