Shannon here: Heartsong Presents author, Erica Vetsch shares her wedding and a chance to win her book, The Bartered Bride. Comment on any post dated Jan 31 – Feb 4 for a chance to win. Deadline: Midnight Central time Feb 5. Here’s Erica:
We were married in Salina, Kansas on December 16th, 1989. I was just twenty. Peter was twenty three and fresh out of college. The night before the wedding, there was a big snowfall, something that is rare in central Kansas. Because I lived in a big agricultural area, a lot of the wedding guests were farmers from the surrounding area. The snow kept a lot of them at home that day, and we had fewer than 100 guests at the wedding.
My mother made my wedding dress. (She’s a master seamstress.) She also made the bridesmaid dresses. The wedding colors were simple to arrive at, since it was the Christmas season. The bridesmaids wore Christmas green and carried brass horns with red and white carnations and gold and red ribbons. There were Christmas trees and garland and piney greenery, ribbons, red and gold ornaments, and tiny white lights in the windows and on the pews.
We had a simple ceremony. I remember my dad’s eyes getting misty as he gave me away, and I remember that I couldn’t quit smiling into Peter’s eyes. I wore the same headpiece that my mother wore for her wedding. An interesting tidbit. My two siblings and I were all married in the Salina Bible Church, the same church where my parents got married in September of 1966.
We honeymooned in San Antonio, Texas, and came home in time to celebrate Christmas with my family. Our little car was loaded down on the way to our new apartment in Kansas City with all the Christmas gifts and wedding gifts.
About Erica: ERICA VETSCH is married to Peter and keeps the company books for the family lumber business. A home-school mom, Erica loves history, romance, and storytelling. Her ideal vacation is taking her family to out-of-the-way history museums and chatting to curators about local history. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Calvary Bible College in Secondary Education: Social Studies. You can find her on the web at www.onthewritepath.blogspot.com
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