Why are we charmed by the thought of a woman and a man coming together and pledging their fidelity, finances, and futures to each other? Especially since statistics show that 1 in 3 marriages in Australia will ultimately end in divorce?
Is it the pageantry, the traditions? White dresses, men in suits, rings, flower girls, speeches, ritual dances (Hokey Pokey anyone?)
Or has a wedding just become a great excuse for a booze-up?
I think we love weddings because they celebrate beginnings. The start of something that the parties to it believe will last forever. We celebrate romance when we go to a wedding – the heady start of a relationship where the woman and the man love each other, but they are also ‘in love’ with one another. You can see it in the touches, the glances, the smiles, how they hold each other so close when the first dance happens, how he whispers into her hair, how she smiles against his lapel.
I am an unashamed romantic. I’ll smile from the second the wedding march starts to the minute the bride and groom drive away. If a man cries at his wedding, I’m right there blubbering along with him. And since I love getting dressed up, weddings provide the perfect opportunity to put on something glamorous and beautiful.
My short story, Head over Heels, is about a young woman called Cara, who is as different to me as can be. She’s a tomboyish, jeans-and-boots kinda gal, whose most glamorous shoes are a pair of sensible black heels. Weddings are very much not her thing, and being in her sister’s wedding party was already putting her outside her comfort zone. So when her sister insists that she needs to wear six-inch heels, Cara is a little disgruntled. And scared that she’ll fall over. In fact, that’s just what she does – into the arms of a gorgeous courier driver.
Intrigued? Are you a wedding lover? Then you need to get your hands on a copy of the anthology A Bouquet of Love, which is available now from Serenity Press:
Ten couples not looking for love find something unexpected when they visit Serendipity Bridal Boutique, Kate Peron’s vintage-styled salon. Love is in the air and it’s about to blow into their lives, bringing fortunate accidents of the heartfelt variety to those lucky enough to walk through Serendipity’s doors.
A man comes to Eagle Point to stop a wedding. A magazine editor finds herself in a cheesy situation. A different kind of bride takes to the catwalk. Readers will be swept away by this bouquet of stories from ten Australian authors – stories of healing and second chances, of opening hearts and minds, of souls connecting and remembering, of temptation and desire. Life and love in Eagle Point has never been more challenging … or fun!
From cupcake wielding assassins to hilarious blind date set-ups, there’s something for everyone in this delightfully romantic collection that proves there can never be too much ado about love.
This anthology has been twelve months in the making, and it really is spectacular. Ten incredible authors will have you laughing then crying then laughing again.
And if you are on Goodreads, we have a competition to win one of three copies! Go check it out here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34884748-a-bouquet-of-love-anthology (Note, the competition is Australia only. Sorry if you’re overseas…)
If you’re in Perth, Serenity Press is launching the book on Thursday 18 May at Koorliny Arts Centre – please come along and celebrate with us! Bookings queries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s going to be a fun night – most of the authors have been madly op-shopping for bridesmaid dresses, so we should show up in all kinds of amazing things!
Weddings are gorgeous. But with a book about weddings, well, you can relive the gorgeousness over and over again!!
A Bouquet of Love is available in paperback from Serenity Press: http://www.serenitypress.org/_p/prd1/4617712241/product/a-bouquet-of-love
As an e-book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com.au/A-Bouquet-of-Love-ebook/dp/B06ZYHCHRB
I truly hope you enjoy it!