Lynnette Austin is an expert in tying the knot. With her Magnolia Brides and Maverick Junction series, she's sent many couples happily down the aisle.
Now with wedding season in full swing, Austin has created a list of five fictional weddings that stand out above the rest—and will jerk the emotion out of you like a doctor giving the Heimlich.
Weddings are wonderful—until they’re not!
Can any other event top a wedding? We love them; we love the magic, the romance, the promise of them. The wedding day, the beginning of a couple’s happy-ever-after. Laughter, tears, beginnings, and endings all wrapped up in tulle and lace, roses and wisteria. And, yes, there is drama. Family members and friends who haven’t seen each other in ages come together with all their assorted histories, back stories, and baggage. Bridezilla, the crazy aunt, and the outlandish mother are all in attendance. Absolutely anything can happen…and does, as we see reflected in fiction.
Most couples today don’t want simple. Brides and their mothers and attendants are haunting Pinterest and Instagram. They want a celebration and are willing to spend what it takes to make it happen. It’s a magical moment, a choice, a commitment.
That magical moment comes at a big cost, though. Today’s average wedding runs right at $33,000 (unless you’re tying the knot in New York City—in that case, it’ll cost closer to $77,000!). With this kind of price tag, brides often hire a wedding planner and choose a destination wedding to ensure things run smoothly.
All this was on my mind when I decided to write my Magnolia Brides series. Jenni Beth Beaumont (The Best Laid Wedding Plans) and Cricket O’Malley (Every Bride Has Her Day) create weddings at Magnolia House, a renovated antebellum plantation in Low Country, Georgia, and bring to life a couple’s fantasy. Okay, let’s be honest. They’re mainly bringing to life the bride’s fantasy, one the groom is willing to go along with because he loves her.
Like my series, fiction is full of memorable weddings. Unlike my series, where things fall into place (at least by the end), these weddings are a mixture of the good, the bad...and the ugly.
Here are my top five most memorable fictional weddings:
What unforgettable fictional weddings make your list?
The luxury of staying home when the weather turns nasty, of working in PJs and bare feet, and the fact that daydreaming is not only permissible but encouraged, are a few of the reasons Lynnette Austin gave up the classroom to write full-time. The author of eight novels, including the Magnolia Brides series, she was a finalist in RWA’s Golden Heart Contest, PASIC’s Book of Your Heart Contest, and Georgia Romance Writers’ Maggie Contest. Having grown up in a small town, that’s where her heart takes her—to those quirky small towns where everybody knows everybody…and all their business. Her latest book Every Bride Has Her Day is available now.
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