Making It Legal


Living in Germany presented a few challenges with making our marriage legal.  We accepted early on that it would be too difficult to marry in Germany or Mexico due to the required documentation.  After plans to wed in Denmark fell through due to the Icelandic volcano eruption, we had to find an alternative.

Luckily, Florida does not have a residency requirement and allows couples to apply for a marriage license through the mail.  We made the arrangements and called Grandpa Fox with the good news.  Although Ryan’s grandparents could not be with us in Mexico, we could still make them part of our wedding by having the legal ceremony performed in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.Having Ryan’s grandparents and Aunt Paula with us made our special day complete.  Once again we had perfect weather, a pretty location in a lovely little park and people we love.

After the ceremony, Grandpa Fox took us to Dinner at the Riverside Grille, which has a wonderful view overlooking the river.

We had great conversation, discussing Ryan’s family and our future together.  One moment during dinner that I will never forget was when I was overcome with emotion as I had this sudden, overwhelming feeling that these kind, loving people were now my family too.  I nudged Ryan and smiled.  I told him how perfectly right everything felt at that moment and he couldn’t have agreed more.  We were married… a family, for better or worse.
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