After three and a half years, Natthakarn Sinprasom and Ingo Raeuber, Group General Manager of Pinnacle Hotels, Resorts & Spas, finally made it to the altar. The wedding that had been originally planned for 11/11/11 but postponed when Ingo had to make a business trip overseas, finally made it for the lovers on the even more auspicious numerology of 12/12/12.
A Buddhist ceremony was held at dawn on that auspicious day followed by a Christian ceremony the same evening where Ingo and Ao exchanged marriage vows, promising to ‘have and to hold, till death do us part’.
The beach of the Pinnacle Resort provides a picturesque romantic backdrop as Father Fred Doell conducts the wedding ceremony.
The reception was held on the beachside grassy lawns of Pinnacle Grand Jomtien Resort’s grounds, with the whole area being taken up by the numerous tables for the several hundred guests.
The happy couple sat between Ingo’s mother Erika and Ao’s parents, and there was no getting away from it – they were beaming. Ingo being quite forthright in saying, “She is the only girl for me.”
However, there was quite some stress before the evening’s entertainment. The unseasonal rain which we have been having recently, rewarded the Pinnacle’s set-up staff with a deluge in the afternoon. Ingo, in his speech, referred to this as he woke from an afternoon’s nap to see the rain. The enormity of this problem was just too much and induced nervous vomiting. How and where could they set up an indoors venue? Even the largest ballroom could not house all the guests! Fortunately, the Rain God smiled upon them and the outdoors area could be used. Damp underfoot for ladies in stilettos, but everyone got by.
The newlyweds are joined by their respective families for a group photograph.
Dual MC’s Peter and Tony Malhotra requested many of Ingo and Ao’s friends to come on stage to speak to the guests and wish the happy couple well. Ingo’s boss, Dr Vongbhum Wanasin, gave a humorous address with six pointers for Ingo to follow to ensure a happy married life. Ingo replied that he thought he could manage at least two of them. Older married men nodded at this sage advice.
Ingo and Ao said they would be trying to produce offspring, but Ingo said that having had so many Erdinger beers, the first round would not be that evening!
The party atmosphere continued well into the night with enthusiastic dancers enjoying the dance floor. For many guests, this was the Wedding of the Year!
Congratulations Ingo and Ao, may you have long and happy lives together.
Ingo and Natthakarn exchange wedding rings symbolizing unconditional love and mutual respect for each other.
Dr. Vongbhum Vanasin performs the sacred ritual of bonding the bride and groom with blessings for a happy life together.
Ingo and Ao receive love and admiration from Wolgang Schmidt, Ingeborg and Juergen Schlag and Tina Schmidt.
Tony and Peter Malhotra interview Ingo and Ao, who spoke of how they met, fell in love and finally tied the knot.
And they live happily ever after.