OUR STORY STARTS HERE

It is our pleasure to invite you to celebrate this union with our families and us.

This is a very special and unique moment for us so we wanted to find an equally unique setting to celebrate with you.

Sofie

Home is where your heart is!

Nick

The journey of a lifetime!

Our Story

Our story is not so much about how we met but more about why we met.

A lot of things had to fall into place, long before we were in the same geographical region, to make this meeting possible – a short introduction, a smile and a moment that would change our lives forever..

How and why we met ?

We met during a time of change and growth in both our lives, by chance, and despite the uncertainty of the unknown, we chose to grow together, as a family..

It’s a long way from Transylvania to Texas, but home is where your heart is and we have created our home together in Corpus Christi, Texas.

A lifetime of happiness

With the love and support of both our families, we managed to blend cultures, languages and history under one roof!

Our love for all these things and especially our love for family led to a very special engagement night in Tel Aviv, Israel. Surrounded by the people we love, we decided to commit to a lifetime of happiness with one another.

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THE WEDDING CASTLE

The Károlyi Castle, located in Carei, in the Satu Mare county in north-western Romania, is one of the main tourist attractions in the area. Although it is not as well-known to tourists and even to Romanians as Dracula’s Bran Castle near Brasov or the Peles Castle in Sinaia, the building that made it through time has a very interesting story to tell. Thousands of visitors learn its story every year.

The castle is named after an old noble family, the Károlyi family. Their first known residence in Carei dates back to the end of the 15th century. At the end of the following century, as the Turks started to represent a bigger danger, the solid stone-made residence turned into a fortress. In the 17th century, the Carei fortress joined the system of fortifications against the Turks.

Between 1661 and 1666, the fortress’ fortifications have been widened, in order to make the place more resistant in case of an attack. After these changes, a German garrison was assigned here.

The Turks’ subsequent attacks didn’t manage to destroy the fortress, but did cause some serious damages. It was restored in 1678. The fortress stood up to several attacks in that period.

The Carei fortress hosted several important diplomatic meetings in the 17th and 18th centuries, including the negotiations for the Peace Treaty of Satu Mare.

Károlyi Antal (1732-1791) was the one who thought of turning it into a residential building after the conflicts have settled down in the area. However, work began a year after his death, in 1972, so he never got to see the result. The building’s main elements of fortification were demolished, and the fortress became a Baroque castle.

The building suffered more changes and took its current shape between 1894 and 1896. The new building combines historical styles, and looks more like a medieval, chivalry castle. It keeps the wall structure of the Baroque castle, but, in order to create an asymmetric look, it also features several towers. The main entrance is on the west side of the castle, facing the town.

After Károlyi István’s death in 1907, the Károlyi family left Carei. Many of the castle’s furniture pieces and valuable items have disappeared during the chaos created by the events that occurred at the end of 1918.

In 1919, King Ferdinand I of Romania and Queen Maria made a visit to the castle.

During the interwar period, the castle again suffered some changes: one side of it became a sanatorium while the rest hosted a casino. It also hosted a military school during the Second World War, and then turned into a military hospital, in 1944.

During the communist period, the castle became the town’s museum, a cultural center, and a library.

Come and be part of our fairytale…