44: What Our Wedding Photos Mean to Us Now
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by Laura-Anne Smid
10M ago
Your wedding day goes by in the blink of an eye. After the cake's eaten and your guests go home, the only things you really have to remember the first day of your marriage are the memories of the day and the photos to back them up. Join us on a walk down memory lane where Kathleen and I talk about what it was like getting our photos soon after our wedding days, how the photos have helped our marriages, and what they mean to us now years later. This is an especially great listen if you're looking for a wedding photographer as we talk about the importance of having someone you trust to capture t ..read more
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43: What Makes a Good Date?
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by Laura-Anne Smid
11M ago
What's the hallmark of a good date? What does dating in marriage look like? What does dating DO for your marriage? Kathleen and I explore all these things and more in this episode. I've looked up to Kathleen as a date-your-spouse pro and loved hearing her insights into what being pursued by her husband and showing interest in him on a regular basis has done for her marriage. After all, The Catholic Date Night was born out of their natural desire to see spouses enjoy each other's company and grow closer together — something they're gifted in themselves. This episode mainly explores dating WITHI ..read more
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42: Cultivating Friendship with Your Spouse
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by Laura-Anne Smid
1y ago
Friendship includes shared hobbies and interests, but it goes much deeper than that. What does friendship in marriage actually mean? What do you do if you don’t feel like you’re friends with your spouse?  There’s definitely work required to cultivate true friendship with each other, but that effort leads to joy and intimacy — and who doesn’t want that in their marriage??  Kathleen and I explore what it means to see your spouse as a mystery, the special access you have to your spouse that no one else has, and how friendship can help your marriage through good & hard times. ABOUT L ..read more
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41: When You're the First Ones Married with Jason & Laura Smith
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by Laura-Anne Smid
1y ago
From meeting as teenagers on a NET team to now almost 15 years of marriage, Jason & Laura Smith have really grown up together. They were the first of their friends to get married and figure out what “building a life together” really meant.   In this episode, Jason & Laura share about how they started dating the day NET ended (literally), the long-distance challenges they faced as they dated, and what being newlyweds and university students at the same time was like — and that’s just the first half of the show.   Listen in as they tell of the importance of building a ..read more
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39: Through the Highs & Lows — 33 Years of Marriage! with Marnie & Glenn Wynans
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by Laura-Anne Smid
1y ago
Marnie & Glenn Wynans share the story of their 33-year-long marriage, a relationship tested through fire after being thrown into the depths of their vows right away.  From a wedding day they wanted to redo, to living in a tiny trailer as newlyweds, to learning what it meant to rely on God wholeheartedly, these two have been through the highs and lows of life together.  Marnie & Glenn talk about what it was like walking through multiple miscarriages, the longing to fill their home with children for years, and how that experience made them realize how much of a gift each of the ..read more
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38: Growing in Faith with Your Spouse
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by Laura-Anne Smid
1y ago
I’m joined by Kathleen LeBlanc from The Catholic Date Night to chat through the ever-changing and ongoing adventure of growing in faith with your spouse. It’s easy to pigeonhole spiritual growth into one area, but the journey to heaven involves every part of ourselves integrating and becoming whole. We share our experiences focusing on our own path to holiness, how we’re living that out in each of our marriages, as well as how we encourage our spouses in their relationships with Christ and are inspired by their unique stories, too. ABOUT LAURA-ANNE I'm a wedding photographer, wife, and guide f ..read more
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37: An Irish-Canadian Long-Distance Love Story with Shane & Sarah Fitzsimons
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by Laura-Anne Smid
1y ago
In a long-distance relationship? You’re gonna want to listen to this. In this episode, Shane & Sarah Fitzsimons share the grand adventures God invited them into as individuals and the truly incredible way those journeys had them cross paths. From a first meeting that one of them hardly remembers to essentially swapping places in their respective home countries, Shane & Sarah learned a lot about themselves and how to make long-distance love work. This Irish-Canadian romance shows how much bigger and better God’s plan is than what we can imagine; not even borders can contain it!   T ..read more
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36: Ready for Valentine's Day?
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by Laura-Anne Smid
1y ago
I'm joined by Kathleen LeBlanc from The Catholic Date Night to chat all about the occasion coming up: Valentine's Day. Should it be a big deal? Does it get a bad rap sometimes? Do we even do anything for it anymore?? With just under a week to go until Valentine's Day, now's the time to check in with your significant other about what you're both expecting (or not expecting) for the festivities and we share why we want to manage expectations for the well-being of our marriages. And in case you've got little ones around, there's a brief mention of sex and intimacy toward the end :) Resources Ment ..read more
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35: Can You Use Your Wedding to Evangelize? with Real Bride Phylicia Aalbers
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by Laura-Anne Smid
1y ago
Spoiler alert: the answer is YES. There is so much beauty, truth, and goodness in a wedding day and you can absolutely use this occasion to share that in an intentional way with not only your non-Catholic guests, but *everyone* involved in the day! Listen to my chat with recently married bride Phylicia Aalbers and hear all about how she and her now-husband started thinking about this exact thing from the beginning of their engagement.   WANT A SIMPLE WAY TO EVANGELIZE AT YOUR WEDDING? AND save the headache of figuring out how to format a ceremony program booklet for print?? Get the Cathol ..read more
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34: The BEST Birthday Tradition + ANNOUNCEMENT
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by Laura-Anne Smid
1y ago
This is my FAVOURITE way to reflect on my birthday: the Birthday 3-2-1. In this episode, I share where I learned about it, what it is exactly, and my actual 3-2-1 from my recent birthday. I also make an ANNOUNCEMENT that if you're reading this description you can just glance down below and see what it is... but you'll have to listen to hear about why I'm doing it :) I'm Laura-Anne Smid and I simplify engagement so Catholic brides can focus on preparing for marriage instead of being overwhelmed by planning a wedding. THE CATHOLIC WEDDING PROGRAM TEMPLATE IS HERE!!!!! https://laura-anne.ca/catho ..read more
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