I slept in a hotel in Elst thursday night, where I was joined by our MC, Onno. I didn't sleep too well: for some strange reason I was nervous, though there was really no reason for that. Everything had been taken care of, we had a lot of friendly people to assist us, it would all work out.
After breakfast I changed into my wedding suit. I turned off my mobile phone, took of my watch and left my wallet at the hotel: I decided not to worry anymore this day. After that I felt much calmer: there was nothing I could do if anything went wrong, so there was no point in me worrying about it. When I got down, the chauffeur of the car was already waiting for me. I got in (I had arranged a Citroën Traction Avant), and we left for Nijmegen to collect my bride.
We collected the (beautiful!) flowers in the city center, and at the appointed time I arrived at our appartment.
When I got indoors, I saw my beautiful bride klik. Her 'dress' was beautiful: a wide pair of trousers in purple fabric and a long, white coat with purple lining and a really nice detail in the collar. She hadn't seen my suit before either (emancipation works two ways, you know), and she was pleasantly surprised. We exchanged gifts: she had cufflinks for me, made of amber, in the shape of 10-sided dice. One of them was engraved with single digits, the other one with tens (producing the d100 like you use for Rolemaster). They were amazing, and the engraving was really good. When I showed them later to RPG'ing friends of mine, they all had to laugh... My geekness shines through, even on my wedding day...
I had a simple golden ear-clip made for Ingeborg. She has a silver one that she always wears, but this day she would wear gold. We couldn't get a golden ear-clip anywhere, so we had one made after the silver one.
The photographer made a family portrait on the grass before the appartment building:
(From left to right: Cora & Henk (Ingeborg's parents), Ingeborg and me, José & Ger (my parents).
Onno was there as well (he was our MC, and he did his job admirably).
(There's someone with a bicycle standing on the path behind Onno. I heard later that she had rode past when I arrived, stopped, and waited and watched the whole time, until we left. Must have been 30 minutes or so...)
We got into the car to go to the photo-shoot (which we did before the ceremony, because of timing issues). Of course, we had to pose before we could get in...
Ingeborg was pleased with the car: it was very romantic...
The photo shoot was in the Bijbels Openlucht Museum. Not because we are such bible-minded people, but because of the decor. Three 'unofficial' shots:
On a flight of stairs to a square
Standing against a ochre-colored wall. (The wall itself was pretty dirty, but you don't see that at all on the pictures: all you see is the color and the structure of the plaster.)
Ingeborg with sunglasses. I didn't bring my sunglasses, I got scolded by the photographer. ;)
The photo-shoot itself was much fun and very relaxed. It was fun to just stroll around the place, seeking a nice spot for a good shot. The photographer was fun and relaxed, we laughed and fooled around. Any tension we had just flowed away, so that we were pretty relaxed when we arrived in Wijchen (though we had to wait before we could get out of the car. They did 8 weddings in Wijchen yesterday...!)
A lot of people turned out for the ceremony itself. I had expected some 30 people (which I considered much), but there were over 45 people in attendance! There wasn't enough seating for everybody, and some people had to stand in the back! That made it pretty special to us: apparently we have so many good friends who want to witness our actual marriage, even though they could have come to the party in the evening.
The castle is beautiful and offers a very romantic stage for the ceremony. This was the reason we wanted to get married in Wijchen, and not in Nijmegen. See for yourself:
The ceremony itself was brief but very personal. rupertdaily, one of my best men (the other one was Onno) recognised the music we chose for the ceremony: it is from the soundtrack of Kokoro Library, the 'all's well that ends well'-theme. (Track 17 of the OST, after 2:45 -- I can't find the CD that contains it, or else I would post an MP3.) It was clear the presiding civil servant did not fully understand our 'weird' hobbies, but it was fun none the less.
Afterwards we had a small reception under the trees next to the castle. This picture shows Ingeborg in full dress, complete with her self-made stola and purse.
Our guests for the whole day went on ahead to Elst, while we stayed and chatted with the reception-guests some more. Then we followed to Elst, where we did the wedding-cake thing. It was a beautiful cake, and very tasty too!
Inbetween the cake and dinner we had time to relax for a bit, chatting with our guests and enjoying each other's company.
The dinner was gorgeous, and the party that evening (also in Elst) was incredibly nice. Too bad that I didn't have time to chat with everybody, but I got many remarks on how nice the party was. We know people from many different things: RPG'ing, study, work, family... Everybody mixed really good: people chatted with people they didn't know, many new friendships were made. That made it extra-special to me.
Martin, a friend of my sister, managed the music and he did a good job. He did such a good job that the people from the wedding party in the hall next to ours came dancing in the hallway to our music, because it was so good! The buffet was nice too (we had take the first plate, even though we weren't really hungry...). People were dancing inside, and if they got too hot (it was rather warm inside) they could go outside to cool down, sit on the lawn chairs and chat with eachother.
We had a magnificent day. Everything went well, everybody had a good time (or so they told us). It was certainly very special.
(Also, the pictures in this post are not the 'official' pictures as taken by the photographer. Gert-Jan, a friend of ours, carried our camera and his video-camera with him at all times, and he made these pictures. Patrick also took two of the pictures used in this entry. There were a lot of people with digital cameras, I might post more pictures as they become available to us.)