Once we chose our venue, I totally stalked it. Seriously, if you have gotten married at Smith Barn in the last five years and there is photographic proof on the internet, I have seen it. Maybe I’m a little creepy, but I strongly suggest doing this for your venue! Seeing lots of different couples having different kinds of weddings at the same venue gave me so many ideas and showed me what it could look like on our wedding day.
Join me in ogling some of the best of the best as I imagine what our wedding will be like.
The period of planning a wedding and marriage is such wonderful time of your life. It’s full of excitement and anticipation. Your wedding day is spent surrounded by the ones you love most in the entire world as you vow to one another your forever.
The thought of this just makes my heart burst with love and gratitude.
It also fills a part of me with pain and grief.
You see, somebody really important will be missing on our wedding day, and that person is my brother.
After the readings, it was time to get down to the business of actually getting married. None of this was personalized at all, but I love how traditional and simple our promises to each other were. I’ve put in most of the ceremony text here, in case it can help another bride—and just so you can get a better idea of all that went on during this part of the mass.
Father Philip: My dear friends, you have come together in this church tonight, so that the lord may seal and strengthen your love in the pretense of the church’s minister in this community.
Jesus abundantly blesses your love. He has already consecrated you in baptism, and now He enriches and strengthens you by a special sacrament so that you may assume the duties of marriage in mutual and lasting fidelity.
STATEMENT OF INTENTIONS
Now in the presence of this church, I ask you to state your intentions:
So when we last left off, I had explained that the main wedding stuff had been booked, and we had to wait until we reached the two month mark before booking any wedding details. After booking the wedding, I received all the catalogs from the resort, plus a 2014 price list:
So, during the waiting phase, I kind of had an idea of what I was working with (along with a lot of questions). I moved forward with planning based on the pictures and pricing from all the catalogs.
Mr. Clownfish and I had celebrated our four year anniversary in December 2013, and I had a rather large suspicion that he would be proposing sometime soon. To say that it was out of the blue would be a lie, as I know him way too well and can always tell when something’s “up.” I had suspicions that it would be happening during Christmas break, as it is our favorite time of the year and I had mentioned that I would love a winter proposal.
One day, toward the end of Christmas break, Mr. C had told me that later in the day we would be going on an “adventure.” He couldn’t tell me exactly where we were going or what we were going to do, other than to dress warm because it would be taking place outside. He picked me up at my house and hopped in the car to an unknown destination. Although I had suspected that he would be proposing (because, lets’s be honest, it’s not every day Mr. C tells me he has a secret adventure planned), I had doubts because Mr. C didn’t appear to be nervous at all. We chatted about our days at work and had general small talk as we drove.
We ended up at a popular walking/hiking trail about 20 minutes from our house called Chickies Rock. Mr. C and I spent a good 20 minutes walking toward a specific site that overlooks the Susquehanna River, only to find that there was a wall of dense, thick fog that made it impossible to see anything at the overlook site. M was very obviously bummed about the weather, but I told him I was having fun anyway, exploring a new place with him and making new memories. After we left the overlook (without a proposal, mind you), I was sure that we were definitely not getting engaged that night. Dang it. I painted my nails for nothing.