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The Standesamtliche Hochzeit aka Wedding Nr 1

In Germany many couples will have two weddings – the first is a civil ceremony generally for family. Later on they will have a separate church ceremony. While the events are often held on the same day, they do not need to be.

Our civil ceremony was organised in a most unorthodox fashion, with the final details being sorted out in less than 3 days. You can read all about that fun here.

Once we walked into the Chapel and sat down in the big comfy chairs, all went perfectly. Sure I cried, but them I was always going to. After the ceremony, which was in both German and English, we had some champagne and pretzels in the room off the chapel. The Mayor popped in to congratulate us and we were ribbed by our friends for making it too easy by offering a whole 2 days notice πŸ™‚

A few photos in the palace gardens and coffee in the magnificent Orangerie before we headed to the Hotel zum Ritter for a delicious dinner. I’m so glad we were able to have my parents, Christian’s brother and also some friends there at such stupidly short notice. Katja was amazingly well behaved considering the excitement around her. Even the terrible weather that Europe had been having held out to give us, if not clear blue skies, at least warmth and no rain. It turned out to be a truely perfect day.

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9 thoughts on “The Standesamtliche Hochzeit aka Wedding Nr 1”

  1. My Dear Sweet Friend,
    I hope you know I wish you both a life of good health, happiness and joy. I’ve read through these posts with smiles and happy tears for you. I absolutely adore picture #32 of you and Christian. Your hair is slightly blowing back and the look on your face is the type of “rightness with the world” I hope you always feel with your husband and daughter. Much love from the other side of the pond.

  2. You both look so very happy – it shines through all those pictures! You were a most elegant bride – love the colours.
    And that gorgeous shawl…..may I ask for the name of the pattern?

  3. David and I were thrilled that the German Bureaucracy saw fit to allow us to attend the marriage of our beautiful daughter Kersti to Christian. It was a wonderful day – dry!!! warm and full of laughter. So very pleased to see them so happy. What an exciting few weeks it has been πŸ™‚

  4. Congratulations on your new baby and your new marriage! I wish you all the best, and much happiness for years to come πŸ™‚
    Rebecca aka tatmom

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