Weddings!

Cherubwedd Hi, this is Jo, going with the flow today. Everyone's talking about weddings, so I thought I'd do a brief skip through the history of weddings as they might be portrayed in romance novels set in England.

BTW, I do find this Victorian image very odd, not to say creepy!

Research into marriage and marriage law seems to me to be the cornerstone of historical romance, so I've done quite a bit, but I'm always looking for correction, clarification, or additional data. Please do contribute.

The Middle Ages Medievalmarriage

 For much of the middle ages a marriage took place on the church steps, but not inside it.

There were two reasons for this.

One — this was a time with few paper records, and none that could be sure to survive, so all important events were secured by witnesses. The more important the event, the more witnesses. Wedding vows were taken before witnesses, and the more the merrier. Do it in a central place. In villages and towns, a church would be one of the bigger buildings and also central.

A wedding ceremony was not, however, seen as a religious one. It was a civil contracts, and in the case of noble marriages, a complicated legal agreement. As religious thinking turned against both women and sex (leading to the cult of the Virgin Mary) marriage itself was seen as unspiritual, so some clerics would have nothing to do with it at all. Most, however, would bless a union, but definitely not in the church.

Hence, the church steps.

Things moved along gradually. In time, the couple would say their vows on the steps in view of all, then go into the church for a more complicated blessing, perhaps even a mass.

As my next writing period is Georgian, we'll skip right along.

Georgian Times.

Georgianlovers2 When England became Protestant, Catholic ceremonies became difficult, so I'm talking here about the mainstream Protestant ones.

The important date here is 1753-4, when the Hardwicke Act brought some order to the chaos of marriage to that date. Perhaps I'll do a whole blog on it sometimes, but here's the brief synopsis.

Before the Hardwick Act, the rules for marriage in England were the same as they were after the Act in Scotland. Think Gretna Green. All that was required was an avowal of being married before witnesses. No religious ceremony was necessary. (You can see how that fits with ancient tradition.) After the Act, there had to be banns or a licence, and the wedding had to take place in a church in the morning. There were other rules and too many wrinkles to go into, but that was the big change that made Gretna Green suddenly important.

Why Gretna Green? Gretdays

I thought the Days Inn is a good reminder that Gretna resonates even to modern times!

Simply because it's the first place across the border by the closest route from the south. Anywhere in Scotland would do, plus some other places. The Channel Islands and the Isle of Wight, I believe. Perhaps the Isle of Man. Places that weren't entirely ruled by Parliament in Westminster.

From the above link site. "One of the most celebrated elopements to Gretna was that of the Earl of Westmorland and Miss Child, the daughter of the great London banker. The earl had asked for the hand of Sarah, and had been refused, the banker remarking, "Your blood is good enough, but my money is better," so the two young people made it up to elope and get married at Gretna Green. The earl made arrangements beforehand at the different stages where they had to change horses, but the banker, finding that his daughter had gone, pursued them in hot haste. All went well with the runaway couple until they arrived at Shap, in Westmorland, where they became aware they were being pursued. Here the earl hired all the available horses, so as to delay the irate banker's progress. The banker's "money was good," however, and the runaways were overtaken between Penrith and Carlisle. Hero the earl's "blood was good," for, taking deliberate aim at the little star of white on the forehead of the banker's leading horse, he fired successfully, and so delayed the pursuit that the fugitives arrived at Gretna first; and when the bride's father drove up, purple with rage and almost choking from sheer exasperation, he found them safely locked in what was called the bridal chamber! The affair created a great sensation in London, where the parties were well known, heavy bets being made as to which party would win the race. At the close of the market it stood at two to one on the earl and the girl."

Civil Marriage.

In 1836 it became possible to marry in places other than a church, and to be married by the local registrar. Hence, in England such a marriage takes place at the Registry Office. Note that in the UK, Justices of the Peace, or Magistrates, do not have, and never have had, the power to marry anyone.

The ceremony from the Book of Common Prayer is here.

The early church's distaste for matrimony was because it's all about sex, and it's still reflected in these words. "and therefore is not by any to be enterprised, nor taken in hand, unadvisedly, lightly, or wantonly, to satisfy men's carnal lusts and appetites, like brute beasts that have no understanding; but reverently, discreetly, advisedly, soberly, and in the fear of God; duly considering the causes for which Matrimony was ordained."

First, It was ordained for the procreation of children, to be brought up in the fear and nurture of the Lord, and to the praise of his holy Name.

Secondly, It was ordained for a remedy against sin, and to avoid fornication; that such persons as have not the gift of continency might marry, and keep themselves undefiled members of Christ's body.

Definitely a frown and a sigh there! Perahps it's not surprising that in Regency times those who could afford a licence preferred it to banns. They seemed to have thought it unpleasant to have their intention to wed and do all that procreation stuff read out in church each Sunday in front of the "lower orders."  

Wedding Dresses 

As we know, the white and veil is a modern development, and through most of history brides have dresses in what finery they could for the moment, generally in line with the fashion of the time. In Georgian times most brides would wear a special dress that could be worn later. Most weddings were quiet affairs in the local church, and it was tradition that the bride appear on the next Sunday in her wedding dress. After that, most would keep it for special occasions.

Trrfront Here's a snippet of a country wedding from The Rogue's Return. They've previously married in Canada, but it was a bit irregular, so they decide to do it again to be sure. Not to mention a little peculiarity of the name.

Villagers lined the winding street to wish Mr. Simon and his lady well.

Near the church, they stopped at the Bride's Well. Jancy gave Simon a look, but he dipped some water for her with a silver dipper and she drank as a virtuous bride was supposed to. When she didn't drop dead, everyone applauded, and they could enter the church.

This time they had a license and every detail was precise. Simon slid a new golden ring onto her finger, and then a diamond hoop above it, to guard it, as the tradition went. Jancy had the other one on a chain around her neck, however, for it would always have special meaning for her.

They left the church to ringing bells, to be showered with grain and good wishes, and walked back to Brideswell tossing coins and trinkets.

What fictional wedding is most memorable for you? I'll give a copy of The Rogue's Return to a randomly chosen answer that quotes a few words or sentences from the scene.

Cheers,

Jo

 

 

105 thoughts on “Weddings!”

