campus, I laugh-cried for about an hour afterward at the pure joy of starting my life with the man I'd been writing letters to since before we'd ever met. About a week later, the cluelessness set in: how, exactly, did you get married in the Catholic Church? At that point in my life, I hadn't been to a wedding in years, and none of my friends were married yet, so engagement, spiritual preparation, and the practical aspects of wedding planning were entirely a mystery to me.
practical planning advice and resources, music suggestions that speak to the cry of our hearts, real couples' love stories, money-saving tips, inspiration boards, and honest talk about beauty, femininity, and sex and chastity. There's also plenty of ideas for inspired romance, no matter what your style, spiritual reading to do together, and now and then I like to share snapshots of life with my extraordinary hubs and our sweet babies.
All the trendy, pretty things, life updates, and musings of my restless heart are here on the blog, but I'm also thrilled to offer you a resource that covers all the concrete spiritual and practical matters involved in wedding planning. INVITED: THE ULTIMATE CATHOLIC WEDDING PLANNER walks you through planning a sacred, stylish celebration and preparing for marriage, from first steps after the ring's on your finger all the way through navigating newlywed life. It's got planning worksheets for everything from budgeting to Mass selections to invitation wording and is all shot through with the authentic, life-giving joy I've found in St. Pope John Paul II's vision of human love. INVITED is available on Amazon and from Pauline Books and Media.
In 2016, I co-founded and launched a new ministry, Spoken Bride, for Catholic brides and newlyweds, featuring wedding-related content alongside inspiration and love stories from real, beautiful Catholic weddings and resources to connect you with Catholic wedding vendors. My writing can now be found there. I hope you love it and find the combination of writing for brides with beautiful imagery and a community for creatives is a true help as you prepare to enter into marriage.
So have a look around, click over to Spoken when you're done, and if you're recently engaged, introduce yourself! I love hearing from you and getting to know you. I hope you find not just information but community at Captive the Heart and Spoken Bride. My prayer for you is this: as you're purified by love's fire during your engagement, I hope you'll feel a sense of complete peace and surrender. Look to Mary, whose very life was a "yes," and find your example in her. She "renders captive the heart of man to deliver him over to her Divine Son," and your engagement offers you the same opportunity in such a real way. Enter in with her, and rejoice.
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