Welcome Darling!

Thank you for visiting the Catholic Weddings portion of Something to Behold, I’m so happy you’re here and I hope you stay a while! 

Let me tell you a little bit about how I got here:

I’ve loved weddings for as long as I can remember. The beautiful dresses, exquisite venues and beaming smiles of brides never failed to capture my heart. Freshmen year of college, amidst dreaming more about getting married to my high school sweetheart than earning a degree, God put a brilliant idea in my head: Why not study Christian marriage and family life?

And so, I packed up and transferred schools to The Catholic University of America. I intended to study marriage and family life for my own heart, but God had a different plan. I never expected to end up wanting to go into marriage and family ministry, and yet here I am two years later after working for the marriage and family life offices at the Bishops Conference and the Archdiocese.

My work in these offices showed me how much couples are yearning for authentically Catholic marriage catechesis. Couples want to know what a Catholic marriage is, how they can prepare for it, how is the wedding different than a non-Catholic wedding, and how they can form a relationship centered on Christ. Through this I realized that this love I already had for weddings could be used for the greater good of ministry. I was inspired to find a way to bring to bring all things Catholic and all things wedding together in a meaningful and beautiful way.

Last spring, while taking a class on Christian marriage and family life, I was asked to write a final paper on any topic I wanted, and I choose Catholic Wedding Receptions. I ended up writing almost a thesis worthy paper with both the theological foundation of Catholic wedding receptions and some practical application. When I turned in that paper, I was sure that the title “Catholic Wedding Planner” wasn’t merely a silly little dream I had been having. But rather, it was a an actual possibility, and one that could fill a need that so many couples preparing for marriage face in our Church today.

While I’m still not sure if this is a career path I can afford to follow immediately after undergrad, I wanted to bring a little bit of this inspiration to the blog! To start, I’m bringing you a series called Uniquely Catholic Brides and Brides-to-Be: On Planning a Catholic Wedding, where I have a number of friends lined up to share their stories of how they incorporated the Catholic faith into their big days! I just know that you’re going to love what they have to say!

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If you have any ideas about Catholic wedding planning, want to contribute to the series or simply want to swoon over weddings in general, contact brooke.a.paris@gmail.com! 

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