September 1, 2010

Priest, Preacher, Notary... Hmmm...

Welcome to Wedding Wednesdays where I gush about my upcoming wedding and all the planning it entails! 

The last week in July, Stud Muffin and I went to the Florida Keys and tried to accomplish some wedding planning. The first stop on our agenda was to meet with the Priest at the local Episcopal Church. 

We attended the church service on Sunday morning and I throughly enjoyed it. The church itself was very Florida Keys style and laid back. Again, something I really liked about it. After the service we went to Fellowship Hour and met several of the parishioners. They were all so helpful and kind. I really felt at home. Did I mention that at their fellowship hour they had Mimosas?!!! Love being an Episcopalian! Love it! (Although, Stud Muffin and I stuck to OJ because we had business to discuss and a car to drive.) 

As Fellowship Hour came to a close we met the Priest and headed back to the office to talk about GETTING MARRIED!! AHHH!!! This is where things began to change in my mood. #1 The Priest is just an interim for this parish and may not be around next year for our service. #2  I felt like I was being interviewed for a job that I really wanted and may not get! #3 The minute the Priest realized I was not a member of a church in NYC it was all down hill. 

I came away from the experience saddened. It means a lot to me to have my faith be included in my ceremony. A lot! A whole freakin' lot. This was the first time in my spiritual life that I felt I was unworthy of something or that I hadn't done enough. I love being Episcopalian because I have never felt judged. I have always felt as though I belonged in any Episcopal Church. I felt as though I belong in this church until I talked marriage. Needless to say, Stud Muffin and I are researching other options. And in the end, it will all work out. There will be a Preacher or Priest of some kind and we will be married. I know God will be present and that is all that matters. 


  1. The last sentence says it all. :)

  2. Ah, what a tough one. I bet you could convince Father Steve to come and marry you but I don't know if has to be from someone in Florida or not. You know, another one of those "technicalities". Don't get frustrated. What about someone in a neighboring town? What about looking at the Florida Diocese website and going from there? It's not as if you aren't a good Episcopalian, perhaps there is not an episcopal church in NYC that you like!

  3. I think we finally found someone. Not an Episcopalian but I really like her. Sometimes I just have to let things happen the way they are meant to be and let go of the control.



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