(June 24, 2004)
Photo and story by Susan D. Russell
Victor Kraatz married his long-time girlfriend, the beautiful Maikki Uotila, in The German Church in Helsinki, Finland June 19, 2004. In recognition of the international guests in attendance, the wedding service was conducted in English, German and Finnish. Mario Meinel was the best man.
The reception was held at Klippan Palace, situated on an island in the Gulf of Finland, where guests dined on traditional Finnish fare. In a country where the sun does not set until around midnight, it was the perfect venue. The highlight of the evening was the traditional "first dance". No "waltzing" for this happy couple. Instead, Victor and Maikki choreographed a dance routine that resembled a "Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers" performance. It was absolutely wonderful.
Victor and Maikki will move to Vancouver after a honeymoon on the French Riviera.