After leaving dinner with our families Monday evening, Mr. Bear Cub and I got the opportunity to spend some time alone, strolling the streets of downtown Portland. This was such a welcomed breath of fresh air! We talked for a little while about the days to come - last minute plans, tactics for avoiding stress - and then Mr. BC asked me the question.
"Let's get married!"
"Umm... OK dude. Sounds fantastic. How does Sunday work for you?"
"No, let's get married tomorrow."
We had planned to go to the courthouse the following morning (Tuesday) to get our marriage license. My dear fiancé was suggesting we get the license and sign it at the same time!
This caught me a little off guard. I mean, sure, of course we'd be getting married - what difference would a couple of days make in the long run? The real concern was making sure our marriage would be legal before we left the country after our wedding. We'd planned on leaving for our honeymoon the day after the wedding, and flying back to Chile two weeks after the wedding - what if we couldn't get the documents finalized before we left the country??
No matter when we signed the documents, our "wedding" would still be the one we had planned for so long. Our real wedding - the date we celebrate for anniversaries, the one we share with family and friends, the one that links us in our minds and hearts - would be the celebration on Sunday.
I must remind you - we had done NO research at all on courthouse weddings! We were blindly assuming at this point that you could show up, sign a document, and be done with it.
We decided we'd hedge our bets with the courthouse - if we could sign the documents Tuesday morning, great! We'd be married! No worries for legality later! If not - oh well! We'd be getting married anyways come Sunday!
This was all so EXCITING! We might be husband and wife (technically) the next morning! A courthouse wedding! I'm not much for crowds anyways, plus Mrs. Mary Jane's courthouse wedding was so incredibly beautiful. You know what this means?
CUTE COURTHOUSE WEDDING DRESS!!! :-D :-D :-D
I heart you, jcrew!
I had already bought this dress - the JCrew linen-silk rosette tussah - thinking it might be nice for a reception back-up dress. All you short-dress ladies out there: this dress is SO beautiful! And it has pockets!
So, Tuesday morning Mr. Bear Cub and I dressed in our nicest "we might be getting married" clothes, and hopped on over to the Multnomah County Courthouse.
Even though the Portland Courthouse is downtown and surrounded by other buildings, I was still quite impressed with it. Plus, Portland has trees everywhere downtown - even at the courthouse, you feel like you're in a park!
Inside the courthouse, we got to the task at hand - get those documents!
You get your marriage license in the tax collection office. Oh tax collection room, you're so romantic!
Aaaaand... we got our marriage license documents. And obligatory pictures in front of the courthouse.
Aren't we cute? Young and in love!
As for getting the license signed, apparently you're supposed to plan ahead for that one. When we asked if we could have a judge formalize our marriage that day, the lady behind the counter informed us that they were booked solid until the following month! Yikes! So much for romantic spontaneity.
At least we got our marriage license taken care of! And I got an excuse to wear my short wedding dress!
Even though we had a walk-down-the-aisle-with-family-and-friends wedding, I still love the idea of courthouse weddings - they're so romantic and intimate! Have you and your future intended ever thought about getting legally married before the wedding day?
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