Hello! It's already December and... wait for it... it's almost Christmas too! Only 22 ephemeral days left! Unbelievable, isn't it? But it has also been practically three months of marriage for me and the husband and I believe it's a pretty good timing for We got married - part 2. By the way, I decided to share the outcome of our special married couple photoshoot with you separately in part 3. So today's post is all about the ceremony (or simply registration), our quick group photoshoot and the fancy lunch at the restaurant. Part 1 resides here and below I'm just going to continue where I left off more than a month ago...
So I quickly threw my baby pink dress on and E was ready for some life-changing action as well. But our otherwise always highly punctual chauffeur (my father-in-law with his sharp CR-V) was now having a slight wedding fever and suddenly he couldn't find his suit. Stuff happens even to the best of us, I guess. And that was the simple reason why we arrived at the Vital Statistics Office pretty much at the eleventh hour. Which was actually a good thing because the less we had to wait. And you should know waiting for something important is not my forte at all, it seriously messes with my brain. Anyway, meanwhile showed up all our guests and us two were properly prepared for the ceremony. Preparing meant the following things: how, when and where to walk, where to stand, when to move, how to hold my bouquet, how to wear the rings and so on.
And at 12:30 began Mendelssohn's legendary "Wedding March". Or was it Wagner's "Bridal Chorus"? After listening to both pieces again and again I was confused for good. But the husband knew for sure it was Mendelssohn's piece. So, we started walking towards the cool lady who wedded us. It was a surreal and movie-like feeling. There were some mandatory tears from our loved ones and even I stood there with brimming eyes for once but then pulled myself together and enjoyed the cool lady's speech about love. And I'm not exaggerating when I say it was touching. We exchanged the rings, declared everything with our signatures and the groom could kiss the bride, obviously. And then came all the congratulations, flowers and of course important envelopes filled with our future honeymoon trip fund.
Then everyone moved to the botanical garden where vivacious Pillery (link) took our group photos. Arranging and guiding 16 people was of course comical and tough at times but all in all P did a great job managing the bustling crowd. And every possible combination (more than 10 for sure!) with our loved ones was beautifully captured for our wedding album.
And then it was finally time to proceed to the restaurant called Ülikooli Kohvik (link) where we had booked a separate chamber called the Rector's Hall. Our three-course lunch started with the classical bubbly and then came the three absolutely delicious courses. In the first place the beautiful appetizer - smoked salmon salad with poached quail egg and feta, secondly the main course - crunchy chicken fillet with parma ham and mushrooms, served with potato-broccoli gratin, stuffed tomato and blue cheese-lemon sauce. And thirdly a huge creamy three chocolate cake for the dessert. It was our main wedding cake by the way, humble but beautiful. All in all it was a lunch I would gladly repeat even today (and note that I'm disturbingly selective when it comes to food - for example the only sea creature or seafood I eat is salmon).
So I'm going to cut off the wedding stories now and leave the rest for part 3. I hope you enjoyed my part 2 and if you happen to have any questions about it leave them in the comments below. By the way, when it comes to Christmas a tiny miracle happened this year and I was able to handle all the presents already in November!!! Only wrapping left! Oh and we will also have a 5-day long mini break during Christmas, and a Christmassy concert on the evening of December 22 to create the proper spirit. Let me know what are your plans for the holidays and of course see you in the next post!