Church weddings in Mozambique are not recognized by the government so we had to schedule a civil wedding with a judge. Many people do both their civil wedding and church wedding/reception on the same day. But we knew the wedding day was going to be really full so we decided to have our civil service a few days before the actual wedding.
Guess this means we have 2 wedding anniversaries to celebrate each year....July 16 we were married in the eyes of Mozambique and July 21 we were married in the eyes of God!
The civil ceremony was held in a government building. It was all very formal. We had to enter with our godparents, Luis and Lurdes.
After exchanging our rings, we had to sign the official wedding registry with our godparents also signing as witnesses.