  1. Hi Jo,this was a gorgeous post I loved it am not so good with word but I am going to play and quote some of your scene(which btw stunning)and seeing that we just had the awesome Royal Wedding I am going to try to be creative but I am sure it will never match up to your superior talent.
    “People lined the winding street to wish HRH Prince Willhem and his radiant HRH Kate the Dutchess of Cambridge well.
    Near the church, they stopped at the Bride’s Well. Kate gave Willhen a look, but he dipped some water for her with a silver dipper and she drank as a virtuous bride was supposed to. The crowd cheered in wonder as the couple shared their first drink of water from the famous Bride’s well.
    This time a union of true love was in the air.Prince Willhem slid a new golden ring onto her finger, and then a diamond and sapphire hoop above it, to guard it, as the tradition went.
    They left the church to ringing bells, to be showered with cheers good wishes, and walked out into the crowd to start the begin’ing of the rest of their lives”.
    Thank you for a great post and a stunning giveaway.
    Desere

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  2. Hi Jo,this was a gorgeous post I loved it am not so good with word but I am going to play and quote some of your scene(which btw stunning)and seeing that we just had the awesome Royal Wedding I am going to try to be creative but I am sure it will never match up to your superior talent.
    “People lined the winding street to wish HRH Prince Willhem and his radiant HRH Kate the Dutchess of Cambridge well.
    Near the church, they stopped at the Bride’s Well. Kate gave Willhen a look, but he dipped some water for her with a silver dipper and she drank as a virtuous bride was supposed to. The crowd cheered in wonder as the couple shared their first drink of water from the famous Bride’s well.
    This time a union of true love was in the air.Prince Willhem slid a new golden ring onto her finger, and then a diamond and sapphire hoop above it, to guard it, as the tradition went.
    They left the church to ringing bells, to be showered with cheers good wishes, and walked out into the crowd to start the begin’ing of the rest of their lives”.
    Thank you for a great post and a stunning giveaway.
    Desere

    Reply
  3. Hi Jo,this was a gorgeous post I loved it am not so good with word but I am going to play and quote some of your scene(which btw stunning)and seeing that we just had the awesome Royal Wedding I am going to try to be creative but I am sure it will never match up to your superior talent.
    “People lined the winding street to wish HRH Prince Willhem and his radiant HRH Kate the Dutchess of Cambridge well.
    Near the church, they stopped at the Bride’s Well. Kate gave Willhen a look, but he dipped some water for her with a silver dipper and she drank as a virtuous bride was supposed to. The crowd cheered in wonder as the couple shared their first drink of water from the famous Bride’s well.
    This time a union of true love was in the air.Prince Willhem slid a new golden ring onto her finger, and then a diamond and sapphire hoop above it, to guard it, as the tradition went.
    They left the church to ringing bells, to be showered with cheers good wishes, and walked out into the crowd to start the begin’ing of the rest of their lives”.
    Thank you for a great post and a stunning giveaway.
    Desere

    Reply
  4. Hi Jo,this was a gorgeous post I loved it am not so good with word but I am going to play and quote some of your scene(which btw stunning)and seeing that we just had the awesome Royal Wedding I am going to try to be creative but I am sure it will never match up to your superior talent.
    “People lined the winding street to wish HRH Prince Willhem and his radiant HRH Kate the Dutchess of Cambridge well.
    Near the church, they stopped at the Bride’s Well. Kate gave Willhen a look, but he dipped some water for her with a silver dipper and she drank as a virtuous bride was supposed to. The crowd cheered in wonder as the couple shared their first drink of water from the famous Bride’s well.
    This time a union of true love was in the air.Prince Willhem slid a new golden ring onto her finger, and then a diamond and sapphire hoop above it, to guard it, as the tradition went.
    They left the church to ringing bells, to be showered with cheers good wishes, and walked out into the crowd to start the begin’ing of the rest of their lives”.
    Thank you for a great post and a stunning giveaway.
    Desere

    Reply
  5. Hi Jo,this was a gorgeous post I loved it am not so good with word but I am going to play and quote some of your scene(which btw stunning)and seeing that we just had the awesome Royal Wedding I am going to try to be creative but I am sure it will never match up to your superior talent.
    “People lined the winding street to wish HRH Prince Willhem and his radiant HRH Kate the Dutchess of Cambridge well.
    Near the church, they stopped at the Bride’s Well. Kate gave Willhen a look, but he dipped some water for her with a silver dipper and she drank as a virtuous bride was supposed to. The crowd cheered in wonder as the couple shared their first drink of water from the famous Bride’s well.
    This time a union of true love was in the air.Prince Willhem slid a new golden ring onto her finger, and then a diamond and sapphire hoop above it, to guard it, as the tradition went.
    They left the church to ringing bells, to be showered with cheers good wishes, and walked out into the crowd to start the begin’ing of the rest of their lives”.
    Thank you for a great post and a stunning giveaway.
    Desere

    Reply
  6. Thanks, Julie! I’ve fixed it.
    Being in the UK, I often write my blog when I get up at about 8am, when North America is fast asleep, but this morning was one thing after another so I had to rush it.
    I appreciate you catching two mistakes.
    Jo

    Reply
  7. Thanks, Julie! I’ve fixed it.
    Being in the UK, I often write my blog when I get up at about 8am, when North America is fast asleep, but this morning was one thing after another so I had to rush it.
    I appreciate you catching two mistakes.
    Jo

    Reply
  8. Thanks, Julie! I’ve fixed it.
    Being in the UK, I often write my blog when I get up at about 8am, when North America is fast asleep, but this morning was one thing after another so I had to rush it.
    I appreciate you catching two mistakes.
    Jo

    Reply
  9. Thanks, Julie! I’ve fixed it.
    Being in the UK, I often write my blog when I get up at about 8am, when North America is fast asleep, but this morning was one thing after another so I had to rush it.
    I appreciate you catching two mistakes.
    Jo

    Reply
  10. Thanks, Julie! I’ve fixed it.
    Being in the UK, I often write my blog when I get up at about 8am, when North America is fast asleep, but this morning was one thing after another so I had to rush it.
    I appreciate you catching two mistakes.
    Jo

    Reply
  11. The church door bit reminded me of Chaucer’s Wife of Bath:
    She was a worthy woman al hir lyve:
    Housbondes at chirche dore she hadde five,
    Withouten oother compaignye in youthe,–
    One of my favorite historical romance wedding scenes is from Wench Anne’s The Accidental Wedding:
    They stepped into the church and paused to let their eyes adjust to the dimmer light. It smelt of besswax, brass cleaner, and flowers–flowers brought by the ladies of the parish: graceful sheaves of foxglove, chrysanthemum, and delphinium; branches of lilac, daffodils, and sweet-scented stocks.
    To Maddy’s surprise every pew was filled and people stood around the walls. Lavishly dressed, elegant strangers, as well as the new friends who had drawn Maddy into their close-knit circle. . . .
    Most of the villagers had crammed into the church as well, all dressed in their Sunday best. Maddy looked out over the sea of hats and her eyes blurred. Every village woman who’d ever had a hat refurbished by Maddy was wearing it now, at her wedding.

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  12. The church door bit reminded me of Chaucer’s Wife of Bath:
    She was a worthy woman al hir lyve:
    Housbondes at chirche dore she hadde five,
    Withouten oother compaignye in youthe,–
    One of my favorite historical romance wedding scenes is from Wench Anne’s The Accidental Wedding:
    They stepped into the church and paused to let their eyes adjust to the dimmer light. It smelt of besswax, brass cleaner, and flowers–flowers brought by the ladies of the parish: graceful sheaves of foxglove, chrysanthemum, and delphinium; branches of lilac, daffodils, and sweet-scented stocks.
    To Maddy’s surprise every pew was filled and people stood around the walls. Lavishly dressed, elegant strangers, as well as the new friends who had drawn Maddy into their close-knit circle. . . .
    Most of the villagers had crammed into the church as well, all dressed in their Sunday best. Maddy looked out over the sea of hats and her eyes blurred. Every village woman who’d ever had a hat refurbished by Maddy was wearing it now, at her wedding.

