The bride getting ready at the Bed & Breakfast! Daniela, Birgit's friend from Germany, is securing her veil.
Beautiful Birgit on her big day
Touching up the makeup
She looks like a Greek goddess
The rings on the ring pillow
Akiko and Luciana. Akiko made the cake and Luciana and her husband Andrew hosted Shaun and me for the weekend. Birgit has the nicest friends!
Mother of the Bride getting ready too :)
3 German girls looking good :)
The Hasting's House, location of the ceremony
The garden, a lovely secluded setting where you could hear the ocean. (I'm wearing Shaun's jacket because it was pretty cool that day, but the fog cleared up just in time for the ceremony! :))
Still Newlyweds :)
Andrew, the couple's officiant and friend, preparing
The groom has arrived and is looking sharp!
Let the ceremony begin!
The family processional
There she is, the blushing bride!
Who wouldn't get emotional at a sight like that?!? Once again, it was uncanny how parallel B&B's wedding was to ours: Both grooms were crying. :)
Proud Father of the Bride with his daughter (and yes, he was crying too :))
I am now certain that this is the hardest hug a father ever has to give his daughter
The Father of the Groom is getting misty-eyed, too. For the record, Shaun and I were crying as well. It was such a touching ceremony.
Birgit being very cute
Flowergirl Daniela needed her mommy to hold on to. It was so cute!
Brian saying his vows in German
These 2 are perfect for each other
Funny moment when Birgit gave Brian the bouquet to hold while she had her hands full with vows and ring :)
Birgit saying her vows in English
It was an emotional rollercoaster-ride, but filled with joy and love
Here we go!
Mr. and Mrs. Holm!
Brian told me later that he had taken notes during our wedding and made sure he had tissues with him during the ceremony. :)
The Koopmann Family
Lovely kiss between father and daughter
Birgit is just stunning
The groom with his mother. Photographer Dave went all out with ladder and everything.
Family portrait. I'm arranging Birgit's train.
Intimate moment in the midst of chaos
We decorated their car with balloons, cans, and "Just married"
The place cards were shells that Birgit and her brother had collected in Spain when they were kids. How special!
Birgit's friend Akiko made a delicious wedding cake
Cocktail hour at the Mezzaluna restaurant. The food was fantastic!
We're all decked out in blue at the bride's request. :) I'm wearing my wedding earrings again, my wedding day present from Shaun that he stunned me with. I had been dreaming about those earrings ever since I first saw them, but thought they were way too expensive... I love my husband.
The big entrance!
Such a gorgeous couple
Beautiful from the front and the back :)
Tadaaa - married!
Signing the marriage papers
Oh look, this man is wearing a ring! ;)
Saying hi to the guests
Little Henry was intrigued by this picture. It shows how many times Birgit and Brian flew back and forth over the years to see each other. These 2 apparently single-handedly saved some airlines from bankruptcy. :p
Sure, as soon as I play with him, he walks away ;p
We still love to kiss :)
My sis and I!
Yes, it takes 3 people to take out a veil :p
Best Man Rich giving his speech
The head table with all the family
Rich revealing Brian's "other woman", his beloved Sunbeam Alpine. Yes, Birgit knows about the relationship. :p
The Father of the Bride giving his speech
Cutting the cake
The flowergirl is looking on (and wants some cake already ;))
Feeding each other
Very civilized feeding
Shaun delirious from cake-eating :)
The first first dance: "Nothing else matters" by Metallica. It's been their song for years.
So in love
They finally tied the knot after 10 years
A gorgeous couple
This one is so cute
The second first dance: "Love", a swing!
Busting out their moves
They've taken Swing lessons for a while now
...and together again :)
Brian is handing the floor to Dietrich, Birgit's dad
It turns out, Dietrich is quite the dancer too!
They danced to "Que sera", the same song my dad and I danced to. No, we did not know about this beforehand. Once again, Birgit and I have to do everything alike. :)
Everybody on the dancefloor! Birgit's bustle tore and I was trying to pin it up with safety pins. Not easy when the bride is shaking her booty like there's no tomorrow. :p
Let's get this party started
Birgit's parents had translated the couple's story into lyrics for "Que sera" and sang it to the couple
Whoa, NOW the party's getting started!
Dancing it up with Pascaline
Birgit's dad asked me to dance, too :)
Siblings feeling their groove
The couple doing another swing
Birgit's dad was the most active dancer all night. He reminds me so much of my dad, it's uncanny!
A German tradition: Cutting out a cloth heart
They had tiny little nail scissors to do it
Ahhh, they started apart and now they're back together :)
I think this was "You know you make me want to shout." Brian looks like he's imitating a flower. (Look at our honeymoon pics for what I mean ;))
Brian's mom and stepdad dancing fiercely :)
I wish I could see Birgit more often... *sigh*
Now we're getting fancy
The morning after: The bride with her dress. Funniest moment of the morning: Birgit's dad, commenting on the fact that Brian ate 2 whole breakfast plates: "That's what you need after the wedding night!" :D
Birgit's dad had gotten balloons and helium. I look sad here. I was realizing that I won't see Birgit again for a while. :(
Kissing behind a balloon
Everybody has one
And now we let them all go
Haha, this is like fireworks :)
Like Birgit's dad said so beautifully: The balloons stand for all of us, and now we're all flying out again into the world
Visiting a pretty lighthouse on the way back to San Francisco
Cute, if I may say so myself :)
This is the infamous fog that always seems to hover in the Bay Area
A secluded little beach
My husband and nature
Back in San Francisco, we spent the rest of the gorgeous day walking around the piers. View of Alcatraz from Pier 39.
The Golden Gate shrouded in fog
Yes, I was here!
Taking a break with some ice cream. This felt like our second honeymoon. :)
Finally, we found Scoma's! It's a restaurant Shaun had eaten at a few years back, and he still maintains they had the best calamari he's ever eaten. We finally found it at Pier 47 (it's the orange sign next to the ship on the right). There was a wait, but it was well worth it. Delicious fresh seafood!