Reader’s Pick – #1 Favorite Romantic Post – Dec 2010 – Feb 2011

Shannon here: Drumroll please! The most popular post for last quarter is Erica Vetsch’s story of her wedding. All comments will go in the drawing for a copy of Mary Ellis’ Abigail’s New Hope. Deadline: April 2, midnight central time. 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 

Come back April 4 for debut novelist Julie Jarnigan’s real life romance, plus a chance to win her book: Canyon Walls.

April Lineup:

April 4 – 8: Julie Jarnigan

April 11 – 15: Shannon Taylor Vannatter

April 18 – 22: Penny A Zeller

April 25 – 27: Gail Palotta

April 29: Jennifer Johnson

13 Responses to “Reader’s Pick – #1 Favorite Romantic Post – Dec 2010 – Feb 2011”

  • Jennifer Hibdon says:

    Love the wedding story. Erica, sounds like you are living your real life romance story! I would love to win a book, Shannon!!!!

  • Penny Nichols says:

    Erica, great story. Shannon, I would love to win a book.

  • Sandra Mick says:

    Thank you for chance to win a book, Shannon. Enjoyed your story, Erica.

  • Tamara Mick says:

    Erica, what a sweet story. I would love to win a book, Shannon. Thank you for your blog and your giveaways.

  • Hi all. Glad everyone enjoyed Erica’s story the second time around.

  • Erica Vetsch says:

    Thank you all for commenting. I am living my real life romance.

    And thanks, Shannon, for having me here. It was a great experience!

  • CarolM says:

    How cool! I love that all the weddings were in the same place! That’s cool!

    I’d love to win =D.

    carol at carolmoncado dot com

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    Erica, every time I read about your Christmas wedding, it brings back memories of mine. I love how you used brass horns in your bridesmaids’ bouquets and how you smiled into your groom’s eyes during the entire ceremony.

  • What a great picture!! Very much enjoyed reading about your love story, Erica. 🙂

  • Cheryl Abernathey says:

    Snow for christmas is cool but snow for a christmas wedding! That’s a beautiful picture!
    Born and raised in the Salina area, I enjoyed reading your story Erica, thanks!

  • Wow, lots of comments. Erica, I enjoyed having you and would love to have you back anytime. Let me know when you have a new release.

  • Rosemary Travis says:

    ‘I holpe to win a copy of Mary Ellis’ Amish book. Abigails’ New Hope. I started to order it , then i saw there was a drawing for it. It would be great!! I already have some of Erica’s books.

  • I have a winner:

    Tamara Mick won the copy of Abigail’s New Hope by Mary Ellis. I appreciate everyone for stopping by.

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