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A Civil Affair in Lima, Peru

Posted by Marco Antonio Mendoza Tuesday, August 10, 2010



As some of you may already know I have been talking about my preparations for my civil marriage to Zdenka for quite some time now.  Last Saturday was our civil marriage at the municipal hall in Breña, located near downtown Lima and it was a wonderful day.



They say that's it's common for both the bride and groom to be nervous the day before and day of the actual event, however my experience was a completely different one.  I have never felt so calm and sure about any decision I have ever made in my life and I was looking forward to seeing it through.  The interesting thing about a civil wedding is how formal and luke warm it is compared to the typical religious wedding.  The room where the wedding took place inside the municipal hall of Breña was more of a conference room/storage room than anything else.  The procedure itself was administered by a municipal employee and had all the makings of contractual agreement.  The ceremony was fast, 15 minutes fast, with the majority of the time dedicated to various family/friend photo configurations.



The rest of the day beautiful sunny day was spent inside of across the street at a reception hall where lunch was served and music played from a DJ who apparently had just taken a crash course in operating a music synthesizer.  While I am thankful to everyone who came that day I have to admit that the best part was the down time spent with Zdenka in a very comfortable and upscale hotel room in Miraflores.  The best sleep I have had in a long time, wish I would have looked a the brand of mattress. (thank you Evelyn and Lorenzo for the wonderful hotel package!)

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