Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #15 (Purple Team)

Springscavengercollage_purple795 Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! I am a part of TEAM PURPLE and this is Stop #15.

If you’re just joining us, there are two loops—purple and pink—and they begin at Lisa Bergren’s site and Robin Lee Hatcher’s site for stop #1 for either stream respectively. If you complete either the pink loop or purple loop, you can enter for a Kindle paperwhite and the 17 autographed books from that loop. If you complete BOTH loops, you can enter for the Grand Prize of a Kindle Fire HDX and ALL 34 autographed books.

The Hunt begins at NOON Mountain time on April 16 and ends at midnight Mountain on April 19, 2015, so you have a long weekend to complete all 32 stops and maximize your chances at prizes!

BE SURE to keep track of the clues at the bottom of every post in the loop and the favorite number mentioned. You’ll need those clues to enter for the loop prize and every number mentioned in order to enter for the grand prize. ALSO, please don’t use Internet Explorer to navigate through the loops. Some web sites won’t show up using IE. Please use Chrome or Firefox—they’re better anyway!

Without further ado, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to my guest for the Scavenger Hunt, Missy Tippens.

Missy’s Official Bio:



Missy Tippens, a pastor’s wife and mom of three from near Atlanta, Georgia, is the author of eight books for Harlequin Love Inspired and was nominated for a Romance Writers of America 2013 RITA® Award. Her most recent release from Love Inspired is The Doctor’s Second Chance. Visit Missy at, on Twitter and on her Author Facebook page.

About Missy’s Latest Book: The Doctor’s Second Chance:

Jake West’s troubled cousin leaves him with a most unusual parting gift—her newborn baby girl! And now the small-town contractor is forced to seek help from the very woman he resents—the new big-city pediatrician who practically stole his uncle’s practice, Violet Crenshaw. Violet knows she shouldn’t be consorting with the enemy. But she can’t resist the adorable baby and her handsome new caretaker. Violet traded her chance at motherhood for her career years ago. But raising a family with Jake could be everything she’s ever wanted.

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I love reading and writing stories with heroes and heroines who are opposites. I’ve been drawn to this naturally as one of my frequent themes. And I’ve think I figured out why. My parents’ romance is one of opposites attracting. And in some ways, my husband and I are opposites as well.

My parents came from totally different socioeconomic backgrounds. One grew up in a small town with successful parents, business people who worked hard and did well for themselves. The other grew up in poverty, moving around, and even had a baby brother die of malnutrition. Yet they caught each other’s eye, and their first date was my mother’s high school prom. But then they headed off in different directions for college. Of course, after one semester, they missed each other, so my mom transferred. And the rest is history…

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My husband and I are opposites in some ways as well. I run more on intuition and emotion. He runs on logic (although, I have a good bit of that in me as well). We’ve also had to deal with the fact that I’m a “piler” and he’s a “filer.” He’s very organized and I’m…not. 🙂 His side of the closet is evenly spaced and practically color-coded. Mine looks as if something exploded. Yes, we manage. And after almost 30 years of marriage, he’s learned that I really DO know what’s in each of my piles, and I know where to look for things.

In my most recent book from Love Inspired, The Doctor’s Second Chance, my main characters are very different from each other. The heroine, Violet, is a detail oriented pediatrician who is driven. The hero, Jake, is a general contractor who’s more laid back, an outdoorsman who enjoys sports. He sees her as uppity. She seems him as a burly bachelor, ill-prepared to care for the baby his cousin left with him. They also have opposite views on Violet’s purchase of his aunt and uncle’s pediatric practice. Lots of conflict between them! Of course, there’s attraction, too. But enough for them to overcome their differences?

I had so much fun writing this book! I hope you’ll check it out. Feel free to read an excerpt by clicking here.


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Leave a comment below telling me your favorite wedding memory for a chance to win an ecopy of my latest novella, Can’t Buy Me LoveNow available for pre-order!

