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Wedding Wednesday: Beachside

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(Sorry I’m about 12 hours later than I wanted to be! Life.)

It’s everyone’s favorite day again! Woohoo!

I know you’ve all been waiting with baited breath, and it’s finally here!

Last week, one of the sweet commenters (mki52, I’m looking at you!) mentioned beach weddings, so I thought I’d have fun with it, especially in the midst of winter. While I love winter and the cold, I know pretty much all but one of you are down in the dumps about it. Ha!

So, welcome to our beach wedding. ❤

The dress:

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From ModWedding

 

The shoes:

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From ZKKoo

How fun are these?! With a dress as simple as the one above, a little pearls and bling on the shoes are perfect! So cute for walking down the aisle in the sand.

The venue:

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From Town and Country Magazine

The ring:

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From Topazery

love these types of wedding bands. Subtle glitz and glam with intricate and pretty design.

The cake:

 

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From Colin Cowie Weddings

I love the turquoise on this cake! It’s pretty, simple, elegant, yet beach-worthy!

The flowers:

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From Weddingomania

Look at that sweet bouquet!! And love that the ribbon matches the cake. 😉

The fun photo:

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Pinned from Pinterest courtesy of beau-coup.com

Honestly, I think this is the best photo. I love it!!

What do you think? Would you do a beach wedding?

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Wedding Wednesday: Over the Top Glam

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Welcome to my very first Wedding Wednesday!! This is where we bat around fun wedding ideas, themes, drool over dresses, and even rings. So let’s get this party started!

In each of my stories, there’s going to be a wedding. I can’t help it. I just can’t! I blame Pinterest. For real.

So, I’m all about the glam in my little dream world. But that’s not practical. Or cheap. So for our first Wedding Wednesday, I thought about keeping it simple.

I know. I laughed hard at that thought, too.

Glam it is!

Because, in my mind, the wedding revolves around the dress, let’s start there!

The dress:

 

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Ralph Russo Couture Fall/Winter 2014-15

Look at that detail!

The reception venue:

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Article from MODwedding uploaded to Pinterest: http://www.modwedding.com/2015/09/how-to-design-a-glamorous-wedding-reception/

Um…I drool.

The ring:

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Uploaded to Pinterest from Skinner Auctions: https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/2586B/lots/620

Because a dress that royal neeeeeeeds a ring this royal.

The cake:

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Made by Liz Gater Sheridan of Fantasy Cakes Fantastic Tastes in Westport, Ireland. Uploaded to Pinterest.

Uh, yes. That is a cake. Shocked me too! It’s gorgeous.

And finally, the flowers:

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Article from MODwedding uploaded to Pinterest: http://www.modwedding.com/2016/01/top-5-glamorous-wedding-trends-2016/

Believe it or not, I had the hardest time choosing flowers! There are so many beautiful bouquets out there, and I was tempted to go with a floral and jeweled bouquet, but with all the other over-the-top glamour, I thought a straight floral cascading bouquet would be elegant.

I admit that this wedding would be a little too much for my personal tastes, but I couldn’t help going glam. I’m a sucker for fairy tales, and this reminds me so much of a fairy tale wedding. I hope you enjoyed!

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New Weekly Features

Since my novels are clearly romance, and my “brand” is about bringing you faith, fun, and forever, I thought it would be tons of fun to bring you two special blog days each week!

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I don’t think it’s going to be any secret that I. love. weddings. For the longest time, I wanted to be a wedding planner. Only I don’t think I could politely handle a bridezilla. So I created a Pinterest board to fulfill my wedding planner self. But that just wasn’t good enough. 😉 So I started writing books that will include weddings.

That still isn’t quite enough for me. Ha! So here’s hoping Wedding Wednesday will do the trick! Twice a month (and it could increase in frequency because ❤ Pinterest ❤ ), I’ll post some of my favorite wedding themes, reception ideas, dresses, flowers, jewelry…whatever I can find that I adore! Because we all love to drool. At least, I do.

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Weddings are awesome, but marriage is forever. Hence, Forever Friday.

Often in books, we don’t get to follow the characters throughout their marriage. I’m by no means an expert on marriage, but I pray God will give me the words (again, twice a month) to write to encourage you in your own marriages–whether you’re currently married, currently engaged, currently dating, or currently single–and to share what I’ve learned in my life. I hope to even bring in a guest now and then to discuss marriage and/or their books about marriage.

So I hope you join me in this new venture! Because I love weddings, and I love marriage. But I love Jesus the most, and pray to be used to strengthen relationships, including my own.

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Faith. Fun. Forever.

Hi all!

I’m actually writing on a deadline at the moment, but took a time-out for some dinner and was thinking of you.

You may have noticed the design change. If you haven’t read my Books page, I’ll fill you in. 🙂 (So I’m lazy. The next few paragraphs are copied right from my Books page. Not even gonna.)

I’ve always been drawn to humorous love stories. I love the deep, meaningful books full of gorgeous prose and imagery, but each time I try to write in that vein, I get stuck. Kind of like God is trying to tell me that He has other plans for me. Instead, I play the comparing game and think that if I don’t write the deep prose, I’m not as talented or hard-working as those other authors.

Lies, my friends.

I was at a coffee shop, brainstorming with three other authors yesterday morning and mentioned this to them. One of them, a very dear friend, said that there is a place for humorous love stories, especially in the lives of those going through some very difficult bible-896220_640times. (End of copying! The rest is fresh from my heart tonight.)

Obviously, my faith makes me who I am. I’m a work-in-progress. A messy, imperfect woman who loves Jesus and wants to share the joy of loving Him with others. So it’s just naturally going to come into play in my novels. I can’t help it. And I don’t think He wants me to. 🙂 (And that picture there includes coffee because it’s one of my favorite loves.)

The “fun” part? Well…I love humor! I love to laugh. Who doesn’t? And quite honestly, I’m terribly hilarious. 😉 At least, that’s what I tell everyone. Whether it’s true or not…. But bridal-636018_640really, I hope to get others to laugh, or at least smile, while reading my books. I want that woman who is sitting through a chemo appointment to smile and have her mind taken off what’s being put into her veins to help her be healed. I want that young woman hoping for a love story of her own to see that God loves and pursues her passionately–more passionately than any earthly man ever could–and does so with joy and laughter. I want that mum who’s so worn out from work or being at home with her kids all day to have a few minutes at night to just let go.

Forever. Oh, who doesn’t dream of forever? The romance of a new relationship, the stress ring-441783_640of planning a wedding, the joy in the ceremony and reception…then the forever. I want you, my readers, to fall in love with the characters. To join them in their celebration of “forever,” and dream of not just their wedding, but their “ever after.” I also want my readers to see the romance and joy of an “ever after” with their Creator! Jesus on the cross is the most stunning picture of love. A commitment to Him–and His to us–will make all the difference in our lives. Will it make our lives easier? Nope. He doesn’t promise that. What He does promise is that He’ll be there with us, through it all (Matthew 28:20).

Obviously, I’m a romantic at heart. And I make no apologies for it. So, expect it from me. 🙂 But also expect characters who are real, flawed, messy. Because those characters will also be redeemed through Christ’s death, resurrection, grace, and mercy.

Just like us.

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