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This week Edd and I are celebrating our 5-year wedding anniversary!
I have written a whole post about what I learned during these five years of marriage. It will go live tomorrow morning, as tomorrow is our official anniversary. However, for today I thought I’d share some pictures of our weddings! (We had two, one in Germany and one in the UK.) I still haven’t managed to create a photo album with wedding pictures (despite it being one of my new year’s resolutions in 2018!) However, I thought this anniversary is a nice excuse to share with the world (or at least with you lovely people who read my blog) how lovely I looked in my wedding dress!
The Civil Ceremony
The day before our ‘proper’ wedding we had a civil ceremony. Other than in the UK, in Germany you can’t do the legal side of your wedding in a church but always have to go to a registry office. I actually really enjoyed the ceremony and this slow ramp up of guests arriving and celebrating the first step in starting our shared life.
After the registry office we had a big brunch at my parents’ house with some people who had already arrived from the UK or other parts of Germany.
The wedding day
We held our wedding ceremony in the local church of the village I grew up in. After the service, Edd and I had some pictures taken and then everyone was invited for coffee and cake next door to the church. It was super nice to spend the afternoon with all my friends, some of their parents, old friends and neighbours.
For the evening celebrations we had booked a small restaurant, called “Kesselhaus”. It’s a really cool location. The food was wonderful! We played a lot of games, people shared some funny contributions and a live band provided great music. It was such a perfect day. I remember feeling so incredibly happy and loved and grateful. Not just for Edd but also for all my friends and family who were there to celebrate with us.
Two days after our wedding we borrowed my dad’s car and drove to a small village in a wine region not too far from where I grew up. We had booked a small holiday flat and just spend lots of time going for walks, drinking coffee and chilling. I am so glad we went somewhere low-key and nearby. I was quite tired after the buzz of the wedding and so happy that we didn’t have to travel much.
Our UK wedding
Two weeks after our wedding in Germany we did it all again! Most of Edd’s family members and many of our UK friends hadn’t been able to travel over to Germany so we decided to not just throw a party but also have a service to celebrate our marriage.
Planning two weddings was probably one too many! I ended up with a long list of to-dos the night before. Which meant I did not get a lot of sleep and was incredibly tired. It was very special and fun day nonetheless! I was glad that the pressure was off, as I already had my perfect day. We were able to have our reception in a venue that was owned by the church I had worked for before getting married. Our friends brought food and sorted out all the decorations. It was a real community event and great fun.
Looking at all these pictures certainly makes me nostalgic for times where it was normal and safe to be in the same room as a hundred other people! And it also makes so grateful for all the wonderful people we have in our lives. Family and friends are such a gift. So is marriage. Even though it is also hard. But more on that tomorrow.