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  1. April 15, 2015, 9:00 pm   /  Reply

    […] ‘em down?? Great! Your next stop is #15 Beth Vogt’s site. Click on over there now. And if you get lost, a complete list of the loop with links can be […]

  2. April 16, 2015, 12:18 am   /  Reply

    I have only ever been to one wedding, when I was little, so that means . . . no exciting memories yet!
    I really enjoyed watching Jill and Jessa Duggar’s weddings on TLC though, as well as Erin Bates’. They were just so moving and sweet and lovely! I loved the moment before their dad walked them down the aisle!

    • April 16, 2015, 3:54 pm   /  Reply

      The moment before the bride walks down the aisle — that’s always a special moment. And there are so many fun bridal shows on TV nowadays, aren’t there?

  3. April 16, 2015, 7:43 am   /  Reply

    Beth, I LOVE the cover of Crazy Little Thing Called Love–so good. Glad for you and proud of you (again)!

    • April 16, 2015, 3:55 pm   /  Reply

      Thanks, Dee! I love the cover too. I think it captures the feel and emotion of the book so well.

  4. Gail Hollingsworth
    April 16, 2015, 8:10 am   /  Reply

    Our wedding was 34 years ago and I love watching our video. My husband loves cashews and on the video you can see him picking through the mixed nuts bowl digging out the cashews. Every anniversary I get him a large can of cashews!

    • April 16, 2015, 3:56 pm   /  Reply

      What a fun memory — it made me smile, imagining your husband picking through the mixed nuts to find the cashews. 🙂

  5. April 16, 2015, 9:50 am   /  Reply

    One of my favorite wedding memories is my niece’s wedding last year. The minister forgot part of the ceremony and as the couple are walking down the aisle, someone asks about it and she says, “It’s done! We’re married.”

    • April 16, 2015, 3:56 pm   /  Reply

      What a great memory. I love it when both laughter and tears are woven through a ceremony.

  6. April 16, 2015, 9:59 am   /  Reply

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  7. Robin Driscoll
    April 16, 2015, 12:25 pm   /  Reply

    My favorite memory is that my husband and MIL went to look at wedding dresses without my knowledge. Then my MIL took me to the store and said pick out some wedding dresses that you like and then pick your favorite. I ended up picking the exact same one my husband had picked!!

    • April 16, 2015, 3:57 pm   /  Reply

      Robin: I’ve never heard of a husband-to-be going to look at dresses before the bride. I love this!

  8. Becky Dempsey
    April 16, 2015, 12:39 pm   /  Reply

    My brother forgot his socks when he was a groomsman in my wedding and had to go to town to buy more.

    • April 16, 2015, 3:57 pm   /  Reply

      What a fun memory — someone always forgets something!

  9. Vicky D
    April 16, 2015, 1:02 pm   /  Reply

    My favorite wedding memory is seeing my son’s face when he saw his bride for the first time walking down the aisle to him!

    • April 16, 2015, 3:58 pm   /  Reply

      Vicky: Those first glimpses are always precious, aren’t they?

  10. Deana Dick
    April 16, 2015, 1:02 pm   /  Reply

    One of my favorite wedding memories is walking down the aisle and seeing my best friend , my husband, waiting for me to say I do. We celebrate 32 years on April 19th.

    • April 16, 2015, 3:58 pm   /  Reply

      Deana: Happy almost-anniversary!

  11. Tara
    April 16, 2015, 1:19 pm   /  Reply

    My favorite wedding memory… well, it’s not a wedding I went to… but I scrapbooked my grandparents’ wedding. They got married in 1954 and my grandpa put a sign in front of the church that said,”Big wedding today! Everyone invited!” 🙂

    • April 16, 2015, 3:59 pm   /  Reply

      Tara: How wonderful that you scrapbooked your grandparents’ wedding! And I love the sign!

  12. Wilma DeCamp
    April 16, 2015, 1:28 pm   /  Reply

    My wedding was full of favorite memories….a comedy of errors! Everything from a groom in an air cast to the father of the bride burning his face two days before the wedding…a superstitious person might have called the whole thing off, but we are still happily married 24 years later. Thanks for the scavenger hunt!

