Wedding confidential: How do you marry an icon like Nathaniel?

June 22, 2016 by  
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U.S., June 21, 2016: Nathaniel Peters has musical royalty in his blood. His great-grandparents were Maria and Georg von Trapp, famous for The Sound of Music. His own courtship and Catholic wedding could have made another Hollywood blockbuster. – The New York Times

Nathaniel, 30, also appears to have inherited Maria von Trapp’s exuberant climb-every-mountain attitude. “You know that look that a golden lab has when chasing a tennis ball — that’s how Nathaniel chases life,” said Ryan Sayre Patrico, a friend.

Growing up on Martha’s Vineyard, Nathaniel was bookish and interested in existential questions and distinctive clothing from an early age. “He’s the kind of person who wants to wear bright orange shoelaces in his very fancy dress shoes,” said Clare Rose, a friend. “He’s often seen in a bow tie or some kind of hat.”

She added: “He knows what he likes, and nothing he likes is run of the mill.”

Nathaniel was a graduate student in theology at Boston College, fluent in Latin, fond of three-piece suits and living in a house on the edge of campus that was full of people studying religion and philosophy.

When asked for words to describe himself and his friends, he replied: “You could try ‘heady.’ On the one hand, we are people who enjoy lots of books and investigating particular questions having to do with the human existence, or God, or the nature of beauty. But at least three of us are capable of cooking dinner to Taylor Swift and enjoying that, too.”

Barbara Jane Sloan, a fellow graduate student in theology at Boston College who is known as Jane, lived in a house across an open field from Peters.

The two had met briefly in 2012 at a mutual friend’s wedding and he remembered her as quiet and thoughtful. “There was an introverted loveliness about her,” he said.

Later that year, Barbara and Nathaniel got to know each other better. She wore Warby Parker eyeglasses that were almost identical to his. She appreciated both liturgical music and Ella Fitzgerald, as he did.

On June 4, they were married at Blessed Sacrament Church in Stowe, he in a vintage morning coat and she in a gown that was both subtle and sparkly, like her. The couple created a 16-page illustrated pamphlet to guide the 172 guests through the carefully curated nuptial Mass, which was led by Fr Brian Daley.

– cna

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