Shannon here: Amish Romance author, Mary Ellis shares her wedding day–a true comedy of errors–plus a chance to win a copy of her latest release, An Amish Family Reunion. Every time you comment, your name goes in the drawing for a copy. Deadline: Feb 18, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Mary:
Our Romance and Wedding Day by Mary Ellis
I met my husband of thirty-five years in college, and I must say the man wasn’t shy about his intentions. We met in September and three months later, right before Christmas, he approached my father with the declaration: “I’m in love with your daughter and intend to marry her right after college.” I believe my dad said something practical like, “not if you don’t have a job, you won’t.”
My beloved Ken persevered and formerly proposed in August after my parents’ anniversary dinner. He presented me with a very small but absolutely perfect diamond. We married six days after our graduation the following spring. (Yes, he had a job, but continued more education at night.)
Our wedding was the amusing part of the story…a comedy of errors would describe it well. Ken forgot his tuxedo jacket at home and had to get married in his dad’s jacket. Besides the coat being a poor fit, when he put it on in the parking lot outside the church, the wedding license blew away from the roof of the car.
Inside, I discovered before starting down the aisle that one of the flower girls had her dress on backwards. (bow in front vs. bow in back) My sister-in-law unzipped her daughter’s dress, dropped it to the ground, then turned it around in the sanctuary doorway. My niece denies this ever happened, but there were at least one hundred witnesses.
Later, while taking photos in the park, I bee flew into my bouquet. When I tried to dislodge her, she stung me on the cheek. Oh, did I mention the hall for the reception went out-of-business right before a June wedding? The replacement venue, a VFW hall, had no air conditioning and temps soared into the 90’s that day. Everyone looked like drowned rats in the reception pictures. (plus I had the red welt on the face)
The caterers ran out of food due to either very big eaters or people hadn’t returned their RSVP cards. Oh, and one groomsmen flirted with his bridesmaid so outrageously, fisticuffs broke out in the parking lot with the girl’s boyfriend.
My mom whispered in my ear, “Maybe you should have run away and gotten married like you originally planned.” Was she kidding…and miss all the fun? The only conclusion Ken and I could draw was: When a marriage starts out so horribly, things can only get better. And they certainly have.
About Mary: Mary Ellis grew up close to an Amish settlement where she loved their peaceful agrarian lifestyle and strong sense of Christian community. She and her husband now live by the largest population of Amish in the country where they take weekend trips to research her books. Mary enjoys reading, traveling, gardening, bicycling and swimming. Before “retiring” to write full-time, Mary taught Middle School and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate—a job with amazingly sweet fringe benefits. All three in her Miller Family series made the Christian bestseller lists. A Widow’s Hope was a finalist in the 2010 ACFW Carol Awards and Award of Merit for the Holt Medallion. Her current release is An Amish Family Reunion. Mary can be found on the web at her NEW website: w.maryellis.net, www.maryeellis.wordpress.com, and https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Mary-Ellis/126995058236
About the book: Ties That Bind
Julia Miller misses her children. They are grown and have families of their own now, but her mother’s heart yearns for a houseful of laughter and joy once again. She plans to gather her chicks together in a summer celebration to remember.
At the farm next door, Julia’s niece, Phoebe, meets Eli Riehl, a young man who charms her—and everyone else—with his exceptional storytelling ability on a rumschpringe trip to Niagara Falls. When Phoebe sketches scenes to illustrate one of his tales, Eli encourages her incredible talent, and together they embark on a lofty and unlikely business venture for two young Amish people—writing and illustrating a children’s book.
Eli’s kindness and appeal extend beyond his knack for words to reach inside Phoebe’s shy heart. But he is an only son with five sisters, and when tragedy strikes at home, Eli gives up his writing to assume responsibility on the farm. Though willing to abandon his dream of becoming an author, he won’t give up his beloved Phoebe.
Can their love for a good story develop into something that lasts forever, or will memories of the past stand in their way?
Come back Feb 8th for an excerpt from An Amish Family Reunion.