    • April 16, 2015, 4:00 pm   /  Reply

      Wilma: An air cast and burns — ouch! My oldest daughter was in a boot following ankle surgery. Her PT came and taped her ankle before the ceremony so she didn’t have to wear the big old black boot — and he found surgical tape that matched the colors of her bridesmaid dresses!

  13. Misty conway
    April 16, 2015, 1:45 pm   /  Reply

    Favorite wedding memory….silly, but I burned myself with unity candle after they told me to be careful lol

    • April 16, 2015, 4:00 pm   /  Reply

      Ouch, Misty! I hope it wasn’t a bad burn.

  14. Melissa Buck
    April 16, 2015, 1:50 pm   /  Reply

    My favorite part of our wedding was that my husband, John was the one standing beside me. 21 years later he’s still my favorite 🙂

    • April 16, 2015, 4:01 pm   /  Reply

      So romantic, Melissa.

  15. Beth Gillihan
    April 16, 2015, 1:52 pm   /  Reply

    I haven’t been to very many weddings so I don’t really have a fun memory.

    • April 16, 2015, 4:01 pm   /  Reply

      Well, be watching for one, Beth. 🙂 I’ve enjoyed reading all the ones shared today.

  16. Cheryl Baranski
    April 16, 2015, 1:54 pm   /  Reply

    I have to say my favorite wedding memory is marring my love the night before I graduated high school going on 28 years ago.

    • April 16, 2015, 4:02 pm   /  Reply

      Oh, wow! You got married the night before you graduated from high school?! Quite a bit of celebrating for you that week, right?

  17. Susan
    April 16, 2015, 2:55 pm   /  Reply

    my wedding, taking a picture with my 8 year old brother and sister

    • April 16, 2015, 4:03 pm   /  Reply

      How fun — so you had much-younger siblings. Were they in the wedding?

  18. April 16, 2015, 2:55 pm   /  Reply

    I haven’t been to many weddings nor am I married, so I don’t have a favorite wedding moment.

    One memory I do have is of cleaning a church after the wedding. The decorations were beautiful in the big, open church. Teal and lime green cloths looped from the ceiling with white daisies in vases of a similar color. Tall glass cylinders filled with dyed blue and green water stood on shelves and tables. The normally red carpeted aisle was covered in (fake) blue, green, and white rose petals across a slightly twisted cloth. And the huge red glass cross behind the stage glowed with the afternoon light and bathed the room in red. I wasn’t able to attend the wedding nor did I know the bride or groom, but the beauty of the tranquil church afterward made the pains of cleaning the church worth it.

    • April 16, 2015, 4:04 pm   /  Reply

      What a sweet memory — and you know, I never really think of those people who clean the church after a wedding …

  19. April 16, 2015, 2:59 pm   /  Reply

    LOL at our wedding, my husband needed to adjust the fit of his tuxedo pants and so he let out the tabs but couldn’t figure out how to – i dunno – tighten them again. So his pants were in great danger of falling down through the entire ceremony! I did not know this of course but was actually getting a little miffed at him because he seemed so distracted lol. On our walk down the aisle as husband and wife, he leans over to me and whispers, “My pants are falling down.” I glance over at him and just start laughing and that’s when the photographer takes the picture. So to everyone who sees that photo, we look like we are basking in the joy of our newly wedded love when – in reality – at that particular moment I was laughing at his predicament! 🙂

    • April 16, 2015, 4:05 pm   /  Reply


      I love this memory!!! The story behind the photograph …

  20. Pam D
    April 16, 2015, 3:29 pm   /  Reply

    My favorite wedding memory is getting to marry the guy I loved and have spent almost 31 living and loving! It doesn’t get any better than that

    • April 16, 2015, 4:05 pm   /  Reply

      No, Pam, it sure doesn’t get any better …

  21. Gretchen B
    April 16, 2015, 3:36 pm   /  Reply

    Hi! A favorite memory of my own wedding is eating the cake. I made sure I ate my piece from my husband’s hands before smashing his piece in his face! He retaliated by kissing me, cake and all 🙂 Also, dancing with my daddy and trying not to cry.

