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Wedding congratulations are in order

September 10, 2007
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rudolf-loves-iveta.jpgfor the newly wed Rudolf and Iveta Kaspar.

I was able to get away from our recently enlarged family for three days to attend Rudolf's and Iveta's wedding.

The wedding was in Prague and the couple put on a relaxed wedding full of party, laughter and family love.

The day started with a small reception at the couples new apartment in an almost finished apartment block.

There were wires sticking out from the walls in the hallways and the apartment was all empty but for a pair of mattresses and sleeping bags.

This didn't prevent a great atmosphere and a never ending flow of champagne.

A red Skoda decorated with white flowers was arranged for the bride and a white mini bus was arranged for the groom and the rest of the family.

In such magnificent style did we travel to the busy Old Town Square were the wedding ceremony was to be held at the Old Town town hall.

I have been to the Old Town Square on numerous occasions to marvel at the ancient astronomical clock just like millions of tourist from all around the world. Never have I however been inside the town hall.

The actual ceremony was short and sweet and the couple had chosen a few untraditional songs for the organist: Clocks by Cold Play, Everybody's changing by Keane and Spomal by Peha.

Apparently the organist had not known how to play the songs initially but managed splendidly once provided the notes.

The square was as busy as ever on this fine Saturday and full of tourists from all around the world. They snapped away merrily at the newly wed couple.

Rudolf and Iveta are for ever recorded in the family travel albums of visitors from China, Italy, Russia, Germany but mainly Japan.

A family feast followed where I had the chance to meet the bride's family members for the first time.

I can happily report that they turned out to be a bunch of really nice and honest people that never say no to having fun.

The feast lasted longer than planned and it was getting close to the "real" evening party. Luckily I managed to squeeze in 30 minutes of power napping; something that I doubt the newly wed couple had time to do.

There was a great crowd at the evening party and I met up with a few childhood friends I hadn't seen in years. There were a few surprises like random visitors from Norway and excellent musicians dressed in poncho's.

More food was arranged in the form of a buffet with traditional Czech delicacies.

After the earlier feast I swore not to eat again for several days but I caved in for a midnight snack of chicken wings, sandwiches, goulash and some more wedding cake.

All in all a fantastic wedding and celebration and a huge privilege that I was able to attend.

Congratulations to the newly wed couple and an apology for the delayed wedding present... it is on the way!



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