Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Our Ceremony Venue

Welcome back to Wedding Wednesday.  Today I am sharing a few beautiful photos our photographer took of the church where we were married: Saint Joseph Memorial Chapel at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.  As I've mentioned before, I graduated from Holy Cross, so it obviously holds a very special place in my heart.  It was the perfect small liberal arts college for a girl from a small town in Rhode Island.  Holy Cross was also where I met Mike.  He went to the University of Connecticut, but his sister went to Holy Cross and was my roommate during our junior year.  Planning our wedding, we really wanted to get married in a church, and Saint Joseph's was perfect because it held so many memories, is a beautiful church, and was a fantastic central location for all of our family and friends from all over New England.  To decorate, we honestly didn't do very much to the church, so that it's natural beauty could shine through.  Our florist, Frugal Flower, made some beautiful hanging pew decorations and two large bouquets on pedestals for either side of the alter.  Everything matched our bouquets and the centerpieces at the reception perfectly!  As for the ceremony, we went with a traditional Catholic mass.  Holy Cross is a Jesuit school, meaning that their philosophy is, "men and women for others."  It's different than traditional Catholic teachings in that they are all about the service side of religion and bringing people into the church. That being said, our celebrant, a Jesuit priest and professor at Holy Cross, made all of our guests of different faiths feel accepted into the church and welcomed all Christians up to communion.  Besides the setting itself, the music was definitely one of my favorite parts of the wedding ceremony.  The Chapel has a 1985 four-manual, fifty-stop mechanical action organ.  That, paired with a trumpet player and cantor, could not have been more beautiful.  

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18 comments:

Jillian said...

gorgeous church!! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

Samantha said...

That church is absolutely GORGEOUS!

Macy said...

WOW! That church is amazing. What a beautiful aisle to walk down :)

Rebecca Jo said...

how beautiful!!!!! that's a long walk down the aisle!!!

Jen said...

Wow what a gorgeous church.

rachael gilley said...

I'll just repeat after everyone else...WOW! This church is just stunning. I love the sentimentality that it has for you, too! That's so great in a ceremony venue.

Megan @ Semi-Charmed Kind of Life said...

Wow, what a gorgeous church! We also had a Catholic Mass and got very lucky with our priest; so many of our friends (even non-Catholic friends) commented afterward about how beautiful his homily was. I'm happy you were able to get married in a church that had such special meaning to you!

Musings of Mollie said...

That is an absolutely beautiful place to get married!! I bet you felt so special!!!

Elizabeth McMullen said...

That church is breathtaking! I also feel like it's a long walk. Was it a long walk down?
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Shelby / Recent Somethings said...

What a stunning church! I would have been worn out from the walk down the aisle haha. Lovely!

Kate @ Classy Living said...

That is an incredible looking church! And the aisle - man that must have been quite a walk!! :)

Jessica said...

That church is absolutely stunning! I would have loved to get married in a church but ours is very un-traditional and not the style I would want for my wedding. That looks like something out of a movie!

Rachel said...

Holy cow-your church is gorgeous!

Caitlin Elizabeth said...

So beautiful!! I actually went to Clark University for school so I know Worcester well :)

Patty said...

Wow meg!!! Gorgeous wedding!!

BLovedBoston said...

That church is absolutely gorgeous!!

Lola said...

So funny - we had the same florist! It's a small world!

Paula said...

Such an exquisite setting for your wedding. How well I remember mass on graduation weekend in that very place. I think when I was at H.C. most of the time we had services in the lower chapel, still lovely, not quite as grand.

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