    • April 16, 2015, 4:06 pm   /  Reply

      Your husband was such a sweetie after you smashed the cake in his face … I hope someone got a photograph!

  22. Lynda E.
    April 16, 2015, 4:02 pm   /  Reply

    One of my favorite wedding memories (besides my own!) was when my oldest daughter was a flower girl. Everything went smoothly, but watching her march down that aisle with her little basket jut melted my heart! Thanks for participating in the hunt and for the bonus giveaway!

    • April 16, 2015, 4:07 pm   /  Reply

      I love when children are included in a wedding. It just adds such sweetness to the ceremony.

  23. Mary
    April 16, 2015, 4:05 pm   /  Reply

    My husband and I eloped, so we didn’t have a “wow” moment at our wedding. We don’t even have pictures.

    My favorite moment at any wedding is, as soon as the bride appears, to be looking at HIS face. Sure, I always get a good look at her during her big moment, but that look that HE gets when he sees how gorgeous she is…shee that chose him? That’s the magic moment for me at any wedding. Him seeing his bride.

    Thanks for the giveaway! This is fun! 😀

    • April 16, 2015, 4:07 pm   /  Reply

      Hi, Mary:
      I love that moment too: when the groom sees the bride for the first time.

  24. April 16, 2015, 4:10 pm   /  Reply

    ummm…id have to say when i threw my bouquet the first time i sent it straight up and it hit the ceiling before landing right behind me

    • April 16, 2015, 5:07 pm   /  Reply

      Ooops! Throwing bouquets … there are often mishaps with that.

  25. steph j
    April 16, 2015, 4:13 pm   /  Reply

    My favorite wedding memory was from my wedding. My hubby started taking me down the aisle to soon. He was supposed to wait for our Pastor to announce us as husband and wife. LOL. Our photographer even got a picture of it. It was to funny.
    Also our Pastor said to my husband, put the ringer on her finger. Instead of put the ring on her finger. LOL.

    • April 16, 2015, 5:07 pm   /  Reply

      Sounds like your husband was eager to get to the reception or something.
      And somehow there’s always a mixup in the vows …

  26. April 16, 2015, 4:15 pm   /  Reply

    I’m not married but my brother and sister had a huge double wedding about 18 years ago (two brides from two families made it tough). My dad officiated. When he walked my sister down the aisle, he walked up on stage, asked “who gives this woman,” and then walked back down to say “Her mother and I.”
    There were actually several cute things like that in the wedding

    • April 16, 2015, 5:09 pm   /  Reply

      I’ve always wanted to go to a double wedding!!!!

  27. Crystal J
    April 16, 2015, 4:48 pm   /  Reply

    My favorite wedding memory was from my wedding. My husband’s best friend met a friend I went to college with and six months later they ended up married, and they met at our wedding reception! My husband’s brother also met his future bride at our reception and were married six months later! So our wedding brought about two other weddings! Fifteen years later and we are all still happily married 🙂

  28. Missy Tippens
    April 16, 2015, 5:02 pm   /  Reply

    What fun wedding memories! Thank you all for taking part in the hunt. Hope you have a great time!

    • April 16, 2015, 5:10 pm   /  Reply

      Missy, I loved your blog post!

  29. Patricia Minton
    April 16, 2015, 5:28 pm   /  Reply

    We were married by my brother in law in front of the granite table my daddy made.

    • April 16, 2015, 9:40 pm   /  Reply

      How special when weddings incorporate family members and family memories.

  30. Vanessa
    April 16, 2015, 5:38 pm   /  Reply

    I have two favorite memories but they are the same. Dancing with my sons and the quiet talk we had. They both told me that I was the best mom ever. My youngest even told me that all his friends preferred coming to our house because I was the “cool” mom. I love my boys and the daughters they brought into our family!

