I’m back from our mini-moon in Jamaica to report that the Crabs are officially married!
Since I didn’t start blogging on the ‘Bee until just three months before our big day, I still have a fair amount I’d love to share about planning/pre-wedding things. My plan is to pick up right where I left off after this quick interruption to share a few details about our newly minted married status (because I just had to share the deets with you all right away).
Of course there will be full, detailed recaps later, but for now I will give you this quick summary…
I’m sad to report that our wedding day weather was every winter bride’s nightmare! We had a FLASH FREEZE the morning of our wedding. What is that?! I’ve never even heard of such a thing.
I am so excited to say that my bridesmaids’ dresses are finally in and they are even better than I expected! I went back and forth forever and finally decided on several shades of teal of the Allure 1310. However, I only got to see the lightest shade in person before ordering. So, I was a bit nervous about how all three colors would look together.
Hey guys! I’m back! And totally enjoying the post-wedding love haze. While I’m waiting for my pro pics, I figured I’d share my experience of booking an international destination wedding. I’m a details person; I like knowing what to expect. When I was first working on planning I was pretty bummed out that there was barely any information out there about the nitty-gritty steps of planning, organizing, and booking a destination wedding. So, here’s my story, to hopefully help some future destination-wedding brides.
Unfortunately, this series of posts is probably not applicable to most of the bees in the hive, so for that I’m sorry! My feelings won’t be hurt of you skip through ‘em.
Cut back to October/November 2013…
After we picked a location, the work began:
Step 1. Find a travel agent. Having a travel agent is totally optional, but I knew I wanted one. I knew that I wanted to book a room block and that I didn’t want to handle the details myself. I looked online, read some reviews, emailed a couple of people, and picked our travel agent. We had to pay a $250 non-refundable deposit (this was applied to our room account) and sign a contract to secure her services.
I’m not clownin’ around when I say…I’M A BEE! Sorry, had to get that little pun in there somewhere.
I am so very excited to have been chosen to be a blogger bee! I’ve been reading Weddingbee since I first got engaged and had all-things-wedding on the brain 24/7. I loved reading about the other bees’ wedding-planning journeys, and now here I am, about to share mine. As Miss Clownfish. Whaaat?!
Since introductions can be a little awkward, I’ll try to keep this short and sweet and full of pictures. So without further ado, the not-so-formal introductions…
In order to make our nuptial mass helpful to any other Catholic brides, I’ll be including our readings, song choices, and some of the prayers. And in order to make all of that manageable to write and read, I’ll be splitting our ceremony up into three posts. Today, I’ve got the liturgy of the word to share with you, which includes the scripture readings and the priest’s homily.
After we had all taken our place at the altar, Father Philip started us off with a few welcoming statements and a prayer.
Of course, within the Catholic church, couples are limited in choosing their readings, but we carefully considered the options, and I think the ones that we chose made for a beautiful and well-rounded set of passages.
OK, I’m sure if you have learned anything about thefuture Mr. and Mrs. Narwhal, it’s that we want our wedding to be a representation of us. We want our backyard forest wedding to be filled with little touches everywhere of who we are as a couple.
So, it might not surprise you that we’re skipping quite a few traditions when it comes to our wedding. I love reading about how others use and eliminate certain wedding traditions, so I wanted share ours! I think that’s the beauty of weddings today—they’re certainly becoming an opportunity to make them your own and do whatever you want to do. Fortunately for us, both of our parents are 100% supportive of this.
Keeping with Tradition
White Dress. I am definitely wearing white on our wedding day; the quest for the perfect dress was an important priority of mine!
With the decision made to move the cocktail hour to before the ceremony, we now needed to make space in our wedding-day schedule for portraits. Easy fix—let’s do a first look! It doesn’t work for everyone, but with beautiful photographic inspiration like this, it’s hard to resist a first look!
Our newest bee is a student and a pro photog! We can’t wait to see what this creative gal has up her sleeve for her wedding. Please join me in welcoming Miss Clownfish to the hive!
Miss Clownfish, Lancaster, Pennsylvania Age & Occupation: 22, Full-time student and Professional Photographer Fiance’s Age & Occupation: 23, Full-time student Engagement Date: January 5th, 2014 Wedding Date: September 2015 Venue: The Firehouse at Landis Valley Museum About Me: I’m a full-time college student by day and a wedding + portrait photographer by night. I’m one of the thriftiest people I know, but I am always willing to splurge on Starbucks—coffee is life. Mr. C is also a full-time college student studying to become an environmental biologist, although I’m sure if he could be a professional sports fan he’d choose that. We are high school sweethearts and the best of friends. During our spare time (…or procrastination time…) you can find us binge-watching Modern Family/Dexter/HIMYM, eating too much pizza, exploring Pittsburgh, and making countless Walmart trips just to get us out of our dorm rooms. We are planning a vintage-chic wedding celebration for about 100 of our closets friends and family while breaking some traditional wedding norms along the way. Operation: Best Day Ever.