Thanks to King Willem-Alexander, Mirusia and Youri said "I do"!
Written by Yvonne Hoebe (Translated from Dutch)
André Rieu's star soprano Mirusia Louwerse and one of his team members Youri [Wystyrk], didn't dare to speak to one another during Rieu's huge world wide tours. It took a half year and after a quick chat in South Africa the sparks flew. But the first kiss wasn't given until the King's Ball at the Museum Square in Amsterdam for the coronation of King Willem-Alexander.
André's biggest discovery, the Australian Mirusia, saw the love blooming right before his eyes. André was also part of the engagement that Youri had planned, tells Mirusia, who would have loved to have André at her wedding, but he places a lot of worth on his vacations with his family to [France].
Mirusia: 'After the last Vrijthof concerts , Youri took me out for dinner to our favourite restaurant in Maastricht. I had no clue he was going to propose, I even didn't get it when Giedrė and Agnes, two violinists from our orchestra, started playing; I honestly thought they had been hired in by the restaurant. But then suddenly I saw two members of the choir Marcel and Bob, who started singing the song "Nog Nooit" from Herman van Veen, with new lyrics. Of course I said "Yes" when Youri went down on one knee to propose with a beautiful diamond ring. Never before had something so romantic happened to me. And it is with thanks with André's Vrijthof concerts having just passed, the perfect excuse for Youri to take me out to dinner to "celebrate".'
From that moment on, Mirusia's life, along with performing with André Rieu and his orchestra, her solo career and planning her new tour This Time Tomorrow, was all about the wedding, which took place in Kasteel Heeswijk in Brabant. Mirusia: 'I always dreamed of getting married, but I didn't know when or with who. A year ago we started planning the wedding, because we wanted everything to be organised ahead of time due to our busy schedule on tour. One thing was sure, it had to be romantic, and it was. I found my dress in The Netherlands, classic with a modern twist. Youri loved it. We thought aobut getting married in Australia at first, because I was born there. I am three-quarters Dutch and a quarter Polish, as is Youri! Isn't that a coincidence!? Except he was born in The Netherlands. So, in the end our choice of where to get married became The Netherlands, also because there are no castles in Australia and that did belong with the romantic theme. Our relationship is a fairytale so it does fit. Plus, we also wanted our grandparents there, my Oma Ria lives in Breda and Youri's Opa lives in Maastricht and they are both 92. We thought of a way to involve them in our ceremony, and they brought us the rings. It was at that moment in the ceremony that I had to wipe a tear. We had a beautiful day and felt that love from everyone around us.'
This article was published in Privé Magazine Nr. 33/2015