Thursday, May 8, 2014

Any Wonder I Write Romance...

Happy Thursday Everybody,

Me with my author copy
It's wonderful to be able to hold
the physical book in hands!
Before I get to today's topic, I just wanted to let anyone who didn't already know, All's Fair In Love & Lion is available in paperback! You can either order it through Amazon or you can order it through Barnes & Noble. Some of you have told me you've already put in orders. Thank you so much! I truly appreciate it. 

So today is a very special day because...

May 8th is me and Husband's 10th wedding anniversary. In some ways, it feels like the years have flown by. Other times, I know there were moments where it seemed like time crawled. 

I still remember the day pretty well. I got up (I don't remember what time), showered, dressed, got my hair done. After returning from the hairdresser, ate a quick cheese sandwich, boarded the limo and headed over to the Church.

Once I got into my dress, we walked from the changing room to the Church building itself, and I waited in the cry room with a few people until it was my turn to go down the aisle. 

One of the preludes I'd chosen was a song my younger brother and I collaborated on called The Bride's Prayer (I Will Always Love
You).  My brother took my lyrics and put them to music. He played them while a friend from the choir (I wasn't in choir, I just knew this person) who was a soprano and sang beautiful sang the woman's part while one my brothers-in-law, who is a tenor, sang the male part. It was lovely. I don't think I have the lyrics or the music anymore--I don't remember where that ended up being stored.

Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring by Johann Sebastian Bach was the processional. Once everyone else had gone down the aisle, my father escorted me. I remember my heart was ramming in my chest I was so nervous about being up in front of everybody. As we walked down the aisle, and I kept thinking "I know that person and that person and that person!" I was so overjoyed to see so many people I loved. Then I thought, "DUH Bethany. OF COURSE they're here, it's your wedding day!" I felt really stupid after that. LOL 
At our reception
I told you Husband looked
handsome in his tux!
That foot you see in the bottom of the pic
was a little kid who attended our wedding
with his grandparents.
He was so cute!

I remember when I caught sight of my real life hero. He was so handsome in his tux. I'm telling you...men don't know how incredible it is to look at them all dressed up--especially when you're seeing the man you love so dearly. The wedding ceremony was lovely--we had so many people we cared about involved.

When we arrived at the reception, Husband and I snuck in. The poor DJ didn't even have much time to announce us and the photographer was scrambling to take pictures of our entrance. But you see, I just wanted to have a good time with family and friends--I didn't care about making a grand entrance. 

Wedding party table at our reception
Sorry it's kind of blurry.
The flowers were red and lavender roses
for the bridesmaids.
I carried champagne and white colored roses.
I was too tied up in knots to eat much, so I didn't have ANY cake (which sucks, because none of it got saved! Every last piece was eaten. So other than the tasting, and one tiny bite before everyone else got served, I got none of it--I didn't even get to taste the groom's cake and I had wanted to so much, but my stomach was bothering me so I could barely eat).

We had fun going from table to table talking with everybody, dancing and just hanging out. I hadn't wanted to leave. In fact, we were some of the last to go. I think only my parents and a couple of family members left after us. 

Ten years later, I'm still crazy about my handsome real life hero. He hasn't worn a tux since the wedding (not for lack of me lobbying for it) but he's still handsome. Maybe even more so because I know him better than I did then. We're parents, now, and that's been
Rose bush we saw in Arkansas last year
a life-changing event, but it's taught us a lot.

One memory from the wedding Husband told me was that when he caught sight of me coming down the aisle I didn't just knock his socks off, I disintegrated them. What can I say...the guy knows how to make me feel awesome.

So here's to my wonderful husband, my offspring, family and friends who have made being married to my handsome hero special.

And you wonder why I write romance?

Have A Thrillingly Terrific Thursday!


Stephanie Faris said...

Happy anniversary! Congrats on making it to year ten. Yes, having a great romance yourself does help inspire great romance.

Bethany said...

Thank you Stephanie!