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Monday, August 18, 2008

Our church wedding

Dear friends, finally some pictures for you to catch a glimpse of our wedding. All photos in this post are copyrighted by Ruth Fletcher.

I can hardly believe it's been almost two months since we had our church wedding! So here is the promised post, better late than never :).

Though the week before our wedding the weather had been constantly changing, out wedding day started cloudy but dry. Later it turned into beautiful wedding weather - sunny, not too warm, some clouds. In the morning my DH and I made sure to remember to take our rings off which we had been wearing since our civil wedding. During those first hours in the morning I felt slightly nervous. But as soon as I left for the hair dresser, I started to just enjoy myself. After two hours getting my hair done I finally made it to the apartment of my maid of honor where I was to get dressed.

She prepared a wonderful light lunch with cheeses, fruit, little cakes, tea, juice - everything a bride could want and also be able to eat just hours before the wedding :). My wonderful friends who especially came over from the US, Jess and Karen, met us there and then we started "to work". They did my finger nails and my make up and I am so thankful for their competent help!
Then our friend Ruth who was also our official photographer - the pictures turned out so beautiful! - arrived and I got dressed. We had so much fun putting everything together and I seriously enjoyed being the "top model" and get scores of pictures taken in my friend Ulrike's place with all her special furniture.

My brother-in-law then picked us up with out wedding car, an oldtimer Citroen DS. It was so exiting to arrive at church and meet up with my Dad and our Pastor. I can hardly remember walking up the aisle on my Dad's arm. It passed so fast! I started smiling - or better beaming - that minute and never stopped until we fell asleep at night...

Our service was awesome. We so wanted it to bring glory to God and to show that He is the foundation of our lives and our marriage. (Many of our guests do not know Christ). My friends from my German church where I found Christ performed a song for us. Our readings were done in German, French, English and Kisuaheli. We are an international church, so our services are in English, but we both are German and my DH has family in France and we have many dear friends in our church who are from Africa. The Gospel Ambassadors - as they call themselves - lead the worship and also in the end led us out of the church. It was so special having them in our wedding. Our sermon was on the main reading from Ephesians 5:21 ff. Then we had the vows and the exchange of the rings. I am not able to describe those moments properly... Afterwards our friend John performed Johnny Cash's version of "Rose of my heart". Then we had prayers for us. This was a very special moment. Our Pastor asked everyone who wanted to to come to the front, gather around us and join in prayer. And suddenly almost everyone came to the front!
We also celebrated communion and then the Gospel Ambassadors really set us in the mood for celebrating and led us outside where we had a first reception.

In the evening we celebrated in a really cosy restaurant with plenty of food, good music and lots of fun! We also had a beautiful three layer cake done by our friend Julia!