On a warm, dry late summer evening in 2003 we relaxed on our balcony and celebrated the coming weekend. The setting sun threw a somewhat surrealistic light on this quit eve. A glass of wine (or maybe two) sweetened our leisure time (although it was a dry wine). Under these outer conditions I popped the question to Birgit. It should be my first and last attempt as she accepted my hand in marriage while .. somehow .. getting teary-eyed ..
For one or the other reason, it actually took some time until I walked down the aisle with Biggi - for example, the marriage should be in summer season with subsequent honeymoon (which should at least take 3 weeks).
All that Jazz, wedding preparation overran its time, but finally the date was fixed: Aug 12th, 2005. The wedding was supposed to be held within next-of-kin.
We invited the close family circle on that forenoon to get jointly together to the registry office.
Mother of the bride
Befitting our rank, we had a state coach to get to the Inselstrasse (where the registry office is located). Thanks to my witness Marianne and her husband Matthias for this great surprise.
|Before the wedding room|
At 2 pm both of us were finally sitting before
the executioner the registrar. Please do not interprete our gaze of mixed emotions! Now it was too late anyway...
After the wedding, on leaving the registry office, we had another nice surprise: the "guard of hearts" formed by "Merry Skittle Players".
|The "Guard of Hearts"||The 'Merry Skittle Players' and the bridal couple|
To be more precise, we had two surprises: as rum start, the colleagues of Birgit came the long way from Duisburg to Dusseldorf to show up (or did they rather check if Birgit really got married?).
|Biggi's colleagues with bridal couple|
Back home we enjoyed cakes and gateaux to the full (all of them were self-made of course, as bumble bee is an expert cook & baker).
|Well prepared table||Waiting for the gateaux|
|our "wedding cake"|
Around late noon we suffered from cake-bumps. Nevertheless we moved to the famous restaurant "Kaisershaus" in Hubbelrath near Dusseldorf. Unfortunately this restaurant only attracts the interest of few gourmets. The cuisine is excellent, and the cost/performance ratio is sensational high. Our selected company was placed in the trophy room, and a great day had an unforgettable finish.
One day later we left for a 3-weeks honeymoon to Side (Turkey), Hotel Miramare Queen. Please see some photos here.