Hello Juliet0310. Hopefully this helps you better understand our Catholic Faith.
“…i do not agree with….(i.e. priests not being allowed to marry, the authority of the Pope, and the fact that you cannot have a ceremony outdoors even though you can have a ceremony is the church without having a full mass…)”
In our faith, there are many reasons for the teaching and Traditions to be the way they are. I will try to help clarify some of your confusion and or disagreements with the Church, as I feel that once you fully understand the why(s), then you can learn to appreciate the Tradition.
Please note that by no way am I trying to offend you, so please excuse me if I seem a bit blunt at times. My finace would agree that I am too blunt, but again, by no means is my intent to offend anyone.
1) Priests are not married, because most of the time, they take a vow of chastity, poverty, and obedience. So marriage would really interfere with the Chastity part. Also, the Priests not being married falls more under the practices, and is not considered Tradition (with a capital ‘T’).
2) The Authority of the Pope was established by Jesus Christ himself, and can be found in the Bible in which Jesus specifically states tells Peter —
“I also say to you, that you are Peter and upon this rock, I will build my Church…I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”.
As such, we clearly see that GOD gave the authority to St. Peter (the 1st Pope of our Church). So the office of the Papacy is not man-made, rather, it is GOD instituted.
3) Location of the ceremony is important. When we have the ceremony in Church, we are doing this in the physical presence of GOD, as HE is physically in the tabernacle. When we have outdoor weddings, GOD is not physically there as there are no outdoor tabernacles, and no alter on which the host is turned into the body of Christ. So to have a ceremony outdoors, and not having GOD there, is like having a wedding and not inviting your father.
Sorry for the long response, I tried to not make this a Bible study session. But really, there is much to our faith and I’m sure that it is important for you to have GOD be a witness to your union/wedding as well.
GOD BLESS… Best wishes to you on your wedding.