Wedding of Livi and Zoli

Another great LOVE story…  Livi and Zoli met at a Young Men Young Women summer activity, the summer of 2013.  They were both counselors and helped direct the activities of the YMYW (14-18 year old youth) during this summer camp.  Zoli is a returned missionary – having served his mission in Germany.  He is also studying something like bio-engineering at a university in Veszprem.  Livi has been working in Pest, since graduation from college.  She actually has two degrees – in a field like management.

We have become very attached to Livi while here.  She is a beautiful young woman who has overcome so much in her life.  She is a self-made woman, putting herself through school.  She worked as a nanny in England and also had some menial jobs in England to support herself and get through school.  She is always trying to improve herself, teaching herself how to play the piano, was one of her goals; learning how to sew was another.  (See previous posting about that.)

Karolina sent Livi a picture of a very simple and modest dress from a store in St. George Utah.  I even Skyped the store to see if we could buy a pattern… NO, it was made somewhere else… The dress was simple, yet elegant, and cost way too much for most Hungarians.  Then there would have been the shipping costs!  Here is the beautiful dress that would be our “idea” to work towards:

Livi had me meet her at a certain fabric store – but it was CLOSED the day we went.  So we looked at other stores, but we did not find the right material.  We did find a pattern, of sorts, that could be modified into the dress she wanted.  We went back to the original store (very nice place) with Viki on January 25, 2014, and Livi bought the fabric.  About $100 US money.

Fabric Store across from Kileti Train Station

Fabric Store across from Keleti (East) Train Station

The dress design is actually two identical dresses, a lace dress over a satin dress.  I had Livi cut out the dress with some scrap fabric, just to make sure the pattern was true to her size.  Then we had to modify the skirt pattern to make it longer and to make it flow like she wanted.  Then both dresses could be cut out!

Livi usually came on Thursdays, after her work.  It was the same time as 4 English classes being taught by the Missionaries.  We sewed in our main recreation room off in a corner during one of those classes and later during the art session Elder Felsted had.

However, sometimes Livi sewed during other times, on Fridays during FEFest, for example.

Very funny shot with Istvan demonstrating his ability to JUMP!

Livi and Viki sewing on side. 

Very funny shot with Istvan demonstrating his ability to JUMP!  The point of the Spiritual Thought was sometimes you have to bend your knees to reach higher.  (Humble yourself)  He did not jump as high when he did not bend his knees first.

Both Viki and Livi are sewing on projects during a Friday Evening

Both Viki and Livi are sewing on projects during a Friday Evening

We debated about covered buttons down the back of the lace dress and ended up with little pearl ones.  Much easier.  Of course, they had to be sewed on – all 40ish of them… I started that and she finished them.  Then a satin-like cording was used as the button loops.  I hand-sewed that on, matching each button.. I also used a double sided iron-on facing at the neck, hem and sleeve hems – instead of sewing the edges.

Getting close!

Getting close!

The satin under-dress...

The satin under-dress…

Lace dress nearly done...

Lace dress nearly done…

Wedding Day - Waiting for the wedding room to be ready...

Wedding Day – Waiting for the wedding room to be ready… Love those RED shoes!

Six of the YSA who attended with Sister Bagozzi, Sister Hauck and I.  Note Viki's dress that she designed and sewed for the occasion.

Some of the LDS females who attended. From left:  Greta (marrying another Zoli in May), Evelin, Dia (investigator), Viki, Livi, Sister Bagozzi, Karolina, Eszter, me, Sister Hauck.  Note Viki’s dress – she designed and sewed it for the occasion.

Is this an Hungarian tradition - holding the groom?  Elder Felsted, Peter, Jay (an American who came to Hungary for a visit, Andras, Zoli (marrying Greta), Gabus, Elder Bagozzi, holding Zoli the bridegroom.

Is this an Hungarian tradition – holding the groom, Zoli? Elder Felsted, Peter, Jay (an American who came to Hungary for a visit), Andras, Zoli (marrying Greta), Gabus, Elder Bagozzi.

Another shot of some of our YSA who attended…

IMG_6147Panni, standing in the background

Lovely bride and groom.

Lovely bride and groom.

The family…

IMG_6170Let the party begin…

Variety of foods...

Variety of foods…

Beautiful flowers on the tables

Beautiful flowers on the tables.  Viki arranged the red paper on each table.  She said that it takes a lot of time to get it correct!

Artistic wedding cake!

Artistic wedding cake!

Traditional first dance.

Traditional first dance.

Pest Ward member dancing with his 3 daughters.  Their family is from Germany.

Pest Ward member dancing with his 3 daughters. Their family is from Germany.

The newly weds getting ready to leave.- with Karolina.

The newly weds getting ready to leave.- with Karolina…. (Know anyone who wants to marry a beautiful girl, who is a returned missionary, fluent in German, Hungarian, English, a temple worker and getting a Master’s in Translation?)

There will be a total of four weddings this spring – which will include 6 of our Budapest YSA members.  This is a great thing for Hungary, to have these YSA marrying fellow members and becoming active members of their wards.  As mentioned before,  Livi is the Stake Employment Specialist and the Ward Primary President.  Zoli was just made the Elders Quorum President in the Pest Ward.  Both have been called to also serve in the Temple as Temple Workers!  They were sealed for Time and All Eternity in the Freiberg Germany Temple over the Easter holiday.  We were so blessed to be even a small part of it all..

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2 thoughts on “Wedding of Livi and Zoli

  1. Yes, unfortunately all good things must come to an end…. Our last day is June 9. However, I might add some things from our trip for the next 10 days after that. We plan to visit my German grandparents’ roots.

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