10th Anniversary Celebrations

We had a great weekend planned to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. After work on Thursday, July 25th, Dan and I met at the newly opened Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort. We toured the hotel and watched the falcon show. Then we popped the bottle of Cristal champagne we had bought for the special occasion and exchanged our gifts – this years theme being tin and aluminum. I got Dan a stir-tin with double teardrop stirrer and aluminum grade dash darts for his bitters bottles and Dan got me a lovely pewter wine bottle chiller from Italy. The next morning, we had breakfast, hit the pool, and then went for a hamman treatment in the spa. We wanted to stay longer, but we had an anniversary dinner party planned that evening so we had to hit the road back to Abu Dhabi.

Falcon show time

Dan and the resident falcon

Cristal champagne to celebrate

Morning pool time

We decided we wanted to share our 10th anniversary and wedding memories with a few of our friends in Abu Dhabi. So we got out the wedding video, photos, and recreated our wedding menu including the cocktail list, wine, and dinner menu. I got real creative and even made the name plates and destination seat names from our travel and wine themed wedding. The 9 guests arrived and we served them their choice of lime margarita or cosmopolitan with a bruschetta appetizer and did a silent slide show of wedding photos in the background. We watched a short 10 minute slide show video and then sat down for dinner of Greek salad and chicken Catarina with asparagus, dilled carrots and baby potatoes. We then forced our guests to watch the wedding video with some ad-lib commentary. Dessert was Tiramisu which Dan had made from scratch including the ladyfingers. It was a great night and our friends were really impressed by the re-creation. Happy 10th!

Waiting for the guests to arrive

Sitting down to eat

Elevator selfie

Happy 10th!

About rrettenmier

In September 2010, Dan and I received working visas for the United Kingdom. We sold our condo, quit our jobs and packed our bags to move to London. This blog is designed to update our friends and family back home about where we are and what we are up to, as well as to share our adventure with others.
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5 Responses to 10th Anniversary Celebrations

  1. Bieny says:

    Happy Belated Anniversary

  2. Uncle Dale says:

    That was some celebration, really creative. You realize of course that you’ll have to do that every ten years. I can’t wait for number twenty. Congratulations.

  3. B P says:

    bec, happy birthday from phoenix gang…susan is here..margaret says hello from calgary….love bear

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