This couple was married this past October in a Our Lady of Czestochowa Catholic Church Wedding.
A word from the bride… “Like many couples, Mark and I were faced with the upsetting decision to either cancel or postpone our originally-planned October 2020 wedding.
Not wanting to part with my dream wedding, but still wanting to become husband and wife on our original date, we opted to postpone the “celebration” at our original venue to 2021 and start planning an intimate wedding for our original date (10/17/2020).
We moved to Jersey City from Manhattan at the height of the pandemic.
While we were both raised Catholic, getting married in a Catholic church wedding was not our original plan, but we moved down the street from the most beautiful and bright little church that was available on our original date – and it all just started falling into place.
When picking our venue, it was really important to me that my grandmother be able to attend, but unfortunately, she passed away at the end of 2019. As a very religious woman, I could feel her presence with us all day – and feel her beaming down with pride that we decided to get married in the church.
In terms of the day – I did not wear my dream wedding dress (Saving that beauty for 2021). Instead, I picked a velvet white bridesmaid dress from Revelry.
I got the most beautiful bouquet and corsage from Casa Mona. I can not say enough about how amazing Antonio is at Casa Mona. I explained my vision to him and showed him my pinterest board for my full wedding (now next year), and he came up with the MOST beautiful, organic bouquet I have ever seen. I was not feeling much like a bride that morning, but when the florals arrived, I finally felt really special.
Everything was DIY. We entertained our immediate family (12 people total) in our one-bedroom apartment/apartment roof deck after the ceremony. Aside from the bouquet and corsage, my friend gave us a DIY “Mark’s Only Hope” sign, and I baked our own wedding cake from scratch (my first two-tiered cake!).
Mark and I decided to have our “first dance” in private once everyone went home – we will re-do this next year, but it was so romantic putting on the record of our first dance song (“What Would I Do Without You” by Ray Charles) and just dance together all alone after the most un-expected wedding day.
Just trust the process. Honestly. IT was not the day of our dreams, but it was perfect – and now I get to celebrate my anniversary with the day we always dreamt of.