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  13. The church door bit reminded me of Chaucer’s Wife of Bath:
    She was a worthy woman al hir lyve:
    Housbondes at chirche dore she hadde five,
    Withouten oother compaignye in youthe,–
    One of my favorite historical romance wedding scenes is from Wench Anne’s The Accidental Wedding:
    They stepped into the church and paused to let their eyes adjust to the dimmer light. It smelt of besswax, brass cleaner, and flowers–flowers brought by the ladies of the parish: graceful sheaves of foxglove, chrysanthemum, and delphinium; branches of lilac, daffodils, and sweet-scented stocks.
    To Maddy’s surprise every pew was filled and people stood around the walls. Lavishly dressed, elegant strangers, as well as the new friends who had drawn Maddy into their close-knit circle. . . .
    Most of the villagers had crammed into the church as well, all dressed in their Sunday best. Maddy looked out over the sea of hats and her eyes blurred. Every village woman who’d ever had a hat refurbished by Maddy was wearing it now, at her wedding.

    Reply
  14. The church door bit reminded me of Chaucer’s Wife of Bath:
    She was a worthy woman al hir lyve:
    Housbondes at chirche dore she hadde five,
    Withouten oother compaignye in youthe,–
    One of my favorite historical romance wedding scenes is from Wench Anne’s The Accidental Wedding:
    They stepped into the church and paused to let their eyes adjust to the dimmer light. It smelt of besswax, brass cleaner, and flowers–flowers brought by the ladies of the parish: graceful sheaves of foxglove, chrysanthemum, and delphinium; branches of lilac, daffodils, and sweet-scented stocks.
    To Maddy’s surprise every pew was filled and people stood around the walls. Lavishly dressed, elegant strangers, as well as the new friends who had drawn Maddy into their close-knit circle. . . .
    Most of the villagers had crammed into the church as well, all dressed in their Sunday best. Maddy looked out over the sea of hats and her eyes blurred. Every village woman who’d ever had a hat refurbished by Maddy was wearing it now, at her wedding.

    Reply
  15. The church door bit reminded me of Chaucer’s Wife of Bath:
    She was a worthy woman al hir lyve:
    Housbondes at chirche dore she hadde five,
    Withouten oother compaignye in youthe,–
    One of my favorite historical romance wedding scenes is from Wench Anne’s The Accidental Wedding:
    They stepped into the church and paused to let their eyes adjust to the dimmer light. It smelt of besswax, brass cleaner, and flowers–flowers brought by the ladies of the parish: graceful sheaves of foxglove, chrysanthemum, and delphinium; branches of lilac, daffodils, and sweet-scented stocks.
    To Maddy’s surprise every pew was filled and people stood around the walls. Lavishly dressed, elegant strangers, as well as the new friends who had drawn Maddy into their close-knit circle. . . .
    Most of the villagers had crammed into the church as well, all dressed in their Sunday best. Maddy looked out over the sea of hats and her eyes blurred. Every village woman who’d ever had a hat refurbished by Maddy was wearing it now, at her wedding.

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  16. One of my favourite wedding is the desperate one between Trorh and Kyle (“the china bride” by m.j.putney)… in the dungeon, in the night before his esecution. a very private wedding!
    but I must confess that the wedding of my heart is the one in the Disney’s “Robin Hood” the one in wich they’re foxes and King Richard is a lion and there are the little bunny kids and everyone is so happy… He proposes to her while they’re fighting and there’s a lot of noise and it’s so funny… One of the best wedding of ever!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNbEfSXnj-o&feature=related

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  17. One of my favourite wedding is the desperate one between Trorh and Kyle (“the china bride” by m.j.putney)… in the dungeon, in the night before his esecution. a very private wedding!
    but I must confess that the wedding of my heart is the one in the Disney’s “Robin Hood” the one in wich they’re foxes and King Richard is a lion and there are the little bunny kids and everyone is so happy… He proposes to her while they’re fighting and there’s a lot of noise and it’s so funny… One of the best wedding of ever!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNbEfSXnj-o&feature=related

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  18. One of my favourite wedding is the desperate one between Trorh and Kyle (“the china bride” by m.j.putney)… in the dungeon, in the night before his esecution. a very private wedding!
    but I must confess that the wedding of my heart is the one in the Disney’s “Robin Hood” the one in wich they’re foxes and King Richard is a lion and there are the little bunny kids and everyone is so happy… He proposes to her while they’re fighting and there’s a lot of noise and it’s so funny… One of the best wedding of ever!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNbEfSXnj-o&feature=related

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  19. One of my favourite wedding is the desperate one between Trorh and Kyle (“the china bride” by m.j.putney)… in the dungeon, in the night before his esecution. a very private wedding!
    but I must confess that the wedding of my heart is the one in the Disney’s “Robin Hood” the one in wich they’re foxes and King Richard is a lion and there are the little bunny kids and everyone is so happy… He proposes to her while they’re fighting and there’s a lot of noise and it’s so funny… One of the best wedding of ever!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNbEfSXnj-o&feature=related

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  20. One of my favourite wedding is the desperate one between Trorh and Kyle (“the china bride” by m.j.putney)… in the dungeon, in the night before his esecution. a very private wedding!
    but I must confess that the wedding of my heart is the one in the Disney’s “Robin Hood” the one in wich they’re foxes and King Richard is a lion and there are the little bunny kids and everyone is so happy… He proposes to her while they’re fighting and there’s a lot of noise and it’s so funny… One of the best wedding of ever!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNbEfSXnj-o&feature=related

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  21. Fascinating post, Jo. I knew they married on the church steps in the medieval era, but had never really given much thought as to why.
    One of my favorite fictional weddings is the one between Sebastian St. Vincent and Evangeline Jenner in Lisa Kleypas’s Devil in Winter. They’ve made a mad dash to Gretna Green to marry before her dastardly uncles discover she is (a) missing and (b) marrying the most notorious rake in all of England.
    The whole wedding is comical. Here are a few of my favorite lines :
    “It’s not a love match. It’s a marriage of convenience, and there’s not enough warmth between us to light a birthday candle. Get on with it, if you please! Neither of us has had a proper sleep in two days.”
    The blacksmith’s heavy brows lowered over his eyes in a scowl. “I don’t like ye,” he announced.
    St. Vincent regarded him with exasperation. “Neither does my bride-to-be. But since that’s not going to stop her from marrying me, it shouldn’t stop you either. Go on.”
    The entire scene is too funny.

