I write happy endings—thirty books thus far. After putting my heroes and heroines through all sorts of struggle and heartache, they finally learn, grow, and become capable of finding true happiness.
In my own family, we’ve just had a real-life happy ending to rejoice–our youngest child was married Saturday night. All of the planning and list-making and appointments and travel and decision-making have now come to an end.
But what a wonderful weekend it was! A meaningful ceremony, combining some of the Spanish traditions of Matt’s family with those typical of our church. Then a reception and dinner, followed by a wedding dance heavily flavored by the salsa and bachatta music Emily and Matt love.
The dance started with a salsa lesson that brought many of the guests out on the floor, which was fun, though the highlight of the evening for me was seeing Emily and Matt performing their solo dance–a romantic bachatta that took my breath away.
It was quite a process, getting ready for Emily’s big day. Who knew it could be so involved? Back in the dark ages, when I got married, things were so much simpler! Luncheon at the church–check. Invitations chosen from a book at the local stationers–check. Cake from the local woman who baked cakes for everyone in the community–check. Now, with a half-dozen annual bridal fairs in the area and myriad vendors to choose from, the process is dizzying. But still, it provided adventures and mother-daughter outings that were precious to me as our daughter moved toward her wedding day.
As I said at the beginning, I have written a lot of happy endings. But what follows that moment of realization and commitment at the end of a book–the journey through life with all of the good times and bad–is far more complex and challenging than anything that might have led up to the proposal.
What would your advice be for a newly married couple? And what are some of your favorite memories from your own wedding, or weddings that you have attended?
Best wishes to you all!