Love bloomed in Papua New Guinea when my former housemate Jen and pilot Timon (by the way Timon is the Tim referred to in this crazy story) got to know each other through pingpong games, trips to Goroka, interesting conversations and much much more. Their world tour of a love story is not uncommon in my world but it still is amazing. Jen is from California although I didn’t know her before I lived in PNG and Timon grew up in Madagascar but his family is Swiss. And now after an amazing wedding they are man and wife. The plan is to live in Switzerland for awhile at first but who knows where they will end up in the future. Enjoy these pictures highlights from my weekend in Switzerland.
Setting the Scene. Switzerland at its finest. The alps in the background, the cow bells jangling, the sound of alphorn harmony, children frolicking in the fields and an all around lovely setting.
And the pre-wedding to-dos. I was thrilled to be a part of the rehearsal and get to know Jen’s other California friends. There was the planning, last minute details and finally getting the bride ready! My contributions were the bow and the toes. So much fun!
And then the wedding! Jen’s flowers were beautiful and pink. The church looked lovely and it was so fun to watch Jen and Timon together and so obviously in love. They were presented with a German Bible which was not only to be for their marriage but also to help Jen with her language skills. The wedding was done in both English and Swiss German. We even sang worship songs in English, German and Swiss German. It was tons of fun and good for the language part of my brain to be with this multilingual crowd.
Once they were pronounced man and wife, the party began. There was an appetizer time with lovely food, beer, wine, music, socializing, picture taking and other fun things. Then the party moved via caravan (complete with bows on cars, horn honking, candy throwing and general festiveness) until we all came to a park where Jen and Timon took pictures while everyone else went on a scavenger hunt. Then Jen and Timon went for a boat ride and we all greeted them at the pier with a toast. Then after that there was a three course meal spread out over the rest of the evening and in between was games (Swiss tradition and super fun!), more socializing, dancing and other fun traditions from California and Switzerland. There was even time to enjoy the beautiful sunset over the Bodensee.
Needless to say it was a lovely weekend. Congratulations Jen and Timon. May you have many many happy years together!