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  22. Fascinating post, Jo. I knew they married on the church steps in the medieval era, but had never really given much thought as to why.
    One of my favorite fictional weddings is the one between Sebastian St. Vincent and Evangeline Jenner in Lisa Kleypas’s Devil in Winter. They’ve made a mad dash to Gretna Green to marry before her dastardly uncles discover she is (a) missing and (b) marrying the most notorious rake in all of England.
    The whole wedding is comical. Here are a few of my favorite lines :
    “It’s not a love match. It’s a marriage of convenience, and there’s not enough warmth between us to light a birthday candle. Get on with it, if you please! Neither of us has had a proper sleep in two days.”
    The blacksmith’s heavy brows lowered over his eyes in a scowl. “I don’t like ye,” he announced.
    St. Vincent regarded him with exasperation. “Neither does my bride-to-be. But since that’s not going to stop her from marrying me, it shouldn’t stop you either. Go on.”
    The entire scene is too funny.

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  23. Fascinating post, Jo. I knew they married on the church steps in the medieval era, but had never really given much thought as to why.
    One of my favorite fictional weddings is the one between Sebastian St. Vincent and Evangeline Jenner in Lisa Kleypas’s Devil in Winter. They’ve made a mad dash to Gretna Green to marry before her dastardly uncles discover she is (a) missing and (b) marrying the most notorious rake in all of England.
    The whole wedding is comical. Here are a few of my favorite lines :
    “It’s not a love match. It’s a marriage of convenience, and there’s not enough warmth between us to light a birthday candle. Get on with it, if you please! Neither of us has had a proper sleep in two days.”
    The blacksmith’s heavy brows lowered over his eyes in a scowl. “I don’t like ye,” he announced.
    St. Vincent regarded him with exasperation. “Neither does my bride-to-be. But since that’s not going to stop her from marrying me, it shouldn’t stop you either. Go on.”
    The entire scene is too funny.

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  24. Fascinating post, Jo. I knew they married on the church steps in the medieval era, but had never really given much thought as to why.
    One of my favorite fictional weddings is the one between Sebastian St. Vincent and Evangeline Jenner in Lisa Kleypas’s Devil in Winter. They’ve made a mad dash to Gretna Green to marry before her dastardly uncles discover she is (a) missing and (b) marrying the most notorious rake in all of England.
    The whole wedding is comical. Here are a few of my favorite lines :
    “It’s not a love match. It’s a marriage of convenience, and there’s not enough warmth between us to light a birthday candle. Get on with it, if you please! Neither of us has had a proper sleep in two days.”
    The blacksmith’s heavy brows lowered over his eyes in a scowl. “I don’t like ye,” he announced.
    St. Vincent regarded him with exasperation. “Neither does my bride-to-be. But since that’s not going to stop her from marrying me, it shouldn’t stop you either. Go on.”
    The entire scene is too funny.

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  25. Fascinating post, Jo. I knew they married on the church steps in the medieval era, but had never really given much thought as to why.
    One of my favorite fictional weddings is the one between Sebastian St. Vincent and Evangeline Jenner in Lisa Kleypas’s Devil in Winter. They’ve made a mad dash to Gretna Green to marry before her dastardly uncles discover she is (a) missing and (b) marrying the most notorious rake in all of England.
    The whole wedding is comical. Here are a few of my favorite lines :
    “It’s not a love match. It’s a marriage of convenience, and there’s not enough warmth between us to light a birthday candle. Get on with it, if you please! Neither of us has had a proper sleep in two days.”
    The blacksmith’s heavy brows lowered over his eyes in a scowl. “I don’t like ye,” he announced.
    St. Vincent regarded him with exasperation. “Neither does my bride-to-be. But since that’s not going to stop her from marrying me, it shouldn’t stop you either. Go on.”
    The entire scene is too funny.

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  26. Lovely fictional weddings, everyone. Big communal gatherings are great, so is humor. And Disney’s Robin Hood is wonderful all around!
    Jo

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  27. Lovely fictional weddings, everyone. Big communal gatherings are great, so is humor. And Disney’s Robin Hood is wonderful all around!
    Jo

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  28. Lovely fictional weddings, everyone. Big communal gatherings are great, so is humor. And Disney’s Robin Hood is wonderful all around!
    Jo

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  29. Lovely fictional weddings, everyone. Big communal gatherings are great, so is humor. And Disney’s Robin Hood is wonderful all around!
    Jo

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  30. Lovely fictional weddings, everyone. Big communal gatherings are great, so is humor. And Disney’s Robin Hood is wonderful all around!
    Jo

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  31. when I think about weddings, family weddings all come to mind. i know i’ve read plenty of weddings of different types in books and have enjoyed during the reading, but none particularly stick out my mind.

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  32. when I think about weddings, family weddings all come to mind. i know i’ve read plenty of weddings of different types in books and have enjoyed during the reading, but none particularly stick out my mind.

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  33. when I think about weddings, family weddings all come to mind. i know i’ve read plenty of weddings of different types in books and have enjoyed during the reading, but none particularly stick out my mind.

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  34. when I think about weddings, family weddings all come to mind. i know i’ve read plenty of weddings of different types in books and have enjoyed during the reading, but none particularly stick out my mind.

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  35. when I think about weddings, family weddings all come to mind. i know i’ve read plenty of weddings of different types in books and have enjoyed during the reading, but none particularly stick out my mind.

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  36. Jo
    Such an interesting post I really enjoyed it.
    As for favourite weddings there have been a few one memorable on for me is from Anna Campbell’s Captive of Sin where Gidion decides that marrying Charis will save her from her brothers and that it will be a marriage of convenience and digiuses a couple to make their way to Gretna Green so as the brothers will follow them and then he takes Charis to Jersey to marry her.
    Charis stood dazedly beside Gideon while a plump-cheeked Vicar droned the words of the marriage service.
    She couldn’t let herself think or feel. If she did,she’d break down and cry. She refused to humiliate herself. Nor, more importantly, would she humiliate the man who made her his wife so much against his inclination.
    Have Fun
    Helen

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  37. Jo
    Such an interesting post I really enjoyed it.
    As for favourite weddings there have been a few one memorable on for me is from Anna Campbell’s Captive of Sin where Gidion decides that marrying Charis will save her from her brothers and that it will be a marriage of convenience and digiuses a couple to make their way to Gretna Green so as the brothers will follow them and then he takes Charis to Jersey to marry her.
    Charis stood dazedly beside Gideon while a plump-cheeked Vicar droned the words of the marriage service.
    She couldn’t let herself think or feel. If she did,she’d break down and cry. She refused to humiliate herself. Nor, more importantly, would she humiliate the man who made her his wife so much against his inclination.
    Have Fun
    Helen

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  38. Jo
    Such an interesting post I really enjoyed it.
    As for favourite weddings there have been a few one memorable on for me is from Anna Campbell’s Captive of Sin where Gidion decides that marrying Charis will save her from her brothers and that it will be a marriage of convenience and digiuses a couple to make their way to Gretna Green so as the brothers will follow them and then he takes Charis to Jersey to marry her.
    Charis stood dazedly beside Gideon while a plump-cheeked Vicar droned the words of the marriage service.
    She couldn’t let herself think or feel. If she did,she’d break down and cry. She refused to humiliate herself. Nor, more importantly, would she humiliate the man who made her his wife so much against his inclination.
    Have Fun
    Helen

