Vickie McDonough – Real life Romance – Part 1 of 3

Shannon here: Heartsong Presents author, Vickie McDonough shares a glimpse into her real life romance. Leave a comment on any post from Sept 13 – Sept 18 for a chance to win her book, Second Chance Brides. Deadline Sept 18, 8:00 Central. Watch the comments after the deadline for the winner and contact me to claim your prize. Here’s Vickie:

My wedding took place in 1975, and this year, my husband, Robert, and I will celebrate our 35th anniversary. Time sure has sailed by. Shannon asked me to talk about my wedding, but it’s hard to remember very many details from that long ago. What I do remember was a horrible tragedy to a bride-to-be. Everyone was in a rush to finish up the last details before the wedding. I had waist-long hair, and being the tomboy I was, decided to wear it down, much to my mother’s chagrin. I washed it just before going to the church, but when we arrived, I realized there wasn’t a hair dryer to be found and not enough time to go get one. That was the first frustration.

Just before I put on my gown, my mom decided to press it, even though it looked fine to me. Much to my horror—and hers—she made a melted iron print in the skirt of the gown. You could visibly see the outline of the iron with puckers all around the edge. I was devastated and went running off to tell my husband-to-be—and I was still wearing my jeans and a t-shirt—half an hour before the wedding. Robert, peacemaker that he is, just patted my shoulder and said it would be all right. I went back and put on the dress, still upset with my mom, who felt awful—and I wasn’t making things any easier on her. Would you believe that the iron print was in the exact spot where my bouquet would rest when I was holding it? I was thanking the Lord and apologizing to my mom. The rest of the wedding went off without a hitch.

Did I mention that I’m very practical-minded and not too sentimental? Well, I rented that gown from a bridal shop to save money, then went on my honeymoon, ever so thankful Mom had to return the dress and not me.

 About Vickie: Award-winning author Vickie McDonough has lived in Oklahoma all her life, except for a year when she and her husband lived on a kibbutz in Israel . Vickie has had 20 books and novellas published, and historical Christian romance is her favorite genre to read and write. Vickie is currently the ACFW treasurer, and a founding member of WIN, an ACFW chapter in Tulsa , OK . She is a member of RWA, CAN, Women Writing the West, OKRWA, and OWFI. She is a wife of thirty-five years, mother of four grown sons and grandma to a feisty four-year-old girl. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, gardening, watching movies, and traveling. To learn more about Vickie’s books, visit her website:

Come back Sept 15 when Vickie shares a glimpse into her son’s romantic Christmas proposal.

16 Responses to “Vickie McDonough – Real life Romance – Part 1 of 3”

  • Shelia Hall says:

    I eally enjoy your books!would love to win your book!!!

  • Casey says:

    I’d love to read one of Vickie’s books. Always looking for more authors to read.

  • Vickie says:

    Sheila and Casey,

    That’s for stopping by Shannon’s blog and leaving a message! Good luck is the drawing!

  • Charlotte says:

    It just goes to prove that the wedding day isn’t as special as a lifetime of love! I would be honored to receive one of your books! God bless!

  • Sheila Covey says:

    Vickie, loved reading your story. My husband, Jimmy & I were married in 1975, too. We have 4 kids (2 boys, 2 girls) and 10 grand kids! I’d love to have another one of your books–they are fun to read.

  • Brian McDonough says:

    You would think that after 32 years as your son, I would have heard that story before, but that is a new one. I can only imagine the comments that were proclaimed.

  • I appreciate Vickie for sharing her story today. And all those who stopped by and commented. How sweet of her son to drop by. See how romance runs in the family Wednesday when Vickie shares Brian’s story.

  • Josanne says:

    And that’s when your sense of humor was set in motion! I thought you were going to say that your mother ironed your hair to dry it and burned it! HA, that could have been funny too! Ah…what’s a wedding without a little drama. On my daughter’s wedding day, we were all ironing, primping and racing to get ready. My daughter never tried on her dress. A friend made it. When she slipped her arms in, one arm was too small at the elbow. We ended up having to cut and resew it a little. Also, she had flowers on the dress going around the waist. We basically sewed her into her dress as we tacked the flowers on the dress. But she was happy as could be. It was raining, and that made it perfect. She loves the rain!

  • Rachel Kulp says:

    I always enjoy your books. Sorry I won’t see you at conference. I’d like to win this book.

  • Rosemary says:

    Great story. Would love to win a copy of the book.

  • Myra Johnson says:

    Oh, Vickie! That’s quite a story! So glad it all worked out. Looking forward to seeing you at ACFW!

  • Jana tollefson says:

    Well I guess at 34 years, this marriage is gonna “take” but considering the fact you SAW the groom before the wedding!!! Hmmmmmmm. Love you Vickie!!

  • What a great story! I remember just WILLING my hair not to curl while I sweated, dressed and ready for pictures two hours before the wedding! Those are things we just don’t forget! LOL THanks for sharing!

  • Delia Latham says:

    Love the wedding story, Vickie! Good thing you have that wonderful sense of humor. 🙂 I’d love to read Second Chance Brides.

  • Vickie says:

    I see some familiar faces here–or should I say names. Thanks so much for stopping by Shannon’s blog and reading about my wedding. My 35th anniversary is in just three weeks. Hard to believe so time has passed so quickly.

    Good luck to everyone in the drawing!!

  • Sorry I’m late on the drawing. On my way home from big writers’ conference. Charlotte won Vickie’s book. Please contact me:

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