After their wedding ceremony, my dad got kicked out of the house by his new in-laws. Actually, he wasn’t even let INTO the house. Which is also why my mom celebrates their wedding anniversary on May 2nd whereas my dad celebrates his on May 3rd. How come?
Germany has this funky tradition of having two wedding ceremonies. One civil ceremony to make it legal in the eyes of the state and then a church ceremony. My great-great-grandparents on my mom’s side of the family, however, didn’t really care that my parents had their legal wedding ceremony on May 2nd. If the church hadn’t given its blessing, they were not married as far as they were concerned and my dad was not allowed to spend what was supposed to be his wedding night under their roof. He was told in no uncertain terms to come back the next day. Back he went to his mom’s house – married but not yet married – to spend the night.
I double-checked with my parents before posting this and asked if they would mind me sharing their story (they didn’t) and if they could also email me one of their old wedding photos (my mom had mentioned that she had a scanner). However, nobody knew how to install the scanner and so here we are on my dad’s anniversary with no wedding photo. Which led me to rummage around the attic & various closets to find a picture of my parents to accompany this post … and here we are. One of my favorite photos of them, taken at Düsseldorf Airport as they were sending me off to attend USC.
Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad!
Alles Gute zum Hochzeitstag!!!
Kingdom Wedding Photography by Kat