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Schwabian Matrimony at Stone Pine

My cousin Steve was married this weekend. Some of my family, from my Mom's Nebraska/Colorado side, and some people from Germany, his wife Iris's side. There were a few relatives able to interpret, and lots of smiles and gestures in between.

The wedding took place at Stone Pine, an estate in Monterey California. A cluster of luxury-ish houses for rent on grounds surrounding a thoroughbred breeding business. Lots of nice walks, and the authentic smell of horses to accompany the scenic vistas of hills and riders. There were activities galore - croquet, tennis, swimming, riding. I opted for editing video and shooting arrows.

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Steve and Iris stride down the aisle, freshly bound in Methodist matrimony. Iris chose a wonderful color-scheme for the event - peach and white. Even the appetizers matched!
Evan and Melanie face the hills surrounding Stone Pine. The back of Melanie's dress was lovely.

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Mom smiles above her Schwabian soup. Iris imported a recipe for traditional wedding soup from her home province in Germany: Schwabia. It was tasty - something like matzo and reconstituted meat in a beef boullion-type broth. Many toasts touched on the thrifty nature of the Schwabian peoples. Extreme thrift! For example, in apartment buildings, residents are charged with keeping common areas clean on a rotating basis. People who move there from other parts of Germany wonder, what is this? I have to clean the lobby?

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I used to like archery. It's been a while. I managed to hit the target.
Here I'm laughing a joke told by Ace, one of the enormous horses that pulled the wedding carriage.

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Hertz had a cancellation on a Jaguar Convertible and after my eager insistence they let us upgrade to it for a serious discount. Here Mom can be seen enjoying the Northern California convertible weather.

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Standing, smiling with Mom.

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