This October 8, Georg and I are celebrating our wedding ceremony with all of our friends and family. We had much debate about where to have it since there is such an international crowd to consider. My parents had a similar conundrum when they got married and had to have two separate weddings, one in Portugal and one in Germany. As a result, after 39 years of marriage, not one member of my mother's family has met one from my father's.
We were trying to avoid the same sort of separate affairs and thus wanted to really find a way to have our wedding be a time to unite people across countries and continents. But where to host such an event?
Imagine our complete surprise and gratitude when my aunt offered to let us marry in her beautiful pink Portuguese home. I spent many of my summers there growing up and it really is where many of my most precious memories were born, thus making it all the more meaningful. The fact that so many of our friends and family from all around the world are willing to gather here (including the first meeting of the Portuguese and German families), is just overwhelming beyond words. We are so touched by the graciousness and generoaisty of all of our friends and family.
But how on earth can you properly thank someone for hosting your wedding in their glorious home?
Make them a huggable verion perhaps?
Enter the huggable house pattern from More Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I saw one on a bookshelf on a trip to Purl Soho and knew I just had to make a similar one for my aunt. Of course her house is pink and has a charm of its own so I had to do quite a bit of futzing with the pattern.
I had it knit up before I left the States but, with completely bulging suitcases already, had to wait to stuff it until reaching European soil.
Luckily on my very first day in our new Munich neighborhood, I spotted a fabric store that sells stuffing (and might I say that German stuffing is a million times better than the stuff I'm used to!) so the house quickly became much more huggable.
Then last weekend on a wedding-planning-designated trip to Portugal, the huggable house was able to meet the wedding house for the first time.
I think the two are happy together.
It's so exciting to think how many friends and families and countries (8) and continents (4) are going to soon be gathering together within these charming pink walls. I can't tell you how thrilled, honored and excited we are!
Sending many hugs to you all!