During Carnaval, as is tradition, on the Markt in the centre of Lampegat (Eindhoven), the boerenbruidspaar (farmers bride and groom) were ‘married’.
Engbert den Biest van Wierth and Elena van Putten tot Witven exchanged faux vows in the tent on the market square. This was done under the watchful eye of the Boeremoeske vocal group who wrote and played a special song for the bride and groom.
The members of the choir were draped in black-and-white costumes, as is customary at boerenbruiloften (farmers’ weddings). Engbert and Elena made short work of that tradition. In flashy red outfits, they stepped on stage to give a resounding ‘yes’ to the question of whether they take each other as ‘unlawful spouses’.
“What are they wearing anyway?”
“I thought, oh, what they are wearing?”, a spectator laughs. “But now I am used to it and I think it’s a fun wedding couple”. Two other women add: “We do love tradition, but they made a cheerful effort”.
Eindhoven City Prince, Rogério, also was present at the wedding.
Translated by: Bob
Edited by: Melinda