Sam von Trapp, Grandson of the legendary Maria von Trapp of Sound of Music fame, will marry Elisa Maya Sepulveda at the end of May 2009. The nuptials will take place in a tiny chapel built in the late 1940s by Sam's uncle Werner, as thanks for his safe return from World War II combat.
In a case of life imitating art, Sam von Trapp met his bride-to-be in the Andes mountains, when she was exactly 16 going on 17. He was a 23-year-old, globe-trotting ski instructor, and she a fetching young member of a family of Chilean ski industry entrepreneurs. Several years would pass before the two would meet again, declare their love for each other, and plan a life together in Vermont.
Sam found his way to Chile after graduation from Dartmouth with degrees in geography and economics, and a yen for adventure. His next 12 years were spent commuting between Brazil and the dueling winters of Aspen and Portillo, Chile, where he developed a loyal ski client following, a side career in modeling and T.V. commercials, and a spot on People Magazine's most eligible bachelors list.
After having spent her early years working in her family's Las Mulas Summer Camp and the famous Hotel Portillo, Sepulveda relocated to central California for a University degree in landscape architecture and a six year stint as owner-manager of her own landscape design and construction company. She is also an accomplished horse trainer and Ashtanga Yoga instructor.
Sam and Elisa now live on the Trapp Family Lodge property where Sam is working on mountain bike trails, snowmaking, The Trapp Hill Brewery and many other aspects of the family business. Elisa is creating a yoga program for the lodge and is also designing their new house.
The Trapp Family Lodge is the centerpiece of a 2,400 acre scenic estate in Stowe, Vermont and a charming year-round family vacation destination. Beginning with just 27-rooms in 1950, today the property boasts a 96 room main lodge, 100 two-bedroom guest houses and 19 luxurious three-bedroom villas.