As you have probably read in the last few posts, Cristina and I are getting married! What seemed like forever (an almost 300 day countdown when we got engaged) is now down to only 11 days….and boy, do we have a lot to do!
Just to give a little background for those who haven’t read about it since the beginning of our blog Cafe con Leche, Cristina and I decided to plan, literally every aspect of our wedding day, ourselves. (This was decided because of our humble salaries and the high cost of rent in New York City!)
You see, even amidst many other young adult Catholics in the city, people refuse to get married (even after they’ve professed that they have discerned and are called to the Sacrament) until they’ve dated for a few years in order to build up a substantial savings and have their dream wedding. Don’t get me wrong! There’s nothing wrong with having your dream wedding….it’s just sad that so many young people remain “dating” for such an extended (and according to them, unnecessary) amount of time because of money.
So, here we are, planning our wedding and doing all of the necessary – budgeting, buying things at closeout prices, making all of the decorations ourselves, etc – and we’ve finally come to a crisis.
We knew it was coming, the enemy has been trying to the past 10 months…and finally he’s resorted to attacking us at one of the most sensitive areas : Cristina’s wedding dress.
To give you a little background, one of Cristina’s passions is to speak to young women about chastity and modesty. You can find one of her blog posts about it here. Long story short, after much discussion Cristina decided to order her wedding dress which was to be a beautiful “half-sleeved, lace-covered, modest-yet-flattering traditional wedding dress”. The only problem was that it was going to take 6-8 weeks to put together and on top of that, the woman making the dress got held-up in sending it.
Fast forward to last week and the dress arrived but it didn’t fit.
Did you read that? The dress didn’t fit! Not only did the dress not fit, but it was made MANY MANY sizes too small meaning that after a few meetings with emergency tailors and seamstresses here in New York City, (where you can supposedly find anything) it was declared “Unrepairable”.
Basically, last weekend was spent running around Manhattan in search for an emergency dress (with only 2 weeks to go!). After getting on our knees and praying, Cristina and her mother were able to find something that she was pleased with but it ended up taking a huge chunk out of our planned budget.
When one places their complete trust in the Lord, He OUTDOES Himself! I wish I could actually sit here and recount to you all that He has done in providing for us in planning a New York City wedding….but it would be a book!
I am not writing this asking anyone for donations or for help, but for hard-core prayers!
We trust that He will provide for the final details of this glorious day but we also know that in prayer we must be specific with the Lord.
If you are able, PLEASE pray for God’s Divine Providence in our final preparations. Pray that He will multiply our resources as well as the help of family and friends, so that this day will bring Him ALL of the Glory!