Germany Part II (the wedding)

The whole reason for our visit to Germany was the wedding of Katrin B̦ttger and Falko Рnow Falko B̦ttger-Hiller. I really like that he adopted her name. The traditional reasoning for it is that B̦ttger is a rare and beautiful name and having only two girls in the family it would be lost.

The wedding was quite spectacular and I’m told a very good example of a traditional German wedding with a number of personal twists. We had an amazing time, as I think Katrin and Falko did too. They are in Egypt on their honeymoon.

The event began with a legal wedding ceremony in a castle. This is Julia and Katrin’s great-aunt heading up to the castle.
The event began with a legal wedding ceremony in a castle. This is Julia and Katrin’s great-aunt heading up to the castle.
We waited outside for awhile until Katrin and her dad showed up on this little rig.
We waited outside for awhile until Katrin and her dad showed up on this little rig.
This is where the ceremony took place. The organ in the corner was played by Bach “no touching!”
This is where the ceremony took place. The organ in the corner was played by Bach “no touching!”
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Christian took over as wedding-photographer when the real one mysteriously disappeared.
Christian took over as wedding-photographer when the real one mysteriously disappeared.
Then they took off to the church in the funny cart.
Then they took off to the church in the funny cart.
We didn’t get any photos inside the church, but it was an interesting ceremony. Being all in German, a lot was lost on me, but some things were translated by Alex and Christian’s friend Anne. There was also a sign-language interpreter which believe-it-or-not was a help to me. Katrin is a trained sign-language interpreter. This clothes-line of baby clothes was strung up before they came out of the church.
We didn’t get any photos inside the church, but it was an interesting ceremony. Being all in German, a lot was lost on me, but some things were translated by Alex and Christian’s friend Anne. There was also a sign-language interpreter which believe-it-or-not was a help to me. Katrin is a trained sign-language interpreter. This clothes-line of baby clothes was strung up before they came out of the church.
Then they released a basket-full of doves.
Then they released a basket-full of doves.
Then off to the reception hall in this pretty thing.
Then off to the reception hall in this pretty thing.
We followed in this big old bouncy bus with a hitch on the back.
We followed in this big old bouncy bus with a hitch on the back.
Katrin and Falko decorated the hall themselves with pretty arrangements and place-card-holders made out of pieces of wood and beakers (Falko’s a chemist). The hall belongs to a German football club, who I guess ended up in fourth place in some big thing or other.
Katrin and Falko decorated the hall themselves with pretty arrangements and place-card-holders made out of pieces of wood and beakers (Falko’s a chemist). The hall belongs to a German football club, who I guess ended up in fourth place in some big thing or other.
Entertainment was pretty well non-stop all night. There were speeches, games, a video, a live band, and this pair of professional dancers. The Böttger’s are a dancing family. Julia and Katrin are both amazing (Christian and Katrin were salsa partners in Stockholm), but their parents really blew me away. They danced the night away and were truly amazing.
Entertainment was pretty well non-stop all night. There were speeches, games, a video, a live band, and this pair of professional dancers. The Böttger’s are a dancing family. Julia and Katrin are both amazing (Christian and Katrin were salsa partners in Stockholm), but their parents really blew me away. They danced the night away and were truly amazing.
Here’s another custom. A loaf of bread and a shaker of salt. One for happiness, one for prosperity I think.
Here’s another custom. A loaf of bread and a shaker of salt. One for happiness, one for prosperity I think.

Then they had to figure out how to open this big box made out of a log, to find the coordinates for a map that told them where their honeymoon would be. A number of the family members pitched in to send them to Egypt.

h yeah, did I mention there was a huge fireworks display? It was as big as anything I’ve seen in Barrie on Canada Day.
h yeah, did I mention there was a huge fireworks display? It was as big as anything I’ve seen in Barrie on Canada Day.
The bride and groom had to dance off their shoes made of bread. There was no winner unfortunately, I think the bread was pretty solid, but they put in a good effort.
The bride and groom had to dance off their shoes made of bread. There was no winner unfortunately, I think the bread was pretty solid, but they put in a good effort.
Christian had to get up to represent North America - Falko’s hat said something about Obama on it. There's definitely some language confusion in this picture.
Christian had to get up to represent North America – Falko’s hat said something about Obama on it. There’s definitely some language confusion in this picture.
Here’s Katrin’s parents up there dancing away. It’s probably 1am at this point. We left at 3 I think.
Here’s Katrin’s parents up there dancing away. It’s probably 1am at this point. We left at 3 I think.

My appologies if this was a long long post, but a lot happened and we had a really great time. Thanks a million Katrin and Falko, and Katrin’s whole family.

2 thoughts on “Germany Part II (the wedding)

  1. Ok, I can't help but comment again – what an amazing wedding! Now I wish I could go to Germany and have a second wedding (well, if my bank account could actually survive – hehe). Some really nice photos in there!!

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