My good friend and coworker, Jessica, got married to her guy Lübbe this past weekend! We had a lovely time and Jessica was simply glowing! (She was definitely the prettiest bride there and Lübbe looked pretty handsome, too, didn’t he?
But first, let me start at the beginning.
It all started on Thursday night with a typical German-style bachelorette party which involved a slightly embarrassing outfit and the selling of shots, condoms and various other treats in the city’s party district. We started at the Dom (which is a seasonal carnival with food, rides and games) and ended the evening on the Reeperbahn.
We had a really fantastic time. This is the first time I got to participate in this kind of bachelorette party. I was afraid of having this at my wedding and while I’m glad my friends planned a quiet evening out, it really wasn’t as bad as I had thought. The girls made it fun. We walked around on a busy street and asked various people if they would buy things from the basket. We took donations of whatever amount the person wanted to give, and each person who bought something got to sign Jessica’s shirt. It was quite hilarious! A lot of people insisted that we take a shot with them, so…that happened. Ha.
Jessica’s friend Jenn came in from London just in time for the bachelorette party.
The Wedding Weekend
On Friday, I baked a batch of cupcakes and gathered up various supplies to bring with me to the wedding, and then headed out to Lüneburg, where Jessica and Lübbe live. Jessica, Jenn and I went out and did last-minute shopping and had a nice time walking through Lüneburg. It’s such a delightful little town. In the evening, we spent a few hours making tissue paper pompoms and watching New Girl. Then in the evening, we walked over to the reception location (which was SO close, it took like 3 minutes to walk there) and set up the tables and chairs and got the decorations ready.
The wedding was at 2:00 the following day. We woke up at 8 and had some breakfast and then did some beauty masks – even the groom joined in! (Shhh! I probably shouldn’t be telling you that. *evil laugh*) Then Jessica and her groom went out to get their hair cut and Jenn and I got ready at the apartment. Then a lot of Lübbe’s family arrived and hung out there for a while before going over to the reception location to bring some last-minute items there.
The bride and groom then came back and got dressed. Lübbe left first and then when Jessica was ready, we walked over to the courthouse together.
We waited inside the courthouse for a while because there were other weddings going on, too. Conveyor belt-style, one right after the other. Some of Jessica’s family was late and there happened to be another bridal party there early and so they switched times, so we waited for a while in there and the wedding was postponed until 3. Perfect for taking lots of pictures.
Look! It’s the royal couple! Hah!
The ceremony was really lovely. The registrar who performed the ceremony was REALLY cool, too. He reminded me of my literature professor from college. And that was even more reinforced when he read a passage from The Alchemist as part of the ceremony. It was very meaningful and beautiful (read: I cried). And then they were married!
(Cupid on the ceiling!)
Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Hartmann!
On the way to the reception, the guests stopped for a Glühwein (mulled wine) at the Christmas market outside the courthouse. Jenn and I and a few others, however, went back to their apartment so we could transport the remaining decorations and food to the reception venue. We set everything up and then the guests came. It was a nice time and we all had a lot of fun. So here are some pictures from the reception!
Jenn & Maggy
Jenn made this lovely guestbook and put pictures and messages from Jessica’s Canadian friends back home. What a sweet idea!
We sang this song that someone had changed to fit Jessica and Lübbe’s story of how they met. Seems to be a pretty normal occurrence at German weddings (it happened at mine, too!).
Each person was given a piece of paper and a pencil and asked to draw the person sitting next to them. Malte, above, tried like 4 different times but wasn’t very successful. In the end, it worked out okay. That kind of looks like me. I knew from the start that I couldn’t draw, so I did a blind contour drawing. He was a little bit offended, but I thought it looked cool. (I didn’t get a picture of it, though. Bummer!)
I was really honored and excited that Jessica asked me to make her bouquet! I think it turned out very well!
My cupcakes. The same style as from my wedding. (Which, um, you haven’t seen yet. Okay, okay, I REALLY need to post about the rest of my wedding!)
And then we danced until early morning!
Thanks for the awesome time, Jessica and Lübbe, and congratulations to you both! May you have many happy years together!