February 18, 2020

The Wedding

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The whole reason for my trip to Germany are these two people here. Ray and Anja! Many people asked me this year why I would travel so far for my friends wedding.

The answer is simple. When your friends ask you to share one of the biggest days of their lives with you, you say yes. If I would have said it was too far to travel then I would have missed out on little moments like the one above and the ones below.

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Little moments of pure happiness. There are so few of these moments in the very short time we have here that I try never to miss an opportunity to experience them.

It never ceases to amaze me that even though I could not understand any of the toasts or speeches that were given throughout the night, I could still feel the love and caring that filled the entire room from all of their friends and family.

Alright, now that I got all of the sentimental crap out of my system…I swear traveling in other countries alone, gives you plenty of time with your thoughts…sometimes too much I think.

Let’s get down to the fun and craziness of a traditional German wedding. The day started with the wedding ceremony which was held in a very nice room in a small museum in Bad Doberman.

The ceremony was short and simple. There was some instrumental music playing in the background throughout the vows and when all was said and done we lined up to congratulate the bride and groom and headed outside where they preceded to have a beautiful dove release ceremony.

After avoiding being hit by flying doves, we preceded to a park, which was right behind the museum where we enjoyed a champagne toast and some finger food while listening to a violinist play movie scores. Which included the Pirates of the Caribbean.

Then came the first of many German wedding traditions. In America the bride and groom cut cake together. In Germany they do that too, but not until the bride and groom saw through a tree log together.

The lumber jacking came to an end and we escorted the bride and groom back to the hotel where we enjoyed more champagne and jazz music from a saxophonist.

The rest of the night was filled with good food, good friends, great dancing and even better beer. It all started with with the first dance of the evening by the bride and groom.

It is traditionally a waltz. Which is exactly how it started out.

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But then…the classical waltz music cut out…record scratches

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What!?! hip hop music? Well, guess you just have to go with the flow. They then busted out an  awesome hip hop dance routine! From there the night took off. There was dancing

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Laughing…

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Just general overall craziness!

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One tradition I loved were some games had to be played. You see in order for Ray and Anja to receive some gifts, their friends made them earn them. Some a Ray’s close high school buddies made them have a dance off, so you think you can dance style of judging.

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They played different styles of music they had to dance to and then the judges shared shared their thoughts about each of their dancing style, which I didn’t even need a translator to figure out that they praised Anja and totally made fun of Ray.

It made for a fun time and one I think I might use for the next American wedding I go to. Maybe not that exact game, but something to have the bide and groom work for my present 🙂

There was also a big fireworks display…

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There were even fireworks with the cake!

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Germans know how to have a good time and I never miss an opportunity to enjoy time in the hometown of good friends. Even if it is thousands of miles away.

You can learn so much about your friends after seeing where they came from and meet those people that helped shape them into the people they are today.

I am glad I got to experience the all of this with Ray and Anja at their wedding. It is definitely an experience I will never forget.

Thank you Ray and thank you Anja. You guys are awesome!

Skibosh out!

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