With happy tears, Mirusia said "I do" to Youri

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André Rieu makes a wedding happen. 
Written by Johan Lok (Translated from Dutch)

Without André Rieu, Mirusia Louwerse wouldn't have said "I do" to her boyfriend Youri Wystyrk. She was discovered by Rieu and he works as part of the team for the world famous violinist. It was at the romantic Castle of Heeswijk in Brabant where Mirusia Louwerse and her boyfriend Youri Wystyrk said "I do". The singer, who made furore with the Johann Strauss Orchestra led by André Rieu, met the love of her life with thanks to the violinist from Maastricht. Youri is part of his production team. "We liked each other from that start, but it was only friendship", says the soprano. "I went back to Australia for a year, where I grew up, and it was then that we realised that we missed one another. I was lucky enough to come back to The Netherlands to sing as part of the Coronation Concert on the 30th of April 2013 in Amsterdam. When I saw Youri again the sparks flew and we were inseparable." 

Youri had thought of a very original way to ask Mirusia to marry him. "He asked me during dinner at our favourite restaurant Rozemarijn in Maastricht. Two friends of mine, Giedrė and Agnes, who also play in André'd orchestra, suddenly came in and were playing the love song "Nog Nooit" from Herman van Veen. Youri often sings that song for me. I started crying immediately. Ik became even more emotional when two singers form the choir walked in and started singing. Youri had written new lyrics to the melody, especially for me. When he went down on one knee and proposed, I of course said 'Yes!' and as a gift he gave me a beautiful diamond ring." 

Mirusia and Youri chose for a small intimate ceremony. "There were about 50 guests. My parents came over from Australia. Unfortunately, André couldn't make it as he was on holidays with his wife Marjorie in [France] and with the busy schedule of the orchestra wasn't able to come. He did send us a personal felicitation and surpised us with flowers. My 92 year old Grandmother, together with Youri's Opa who is also 92, brought us the rings. Another beautiful moment? When we said our vows, the sun suddenly shone down on us. That was a very lovely moment."

After the wedding, the newlyweds travelled to Thailand for their honeymooon. "We have travelled to so many places in the world with our work, but never to Thailand. We also love Thai style food, so it's going to be great", says the bride just after the wedding.

Of course, in the back of our minds is the question if there are the pitter patter of tiny feet? Mirusia starts laughing, "Not yet. First I have a solo tour and a few more tours with André on my calendar. Right now there is not enough time for a baby, but there of course will be one, one day. I knwo for sure that Youri will make a fantastic dad."

This article is from Weekend Magazine Nr. 33/19 August 2015