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Thursday, January 19, 2012

{Wedding Elvira & Bob - Michelin Star Top Restaurant Brienen aan de Maas}

As promised yesterday, we continue with the Wedding of Elvira & Bob. We did go from Castle Well to Michelin Star Restaurant Brienen aan de Maas. Chef Rene Brienen did earn his Michelin Star again and also received 16 points (out of 20) in the Gault Millau and is listed nationally as # 73 in the Dutch Top Restaurants in 'Lekker' (meaning Delicious). Just click on the two hyperlinks with the name Brienen, to see. Before we had our delicious 8-course dinner (sorry, I could not manage to eat it all...) we all did step into 'Het Huwelijksbootje' or boarding the boat to cruise along for two hours with champagne and Wedding Cake. 
The Bride & Groom arrived in the Jaguar in front of Top Restaurant Brienen aan de Maas in Well. All in the Burgundian Province of Limburg, The Netherlands. 
With 'Het Huwelijksbootje' in the back, here are two very special guests with Elvira & Bob. 
This was a wedding with guests coming from 3 continents. To the right is Elvira's dear friend Nina who just got married in May with David who is on the left in this photo. Elvira was their wedding witness in Queensland, Australia. Nina, came all the way to The Netherlands with David so she could be Elvira's wedding witness as well.
Elvira pondering during her vacation in Queensland, Australia - prior to her friend's wedding...
Can you believe that her Mama, my dear friend Ellie and I are separated by different continents and now Elvira and her dear friend Nina are also being separated by different continents. 
But, here we are enjoying such a wonderful, almost fairy tale-like wedding day of Goddaughter Elvira.
My husband Pieter next to the beautiful bride and I'm next to the handsome groom on the River Meuse.
On the left of bride Elvira is her Mom Ellie (my dear friend) and Pieter peaking in-between Ellie and me... Chef Rene Brienen is on the far left and his wife is squatted down in the white jacket. They are the team that run Brienen aan de Maas with Elvira as their Maître d'. But today, she had a day off!
Here we board the boat with champagne in our hand. From the left: Father of the bride, me, Pieter etc.
View of Top Restaurant Brienen aan de Maas. Later we will be served our 'amuses' on the patio before going inside for the 8-course dinner.
On the River Meuse with the Dutch flag and champagne... with 28°C or 82.4°F on September 2.
Here I admire Elvira's wedding band on her elegant hand...
Pure Romance 
Wedding Cake...
Two hours on the boat, amuses on the patio and now into this elegant Top Restaurant Brienen aan de Maas for the 8-course wedding dinner...
Table Setting...
All happy faces, even on the menu-cards.
Believe me, this 8-course wedding dinner at Top Restaurant Brienen aan de Maas was so delicious... 

But it would be too much to show it all here in this post!
Happy days DO end too... Here we are on our way home, being safely chauffeured.
Tomorrow part III of the wedding celebration on September 3, with all the friends and family at another location... See you than!

Photos courtesy of Ton Smolders Photography

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  1. Dearest Mariette,
    oh how nice are those pictures from the Wedding. This restaurant looks like a really lovely place in the Netherlands!
    I like the plcecards with the smilie-faces :O))))

    Have a good night and a lovely day tomorrow :O)
    Sending love and hugs,

  2. Liebe Mariette,
    danke für die neuen Bilder dieser großartigen Hochzeit. Ich kann mir vorstellen, dass das Essen und die anschließende Schiffahrt euch in Erinnerung bleiben. Sieht alles toll aus.
    Schöne Grüße, Johanna

  3. Lhiebe Mariette,

    ja, das sieht wirklich zauberhaft aus.

    In Liebe


  4. What a beautiful setting to celebrate the wedding of such a charming couple: you must feel very proud of your God-daughter but you also look amazing yourself: so elegant.


  5. che eleganza!!!!!! un matrimonio da sogno!!!!!!! complimenti Lory

  6. Liebe Mariette,
    wunderschöne Bilder sind das! Da kommt Ihr ja viel in der Welt herum!
    Danke herzlich auch noch für die lieben Wünsche! Inzwischen geht es schon wieder. Vermutlich waren die falschen Gläser schuld. Das sollte zwar nicht, kommt aber auch mal vor.

    Liebe Grüße

  7. A really beautiful wedding... and truely Elvira is a beautiful young lady.

  8. Liebe Mariette,

    ich genieße gerade jedes einzelne Bild.

    Eine absolute Traumhochzeit in einem wunderschöne Ambiente.

    Die Trauringe sind ebenfalls mein Geschmack, wirklich ehr elegant und edel.

    Herzliche Grüße,

  9. There is certainly something magical when I see photos of weddings from Europe. Somehow the simplicity of them makes them more grand then the elaborate displays in North America. Perhaps in Europe the celebration is of the love the couple has for each other and the love family and friends have for the couple vs the "show" in NA.

    Elvira's and Bob's wedding photos (memories) are truly some of the best I have seen in a long time. Loved the photo on the boat of you looking at her band ... her in sunglasses, priceless!!! also the photo of everyone ~ will be a treasured one I certain!! Blessings, xo HHL

  10. Dearest Mariette~
    Wow what beautiful pic's you have, along with the beautiful memories to store for a life time......
    Sure looks like you had a great time my friend ;)


  11. Beautiful pictures and Wedding!


  12. Hello dear Mariette,
    What a lovely post. This wedding must have been a sheer delight. I enjoyed all of your pictures so much. You look just beautiful in the photos. Your Goddaughter and her husband make such a sweet couple. I wish them much happiness!

  13. Dear Mariette,
    These photos were just lovely! It seemed to have been a very nice wedding :) Have a wonderful week! Hugs from Ireland xx


  15. Lovely images of a stylish affair indeed, thank you for sharing! The photo of Elvira sitting on the stone wall with the mountains and sea in the back ground, looks amazingly exactly like Chapmans Peak - a scenery drive towards Cape Town..!
    Thank you for visiting my blog
    Kind regards Col x

  16. I enjoyed very much these beautiful pictures! thank you for sharing Mariette. Bride and groom are wonderful and you and your husband are very very nice too! compliments.

  17. Hoi Nichtje van me,

    Wat was het een mooie bruid! Mooi boeket lag er op die wagen! Sjiek!

    Lekker genieten is dat,zo'n feest!

    Het is hier nu 12.00 geweest, ik ben moe. Ga even lekker badderen.

    Lieve groetjes, Thea ♥

  18. Dear Mariette,
    What a beautiful wedding right down to every detail.
    The happy couple are gorgeous. You and your beloved look wonderful too. I love your outfit.
    The large picture of everyone together is priceless. What a treasure and happy memories for all times.
    Looks like the weather was warm and cooperated too.
    Beautiful wedding.

    Thank you for stopping by and your kind words. Yes that hutch does not look like the same piece. It has a new life now probably for another 30 years.
    Love to you dear one.
    Celestina Marie

  19. Oh Mariette

    it all looks wonderful.

    Love your outfit too, very elegant jacket and the gorgeous slide in your hair!

    What a fun day you all had.


  20. Those pictures are so beautiful!my favorite is the one with the wedding rings,It started to dream of my own wedding now,I guess it is never too early to start planning:)
    lots of love


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