When Dirk Drijbooms and Hilde Van Lindt decided to get married, it was after ‘20 years of true friendship’ - a remarkable anniversary in itself!
They then thought of a way to share their happiness, not only with members of their families, but with as many of their friends and acquaintances as possible. This was far from easy to plan as Dirk and Hilde come from Belgium, work in New York and are in the process of building a home on Paros which they love with a passion! They arrived at a truly remarkable solution.
On 1st May, they were married - in the rain - at ‘The Carousel’ Central Park, New York with Mr. Luk Darras, Consul-General of Belgium in New York acting as Master of Ceremonies. This was followed by a reception at the Consul General’s Residence on Fifth Avenue.
The 22nd May found them here on Paros, in the sun, where, in the late afternoon, a traditional liturgy and blessing was celebrated by Papa Giorgis at the 15th Century Ag.Yannis Kaparos Monastery - high above the village of Lefkes - a truly romantic setting. Guests travelled from all over Europe and from New York to be there and their good friend Yannis Kaparos himself was in attendance. A speech was then made by the Groom and the Bride read a poem by Robbie Burns which, as she said, summed up her feelings - “My Love is Like a Red Red Rose. . ”.
Afterwards, as the Groom said, perhaps for the first time in the Monastery’s long history, caterers served food and wine under the plane trees. Later a party was held in a local taverna for all their friends in Lefkes.
On the 23rd May guests were invited to a reception and to ‘Dance with the Gods’ from sunset to sunrise, at the spectacular location of Hotel ‘Lefkes Village’. Yannis Kaparos read some of his poetry and Ms Uschi Buchmeiser and Mr. Ileas Hondroulas acted as Masters of Ceremony.
Really, we should admire their stamina - they have not finished yet! On 20th June there will be a reception and ‘Mid-life Dance Party’ at Horst Castle in Belgium.
Hilde and Dirk would seem to be the epitome of what Aristotle said in 328BC: “It is conducive to temperance not to marry too soon”!
We would like to take this opportunity to wish them ‘na zisete’ (long life).