Sunday, January 23, 2011

One step closer...

...to being married!

Today, Christopher and I headed down to meet with the priest that will be marrying us. He wanted to give us a book of readings and prayers to choose from, so that we could start planning the actual ceremony. After, we went to mass at the church that we'll married in.

The church is beautiful. More than its lovely appearance, it holds a special place in my heart. It's where my parents were married in 1981. It's where my grandparents attended mass for 60+ years together. It's the place I attended Christmas Eve mass every year when I was growing up. I remember the "cry room" where we would sit when my little brother was a baby. I remember Nonie bringing me to church with a backpack of books to keep me quiet. She recalls times that I would zipppppp open the bag to retrieve a book and zippppp it closed. And then repeat, over and over throughout mass. I remember helping with their pasty sales. I remember attending family reunions and high school graduations in the church hall....

It may not be the church we attend weekly (it's an hour away from where we live) or the church I attended weekly growing up (it's two hours away from there), but it sure feels like a church I can call my own.

So, 98 days until Christopher is my husband. :) One of the many things I love about him is the way he acts during church. He holds our book and puts his arm around me during the songs. He holds my hand during the gospel. He hugs me instead of shaking my hand during the exchanging of peace. He is the picture of solemnity during prayers.... but every now and then, he'll poke my side and make me grin. I love attending mass with him.

What I wore...

10 comments:

  1. Thanks for stopping by! Awhh 98 days!! You must be soo excited :) Good luck with your preparations x

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  2. Sounds like a lovely place. Neither my fiance or myself are Christian so we both feel that it would be hypocritical for us to have a church wedding. I do love old churches though, we have one near my parents that was built in 1531 and it's a beautiful building. I think it shouldn't matter if you attend the church on a regular basis, what matters is the feelings you have for the church.

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  3. I can totally relate to this as the church my fiancé and I are getting married in also holds many memories for me. My family has been connected to the church a very long time and I am so grateful to be getting married there. 98 days is not far off at all! yay! :-)

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  4. What a wonderful place, full of memories for your entire family. It will be a great place to start your marriage!
    I love that you totally winterized that dress. The black sleeves and tights look great with it.

    The Auspicious Life

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  5. great outfit. i'm so excited for you! it's so great to have the same religious connection and that you love how he is at church...so cute!

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  6. You look so pretty, and congratulations on your engagement!

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  7. This must be the most exciting time of your life!!! :) Enjoy every second of it!
    xxx

    http://gypsy-diaries.blogspot.com/

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  8. Ah, so exciting! I also want to get married in the church that my parents got married in. I love hearing about your wedding plans!

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  9. You are so cute and this is just the sweetest!

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