Kinda weird to see a girl you know as a fifteen-year old awkward adolescent all grown up in a wedding gown, but we got over that pretty quickly when we saw how happy she and her groom were! Good times were had by all. (And of course we made a reception album for the couple!)
We stayed at a hotel that was only two steps away from the party location, so we didn't have to drive the hour home afterwards. In the morning, we had breakfast with both sets of parents, which was fun. Then we walked around the village for a bit, before making tracks to pick up zolphia. We had tea with a piece of home-baked brownie -- though it seemed only a small piece, it was rather... filling.
And then we went to Rijswijk, to see part of the Paper Biennal 2012. It was still on our list to check out, and zolphia wanted to come with us to see the exhibit (apparently we were suitably enthusiastic two years ago) and also to see 'how we visit museums'...
The museum is in the old city centre of Rijswijk. One of the ticket ladies tried to charm zolphia out of her necklace, but that didn't work out as intended. We hung our coats and went to explore the museum. Most of it was very interesting, with paper playing a major role in the pieces. One of the aims of the exhibitions is to show how versatile paper is, and that was a success. There were scultures of paper maché, sculptures of rolled paper, but also papercuts, paper constructions and 'combat paper' which is made from old US army uniforms...
I find it hard to choose a favourite from the pieces, and I heartily recommend the exhibition!
When we emerged from the museum, it was way past lunch-time, so we ducked into a café for a sandwich and something to drink. We had through we'd also visit the second part of the exhibition, in Museum Meermanno in The Hague, but by the time we were done with lunch it was well past 15:00. This being a Friday just before a week-long school-holiday, the evening traffic was sure to be busy, and I wanted to be home before then. So we decided to drop zolphia off at home and go home ourselves. Even so, we got in a few traffic jams before we got home!
The wedding was lovely, and the day afterwards was lovely as well -- and the weekend hadn't even started yet! Good times.