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  39. Jo
    Such an interesting post I really enjoyed it.
    As for favourite weddings there have been a few one memorable on for me is from Anna Campbell’s Captive of Sin where Gidion decides that marrying Charis will save her from her brothers and that it will be a marriage of convenience and digiuses a couple to make their way to Gretna Green so as the brothers will follow them and then he takes Charis to Jersey to marry her.
    Charis stood dazedly beside Gideon while a plump-cheeked Vicar droned the words of the marriage service.
    She couldn’t let herself think or feel. If she did,she’d break down and cry. She refused to humiliate herself. Nor, more importantly, would she humiliate the man who made her his wife so much against his inclination.
    Have Fun
    Helen

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  40. Jo
    Such an interesting post I really enjoyed it.
    As for favourite weddings there have been a few one memorable on for me is from Anna Campbell’s Captive of Sin where Gidion decides that marrying Charis will save her from her brothers and that it will be a marriage of convenience and digiuses a couple to make their way to Gretna Green so as the brothers will follow them and then he takes Charis to Jersey to marry her.
    Charis stood dazedly beside Gideon while a plump-cheeked Vicar droned the words of the marriage service.
    She couldn’t let herself think or feel. If she did,she’d break down and cry. She refused to humiliate herself. Nor, more importantly, would she humiliate the man who made her his wife so much against his inclination.
    Have Fun
    Helen

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  41. I think one of my favorite wedding scenes comes from Patricia Veryan’s Practice to Deceive. Quentin, a Jacobite, is fleeing for his life from the king’s men who have orders to kill. He is holed up in a hotel with one of his rescuers, Penelope, and they love each other. Quentin says “with grave and unknowing dignity, “I can offer you no great cathedral, Penelope Anne. No other church than this little room; no other witness than our Creator. But–will you do me the very great honour of becoming my wife?’…
    They kneel together, “and he said in a hushed, reverent voice, ‘Here before God, I, Quentin Frome Chandler, take thee, Penelope Anne Montgomery, for my lawful wedded wife. And I do swear to love and to cherish you for as long as I may live.'”
    “Penelope’s throat tightened so that for a second she could not speak, then she murmured, ‘Here, in the sight of God, I, Penelope Anne Montgomery, take thee, Quentin Frome Chandler, to be my lawful wedded husband. To love, honour, and obey. For as long as I live.'”
    Diane

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  42. I think one of my favorite wedding scenes comes from Patricia Veryan’s Practice to Deceive. Quentin, a Jacobite, is fleeing for his life from the king’s men who have orders to kill. He is holed up in a hotel with one of his rescuers, Penelope, and they love each other. Quentin says “with grave and unknowing dignity, “I can offer you no great cathedral, Penelope Anne. No other church than this little room; no other witness than our Creator. But–will you do me the very great honour of becoming my wife?’…
    They kneel together, “and he said in a hushed, reverent voice, ‘Here before God, I, Quentin Frome Chandler, take thee, Penelope Anne Montgomery, for my lawful wedded wife. And I do swear to love and to cherish you for as long as I may live.'”
    “Penelope’s throat tightened so that for a second she could not speak, then she murmured, ‘Here, in the sight of God, I, Penelope Anne Montgomery, take thee, Quentin Frome Chandler, to be my lawful wedded husband. To love, honour, and obey. For as long as I live.'”
    Diane

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  43. I think one of my favorite wedding scenes comes from Patricia Veryan’s Practice to Deceive. Quentin, a Jacobite, is fleeing for his life from the king’s men who have orders to kill. He is holed up in a hotel with one of his rescuers, Penelope, and they love each other. Quentin says “with grave and unknowing dignity, “I can offer you no great cathedral, Penelope Anne. No other church than this little room; no other witness than our Creator. But–will you do me the very great honour of becoming my wife?’…
    They kneel together, “and he said in a hushed, reverent voice, ‘Here before God, I, Quentin Frome Chandler, take thee, Penelope Anne Montgomery, for my lawful wedded wife. And I do swear to love and to cherish you for as long as I may live.'”
    “Penelope’s throat tightened so that for a second she could not speak, then she murmured, ‘Here, in the sight of God, I, Penelope Anne Montgomery, take thee, Quentin Frome Chandler, to be my lawful wedded husband. To love, honour, and obey. For as long as I live.'”
    Diane

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  44. I think one of my favorite wedding scenes comes from Patricia Veryan’s Practice to Deceive. Quentin, a Jacobite, is fleeing for his life from the king’s men who have orders to kill. He is holed up in a hotel with one of his rescuers, Penelope, and they love each other. Quentin says “with grave and unknowing dignity, “I can offer you no great cathedral, Penelope Anne. No other church than this little room; no other witness than our Creator. But–will you do me the very great honour of becoming my wife?’…
    They kneel together, “and he said in a hushed, reverent voice, ‘Here before God, I, Quentin Frome Chandler, take thee, Penelope Anne Montgomery, for my lawful wedded wife. And I do swear to love and to cherish you for as long as I may live.'”
    “Penelope’s throat tightened so that for a second she could not speak, then she murmured, ‘Here, in the sight of God, I, Penelope Anne Montgomery, take thee, Quentin Frome Chandler, to be my lawful wedded husband. To love, honour, and obey. For as long as I live.'”
    Diane

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  45. I think one of my favorite wedding scenes comes from Patricia Veryan’s Practice to Deceive. Quentin, a Jacobite, is fleeing for his life from the king’s men who have orders to kill. He is holed up in a hotel with one of his rescuers, Penelope, and they love each other. Quentin says “with grave and unknowing dignity, “I can offer you no great cathedral, Penelope Anne. No other church than this little room; no other witness than our Creator. But–will you do me the very great honour of becoming my wife?’…
    They kneel together, “and he said in a hushed, reverent voice, ‘Here before God, I, Quentin Frome Chandler, take thee, Penelope Anne Montgomery, for my lawful wedded wife. And I do swear to love and to cherish you for as long as I may live.'”
    “Penelope’s throat tightened so that for a second she could not speak, then she murmured, ‘Here, in the sight of God, I, Penelope Anne Montgomery, take thee, Quentin Frome Chandler, to be my lawful wedded husband. To love, honour, and obey. For as long as I live.'”
    Diane

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  46. A fictional wedding that is most memorable? I am going to go with Loretta Chase’s Lord Of Scoundrels. “Contrary to popular expectation, the roof did not fall in when Lord Dain entered the holy edifice, and lightning did not strike once during the ceremony. Even at the end, when he hauled his bride into his arms and kissed her so soundly that she dropped her prayer book, no clap of thunder shook the walls of St. George’s, although a few elderly ladies fainted.” Always, makes me laugh. Dain is the ultimate reformed Rake.

