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After 33 years of unmarried bliss (well, most of it has been surprisingly close to something like bliss), Andreas & Sharon got married on August 8, 2007 at home in the presence of their daughters and a marriage commissioner.
Photo by Michael Klein at Spence's Restaurant, Sechelt.
PS. If you want the full sized photos the whole collection can be viewed at flickr

 

Days in advance, Sabrina & Vanessa planned and made preparations. On the actual day, Andreas & Sharon were dispatched to the cottage to keep out of the way. Once they were out from underfoot, Sabrina cooked up a feast and made floral arrangements. Phyllis Surges picked Vanessa up from work and also performed much magic with flowers and tulle. In the space of not so many hours the Schroeder-Brown household was transformed into a perfect setting for a wedding - including a tasty array of appies.
Outside, the picnic table was readied for the signing of important papers.
Flowers and tulle were arranged along the railing - all colour co-ordinated.
Geraniums grown from TG's cuttings with other flowers tucked in for show.
Of course, anyone who knows the Brown family, knows of our obsession with food - so feast your eyes. Sabrina slaved over these appies for hours - time well spent as far as I am concerned.
Crostini with garlic
Cambrozola & roasted garlic
Tomato tapinade
Dates, sage, goat cheese & prosciutto - baked till crisp.
Mushroom, onions & roasted garlic
Salmon paté with basil garnish

 

Some of the preparations ...
Dale Jackson was the marriage comissioner and we couldn't have been happier with our choice. Left to right: Sabrina, Vanessa, Andreas & Dale.
Dale took this photo before the ritual part of the ceremony began. Later, Sabrina played violin as Sharon & Vanessa entered. The ritual was simple with other readings performed later in the evening.

 

Essay on Marriage by Rainer Maria Rilke.

The point of marriage
is not to create a quick commonality
by tearing down all boundaries;
on the contrary,
a good marriage is one
in which each partner appoints the other
to be the guardian of his solitude,
and thus they show each other the greatest possible trust. 

A merging of two people is an impossibility,
and where it seems to exist,
it is a hemming –in,
a mutual consent that robs one party or both parties
of their fullest freedom and development. 

But once the realization is accepted
that even between the closest people
infinite distances exist,
a marvellous living side by side can grow up for them,
if they succeed in loving the expanse between them,
which gives them the possibility
of always seeing each other as a whole
and before an immense sky.

 

 

 

 

After the ceremony, it was time to relax and fool around a bit.
Sabrina & Andreas
Are we sure?
Wow - she can do it!
Check out the muscles!
I could lift you too.
Lets just stand here - for now.

 

The smoke drifting in from the left in the photo on the right means that supper was now underway - lamb chops on the barbeque.
Again, there are many more pictures - but surely this is enough! The wine, Church & State was chosen since it seemed so aptly named, but it also turned out to be delicious.
After a meal that included home-made paneer with cashews and vegetables, lamb popsicles and rice, we totally enjoyed the almond meringue cake made by Louise & Sabrina.
After supper , the four of us snuggled into bed and watched "Father of the Bride" with Steve Martin & Dianne Keaton - on how NOT to have a wedding. It couldn't have been more perfect.

 

 

 

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