A series of anecdotes with or without any connection to the running of a restaurant.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Fairytale Belgian Wedding...

A beautiful wedding in magical Antwerp.
The groom was Belgian.
The bride... Well, the bride, such a marvelous concoction. Originally Romanian, grew up in Sweden with her mother and Syrian stepfather. Moved to Spain where she met her husband to be.
So you can imagine the international guest list! People from Sweden, Romania, Belgium, Chile, Norway, England, Syria, Spain, Algeria...

My foreign languages had never been so extensively used. The groom's 93-year-old grandmother did not need me to translate into French the Spanish conversation I had with the bride's mother in the back of one of the wedding cars. "J'ai tout compris..." she said.

Saturday, the civil ceremony at Antwerp Town Hall was in Flemish. Only the groom and his family laughed at the registrar's jokes.

Sunday, the religious service was held in Romanian at a beautiful Antwerp chapel.

A beautiful castle on the outskirts of Antwerp was the venue for the most lavish reception I have attended.

Gorgeous Venitian masks awaited the guests.
Every table was called after a masked character. Ours was Harlequin.

The menu was written in many languages telling the guests about the warm goat's cheese salad wrapped in smoked salmon, the marriage of veal and crayfish tails, mascarpone with red berries among other things... Champagne flowed and flowed.

The cake was out of this world!

We partied to live music into the early hours of Monday morning.

One of the highlights of this perfect weekend was meeting Daphnée for a beautiful meal on Friday night. She came all the way from Brussels for this long-awaited blogmeet.

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Blogger Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

"All the way" being 40 minutes on a train ... although that didn't stop me nodding off on the way back and missing my stop. Nearly ended up in France ...

24/10/07 8:18 PM  
Blogger savannah said...

lovely! great pictures and a new blog to read, sugar..thank you!

24/10/07 10:04 PM  
Blogger Merisi said...

Such a lavish wedding! I love the Venetian theme tables. Arlecchino ("Servitore di due padroni") is my favorite Commedia dell'Arte figure (masks, as the Italians call them). Which mask did you find on your place setting?

24/10/07 10:34 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Ooo. Sounds like my kind of event! Did the guests wear the masks?

24/10/07 10:42 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Well you did work all day, Daphnée. Or could it have been the wine? It was really great meeting you at last.

Thanks, Sweet Savannah.

Merisi, it really was a very lavish wedding. The Venitian masks alone were quite a few quid each. Mine was Harlequin. Coloured diamonds and golden glitter mounted on a wooden stick.

Mary, definitely your style! We took a few photos wearing them and then it was also fun dancing with them.

25/10/07 9:50 AM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

What a fabulous wedding! I love the idea of the masks and the table settings wre beautiful. That cake is amazing too. Then you get to meet a fellow blogger - you lucky devil you! :)

25/10/07 5:50 PM  
Blogger zoe said...

that looks fabulous, absolutely fabulous. bart lives in antwerp and maybe could have met you - and i definitely wanted to. à la prochaine?


25/10/07 9:32 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

You lead such a cool life. Will you marry me?

25/10/07 11:49 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

what a marvelous event, such wonderful memories the bride and groom have created for everyone!

the pics, too, are fabulous!

26/10/07 2:46 AM  
Blogger la bellina mammina said...

ooh! I wanna see the guests dancing with their masks on...please? pwetty pwease??? :-)
Great pics, Cream!

26/10/07 5:49 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Akela, it was a wonderful weekend. The wedding, the beautiful cities of Antwerp and Brussels, the food, and meeting Daphnée! What more does a man want in one weekend?

26/10/07 9:12 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Zoe, it truly was wonderful. But it would've been even better if you and Q had been there too!
Definitely à la prochaine, especially now that I know that Q and I will have a lot to talk about... Edinburgh, Africa, the Lakes and even Evvia!!

26/10/07 9:17 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Andrea, nowadays I only blog about the cool bits, you know.
Not that there are many uncool ones.
You are taken and so am I, woman...;o)

26/10/07 9:22 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Hayden, the bride and groom are such a cool couple. The bride demands with a smile, the groom delivers with a bigger smile.
The attention to detail was amazing. The little masks on the cake were made of biscuits (tuiles) and decorated with edible paints.
More pictures of Belgium coming up....

26/10/07 9:26 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Bella, I think I shall post a couple of those later.

26/10/07 9:27 AM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

The perfect fairy tale wedding. And a truly international affair. Adjectives just keep popping up in my head...fabulous, fantastic. Imagine the planning! That cake! Did you get a nibble?

26/10/07 12:25 PM  
Blogger Mélanie said...

Such a beautiful wedding ..I hope one day I will have a wedding like that .
Too bad we don't see the brides closer ..may be in another post

26/10/07 1:25 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Gigi, honestly it was a truly beautiful wedding.
Each guest got one of those small individual cakes with a biscuit mask served with raspberry sauce. Absolutely gorgeous.
The couple did all their invitations themselves, along with the menus (scrolls on the table) each decorated with feather.
So much attention to detail!!!

Yes, it was beautiful, Melanie.
I'm sure yours will a memorable wedding too.
I didn't post any close-ups to keep the privacy but I can assure you the bride looked gorgeous!

26/10/07 2:38 PM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

PS I've posted another Nursery Rhyme Quiz today if you fancy a bit of fun? :)

27/10/07 10:59 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Got it in one....

27/10/07 11:37 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

It seems as though between the above mentioned and perused market and this wedding you must have felt like you reached Nirvana! Not to mention capping it off with meeting your blogbud!!! How wonderful!

29/10/07 3:55 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Heaven, Val it was like Heaven.

29/10/07 10:12 AM  
Blogger lilychen said...

Hi there,
I was googling for Castle Belgian Weddings and your blog entry showed as one of the results!

Was wodnering if you could share which castle the wedding was held? Thank you! Tried to contact you via private msg, didn't know how to do that!

29/3/11 5:59 PM  

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