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  47. A fictional wedding that is most memorable? I am going to go with Loretta Chase’s Lord Of Scoundrels. “Contrary to popular expectation, the roof did not fall in when Lord Dain entered the holy edifice, and lightning did not strike once during the ceremony. Even at the end, when he hauled his bride into his arms and kissed her so soundly that she dropped her prayer book, no clap of thunder shook the walls of St. George’s, although a few elderly ladies fainted.” Always, makes me laugh. Dain is the ultimate reformed Rake.

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  48. A fictional wedding that is most memorable? I am going to go with Loretta Chase’s Lord Of Scoundrels. “Contrary to popular expectation, the roof did not fall in when Lord Dain entered the holy edifice, and lightning did not strike once during the ceremony. Even at the end, when he hauled his bride into his arms and kissed her so soundly that she dropped her prayer book, no clap of thunder shook the walls of St. George’s, although a few elderly ladies fainted.” Always, makes me laugh. Dain is the ultimate reformed Rake.

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  49. A fictional wedding that is most memorable? I am going to go with Loretta Chase’s Lord Of Scoundrels. “Contrary to popular expectation, the roof did not fall in when Lord Dain entered the holy edifice, and lightning did not strike once during the ceremony. Even at the end, when he hauled his bride into his arms and kissed her so soundly that she dropped her prayer book, no clap of thunder shook the walls of St. George’s, although a few elderly ladies fainted.” Always, makes me laugh. Dain is the ultimate reformed Rake.

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  50. A fictional wedding that is most memorable? I am going to go with Loretta Chase’s Lord Of Scoundrels. “Contrary to popular expectation, the roof did not fall in when Lord Dain entered the holy edifice, and lightning did not strike once during the ceremony. Even at the end, when he hauled his bride into his arms and kissed her so soundly that she dropped her prayer book, no clap of thunder shook the walls of St. George’s, although a few elderly ladies fainted.” Always, makes me laugh. Dain is the ultimate reformed Rake.

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  51. The Royal Wedding today was lovely, and we get a new duke and duchess too! I have so many favourite wedding scenes but the one that always stuck in my mind was the birth wedding in The Determined Bride (In the Married at Midnight Anthology and by Jo)And the heroine is a Kate!
    <"Do you understand Kate? Would you like my name for your child? I'm not saying I can be much of a husband, I'm not a family man but if it would ease you....." She disappeared into another of the appalling spasms but emerged to say, "Yes, please. If you don't terribly mind" "Do it" Charles snapped to Brightwell. It looked as if the clergyman might object again but he swallowed it. - perhaps because of the silent threat of violence Charles was sending him He began to gabble from memory the rite of marriage frequently interrupted by Kate's red faced struggles and Charles' peeps under her skirts to check progress.>
    Such a great story. Too bad people don’t care so much about illegitimacy today!

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  52. The Royal Wedding today was lovely, and we get a new duke and duchess too! I have so many favourite wedding scenes but the one that always stuck in my mind was the birth wedding in The Determined Bride (In the Married at Midnight Anthology and by Jo)And the heroine is a Kate!
    <"Do you understand Kate? Would you like my name for your child? I'm not saying I can be much of a husband, I'm not a family man but if it would ease you....." She disappeared into another of the appalling spasms but emerged to say, "Yes, please. If you don't terribly mind" "Do it" Charles snapped to Brightwell. It looked as if the clergyman might object again but he swallowed it. - perhaps because of the silent threat of violence Charles was sending him He began to gabble from memory the rite of marriage frequently interrupted by Kate's red faced struggles and Charles' peeps under her skirts to check progress.>
    Such a great story. Too bad people don’t care so much about illegitimacy today!

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  53. The Royal Wedding today was lovely, and we get a new duke and duchess too! I have so many favourite wedding scenes but the one that always stuck in my mind was the birth wedding in The Determined Bride (In the Married at Midnight Anthology and by Jo)And the heroine is a Kate!
    <"Do you understand Kate? Would you like my name for your child? I'm not saying I can be much of a husband, I'm not a family man but if it would ease you....." She disappeared into another of the appalling spasms but emerged to say, "Yes, please. If you don't terribly mind" "Do it" Charles snapped to Brightwell. It looked as if the clergyman might object again but he swallowed it. - perhaps because of the silent threat of violence Charles was sending him He began to gabble from memory the rite of marriage frequently interrupted by Kate's red faced struggles and Charles' peeps under her skirts to check progress.>
    Such a great story. Too bad people don’t care so much about illegitimacy today!

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  54. The Royal Wedding today was lovely, and we get a new duke and duchess too! I have so many favourite wedding scenes but the one that always stuck in my mind was the birth wedding in The Determined Bride (In the Married at Midnight Anthology and by Jo)And the heroine is a Kate!
    <"Do you understand Kate? Would you like my name for your child? I'm not saying I can be much of a husband, I'm not a family man but if it would ease you....." She disappeared into another of the appalling spasms but emerged to say, "Yes, please. If you don't terribly mind" "Do it" Charles snapped to Brightwell. It looked as if the clergyman might object again but he swallowed it. - perhaps because of the silent threat of violence Charles was sending him He began to gabble from memory the rite of marriage frequently interrupted by Kate's red faced struggles and Charles' peeps under her skirts to check progress.>
    Such a great story. Too bad people don’t care so much about illegitimacy today!

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  55. The Royal Wedding today was lovely, and we get a new duke and duchess too! I have so many favourite wedding scenes but the one that always stuck in my mind was the birth wedding in The Determined Bride (In the Married at Midnight Anthology and by Jo)And the heroine is a Kate!
    <"Do you understand Kate? Would you like my name for your child? I'm not saying I can be much of a husband, I'm not a family man but if it would ease you....." She disappeared into another of the appalling spasms but emerged to say, "Yes, please. If you don't terribly mind" "Do it" Charles snapped to Brightwell. It looked as if the clergyman might object again but he swallowed it. - perhaps because of the silent threat of violence Charles was sending him He began to gabble from memory the rite of marriage frequently interrupted by Kate's red faced struggles and Charles' peeps under her skirts to check progress.>
    Such a great story. Too bad people don’t care so much about illegitimacy today!

