Celebration in Germany, 15. March 2008

As planned, we celebrated our wedding here in Germany on Saturday ... and to start with:

IT WAS JUST AN ABSOLUTELY GREAT NIGHT !!!!!!!

... in fact, it was the best night, we ever had! Thanks to all our friends, who contributed to this wonderful, smooth and relaxed party!

Coffee and Cakes

Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). We all met for coffee and cakes on the terrace of the castle around 15:00 hrs ... for some of my friends the last "meeting" was more than 7 years ago, at the wedding ... here Jonathan and Steve talking (Carola, Sally and Gaynor are on the photo too) ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Also "long-term" friend Dirk with his wife Carola (and Mathea, their daughter) came ... "long-term" sounds so much better than "old" ;-)) ... but seriously we met at university in 1985 ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Well here are the two of us, happy that everyone came and hoping that it would be a great day for all of us.
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Beverly and Don from England made their way too ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and of course my wonderful wife sharing this with me ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). My daughter Claudia and her boyfriend Santino "had" to share a full day with their father ;-)
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). I was also happy, that another "long-term" friend from Stuttgart, Martin, made his way to Oberwesel ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Eveline and I also met in 1996 in Hong Kong ... very happy that she and Daniel made their way from Switzerland ...

Pre-dinner Drinks

Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). So after coffee and a break to refreshen, we all met in a courtyard of the castle for drinks ... here Don, Beverly, Carola and Cynthia waiting for the booze to come ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Mathea, Dirk, Carola, Sally and Jonathan ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... Cynthia and me ... very excited about the speech ... how many would fall asleep?
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Here are the drinks ... a local Riesling sparkling wine ... the first four bottles of the evening ;-)
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Steve, Gaynor, Sally, Jonathan and Don waiting ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... so finally I had to phone the last two guests, coming from Switzerland, a country known for not being on time ;-))
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). but at last Eveline and Daniel came ... just kidding ... we were just scared the bubbly would get warm ;-)
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). So I could lift the glass and welcome all my guests again!
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). So here's Gaynor, Sally, Jonathan, Don and Beverly ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and I started my speech, mainly emphasising the "dents" they made in my universe ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). I tried some jokes too, at least one was working as this photo proves ;-)) ... maybe they were just laughing at my English?
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). It was a lot of fun reminiscing, some good remarks came back (thanks Jonathan!) ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and I could present the "famous" original handwritten list of English expressions I noted down in the meetings in Hong Kong from 1996-1998 ... and where mainly Steve had to explain them to me afterwards ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). So finally everyone was happy that the speech was over ;-) ... but obviously I didn't explain everything correctly ... as you can see, Jonathan explains how it REALLY was ... ;-)))
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). So we didn't forget a group photo ... this will be memorable ... as we will never again meet as young as in this photo!

Dinner

Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). To not forget the castle of Schönburg: the venue, the rooms, the food and the service were outstanding ... also their "play-it-by-ear" idea to reserve the lower terrace for us because of the nice weather instead of the room booked inside ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... so we had two tables down there ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... overlooking the river Rhine ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). The weather was warm, not too hot, so everyone enjoyed dinner ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Here an overview of our terrace ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). This was the menu for the night ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and Eveline and Cynthia enjoying each other's company ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Here Eveline and Daniel from Switzerland ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and Martin, Sally and Jonathan ... starters on the table, salmon tartar ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). So slowly it got darker, some lamps went on ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and we had a ball out there ...
But it wasn't over yet! At around 23:00 hrs we went inside the castle, into our originally booked room and continued with wine and cheese until 02:10AM ... we had four bottles of sparkling wine, 6 bottles of Riesling Spätlese and 8 bottles of Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir), all of local wineries.

I want to thank all my friends for sharing this wonderfully fantastic night with me. Last but not least I want to thank my beautiful wife Cynthia for making the last 10 years happen!