It’s in his face

Weddings–what is more beautiful than two people committing their lives to one another? Nothing, in my opinion. To make such a vow is binding in so many different ways.

“To love, honor, and cherish, with both my body and my mind,” is what I heard at a recent wedding. Tears pooled as I watched the two young people say these words. My husband gave me a look like, “Keep it together, Miss.” He knows I can’t.

Anyway, weddings have always been a part of my life. First, as the daughter of a formalwear seamstress and then later, I served our community as a bridal consultant for just shy of a decade. I lived and breathed weddings and every aspect of them made me smile with joy. When I had a bride, who was quiet and reserved, squeal for joy at the realization that she’d found her dress, I wanted nothing more than to keep doing that job so that I could participate in those moments too.

Of all the things that we see at weddings, there is one moment I am most eager to witness.

Picture this, double doors at the back of the sanctuary close after all of the bridal party has made the procession to the alter. All except one. Her. You know she will be beautiful and glowing with love and joy. Instead of watching her slowly make her way to her groom, you turn and watch him. You wait in breathless anticipation to see if he will cry, laugh, smile like the Cheshire Cat–anything is possible. No matter his response, all you see is unhindered love pouring from his eyes. He is beside himself with excitement and you can’t help but shed a tear at the beauty of the moment.

Does this sound familiar? It should. The hero for one of my favorite wedding movies said something similar but it was less glowing. Can you guess what movie it is? Here is a hint.

So, what is your favorite part of a wedding? Feel free to share, and don’t forget to enter the giveaways at each stop.

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“You’re just like a brother to me. I don’t like you in that way.”

When they dated ten years ago as teens, it almost destroyed their friendship. So Pen Reese did the only logical thing.  She lied about how she felt—and still feels—about him.

She’s still paying for that lie.

A brilliant plan to set Mike and a friend up and get over him has one problem.

It’s breaking her heart.

When Pen pushed him away, Mike Gaines assumed she just didn’t understand his faith. People like her persnickety aunt even claim he’s part of a cult—ridiculous, but it’s true. Still, if she wants him to play the part of a big brother, fine. At least he can stay close this way.

At first, Pen’s attempt to set him up with one of her close friends hurts. But what if it’s the perfect opportunity to show her what she’s missing if she sees him with someone else?

In this friends-to-more-meets-second-chance romance, The Matchmaker’s Best Friend continues the Elnora Island romances of the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.
The Independence Islands Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.