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After we all finished getting ready, we headed down to the lobby so I could greet my parents before heading over to the church. Our photographer took some pictures of us, and then we headed out to the limo and drove over.

I honestly think that was the longest drive over to the church. I would practically make that exact same drive every single day when I used to work at the hotel to go back home, and my mind was all over the place. Before I knew, I looked out the window and we were a block away and it hit me that this was it.

I climbed out of the limo and headed over to the small bridal holding room. And yes, it was a holding room. I hated being in there by myself. I felt like I wanted to either start jumping around, throw open the door, start dancing, yelling…anything to get other people in there so I wasn’t alone.

They finally let me out and we lined up at the back door. The doors opened, my uncle started playing the trumpet along with our organist, and everyone stood. I started walking down the aisle, and then I felt my dad’s arm pull me back…I was walking just a tad too fast. Oops.

I started catching friends and family’s eyes, and then I caught Kyle’s eye and the tears started. I just became so overwhelmed with seeing everyone and seeing him at the end of the aisle and I was just so happy.

We finally got up to the the alter, and my dad, just like he said at the rehearsal, repeated the following words to my soon to be husband. “If you ever hurt her, I will hunt you down like the dog that you are.” Of course there were smiles all around…there’s never a dull moment with my dad!

Now don’t ask me what happened during the ceremony, because this is seriously all I kept thinking:

“Oh man is this bouquet heavy…okay, must sit down…chair, good…okay must move abundance of dress out of way so I don’t get my shoe caught in it when I stand up. Damn heavy flowers. Oh there’s my cousin reading, and there’s the other one reading…seriously, how am I supposed to hold this bouquet and not crush the flowers on my dress. STAND!”

Before I knew it we were reciting our vows, which I didn’t stumble on, and our rings went on perfectly fine! We were announced and kissed, and walked up the aisle together as man and wife.

We doubled back around so we could sign our three marriage licenses, and I swore to everyone that our entire ceremony took no longer than 30 seconds. Apparently it was more like 35 minutes, but it felt like it was over before I knew it.

Once we got our formal pictures done, we took some bridal party pictures out on the front steps of the church. There is nothing like standing there, waving at all the cars, and them honking their horns and yelling well wishes out the window!

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Last Thursday we met with the florist to go over every single detail. We sat down and first detailed out the delivery times (church, hotel, reception) and went through the flower choices for everyone (I still cannot recall what I want in my bouquet, and I can guess that when the day comes I won’t even know what’s in it. But as long as it’s pretty, I don’t care!) We decided to add on two small arrangements for the church, and also two small arrangements for the reception (for the escort card table) and also a cake topper that will be made out of fresh flowers.

Later that evening I met with the music director who will be taking care of all the music during our ceremony at the church. It was amazing being inside the church with only a portion of the lights on, and hearing the organ and piano just echo in the silence. We picked out the processional and recessional music, as well as filler music that will be played throughout the ceremony, when people are being seated, and also after the ceremony has concluded.

Bonus add-on: my uncle plays the trumpet and offered his services during the ceremony, which of course we jumped at the chance for him to play. The music selection for my walk down the aisle will even be more powerful with a trumpet being played. I cannot wait!!

It only took us a month and a half to finish, but we have…

To any couple who is getting married in the Catholic Church, do the prep class. To any couple that doesn’t have enough time to go a prep class in person, I highly recommend you doing it online through The Marriage Group if your church accepts it. The videos can be a bit dated, but it gets all the information across.

One more thing done!

This afternoon I signed ourselves up for our pre-canna class. We decided to do ours online through The Marriage Group, mainly because it was one of the recommended and approved classes that we are able to do outside of the state of Michigan. We both knew we wouldn’t be able to get more time off to go up for a weekend, or consecutive weekends to complete a pre-canna retreat.

The best thing about it is that we can do it at whatever pace we want to. The course is laid out with videos and then time to discuss things with your partner. I added up all the video times, and it looks like it’ll take 3 hours to complete, something that can either be done all in one sitting or broken up.

Bonus: when you finish the course online you print out a certificate of completion to turn into the church showing that you finished your preparation class!

Part of getting married in the Catholic church is that you have to go through prep classes. Our first one we have already completed, which wasn’t so much a class, but was more of going through a questionnaire with a family counselor.

The next part is that we actually have to partake in a marriage prep class. Normally these are done in a retreat fashion where you either go for a full day, weekend, or multiple night classes depending on what works best with your schedule.

Considering we are not in Michigan it’s a bit tough attempting to get to these classes…but, thank god for technology!!!

There is a AOD (archdiocese of Detroit) marriage prep class online that we are able to do, and it will give us our certificate to show that we have completed it. We are able to do it all in one sitting, or we can break it up between topics. Now we just have to figure out when we want to start them and get them completed!

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