Countdown: 244 days
And yes, we booked our reception venue before deciding on our church. After enough church hopping around Lipa, we finally find ‘the one’! I have a few criteria when it comes to my church of choice and the one that we booked just fits. Pasok sa banga, to say the least.
Here a few of the churches we considered:
St. Therese of the Child Jesus
Beautiful, dainty little chapel that is 5km away from our reception venue. Altar is pretty. Its interior is round, so it looks as if it’s a huge church but in reality it’s not that big. Downside is, interior is a little dark, and it’s along the highway. Parking in front of the chapel is cramped too.
San Sebastian Cathedral
Main cathedral in Lipa. Very photogenic, and very, very huge for my liking. Parking lot is spacious, but because it’s located within the city proper (few blocks from Lipa public market), the location is a little busy with vendors and public transports. Not appealing to me.
Capilla de Baserri
Inside Baserri (our reception venue) is a small quaint unwalled chapel. THIS WAS OUR TOP CHOICE, initially. When I saw this one, I was sold that this is it. It’s cozy, it had a view of the Mt. Malarayat, and of course it’s beside our reception. It didn’t need styling, it didn’t need flowers. It is just beautiful. Since this is a private chapel, we had to ask permission from the archdiocese to hold our wedding mass in here. After much deliberation, sadly, we weren’t allowed to be wed in here. So we had to let it go.
Mary, Mediatrix of all Grace
And then we found this. We’ve been meaning to visit this church since we always see it along the way. It’s a relatively new church (was built only a few years ago). It’s not as small as I wanted it to be, but everything else about it, I love! The interior is lovely, and its location is perfect — it’s in the middle of a freaking huge landscape. The view is just beautiful! We went to the parish office just last Sunday and booked our date right away.
The truth is, booking our wedding in this church is probably the biggest push forward in our preps. I was pumped! Even though we didn’t get our first choice, this one was as lovely. I am more than excited right now, I updated everything in this wedsite. Haha!