Happy belated Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. I had a great time celebrating with my parents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and my cousin’s husbands/fiancé’s. I am very fortunate to have a large extended family with a lot of cousins close in age to me. We are so close that in fact two of them are getting married next summer as well! Needless to say much of our Thanksgiving conversations revolved around weddings =)

My fiancé Ben came down to Orange County this weekend for Thanksgiving so I was able to show him the Newport Beach Yacht club and fortunately he loved it! So we have officially reserved the location for our wedding reception on August 17th. Unfortunately they only allow 100 people for the ceremony, and since we are going to have closer to 200 my mom and I were on a hunt this weekend for the ceremony location.

I had always envisioned getting married outside so we first checked out Newport Dunes which offers beachside ceremonies. Unfortunately when we got there I didn’t feel like it went with the East Coast nautical theme of my wedding. At that point I had to consider having a church ceremony. I am not against this I just hadn’t pictured it for myself. But like I said in my last blog post I have been realizing that during this process I am going to have to compromise, and I began to get excited about a traditional church ceremony.

Ben and I want things to be convenient for our guests, so we initially were interested in the closest church to the reception location, Christ Church by the Sea. My mom and I went on Sunday to see what it looked like and we were pleasantly surprised. The main chapel area has wooden pews, high ceilings, and stained glass. Unfortunately when we talked to the church office they informed us that their minister would have to perform the ceremony and I would prefer my parents pastor to marry us.

Next up we checked out the First United Methodist Church on Newport Boulevard which is about 15 minutes from the reception location. I really loved the way this chapel looked.

The office was closed when we stopped by so I am not sure of their availability or if they need their pastor to marry us so I am going to follow up this week. If everything works out I think this church would be perfect. If it doesn’t we will continue our search for the perfect church!