Oct 192015

And, it was an excuse for cake!

And, it was an excuse for cake!

It was September 2012. I had been talking to two friends of mine, both of whom were complaining that there just didn’t seem to be any good guys / girls around.

“An opportunity to do good!” I thought.

So I sent a short e-mail introducing them to each other…

Fast forward to 17 October 2015.

A bit nervous, but even more happy, there is a beautiful couple walking towards me. She in white, he in grey-with-mother-of-pearl. Behind them I can see a little under a hundred people – friends and family – who have come to share and celebrate this joyous event.

I do my best to hide my own nervousness, but as soon as I start talking, it just seems to fall away and all I can think of is helping these people have the most wonderful day possible.

”Welcome, to the bride and groom, to the friends and family, to all those present…”

In twenty minutes I try to share some of the stories that the happy couple had divulged to me, on how they found on their first date that they shared a common language (C++) and how they already had a ceremony for the bride’s family (arranged in 24 hours!).

Then it’s time for the official part. Twice we have “Do you take…”, followed by “Yes” (in the Netherlands we like to keep things simple, “I do” is just too complex…).

Love is not easily visualized, but after this day Ihave a number of images that complement the feeling very well!
Finally I get to pass the verdict: “I now pronounce you husband and wife!”

It was never on my bucket list. But thanks to a simple email, the love of two people and the flexibility of the Dutch system (which allows for anybody to become an ordained civil servant for a day), I am extremely happy to be able to say: “I married a couple!”

Love, to the newlyweds, as well as to anybody reading this!

Bastiaan ReininkI’m Bastiaan. This blog is meant to give you some insight into the things I run into and perhaps to inspire you to go in search of your own life extraordinaire.

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  2 Responses to “I now pronounce you…”

  1. Okay, that is seriously cool. And I didn’t know that was possible in NL!

  2. Yes, it was! You should try it some time 😉

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