We woke up this morning and it WAS raining. I was still praying that it would clear up and be nice for Toni and Elisabeth getting their pictures taken. Elisabeth was already getting her make-up done when we came up to the living room and later someone was coming to get her hair done. Toni was having breakfast. I asked him whether he was getting the jitters, yet, and he said he was ok, but maybe he was getting just a little bit nervous. So far he hasn’t had the time to really think about it.
Rilyn and I got some breakfast as well and soon my mom and sister came a little bit before 11am, as well as Michi and the couple’s driver. Michi brought Rilyn her birthday present, since she wasn’t able to come yesterday.
Toni and Elisabeth left with the driver and photographer to get their pictures taken and unfortunately it just started raining a little more again. They were hoping to get some outside shots done, but the weather wasn’t too agreeable. Hopefully they’ll still turn out really pretty.
Rilyn and I got ready when they came back and it was getting time to go to the courthouse. The ceremony started around 1:30.
When we got there, there were a lot of people gathered already. We finally met up with my other brother Erhard, too, and they were really fond of Rilyn from the beginning. She seemed to take to them quite rapidly, as well, and didn’t mind sitting with them throughout the ceremony, while I recorded it and took lots of pictures. Everyone piled into the room and the couple and the bridesmaid and groomsman sat together. I recorded the part when they took their vows – just to make sure we had proof my brother wouldn’t later change his mind 🙂
After the ceremony everyone was offered a glass of champagne or orange juice to seal the vows. Afterward they walked back downstairs and just before that everyone had lined up along the wall and held up either a rose or sunflower to make a little archway for them to walk under and people were blowing bubbles as they were walking down the hallway. They were really surprised and loved the idea. Another round of champagne was passed out and people got to hang out with them for a little while.
My sister, mom, Rilyn and I, and my other brother and his family left at that time and went to the restaurant where the celebration would take place to prepare the next couple of activities. Soon after that everyone else got there.
The couple was given a pair of scissors each and they had to cut out their side of a huge heart painted on a bed sheet. The other carried the one who was done faster over the threshold. Lucky for Elisabeth that she picked the bigger pair of scissors hidden behind my nieces back. She had some kitchen scissors, while my brother had a tiny pair of nail scissors. Needless to say she won 🙂
Unfortunately it rained most of the time off and on and it was pretty cold, but at least people stayed together inside and mingled and talked. A few games were played and then we had some cake and coffee. My mom had baked and brought 3 cakes of her own, all of which are amazing. All the cakes were so good we just about ran out. But no fear, around 7pm a barbecue buffet was offered for the whole wedding party of about 70 people. It is the custom in Germany to have at least two meals during a wedding celebration. Again, it was delicious.
After dinner a DJ came and the couple danced a wedding waltz to “Que sera, sera”. After that the dance floor was opened to everyone. Well, dance floor is to be taken very lightly, there was not too much of a floor left, since space had already been pretty personal, and once people started flocking toward the middle of the room what was supposed to be the dance floor, you had better not be claustrophobic. It was a very fun atmosphere and people mingled and got to know each other – on purpose or no later than when they jabbed their elbow into your side on the dance floor 🙂
Rilyn was all about her “cousins” Nicki and Annabelle and loved having them drag her around wherever she bid them go. She loved dancing and she danced with both the bride and the groom.
During the night we lit sparklers and turned off the lights and the couple danced in the glow. Rilyn was getting really tired as the night went on, but since the party was in full swing, she thought she must participate to the very end. A song came on that she knew and she wanted to go dance again, so we did. After a couple of songs she was tired of it so we went back to the table and she snuggled with me until she fell asleep.
Before most people left, they released 3 huge clusters of lighted helium balloons into the night. It was so neat watching their glow rise into the sky and disappear in the distance. We left right after that – it was already 1:30 am.
It was so neat watching my brother throughout the evening and to see how much fun he had. We have always been really close and so it meant a lot to me to see him so happy and having fun. It meant a lot to me, too, to see how some people went out of their way to do something nice for them and I was very happy for both of them – in spite of the rain it was a beautiful wedding.