Thursday, March 19, 2009

The "meat and potatoes" of the wedding

After work on Wednesday, Wade and I went down to City Hall to pick up a marriage licence. We didn't have to get it this early, but you can get it up to 3 months. I figured we might as well get it, so it's done with.*

Here we are walking up to City Hall. We parked a little over a block away, paid for parking, and walked up. Wade clearly thought I was nuts for taking pictures:

We walked in City Hall. I didn't know if we need to go right or left. Then Wade saw two signs on the right that said "Licences" and another sign that said "Payments (parking tickets)" or something like that. You can't see the signs in the picture, but we figured we needed to go to "Licences", so we headed to the right. The lady at the "Licences" desk told us we had to go to the clerk's office, which was actually to the left. So we went to the left:
The lady in the clerk's office took our form, which we'd already filled out. She gave us a card to pay for the licence, which she said was down the hall, pointing to where we started: So down we went to the same lady in the "Licences" line. She told us we actually had to get in the "Payment" line. Same room, different line. The lady in that line was smiling and excited that we were paying for our marriage licence. I should have asked to take her picture, but I was too shy. Anyway, when we were done paying, we headed back to the clerk's office with proof of payment. When we returned, the clerk was typing up our Marriage Licence that we sign on the wedding day. She has a lovely view of the market behind City Hall. Here she is typing: We had to put our hand's on a bible and she asked us basically if the form was correct (in a lot of words) to which we responded, "Yes". She was only half paying attention, which offended Wade. But I figure she's probably a busy lady who does this all the time - it's a lot more exciting for us than her! Then we had our licence. We left City Hall and tried to find someone to take our picture. We couldn't. Here's the view of leaving City Hall: So we took a picture of ourselves. In spite of Wade's goofy grin, he was actually really excited when we left. Here's Wade being extra-excited for the picture of him holding the licence: I told him to look normal ... so this is the look he gave me: This is the rink behind City Hall. In the summer, it's a beautiful market. As you can see, the rink is out of comission because it was 8C: Here's us in behind City Hall! Again, Wade looking less excited than he was acting. Here's an unhindered shot of the rink behind City Hall. We went to Red Lobster for dinner. Yum. And we drove by "Kingston's Castle" on the way home. Oh yeah, this isn't really a castle. It's a penitentiary. Yep, that's one of the prisons in Kingston.

*When I was 17, I worked at Sears for a few years. My boss, who seemed like a grown-up, but was probably my age now, was getting married. She didn't get her marriage licence too far in advance. A month before her wedding there was a civic strike in our city, so she had to go to another municipality to get her marriage licence. She made it seem like going to another municipality for the licence was a huge hassle. So I wasn't taking any chances!

14 comments:

The Professional Bridesmaid said...

YAY! Congratulations! And I had to laugh when you posted a pic of the penitentiary.

melissa said...

Yeah Congratulations! Doesn't it seem more official now? I am jealous that you got to take pictures. I got yelled at by the security guard when I pulled out my camera to take a pic of us filling out the paperwork. Ah, America of the afraid.

Mo said...

Haha...I'm still chuckling over Wade's "normal" pose with the license. Congratulations!

EliandMe said...

We got our license this week too! We were excited, the registrar... not so much so.

That is one fancy looking prison.

Marie said...

Yeay! Very impressed by the prison, nothing like that over here :)

Nicole said...

haha cute story

Jess said...

Awh! Congrats. I love that you brought a camera to commemorate the moment.

Haha. When I read "Kingston's castle" I was thinking, "But that looks like the jail." It is a very nice looking jail though, just have to say!

Brandy said...

Congrats! So exciting! Why aren't all City Halls so pretty? Toronto's old city hall is one of my favorite buildings and I'd get married there in a heart beat!
Between the weather and seeing a robin this week I am starting to believe spring is really here!

THE ALTERNATIVE BRIDE said...

awh congrats Krista! that's a great story & u guys are adorable. i love the pix :)

AmyJean said...

Congrats ... that is so awesome! One more thing to check off the to do list! :)
RelentlessBride

jane in the waiting line said...

it may be the meat and potatoes but that is tres important!! congrats! so exciting!

jane in the waiting line said...

it may be the meat and potatoes but that is tres important!! congrats! so exciting!

Cyd said...

Oh yaaaaaaay! I am so excited for you both! If I am correct, in NYS you have to get it within 2 weeks but no sooner than 48 hours (in order to avoid Las Vegas-style shotgun weddings) I suppose I might better look into it a bit more specifically, eh?

Carly said...

Congrats!!! I love the pictures you took of this momentous occasion!