WE GOT MARRIED!
Huh… You got married? You guys are already married!
Yup – we know that you’re probably all confused, but let us explain…
We got married in South Africa. You all know that. But what most of you don’t know is that even though we are in our third year of marriage, we are still waiting for a marriage certificate. We have sent friends and family to various Home Affairs offices in South Africa, but no one working there seems to know what is going on (a common occurrence at Home Affairs in South Africa). Although we would still like our South African marriage certificate, we decided that getting a marriage certificate in the States was probably going to solve the waiting problem. Compared to the paperwork trail in South Africa, we were surprised how easily we were able to get this done. We got a marriage license, waited the required 72 hours, signed the marriage certificate, and then took it to downtown Dallas to file it. Five minutes later we were called to a counter, and handed our marriage certificate. Are you kidding me? That was so easy!
Across the street from the Dallas County Records Building, where we went to file our certificate, is The Old Red Museum. We have walked around this area of downtown on both of our previous two trip to Texas. We love downtown Dallas, and we would have liked to have walked around but it is still very hot over here in Texas.
Built in 1891 of red sandstone, this courthouse is a historic governmental building located across the road from the JFK Memorial in Dallas. Also known as the Old Red Courthouse, it is now the Old red Museum, a local history museum. In 1966 it was replaced by a newer courthouse building nearby.
There we go, ladies and gentlemen, we finally have a marriage certificate!
Funny story – we didn’t sign any paperwork on our wedding day at Nelson’s Wine Estate (our “first wedding”). Being a foreigner in South Africa, Justin needed a special form from the American embassy and we were to able to get that before our ceremony in February. When we had that form we were able to meet with the same minister who officiated our wedding. We then signed our marriage papers, went to a hotel in downtown Cape Town, got dressed in our wedding outfits and headed to Bakoven Beach. We did a romantic “Trash the Dress” photoshoot on the beach while the sun went down over the ocean. After our photographer had left, we stayed on the beach drinking champagne, while all covered in sand and seawater. We often joke about that being our “second wedding day” (since we were “officially” married on that day). We now have another wedding-day story to add to our list…. Our “third wedding”.
If you know us well, you will know that we didn’t just sign this paper and file it. We had a sweet little garden ceremony where one of our good friends said a few words and prayed a blessing over our marriage. This happened a few minutes after we had done a baby dedication for Elijah. We have plenty cute pictures from that day to show you. All of that coming soon!