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  56. I loved the wedding in Never a Gentleman by Eileen Dreyer – Grace and Diccan are forced to marry after they are found in a compromising position (she is plainer than plain and he is a rake’s rake). They arrive at the ceremony to find that the Grendadiers she nursed during the war were waiting there to make sure that he married her. After the ceremony as he is walking her out where they have set up an ‘honor guard’ to which Diccan commented “Impressive” – thinking he was making fun of them she chided him only to be told “You wrong me madam. I was justthinking of the kind of person who would warrant such devotion. And wonder at the fact that she is my wife.” Then he kissed her hand…so romantic…

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  57. I loved the wedding in Never a Gentleman by Eileen Dreyer – Grace and Diccan are forced to marry after they are found in a compromising position (she is plainer than plain and he is a rake’s rake). They arrive at the ceremony to find that the Grendadiers she nursed during the war were waiting there to make sure that he married her. After the ceremony as he is walking her out where they have set up an ‘honor guard’ to which Diccan commented “Impressive” – thinking he was making fun of them she chided him only to be told “You wrong me madam. I was justthinking of the kind of person who would warrant such devotion. And wonder at the fact that she is my wife.” Then he kissed her hand…so romantic…

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  58. I loved the wedding in Never a Gentleman by Eileen Dreyer – Grace and Diccan are forced to marry after they are found in a compromising position (she is plainer than plain and he is a rake’s rake). They arrive at the ceremony to find that the Grendadiers she nursed during the war were waiting there to make sure that he married her. After the ceremony as he is walking her out where they have set up an ‘honor guard’ to which Diccan commented “Impressive” – thinking he was making fun of them she chided him only to be told “You wrong me madam. I was justthinking of the kind of person who would warrant such devotion. And wonder at the fact that she is my wife.” Then he kissed her hand…so romantic…

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  59. I loved the wedding in Never a Gentleman by Eileen Dreyer – Grace and Diccan are forced to marry after they are found in a compromising position (she is plainer than plain and he is a rake’s rake). They arrive at the ceremony to find that the Grendadiers she nursed during the war were waiting there to make sure that he married her. After the ceremony as he is walking her out where they have set up an ‘honor guard’ to which Diccan commented “Impressive” – thinking he was making fun of them she chided him only to be told “You wrong me madam. I was justthinking of the kind of person who would warrant such devotion. And wonder at the fact that she is my wife.” Then he kissed her hand…so romantic…

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  60. I loved the wedding in Never a Gentleman by Eileen Dreyer – Grace and Diccan are forced to marry after they are found in a compromising position (she is plainer than plain and he is a rake’s rake). They arrive at the ceremony to find that the Grendadiers she nursed during the war were waiting there to make sure that he married her. After the ceremony as he is walking her out where they have set up an ‘honor guard’ to which Diccan commented “Impressive” – thinking he was making fun of them she chided him only to be told “You wrong me madam. I was justthinking of the kind of person who would warrant such devotion. And wonder at the fact that she is my wife.” Then he kissed her hand…so romantic…

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  61. More lovely examples.
    In the right sort of book, the wedding is a lovely bit of icing on the romance, isn’t it?
    Jo

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  62. More lovely examples.
    In the right sort of book, the wedding is a lovely bit of icing on the romance, isn’t it?
    Jo

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  63. More lovely examples.
    In the right sort of book, the wedding is a lovely bit of icing on the romance, isn’t it?
    Jo

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  64. More lovely examples.
    In the right sort of book, the wedding is a lovely bit of icing on the romance, isn’t it?
    Jo

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  65. More lovely examples.
    In the right sort of book, the wedding is a lovely bit of icing on the romance, isn’t it?
    Jo

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  66. I’t hard to pick just one wedding so instead I’ve decided since I can’t decide between them to say all the weddings in Lisa Kleyphs Hathaway series. (Forgive any spelling errors but my grandson is climbing up on my lap as I try typing).
    I love reading about weddings and all the traditions at the time because my mother started out her career making unique patterns for individually requested wedding gowns. Her business became so big that whe ended up opening a bridal shop and made trips to NYC to order the gowns. Her one rule was that she wouldn’t sell the same gown to anyone being married in the same town. People traveled from neighboring towns to purchase gowns from her because of her belief that a gown should be unique to each bride.
    She ended up adding prom dresses to her inventory and kept up that unique position and the local girls loved it. What female doesn’t want to be the only person wearing a creation like a bridal gown or prom dress on their special day?

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  67. I’t hard to pick just one wedding so instead I’ve decided since I can’t decide between them to say all the weddings in Lisa Kleyphs Hathaway series. (Forgive any spelling errors but my grandson is climbing up on my lap as I try typing).
    I love reading about weddings and all the traditions at the time because my mother started out her career making unique patterns for individually requested wedding gowns. Her business became so big that whe ended up opening a bridal shop and made trips to NYC to order the gowns. Her one rule was that she wouldn’t sell the same gown to anyone being married in the same town. People traveled from neighboring towns to purchase gowns from her because of her belief that a gown should be unique to each bride.
    She ended up adding prom dresses to her inventory and kept up that unique position and the local girls loved it. What female doesn’t want to be the only person wearing a creation like a bridal gown or prom dress on their special day?

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  68. I’t hard to pick just one wedding so instead I’ve decided since I can’t decide between them to say all the weddings in Lisa Kleyphs Hathaway series. (Forgive any spelling errors but my grandson is climbing up on my lap as I try typing).
    I love reading about weddings and all the traditions at the time because my mother started out her career making unique patterns for individually requested wedding gowns. Her business became so big that whe ended up opening a bridal shop and made trips to NYC to order the gowns. Her one rule was that she wouldn’t sell the same gown to anyone being married in the same town. People traveled from neighboring towns to purchase gowns from her because of her belief that a gown should be unique to each bride.
    She ended up adding prom dresses to her inventory and kept up that unique position and the local girls loved it. What female doesn’t want to be the only person wearing a creation like a bridal gown or prom dress on their special day?

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  69. I’t hard to pick just one wedding so instead I’ve decided since I can’t decide between them to say all the weddings in Lisa Kleyphs Hathaway series. (Forgive any spelling errors but my grandson is climbing up on my lap as I try typing).
    I love reading about weddings and all the traditions at the time because my mother started out her career making unique patterns for individually requested wedding gowns. Her business became so big that whe ended up opening a bridal shop and made trips to NYC to order the gowns. Her one rule was that she wouldn’t sell the same gown to anyone being married in the same town. People traveled from neighboring towns to purchase gowns from her because of her belief that a gown should be unique to each bride.
    She ended up adding prom dresses to her inventory and kept up that unique position and the local girls loved it. What female doesn’t want to be the only person wearing a creation like a bridal gown or prom dress on their special day?

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  70. I’t hard to pick just one wedding so instead I’ve decided since I can’t decide between them to say all the weddings in Lisa Kleyphs Hathaway series. (Forgive any spelling errors but my grandson is climbing up on my lap as I try typing).
    I love reading about weddings and all the traditions at the time because my mother started out her career making unique patterns for individually requested wedding gowns. Her business became so big that whe ended up opening a bridal shop and made trips to NYC to order the gowns. Her one rule was that she wouldn’t sell the same gown to anyone being married in the same town. People traveled from neighboring towns to purchase gowns from her because of her belief that a gown should be unique to each bride.
    She ended up adding prom dresses to her inventory and kept up that unique position and the local girls loved it. What female doesn’t want to be the only person wearing a creation like a bridal gown or prom dress on their special day?

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  71. I just finished the almost two weddings of An Unlikely Countess and really felt the exasperation/surrealness of what the characters went through. I loved the whole bit you did Jo about how everyone was thinking Prudence was crazy wanting to wash her hair two days in a roll, until she said, “I want everything to be different.” I really felt I’d been through the wringer with them that whole crazy day. By the way, I felt almost the same way 23 years ago today–the 30th is my wedding anniversary! Here’s the link to my blog today: http://fateandfaith-julee.blogspot.com/2011/04/thats-what-love-is-for.html?spref=fb Thanks for the information and please keep writing!

