Category Archives: Ceremony

How We Spent Our Martin Luther King Day

Gavin had a meeting with his priest, Fr. Rafferty, this morning at 11am (the one who runs the RCIA class at Corpus Christi on 121st Street.) Fr. Rafferty met everyone in the class individually over the winter break and, since Gavin forgot to schedule this, the pastor sent him a friendly email reminder for a reschedule for today. I, on the other hand, received an email last night requesting that I come into work to help out on a pitch. So that’s where I was today.

But it all was very good in the end. Gavin got the information we need to put together a mass (or just a ceremony- no communion, depending on which we decide to do) and another booklet on the Sacrament of Marriage.

I did some light browsing through a wedding magazine on the subway ride home to decompress from the long day. Here are some interesting shots we may have to talk to our photographer about (when we finally decide on one.)







Gavin and I had planned a run (after I realized my last meeting of the day would undermine yoga class) but then he reminded me that it was a holiday and the gym was likely to be closed. In lieu of the treadmill, I did a few sets of crunches, sit-ups and some arm and leg exercise with free weights.

There is no stopping me now. I’m determined to find a way to exercise every day (with appropriate rest days, of course.) My mom should be worried about taking the dress in; not letting it out. :)

Meeting with Fr. Murphy (We Found a Church!)

On Saturday morning, Gavin and I went to Park Slope and spoke to the friendliest, happiest, most gregarious priest that either of us has ever met. Fr. Murphy sat us down and asked if we had any questions. He explained everything we had to do in a very simple, non-confrontational way.

About an hour later, we a nuptial mass/ceremony in the book for the afternoon of June 29th and our marriage documents in hand (well, minus baptismal certificates and marriage license, which we need to pick up at city hall.) Checked another item off of our never-ending list.

Once our meeting was finished, Gavin and I walked next door to check out the church. It was so beautiful.

The ceilings were really nice, as well. No chandeliers like our nearby parish church but equally as pleasant.

We are both really excited about getting married here.

We also randomly found out from the bulletin board that this priest has a YouTube channel. I’m not kidding. I guess that’s one way to get the homily out to everyone.

Gavin took some test photos outside the church. (He wants to have everyone in the bridal party lined against the railing where I’m standing in the photo.)

After our meeting with the priest, Gavin and I met up with Amy and her friends at Brooklyn Flea – about a thirty minute walk from where the church is located. (Yes, we walked. It was cold.) Flea market find of the day: set of mismatched candlesticks. I’ve been looking for candlesticks for so long so I’m very excited about this. Now I can finally use those gold candlesticks that my mom gave me several years ago.

When we got back, I had a long conversation with Jessica and then ended the day on a healthy note- with juicing! Check out how beautiful the kiwi skins look.

Tuesday To-Do’s

I would say Tuesday was a very productive day as far as the wedding is concerned. I got back quotes from two vendors (both servers and rentals.) I updated our budget accordingly. Gavin received quotes and links from more photographers.

He also scheduled a meeting for us Thursday night to meet with photographer Laura Barisonzi. I set up a meeting with Father Murphy at St. Saviour’s Catholic Church for Saturday morning. Already I like this priest much more than the one at St. Agnes (also in charge of St. Paul’s), based on the phone conversation alone.

After work, I stopped by David’s Bridal to check out some bridesmaid dresses. (More to come on that.)


In other news, our Puerto Rico guidebooks came in at the library- all three of them! We will be well-prepared for the pre-honeymoon getaway coming up in April.

And the perfect end to a super busy and productive day? Homemade tacos!