Hey, y’all! It’s official – Wedding Wednesdays are here, and I can promise they’ll be around for quite a while! Now that we’re long distance again, I’m missing Jacob so much! To pass the time until we’re back together at Notre Dame in the fall, I decided to dive deep into wedding planning before I get busy with the start of senior year (and moving into my first apartment!), and I’ve actually made a lot of progress so far!
Let’s start with “when.” Jacob and I both agreed that the wedding date should be after graduation (for obvious reasons), and the summer just made the perfect sense! Jacob will be graduating early in December and starting work in January to save money for the wedding/moving expenses/starting our lives together, but I won’t be graduating until May.
We’ve done long-distance in the past, but it’s definitely not the most ideal, so we decided there should be a pretty quick turnaround after I have my degree in my hand. I won’t be sharing the actual date on here until after the wedding, as I’d like to be fully present with our closest friends and family when the day finally rolls around, but the social media posts will certainly be coming after we get back from our honeymoon! That being said, I won’t leave y’all hanging completely! I’m happy to share the month Jacob and I will be getting married.
Drum roll, please…
Yes! We are having a June wedding, and I couldn’t be more excited! The summer is such a fun, joyous season, and June just so happens to be the month that Jacob and I first started talking back in 2019! It’s so crazy to think that almost exactly three years from the day I decided to send Jacob a message about a beautiful sunset he posted in Mears, Michigan, I’ll be his wife!
Life is wild, y’all!
Now onto “where.” Initially, I was really torn about this decision. Getting married at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Notre Dame’s campus would have been an absolute dream, but I knew that very few people from my family would have been able to make that trek up to Indiana from Texas, and celebrating without them just wouldn’t feel right.
I also considered a wedding in Indianapolis (where Jacob is from), because it’s a very affordable city! Let me tell you…I had no idea how much weddings actually cost until I started planning. Suffice to say, they are most certainly not cheap. Jacob has a huge family, so we’re having a big wedding, and getting married in Indiana definitely would have saved us and our parents some money, but I still couldn’t get over the fact that I’d have almost no one there to represent me and where I come from.
So, we decided to stick to tradition!
We will be getting married in…
I know it’ll be tough to plan long-distance during the school year, but I am thrilled to be getting married in my hometown! Our ceremony will be at the Catholic Church I attended in high school. I grew up Catholic, but the confirmation program there is where my faith journey truly began. It has such a special place in my heart, and coming back to tie the knot there after four years will feel like such a fulfillment of God’s promises. I can’t wait!
After hours upon hours of emails, scrolling on WeddingWire, and checking Instagram location tags, I also have something else to share! We finally found our dream wedding venue! The building is perfect, the location is perfect, my date was available, and we just paid the deposit – our reception will be held at The Meekermark in Magnolia, Texas!
Is it not just absolutely gorgeous?
I love the blend of glamorous chandeliers with rustic wood, and I think it matches my style perfectly! The venue was designed by a family of photographers (hence the fabulous lighting!), and everything about it – from the furniture, to the groom’s quarters, to the outdoor areas – is so lovely! The whole venue team has been wonderful to work with, and I’m so excited to get ready and have our reception there!
Now that we officially have our date and our venues, I am so excited to start reaching out to wedding vendors! Competition is so high in Houston right now, especially with so many brides postponing their weddings from 2020, but I’m confident I’ll be able to pull together a vendor team I’ll love!
I’m also really looking forward to continuing this Wedding Wednesday series. It’s been so much fun already! I have so many creative ideas and DIY projects to conquer in future posts, and I can’t wait to keep sharing all of the details! Wedding planning is no joke, but behind all of the stress, there is so much joy! Thank y’all so much for tagging along!
It sounds like you’ve picked some really special locations and an even more special time! I’m excited for you. Planning a wedding is a lot of work, but it’s so worth it for that memorable day. Also, props to you for utilizing WeddingWire! They were my saving grace when I planned my wedding.
I love your thought process in wedding planning! I think the timing is sensible and your location is lovely!
That wedding venue looks absolutely stunning! A June wedding there is going to be fabulous!