A Hungarian Wedding Part II

5 July 2012

The next morning we were up early, enjoying a continental breakfast. It was lovely to be with friends and family of the bride and groom and you could feel the buzz as the wedding day started to begin. Us girls had our hair done in the spa while others swam in the pool and tried to catch some sun outside. It began to get really hot by midday - it must have been around 35 degrees when Rita's sister Vicki picked me up. We drove through Csorna and arrived at Rita's parents house where she grew up. A pretty detached house full of character with a Hungarian and UK flag swaying in the breeze. We got ready and tried to keep Rita as cool as possible! At 2:40pm we left the house and drove to the church in the centre of town, with Rita's father, Gabor hooting the horn the whole way - lots of locals and their friends waved us on, it was an emotional journey and reminded me of our wedding and the drive to the church with my dad squeezing my hand.
The church ceremony was lovely and I was asked to do a reading - I chose an Apache Blessing:

Now you will feel no rain,
For each of you will be shelter to the other.
Now you will feel no cold,
For each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there is no more loneliness for you,
For each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two bodies,
But there is only one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling place,
To enter into the days of your togetherness.
And may your days be good and long upon the earth.

May the sun bring you new energy by day,
May the moon softly restore you by night,
May the rain wash away your worries
And the breeze blow new strength into your being,
And all of the days of your life may you walk
Gently through the world and know its beauty.

After the church service we went across the road and did the signing of the register.  We were lucky as there was aircon which cooled us all down!  We then all hopped on the bus, which was kindly organised by Gabor's friend, back to the wedding venue where some cold drinks were waiting for us.  Pictures were taken, guests mingled and drinks were consumed. 
I could sit and type forever about every single detail of the wedding but to sum it up:
Hungarian folk dancers, fire water, fruit platters, photographs, more fire water, dancing, delicious traditional food, beers, more photos, dancing and more fire water. A stunning sunset, emotional speeches, a beautiful bride and groom.  Traditions, yet more firewater, live singing, clinking glasses, more photos and more dancing.  A full moon, candlelight, singing, dancing and you guessed it more firewater. Neil drinking out of Rita's shoe, a funky first dance, special moments and a frozen egg in Neil's trousers (don't ask!).  Balloons, dancing, more beer, cake and more firewater, traditional Hungarian games including a version of musical chairs. And finally....bed time!

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