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An Antwerp Romance.

So, my bro got married.

The ceremony was carried out by the mayor of Antwerp, whose service was entirely in Flemish, with translation from Els, the lovely Best Lady. Bro didn't understand much, except the bits that mattered...'Man and Woman, or Man and Man, you are Equals, and we recognise you as Equals...'then there was the point where, in a church wedding, the priest/vicar would ask for any objections 'Or forever hold your peace.' In Belgium, the equivalent seems to be a specific 10 second interval where you think in silence about whether you really want to go through with it. The Brits thought it was a joke, but those officiating do seem to count those seconds down...

The wedding breakfast was, quite literally, a full English breakfast at a Brit eatery, all union jack mugs, tomato ketchup and braaaahn sauce. On a cold morning, it was absolutely the ticket. Then on to a very posh hotel stayed at by Gaultier, Galliano and Tommy Hillfiger, though presumably not at the same time, and in the evening, due to my brother's hatred of buffets ('They look a mess within seconds of the guests getting near them') waiters presented us with elegant fingahfud, followed by sit down dinner, witty speech from the Best Man, and deescoparty, at which the Brits excelled in leaping around to 80s/90s pop. We were superb.

My brother is very happy. We hugged and he told me about his intention to marry only the once and stick with it through thick and thin. I curbed my instincts to yell 'Don't be a bloody idiot!' Because all the fine pretties in the world can't make me trust matrimony, that's just family history for you. He paid tribute to our illustrious background by having the Addams Family theme played when the wedding cake came out.

It was a fine time. Two high points I must remark upon for myself; the wee baby elephant in Antwerp zoo is the cutest being on earth, but the most dedicated being on said planet is easily the photographer, who was with the couple from morning to midnight, had 18 memory sticks and took thousands of photographs. He was even photographing the wedding cab as he drove behind it, steering with his knees. A few of his photos are here:

http://www.fotomomenten.be/pascalenxavier/presentatie.html

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blackcurrants
Jan. 26th, 2010 11:39 am (UTC)
Oh those are *charming* photos. My heartiest congratulations to the adorable couple :)
smokingboot
Jan. 26th, 2010 11:56 am (UTC)
They are lovely aren't they? Though I think the poor fellow is feeling very rushed, cos my bro is badgering him to get them online asap, so as yet, no photoshop magic, but on the whole, I'm very impressed.
nyarbaggytep
Jan. 26th, 2010 12:07 pm (UTC)
I only had a quick peek cos I have to go to work inna mo, but they look lovely. Your bro's the one without the beard?
smokingboot
Jan. 26th, 2010 12:44 pm (UTC)
Hello there! My bro's the dark eyed guy with the George Michael goatee thing.
nyarbaggytep
Jan. 26th, 2010 08:55 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, I couldn't tell so I made a guess!
:)
velvet_the_cat
Jan. 26th, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC)
Colour me impressed. It looks like a lovely day.

Oh yes, *loving* the whole movie star chic thing you've got going on m'dear! :o)
smokingboot
Jan. 27th, 2010 10:57 am (UTC)
Thank you! My brother loved it too - covers a multitude of sins:-D
november_girl
Jan. 27th, 2010 12:48 am (UTC)
Fantastic pictures! I look forward ot hearing all about it when we see you in a few weeks.
smokingboot
Jan. 27th, 2010 10:57 am (UTC)
It' ll be brilliant to catch up xxx
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