Friday, January 18, 2013

Wedding time: The Church

Finding our church was NOT an easy task, let me tell you. We called a million. Okay, I am exaggerating a hair, but seriously it was a lot. Most of them either didn't have a center walk way for me, wouldn't let anyone get married in their church unless they were a member, or if we weren't members of that church, their pastor had to perform it, not one of our choosing. Which was sad to me, because Caleb and I are both members at a fantastic church...its just not quite big enough. Besides, we wanted our pastor to perform our wedding.

I think all of these rejections were a blessing in disguise because one day, I found out that a super sweet lady I work with went to a church right down the road from our company, and her father was the senior pastor. I kind of brushed it off thinking, "its probably some old school-tiny church"... 

Boy was I wrong, and glad I was! We visited, totally thinking in our heads it wouldn't be what we wanted or were looking for at all. We were in shock as we pulled up to this gorgeous 1/4 mile long winding black driveway, surrounded by 25 acres of hilly grass and one beautiful, ginormous church. 


This is the back view of the church, their website doesn't have many pictures. We will be having our reception outside under a giant tent, throwin' up some twinkle lights and we're slapping a dance floor down there outside and going to have ourselves a huge party. We cannot wait to say I do, right through those little windows.

Caleb and I started our pre-marital counseling last week, and goodness it was awesome. I HIGHLY recommend this to ANY of you ladies who are getting married. Its a great process that gets you more familiar with the expectations of marriage, keeping Christ in the center, and learning to love each other for who you really are, despite your own flaws. I can't wait for our next session, in a little less than two weeks! I'll be keeping you all updated on my potential DIY's, colors, and details as they happen.

Happy Friday, all! Have a great weekend. Anything fun planned? I know I do! I'll be trekking up to Dayton to spend my Friday night so I can spend my Saturday doing early morning Zumba with Angie, and then taking her and another BM (Becca) out to find their dress for my wedding, yay! While I am out perusing beautiful clothes, Caleb is going on a 24 hour/32 mile hike with some of his family/friends all day long.

& Sunday? It goes like this...




16 comments:

  1. So exciting!! I love how everything just kind of comes together when you're planning a wedding. Hope the rest goes smoothly!

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  2. That church is GORGEOUS! I remember thinking that it was not supposed to be that hard to find a church, but it totally was.

    And now I want a wedding re-do because a tent with twinkle lights draped is the most dreamy and romantic thing ever.

    And I agree 100% on the pre-marital counseling advice! It was really eye opening (in a good way!) for us and we refer to the things we learned daily.

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  3. um that might be the most gorgeous church i have ever seen! i did pre marital counseling too! it was really great!

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  4. Beautiful church, girl! Y'all are so blessed to have found it! Now, to subdue my anticipation until June when I can see your beautiful wedding photos... :)

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  5. You're coming to Dayton? I think there's more in Cincinnati than Dayton. ;) But I digress, Dayton is my home and I love it. :) Have a great weekend!!!

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  6. Location was the hardest part of our wedding planning too. Glad you found the perfect place and one more thing to cross off the list! Yay!

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  7. Oh my goodness! The landscape and church are beautiful.
    Yay for that stress being lifted!

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  8. OMG!!! It's going to be gorgeous. This is the perfect place and it all turned out for a reason. So excited for you and I can't wait to see it all come together!

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  9. That meme...is me tonight :-)

    Ok, that church is GORGEOUS. The wedding and the reception (and the bride) are all going to be perfect. When is your wedding date? May something...I know.

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  10. Such a beautiful church!! Your pictures there will look amazing!!

    Don't you just love days where you can stay in your PJs and watch movies!!!
    xo

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  11. That church is gorgeous! We were in the same situation when we got married...our church was too small and was in a warehouse at the time! What a blessing you found such an amazing place to have your ceremony AND reception!!

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  12. Oh it's just gorgeous. I really cannot wait to see the final touches!!

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  13. oh wow..that church is beautiful and grand and amazing all at the same time!
    I can't wait to hear more about your wedding planning!

    Me...my weekend? just finished running 10 miles this morning...i'm still recovering...blah!

    Also, I nominated you for a Liebster Award over at my little neck of the woods. Stop by when you have a chance!

    xoxo
    Andie's Traveling Pants

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  14. how exciting! i remember how good it felt when we finally picked what church we'd be getting married in! :)

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  15. SUCH a beautiful venue! you're going to have suchhhh an amazing wedding....all because Christ will be at the center of it all. congrats on this milestone! :)

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  16. That's so great that you found the perfect church! I agree, pre-marital counseling is totally awesome. I watched my best friend go through it with her church and wished I had had those classes.

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Thanks for your comments, I read and respond to every single one of them! :) Excited to get to know you!