Austrian billionaire Richard Lugner married Playboy model Cathy Schmitz, who is 57 years his junior, at Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna.
Richard Lugner, 81, and Cathy Schmitz, 24, had a purple wedding over the weekend.
This was Richard Lugner’s fifth marriage and he didn’t seem entirely convinced about the union.
“Hopefully, this time it’s the right thing,” Richard Lugner said as he left with his new wife.
Richard Lugner married former model Cathy Schmitz at Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna (photo EPA)
No expense was spared for his fairytale bride whose big day at the stunning Schonbrunn Palace included a horse drawn carriage led by four Lipizzan horses.
There were court ushers in traditional costumes, endless bottles of champagne in crystal flutes and two white pigeons which the couple released into the air.
German-born Cathy Schmitz appeared to be straight out of an animated Disney movie.
Her gown comprised of a heavily jeweled strapless bustier with a floor length purple chiffon skirt.
“We did not intend to fall in love,” Cathy Schmitz said earlier this year in an interview with German news agency DPA.
“It just happened. Love knows no age.”
The Lugner family is well known in Viennese high society having made his fortune in the construction industry.
Richard Lugner drew global attention when he began inviting celebrities from around the world to escort him to the annual Vienna Opera Ball.
Among Richard Lugner’s guests over the years were Raquel Welch, Farrah Fawcett, Pamela Anderson, Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian.
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Kim Kardashian’s decision to attend a Viennese ball on Thursday night as the paid guest of Austrian billionaire Richard Lugner, was not a good one.
Kim Kardashian, 33, received an estimated $500,000 for her troubles at the Viennese ball, RadarOnline reported.
According to TMZ, Kim Kardashian “stormed out” of the gala after a staffer approached her wearing blackface and pretended to be her fiancé Kanye West.
Kim Kardashian told her camp that Richard Lugner, 81, was “aggressive, at times grabbing her and imploring her to lose her security”. He apparently wanted to be alone with her.
The reality star also faced down a guest who didn’t like being turned away for a dance.
Richard Lugner apparently wanted to be alone with Kim Kardashian at Vienna Ball
Richard Lugner had trouble with Kim Kardashian from the start. Seems he didn’t appreciate that Kim Kardashian, who arrived in Vienna with daughter North West and mom Kris Jenner, filmed scenes for Keeping Up With the Kardashians at a local schnitzel joint.
“Kim is annoying me, because she’s not sticking to the program,” Richard Lugner is quoted as telling reporters.
“She’s filming, and so she doesn’t want to have me around. The guest should be with me and not anywhere else that is not agreed upon.”
Richard Lugner, who claims he gussied up before the big event with “15 shots of Botox”, has long invited celebrities to accompany him to the annual ball, starting in 1991 with Gina Lollobrigida. Lindsay Lohan was tapped in 2010, but she failed to show after missing her flight.
More recent dates have included Pamela Anderson, Paris Hilton, Carmen Electra, Dita Von Teese.
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