In Germany, you have to go to city hall to get married no matter what (well, I suppose only if you want the marriage to be legally recognized). I find the idea of city hall weddings very romantic, so yay! We had ours in the community where Hannes grew up, in the garden behind the town hall. This happened on Friday, the day before the "big" wedding, and we tried to keep it relatively low key, with guests mostly limited to family.
Hannes is from a rural area with lots of small farms, where you can find quite a few pick-your-own flower fields by the side of the road. Very quickly I got it in my head that I wanted to pick my own wedding bouquet, but in the end, others (rightly) convinced me this was probably too much craziness for the "big day." Instead, I did it for the civil ceremony and turned it into a mini flower-picking photo shoot with my girl cousins. See, more weddings, more fun! Since the the civil ceremony was also a fairly relaxed affair, it was also our chance to take some group photos. Also fun! Afterwards, we went back to Hannes' mom's garden for coffee and cake (and champagne, naturally).