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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The Wedding

We've been married for six days now! The wedding was beautiful and so much fun. Although we were a little worried the day before. It didn't rain - it poured! For hours water came down, thunderstorms raged and a town close by Paderborn was flooded... But on Friday morning after a little drizzle from the sky, it stayed dry for most of the day.

In the morning we prepared the car which would take us to the town hall. My DH's (yeah - can use that abbreviation for the first time :)) brother drives an old-timer, an old French Citroen DS. Then it was already time to get dressed ourselves and off we went. We forgot my flowers, but fortunately a cousin living next door brought them to the town hall. Everybody started arrving. Quite a lot of friends decided to take the two-hours drive to Paderborn to celebrate with us. My Matron of honor just made it on time!

Then the ceremony began. Of course a civil wedding ceremony speeds by. It took only about 15 minutes, I guess. But the lady conducting our wedding did a rather nice speech and was all friendly. The room was really pretty, the building is quite old. I couldn't stop smiling for a minute. After publicly confirming that each of us wanted to marry the other one, it was time to exchange the rings and of course for a kiss!

Here my DH places the ring on my finger. Then I signed the official documents for the first time with my new name. I still have to get used to it!

Here are our rings:

Afterwards we celebrated right outside and took loads of pictures. And we had to wait for the next couple - our friends got married half an hour later (by coincidence!).

This is a picture of both our close families together.

This is my Matron of honor, pregnant with her third daughter. I wish you could all get to know her!

And here we are with our car!

The bride and groom!

Then we left and continued to celebrate in the garden of DH's parents. The lady in front is my sister! She came all the way from Munich by train... We always have lots of fun together :).

Our wedding cake! And our great friend who made it herself. She'll bake the wedding cake for the church wedding too. It looked great and tasted delicious (chocolate & orange cake).

The cutting of the cake

It was a wonderful day. I am so thankful. God has blessed us so much!

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

In less than 48 hours...

This morning we picked up our rings. We decided to have them engraved next year for the church wedding. We also bought a shirt for him and a pair of high heels for me. This afternoon I got my nails done (really enjoy that, but normally am not willing to pay that much just for nails) and my dress is ironed too.
I am really exited! Tomorrow morning we're off to Paderborn to help with the last set-ups etc. We're just hoping for sunshine on Friday.

Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body. "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

Ephesians 5:22-33 (NIV)

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Just five days away

Did you see the addition to my blog header? This week will bring the most exiting change in my life so far... On Friday I will marry the love of my life. I will become a wife.
This will be our civil wedding. Here in Germany you are required to do a civil wedding first before you can do a church wedding. We decided to have our church wedding next year, mainly because of my legal bar exam.

I am very exited. Not nervous or afraid though, but exited and maybe a little apprehensive too. It is a big change to go from girlfriend and fiancée to ... wife. I have been dreaming of marriage for so long, it seems almost unreal that it is really about to happen THIS week. I am so looking forward to the future with my beloved and all that God has in store for us.

I wanted to post more in depth about becoming a wife and glorifying God, but unfortunately I am so tired that a meaningful post will have to wait until next time...

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