We met with our pastor this week to finalize ceremony details. Can I get a halliejuah?!
We started wedding prep classes wayyy back in January, so almost nine months and nine meetings later, I am relieved to be able to scrape that part of the planning process off my plate.
Now, I am not Catholic, nor really, any religion, so it was somewhat of a struggle to pick out readings, non-secular songs and prayers of the faithful. I first had to learn what all of those terms even meant! To my credit, though, I will say that I took the process very seriously and read through all my options and chose the three passages I felt really represent our beliefs best. Normally, I try to be kind of clever (and hopefully entertaining) with my blog posts, but this week, if you’ll permit, I also have something sappy to say. The marriage prep meetings and general planning conversations with our priest have really brought us together and given us a better understanding of our relationship as it stands and where we expect it to be as we move forward. We are having a full mass with communion at our ceremony (prepare for a full hour of fun, people!) and I’m equal parts nervous and excited to see how it all turns out, if I kneel at the right times, stand in the right place, say the right things, etc. Even though it’s supposed to be all eyes on us up there, it could very well be the case that we have to share our attention with the altar decorations I picked out. That was my way of telling you that a few weeks back, my mom and I finalized my flower order and Mulhall’s has come up with awesome designs that I can’t wait to lay my eyes on, especially the arrangements that will be at the church. Those will be a combination of mostly curly willows, with a few bittersweet branches for pops of color and some greenery cascading down each of the two tall dark brown columns. And there will be more branches where those are coming from — more on the rest of awesome Mulhall’s creations another time! In the meantime, here’s a teaser photo I found online for some inspiration to take for the general concept of what I wanted at the altar.