Jaycee Weaver, Andrea Boyd, and I all joined an anthology collection called Something Borrowed: Christmas Weddings Collection. It’s a story of five friends who each get a turn to wear a tiara from their sixth friend Ruth Ann (inspired by Angela Ruth Strong who couldn’t join our collection this year).
As each friend navigates the relationship waters, we get to see the highs and lows that life brings us. You’ll be blessed with these sweet romances where you’ll get a wide range of faith sprinkled throughout the pages.
So to celebrate the release of Something Borrowed, I thought it would be fun to ask each author to describe their idea of a perfect Christmas wedding.
Jaycee: My dream Christmas wedding (paid for by a wealthy benefactor, of course lol!) would be in the middle of a cold spell—not because I like the cold (my husband and I are both desert rats), but because the dresses I would choose would be too hot otherwise! My sister and I would have a double wedding White Christmas style in our matching Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen final scene gowns and muffs. The guys would be in more modern fitted tuxes, since I’m not a fan of the baggy Santa suits. LOL! But I can totally picture a little ballerina dancing down the aisle ahead of us, no other bridesmaids. Growing up, this was our favorite Christmas movie and one of the few things we could agree on. My mom would sing “Sisters” to us when we’d get into it over something, which of course got us joining in (or rolling eyes later). Having her by my side on such a day really would be a beautiful, nostalgic dream!
Mikal: Well first and foremost, if you know me at all, I WANT SNOW! But since it’d be too cold outside for people to sit there for a wedding, it would need to be inside, and real snow inside doesn’t work. Knowing that, I’d make my own! I would hang subtlely sparkling snowflakes all over from the ceiling, bring in a ton of evergreens and spray them (lightly!) with snow. From there I’d line the aisles with lanterns with lit pillar candles in them and mistletoe hanging off them. At the altar, I would have a backdrop of snowed-on evergreens with little white twinkling lights woven through. (I’m dying here!!!)
As for the flowers, I looooooove peonies, but I’d want to save my bouquet! I found a crafter a few years ago that makes flowers out of very thin wood and dyes/paints them. I would have her do peonies in a wine-red, pink, and dyed wine-red sprigs along with green sprigs and maybe some eucalyptus.
Music-wise, all the quiet Christmas music you could think of. The one that would HAVE to be played for sure in some bigger way is “O Holy Night.” It’s my favourite Christmas song ever! And all our family and close friends would be there, and my old pastor (and his wife) from Georgia would marry us.
Can you tell I’ve given this a lot of thought? HAHA! But when it all comes down to it, what would matter to me would be that I marry my best friend and we have that lifelong commitment to one another. As long as I have that, I could get married in a paper bag.
But please don’t make me.
Andrea: My grandmother told me a story about how her grandparents eloped and I thought it was so romantic. If I had my dream wedding, that’s what I’d do. We would sneak off to a tropical beach somewhere right before Christmas and say our I dos. Then we’d show up at the family Christmas gathering all tanned and happy with a story that would be repeated to future generations!
Teresa: My dream Christmas wedding probably looks a lot different at almost 40 than it would if you asked me back when I got married at 21. Younger me would have thought about ornate decoration ideas, clever reception touches that would nod to an elegant holiday theme, etc. Now, the perfect December wedding would include just me and my husband having a super short “I do/me too” ceremony with close friends and family around a Christmas tree. Maybe a few red and white roses with evergreens tucked into a bouquet, simple long-sleeve dress, and Nat King Cole singing “The Christmas Song” on a record (because records sound the best) as we danced just one dance. Then, we’d promptly change and go enjoy Disney World decorated for Christmas, just the two of us. It is our favorite place for the holidays and I think it would make the most fun and relaxing honeymoon.
Me: Honestly, the idea of a Christmas wedding makes me immediately want portable heaters. I could have an outdoor wedding in the mountains were snow has fallen and blanketed the hillside in white. And since we have the patio heaters, no guest would have to freeze for the effect. I’d wear a fur wrap to match my ivory dress (and wear tennis shoes. Heels are for the birds!). My bridesmaids would be in emerald green and fur wraps as well. And I would love a hot chocolate station.
Something Borrowed is 99¢ on eBook and available on Kindle Unlimited.
Old friends, new loves, and a borrowed tiara.
Always Been Yours by Jaycee Weaver — Hanady’s planning her dream wedding, but her injured best friend Keenan isn’t the groom. If she can’t see she’s marrying the wrong guy soon, his leg won’t be the only thing broken.
All the Moore by Toni Shiloh — Leilah Anderson has been living behind the screen to hide her disability, then she meets Reggie Moore face-to-face. Can their relationship survive the truth and distance between them?
A Holly, Bolly Christmas by Mikal Dawn — A dream wedding venue at Christmas? Sign Chahna Kapoor up. Even if her fiancé doesn’t know it…
Somehow, This Christmas by Teresa Tysinger — When not-so-merry mishaps threaten wedding planner Cate Forsyth’s holiday wedding and reputation, will her own happily ever after with sweetheart Noah Bennett melt away?
A Promise So Sweet by Andrea Boyd — Lydia Osborn hasn’t heard from her ex in ten years, so imagine her surprise when he shows up proposing marriage. Tis the season for love?
Reader friends, what would your dream Christmas wedding look like?