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  72. I just finished the almost two weddings of An Unlikely Countess and really felt the exasperation/surrealness of what the characters went through. I loved the whole bit you did Jo about how everyone was thinking Prudence was crazy wanting to wash her hair two days in a roll, until she said, “I want everything to be different.” I really felt I’d been through the wringer with them that whole crazy day. By the way, I felt almost the same way 23 years ago today–the 30th is my wedding anniversary! Here’s the link to my blog today: http://fateandfaith-julee.blogspot.com/2011/04/thats-what-love-is-for.html?spref=fb Thanks for the information and please keep writing!

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  73. I just finished the almost two weddings of An Unlikely Countess and really felt the exasperation/surrealness of what the characters went through. I loved the whole bit you did Jo about how everyone was thinking Prudence was crazy wanting to wash her hair two days in a roll, until she said, “I want everything to be different.” I really felt I’d been through the wringer with them that whole crazy day. By the way, I felt almost the same way 23 years ago today–the 30th is my wedding anniversary! Here’s the link to my blog today: http://fateandfaith-julee.blogspot.com/2011/04/thats-what-love-is-for.html?spref=fb Thanks for the information and please keep writing!

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  74. I just finished the almost two weddings of An Unlikely Countess and really felt the exasperation/surrealness of what the characters went through. I loved the whole bit you did Jo about how everyone was thinking Prudence was crazy wanting to wash her hair two days in a roll, until she said, “I want everything to be different.” I really felt I’d been through the wringer with them that whole crazy day. By the way, I felt almost the same way 23 years ago today–the 30th is my wedding anniversary! Here’s the link to my blog today: http://fateandfaith-julee.blogspot.com/2011/04/thats-what-love-is-for.html?spref=fb Thanks for the information and please keep writing!

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  75. I just finished the almost two weddings of An Unlikely Countess and really felt the exasperation/surrealness of what the characters went through. I loved the whole bit you did Jo about how everyone was thinking Prudence was crazy wanting to wash her hair two days in a roll, until she said, “I want everything to be different.” I really felt I’d been through the wringer with them that whole crazy day. By the way, I felt almost the same way 23 years ago today–the 30th is my wedding anniversary! Here’s the link to my blog today: http://fateandfaith-julee.blogspot.com/2011/04/thats-what-love-is-for.html?spref=fb Thanks for the information and please keep writing!

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  76. I love a good romance so most of the weddings are great for me.But, I really loved my own to my dear husband of 47 years. Joan M Wilson

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  77. I love a good romance so most of the weddings are great for me.But, I really loved my own to my dear husband of 47 years. Joan M Wilson

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  78. I love a good romance so most of the weddings are great for me.But, I really loved my own to my dear husband of 47 years. Joan M Wilson

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  79. I love a good romance so most of the weddings are great for me.But, I really loved my own to my dear husband of 47 years. Joan M Wilson

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  80. I love a good romance so most of the weddings are great for me.But, I really loved my own to my dear husband of 47 years. Joan M Wilson

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  81. The Royal Wedding was wonderful.I am so glad tha Kate put her own stlye forward.She was a beautiful bride.What a wonderful romance.So many novels leave the wedding out.I wish more added the wedding in.

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  82. The Royal Wedding was wonderful.I am so glad tha Kate put her own stlye forward.She was a beautiful bride.What a wonderful romance.So many novels leave the wedding out.I wish more added the wedding in.

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  83. The Royal Wedding was wonderful.I am so glad tha Kate put her own stlye forward.She was a beautiful bride.What a wonderful romance.So many novels leave the wedding out.I wish more added the wedding in.

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  84. The Royal Wedding was wonderful.I am so glad tha Kate put her own stlye forward.She was a beautiful bride.What a wonderful romance.So many novels leave the wedding out.I wish more added the wedding in.

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  85. The Royal Wedding was wonderful.I am so glad tha Kate put her own stlye forward.She was a beautiful bride.What a wonderful romance.So many novels leave the wedding out.I wish more added the wedding in.

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  86. Most of my favourite books end before the wedding, or mention it just in one sentence as in P&P: “Happy for all her maternal feelings was the day on which Mrs. Bennet got rid of her two most deserving daughters.”
    But this one starts with it:
    “The wedding of the Earl of Rule to Miss Horatia Winwood passed off without any unseemly fracas, such as the arrest of the bride’s brother for debt or a scene created by the bridegroom’s mistress (an event not entirely unexpected by the hopeful), occuring to mar its propriety.”
    You can see that the show has just began 🙂
    (GH: Convenient Marriage)

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  87. Most of my favourite books end before the wedding, or mention it just in one sentence as in P&P: “Happy for all her maternal feelings was the day on which Mrs. Bennet got rid of her two most deserving daughters.”
    But this one starts with it:
    “The wedding of the Earl of Rule to Miss Horatia Winwood passed off without any unseemly fracas, such as the arrest of the bride’s brother for debt or a scene created by the bridegroom’s mistress (an event not entirely unexpected by the hopeful), occuring to mar its propriety.”
    You can see that the show has just began 🙂
    (GH: Convenient Marriage)

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  88. Most of my favourite books end before the wedding, or mention it just in one sentence as in P&P: “Happy for all her maternal feelings was the day on which Mrs. Bennet got rid of her two most deserving daughters.”
    But this one starts with it:
    “The wedding of the Earl of Rule to Miss Horatia Winwood passed off without any unseemly fracas, such as the arrest of the bride’s brother for debt or a scene created by the bridegroom’s mistress (an event not entirely unexpected by the hopeful), occuring to mar its propriety.”
    You can see that the show has just began 🙂
    (GH: Convenient Marriage)

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  89. Most of my favourite books end before the wedding, or mention it just in one sentence as in P&P: “Happy for all her maternal feelings was the day on which Mrs. Bennet got rid of her two most deserving daughters.”
    But this one starts with it:
    “The wedding of the Earl of Rule to Miss Horatia Winwood passed off without any unseemly fracas, such as the arrest of the bride’s brother for debt or a scene created by the bridegroom’s mistress (an event not entirely unexpected by the hopeful), occuring to mar its propriety.”
    You can see that the show has just began 🙂
    (GH: Convenient Marriage)

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  90. Most of my favourite books end before the wedding, or mention it just in one sentence as in P&P: “Happy for all her maternal feelings was the day on which Mrs. Bennet got rid of her two most deserving daughters.”
    But this one starts with it:
    “The wedding of the Earl of Rule to Miss Horatia Winwood passed off without any unseemly fracas, such as the arrest of the bride’s brother for debt or a scene created by the bridegroom’s mistress (an event not entirely unexpected by the hopeful), occuring to mar its propriety.”
    You can see that the show has just began 🙂
    (GH: Convenient Marriage)

    Reply

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