The Church Post

The Church Post

Feb 10
The Church Post

After recovering from the news that we would not be able to get married in the chapel at Johnson Ferry Baptist, we began looking at center-aisle, non-member-friendly churches in the Roswell area. Mimosa Blvd has about a thousand churches on it, so we started there. The gorgeous, historic Presbyterian church was instantly ruled out, because they only do weddings for members. BOO. The Baptist church was promising, though. My family actually attended that church for about a year when I was 6 years old, so it was a campus we were familiar with. I didn’t remember the chapel at all, and my parents’ memories were foggy. The chapel was so small that I assumed it had a center aisle…how it could accommodate side aisles was beyond me. My brother, David, warned me about how old it smelled. I shrugged it off, thinking that it would be a charming whiff of history. David (fiancé) and I went to visit. We smelled the chapel before we saw it, and the smell got stronger and stronger as we got closer to the door. WOW. That was a huge negative. We went inside – side aisles. Crap!

We then went to see Roswell United Methodist Church. I knew all along that they had a center aisle, but I was concerned about how weird it would be to get married in an octagonal chapel. We visited and Susan Hawkins, the wedding coordinator, showed us around. We first went to the sanctuary (which is also octagonal). It was lovely and had a long, fabulous aisle. The only issue was that the room was just too big. She said the lighting would help…but it was a bit too grand for what we’d envisioned. We then took a walk over to the chapel – gorgeous. It looks much less octagonal in person, if that makes any sense. The photos taken from the balcony that I’d seen emphasized the over-all shape. Anyone who has seen the aisle will know what I mean when I say the aisle is incredibly short. That was the one drawback, but it can be solved by starting at the outside door instead. The room and narthex are both filled with gorgeous stained glass windows, and the rest is all dark wood. After being in this chapel, the JFBC chapel just doesn’t compare. Another great thing about RUMC is that they are the one church that allows non-members to reserve the ceremony 9 months before the wedding (everywhere else is 6 months). Ms. Hawkins was very kind to us, and she made it easy to talk to her. She showed us where the guys and girls would be before the ceremony, and then she sat us down to talk about the details. I left very excited and hopeful.

Since she doesn’t work on Fridays, Ms. Hawkins let me know that I could reserve the church on Thursday, February 2nd. When that day rolled around, I could hardly contain my excitement. David (fiancé) was busy studying and putting more wrinkles in his brain, so David (brother) came with me. I went to Ms. Hawkins’s office, dropped off the deposit, she showed me their candelabras and unity candle, and then David and I were free to look at and take pictures of the chapel. We explored the room [which I was seeing sans Christmas decor for the first time] and went outside and took a few pictures of the front. The weather was perfect, and we saw tons of squirrels. Ms. Hawkins let me know that the approval process was all but complete, and I would be getting an informational packet on Monday. Ladies and gentlemen, WE HAVE A CHURCH FOR THE CEREMONY!!!

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