I’m a newlywed. It still feels funny to say that, but it’s true. I wrote 10 marriage proposals in my books before receiving one of my own. And (sorry to my characters) mine was better than all of the ones I’ve written, even though it wasn’t over the top. I’ve had characters get engaged in the chapel at Graceland, in a flash mob of sorts at the Lincoln Memorial, and even while sky-diving in Arizona. But my own, real-life proposal that took place in my (messy and under renovation) kitchen was perfect.
And when a romance writer (finally) gets married at the age of 37…after years spent dreaming about weddings and writing about weddings…well lets just say things get a little crazy.
We chose to decorate with words. What else could be more perfect? I love words. I adore quotes. So I knew as soon as we started planning that words would be a big part of the day.
We ended up creating a wedding day that was totally “us” from the flower selection (gerbera daisies) to the song selection (it ranged from Elvis to Etta James) to the favors at the reception (animal crackers in a barn-themed box to represent the little farm we’ve started).
My bridesmaids chose their own colors and styles. We had multiple speakers, all people we love and are close to. And despite the caterer’s protests, we had multiple wedding cakes in a variety of flavors. We even wrote our own vows. Nothing about the day was cookie cutter. We carefully thought about each part of the day and chose to do what made us happy and reflected us as a couple.
Our wedding processional opened with Johnny’s 8-year-old daughter walking down the aisle with a “Once Upon a Time…” sign. After the ceremony, she followed us out with one that said (can you guess?) “Happily Ever After.” Cheesy? Maybe. But to this writer it was total perfection.
The day passed in a blur. But looking back, I can remember so many moments with such clarity and such overwhelming happiness and joy. Before we said our vows, my uncle had a few words to say and one quote he read will stick with me forever: Sometimes in the middle of an ordinary life, God gives you a fairytale.
After it was all said and done, I was married to my best friend. To a man I’d come to cherish, love and adore. We could’ve gotten married at city hall and the outcome would’ve been the same. I know that. But to have this perfect day to celebrate our love, to celebrate our finally finding each other–and to have all the people we love the most be there to celebrate with us…that was priceless.
How about you? What is the most unique thing you’ve ever seen at a wedding?