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Friday, August 19, 2011

Weddings - German Style

My little brother got married!! Congrats to him and his wife Kathrin.
Here are the pictures of their beautiful wedding:

My middle brother and his Mandy in the cellar of the local castle where Alexander and Kathrin got married by a judge. In Germany you get married twice: Once by a judge and then usually the next day in church.

Married! Germans get a "Stammbuch" which is a book where they record their ancestry and also children, baptisms, deaths, etc. Alexander is holding it in his hand. It is similar to what we find in the beginning pages of some bibles.

Lunch after getting married by the judge. Alexander, Kathrin, my mom and Mandy. I now have another sister!!

Next day is the church wedding. My mom is the pretty lady in the pink. My aunt Helga to her left and then my little brother Alexander to my mom's right. The flower girl is Alexander's god-child.

Can't wait to see the video of this. Apparently they had a gospel choir which is not typical in Germany. One lady sang "Amazing Grace" and had everyone touched to tears.

Look at this beautiful bride! She looks gorgeous. Love her sunflower bouquet. Her hair looks awesome and the smile, well, it speaks volumes. That dress is gorgeous, Kathrin!

My brother is a volunteer fire-fighter and also a member of the local soccer club. So they all stood "spalier" as the Germans call it. Alexander and Kathrin have to walk through them while they stand guard in their uniforms.

The Mrs. and the Mr. existing the church.

Germans like to do little games along the way. Here Alexander and Kathrin had to cut out the hearts of this bed sheet with little kids' craft scissors. Then they had to shoot a soccer ball though the hearts. Kathrin got three bottom goals and Alexander got two bottom and one top one. Naturally Alexander declared himself the winner. :-) Whatever happened to handycaps for girls???

The oldtimer that drove them to the reception hall. In Germany, the wedding guests follow that car and honk their horns the whole way to the reception hall. That announces to all people that a freshly married couple is going through. The people will stop and wave at them.

One happily married bride.

The reception hall. To go with the sunflowers, Kathrin had picked orange for table linens.

The cake. Usually Germans don't have tiered cakes like we do. The two of them did. I was told it was amazingly good. Of course no one sent me any... :-(

Flower girls and the lovely couple. Germans don't have bridesmaids or groomsmen. They do have two witnesses though. Kathrin's was her sister Julia and Alexander's was our brother Martin.
From the left, that is my mom in pink, Mandy in the white/blue/green and my oldest half-brother Frank next to her. Kathrin's mom is next to my brother.

Taking pictures at one of the beautiful castles. Just how awesome is it to have a castle in your wedding pictures?

Partygames! This one is called "Journey to Jerusalem". It's musical chairs basically. Except in this version, each one of the players needs to do something for the couple. First person out does window washing at their house in January for example. Next person out does car wash for example in February. The winner gets treated to dinner with Alexander and Kathrin. Isn't that neat?

Alexander is left-handed and Kathrin right-handed. So they got a bed sheet draped over them and they had to do certain tasks like changing a baby-doll's diaper, hammering in a nail, etc.

Their friends also made a wedding newspaper and all the proceeds went to Alexander and Kathrin. They also had one person take pictures of all guests, print them out on the spot and tape them in an album. Then the guests could sign a wish/greeting/prayer for them on the opposite page. Great idea.

All in all, they had a fantastic wedding and we are very happy for them. We wish them many happy years, a godly marriage and LOTS of kids. :-)


  1. Super Bilder, Die kenne ich noch garnicht
    Ich sehe gut aus Gell HIHI

  2. This is AWESOME! Love all the information and the games are such a fun tradition! When I was growing up, we’d do a “Horn Honk” after the wedding reception, following the couple through the town and making a big spectacle - it was great fun. It must have killed you not to be there. But the pictures make up for it, yes?
    We have a German exchange student living with us for the school year. His name is Marius Jager and he’s from Lohfelden/Kassel. Where are you from in Germany? We’ll have to introduce you if we see you at church!

  3. Yes, it was hard not to be there. :-(
    We'd love to chat with Marius. You know what's funny? I'm from a town called Nohfelden. So when you first wrote Lohfelden, I thought it may be a typo and he was from my home town... That would have been odd... :-)