Delia – My father-in-law-to-be performed our ceremony, and it was his first. He was as nervous as I was! He mispronounced my name, forgot to have us repeat the vows, and failed to tell my husband he could kiss his bride. LOL My husband’s brother, who was the best man, finally hollered, “Kiss her already!”
Would've loved to be there that day! Elaine Cantrell, what was the most romantic moment in your life?
Elaine Cantrell – The most romantic moment in my life was when I walked down the aisle of the church where I’d grown up and saw my husband-to-be standing at the altar waiting for me. Oh, the look in his eyes! If I ever had had any doubts about his feelings for me, those doubts would have been erased when I saw the love and pride in his face.
So sweet! Love that! Cara, what was the most romantic moment in your life?
Cara – When I first met my husband, he said he never wanted to go anywhere that he couldn’t take me.
You must’ve known he was a keeper after that comment! Let’s turn to our other Elaine! Do you have any funny stories about your wedding day?
Elaine Marie Cooper – We were so tired after a long day of visiting with family and friends. We didn’t care where we stopped to eat, so our first meal as husband and wife was eaten at—McDonald’s! Very romantic! LOL
I’m sure at that moment, you both were happy to just be together and eat! Definitely a memory making moment, I’m sure. Killarney, where did you go on your honeymoon?
Killarney – Vancouver Island, British Columbia. A beautiful place in the spring with flowering trees, blooming tulips & daffodils and of course amazing sea views. One day I would like to take my kids there to see it.
Sounds beautiful. Can just see the amazing sea view now!
LoRee – My husband bought a loose diamond and sent me on a scavenger hunt. The last envelope was on the tree. I whipped it open, expecting another clue, only to hear a gasp. The diamond flew and narrowly missed the heating vent in the floor.
Oh my goodness! I can only imagine your husband’s face at that moment. Roseanne, do you have any funny stories about your wedding day?
Roseanne – Actually, we eloped. But halfway there our car broke down. We spent the day getting the transmission fixed, which took a good portion of our money. We continued on to our destination only to find we had to wait 3 days. Knowing we didn’t have enough money to stay in a hotel that long, after we applied for our license, we came home to see if we could borrow some money. We had already rented an apartment. No more did we go in and figure out who to call, my sister and her husband showed up – I had left a note for my mother with the address. They talked us into going home and getting married properly. We had a proper wedding 3 months later.
Wow, another story to make memories. Did anything memorable happen on your wedding day?
Roseanne – I got married in November, normally a cold, dreary month. Just as I was about to walk down the aisle, the sun poured through the windows and shown on the aisle.
Must have been a beautiful sight! Does anyone else have a memorable wedding day story?
Cara – When I threw the bridal bouquet and hit one of the wedding guests in the face.
Wow, that must’ve been something.
Anne – I’d advise any couple to cherish each day together. Even if it’s only for a few minutes, making time to acknowledge your love and commitment to each other every day counts. Be spontaneous. Give your partner a smile or kiss for no particular reason! Thank him for being him. Do something nice for each other at least once per day. Again, it can be as simple as pouring your partner a morning cup of coffee, but those little signs of love and appreciation add up over the years. It also helps to be forgetful. By that I mean, don’t dwell on the difficult times or words said in the heat of the moment. Above all, be realistic. Life isn’t one big flashy event after another. Be thankful for what you have, not want you want.
Sage advice. Thanks for sharing that! Delia, what’s your advice for newlyweds?
Delia – I’ve been married 37 years, and what I always tell newlyweds who ask for advice is, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”
Love that…something I need to remember. Penny, do you have any quotes on love or marriage that you like?
Penny – Marriage must be a commitment. A lifelong decision to remain in that same one and only loving relationship. If there’s an attitude of “we’ll end this if things don’t go my way” on the part of either person, there will always be a reason to end it ~ Melinda Watterson Evaul, Author of Grow Old With Me, and married 32 years
Very true. In our premarital counseling, my husband and I were told never to say the word divorce to each other…it shouldn’t be in our vocabulary if we wanted to have a successful marriage. Anyone else have a quote they’d like to share?
Anne – “Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century.” - Mark Twain's Notebook
Thanks for sharing that. Do we have one more quote?
Delia – “True love stories never have endings.” – Richard Bach
Awesome truth in that. Ok, I think the Prince and his bride need more advice. One more quote?
Elaine Cantrell – A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers. – Ruth Bell Graham
Forgiveness is definitely an important ingredient to any marriage.
Elaine Marie Cooper – “Well,” Mary said, flirtatiously hugging herself with her cape, “I do remember him kissing me once secretly behind the meetinghouse.” She stared innocently up at the rafters of the barn, waiting for Daniel’s reaction.
Like that line and loved the book! Do we have another flirty character out there?
LoRee – “I doubt that you are any more combustible than I am.” (Geneva to Rainn in Rainn on My Parade)
Nice…loved the excerpt you shared on my blog this week, LoRee. What about the most romantic line from one of your novels…any takers?
Killarney – Sarah smiled down at him. “Stand and deliver your heart, so I might steal it like a thief in the night.” The love shinning in his eyes said more than his lips ever could. “I speak the truth, my lady, when I tell you it has already been delivered and is forever in your possession to do with as you please.”
How romantic. Thanks for sharing! Okay, now the romance is in the air. Before we get to more romantic lines, Cara, where did you go on your honeymoon?
Cara – Martha’s Vineyard.
Oh, one of my favorite places to visit. I’ve been there several times with my family. My husband hasn’t ever gone yet and I can’t wait to go there with him someday. Any more romantic lines?
Anne – It’s not what Mac says in DEFENDING GLORY, first book of the Piedmont Island Trilogy series, it’s what he does:
He kissed her, savoring the delicious sweetness of her lips, and presented her with the wildflower he’d picked especially for her. “Happy anniversary.”
“You remembered.” She accepted the marsh marigold and tucked it behind her ear.
A contented smile spread across her face. “Our seventh.”
He kissed her again. Seven incredible months. He was truly blessed.
Very romantic as well. I’ve just started reading your book and already love the characters of Mac and Glory…can’t wait to finish! Time for one more.
Delia – This is tough! I like to think my heroes say lots of romantic things! But, since Kylie’s Kiss releases TODAY, I’ll use this line from that book. It happens just moments before Rick proposes to Kylie:
Slowly, she raised one hand and brought it to his lips, tracing their outline with a trembling finger. “Rick?”
“Hmmm?” His hands buried themselves in her hair. He tugged gently, easing her head back and opening her neck to his exploration. Kylie moaned when his lips seared a trail down her throat, pausing on the pulse point at the base of her neck.
“I feel your heart,” he whispered. “It’s beating with mine.”
All you ladies are creating such romantic characters! Can’t wait to read this book, Delia. Okay, let’s take one more break and we’ll be back to ask Killarney a question. See you all soon!