Great photos, Silliman. I wish I could have been there. Are you back in Germany now?
It is the imperfections that make this photo. Beth, standing much too close, catches most of the light from the flash and it overexposes and washes her out almost completely -- she is a silhouette of light against the backdrop of the ordinary world. You, on the other hand, hang behind in the shadow, underexposed but contented and more than contented. This is a great photograph.
That is great... the kind of one-in-a-thousand picture you take off-handedly or by accident that turns out better than what one (or at least *I*) can do purposely.