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.
The most important item on our wedding-day timeline is not my hair appointment or even the arrival of our guests. Our wedding-day timeline is being entirely dictated by one thing: the sun! Since we are having our wedding officiated by a rabbi, our ceremony is not able to begin until after Shabbat (Hebrew for Sabbath, or day of rest), which ends at sundown on Saturday.
I used this website to determine the time of sunset on our wedding date: in May, the sun will set in Boston at right around 8:00 PM. This was important for us to take into consideration early on, because it was a major factor in selecting a venue. Some of the venues we considered had very strict rules for when the party had to end, and that just wasn’t going to work for us! With the ceremony starting after eight o’clock, we needed plenty of time to fit in all of the fun we had planned.
We quickly realized that at this time of year, there simply wouldn’t be enough time for a ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and reception, all after 8:00 PM, without partying into the wee hours of the morning. The traditional wedding timeline was a bust!
I’m not going to lie, finding our ownway of doing things at our wedding has been important to me us. I absolutely love weddings. I’ve been addicted to Weddingbee far longer than our engagement, and definitely have been planning my wedding for as long as I can remember.
When Pinterest was first introduced, I jumped right on board (no pun intended). Pinterest very quickly was becoming a hub for wedding ideas, and alongside many a woman not yet engaged (or, ahem, single) at the time, I became pinning wedding inspiration ideas.
“That’s so clever” somehow, though, became “That’s so Pinterest!” with time.
In a world filled with so many unique ideas, it can be hard to not overwhelmed by that pressure to be unique too.