The couple said hello to all of the friends and neighbors who were waiting for them outside of the courthouse, and then went inside.
They sat with their party at a long boardroom table, in front of the city officiant and her snazzily-dressed assistant. The mood was somber, and although I didn’t understand anything, I loved the warmth of the woman performing the marriage– it was clearly much more than just a routine business transaction!
We felt so honored to be part of such a special event, and it was so sweet to see them making the commitment and the clear joy on their faces when they were sealed. Also, it was just fun to get dressed up, for once!!(Sorry, no pictures of Amelia all dressed up, since it turns out that a wedding is kind of a difficult thing for a little girl who is used to getting everyone’s attention all of the time! I guess she had to learn sometime that it’s not always her moment…)
After the ceremony, we had lunch and went to the beach. The weather was beautiful. Then, it was soon time to get dressed up again, and drive to Sint Laurentius, where the reception and party were being held. (I’ll report on that tomorrow!)