    • April 16, 2015, 9:40 pm   /  Reply

      Truly special memories indeed, Vanessa.

  31. Susan S.
    April 16, 2015, 5:43 pm   /  Reply

    I’m signed up to Beth’s newsletter! 🙂
    I loved my sister’s wedding! Bridesmaid dresses were a lovely naval blue, the flowers were beautiful, and I had just found out I was pregnant with my 1st child. There was a lot of new beginnings to celebrate for us: sisters.

    • April 16, 2015, 9:41 pm   /  Reply

      Love this, Susan! New beginnings, indeed!

  32. Dana Michael
    April 16, 2015, 5:45 pm   /  Reply

    Dancing with my son at his wedding reception last year. He had picked the Paul McCartney song “all my life.”

    • April 16, 2015, 9:41 pm   /  Reply

      Picking the songs for the wedding dances — that’s always special.

  33. April 16, 2015, 5:55 pm   /  Reply

    Because of a fiasco with the dress, my fiance had already seen me wearing it before the wedding. But the look on his face was just like he was seeing it for the first time. It was amazing. So I got to see his look of love and awe twice.

    • April 16, 2015, 9:42 pm   /  Reply

      I’m glad the fiasco with your wedding gown didn’t spoil the day, Tima — but actually created two special moments.

  34. Beth
    April 16, 2015, 6:09 pm   /  Reply

    Our pianist st our wedding played by ear and had a severe ear infection! He did an awesome job playing even with the ear infection. No one could tell!

    • April 16, 2015, 9:42 pm   /  Reply

      You must have had a very talented pianist, indeed!

  35. Sarah C
    April 16, 2015, 6:29 pm   /  Reply

    I’d love to win your book! I’ve never read any of your work, but discovering great new authors is a passion of mine 🙂

    Favorite wedding memory: acting as my best friend’s maid of honor almost 2 years ago and dancing with all our friends at the reception…watching her slow dance to Journey’s “Faithfully” with her new husband… 🙂 so many sweet memories of that day!

  36. Edward Arrington
    April 16, 2015, 6:39 pm   /  Reply

    You want me to share a favorite wedding memory after almost 49 years of marriage. I remember we got married and it was a lifetime commitment. We still attend the church in which we were married although a new sanctuary was built five years later and now there’s a nice fellowship hall where we celebrated our 25th anniversary. Neither the old sanctuary nor the small building where our reception was held were air conditioned. We almost melted before we were finally able to leave on our honeymoon.

  37. Kristine Morgan
    April 16, 2015, 7:29 pm   /  Reply

    I was a bridesmaid in my sisters wedding. While I was standing there watching them exchange their vows, my 14-year-old niece, who was a junior bridesmaid, fainted and her head smacked me right in the middle of my back.

  38. April 16, 2015, 7:47 pm   /  Reply

    Thanks Beth for your great novels and for participating in the scavenger hunt and for the chance to win your novella.

  39. Julie
    April 16, 2015, 7:51 pm   /  Reply

    My favorite memory was walking down the aisle alone to a song that was one of my dad’s favorites and knowing that my father was walking with me even though he was already celebrating life in heaven!

  40. Rose
    April 16, 2015, 7:55 pm   /  Reply

    I don’t really have one, but I’ve always wanted to catch the bride’s bouquet! 🙂 Not sure about the next to get married part though… 😀

  41. Ronnell Gibson
    April 16, 2015, 8:09 pm   /  Reply

    Favorite Wedding Memory: The ring bearer, who was three, decided he was way too bored and laid face down on the stage with his head resting in his crossed arms. At one point, he raised his head looked around and made a large noisy sigh, as if too say, “you’re still not married YET?” The whole congregation chuckled.

    • April 16, 2015, 9:48 pm   /  Reply

      Children — they are so honest, aren’t they?

  42. Mandy H
    April 16, 2015, 8:12 pm   /  Reply

    I had the honor to be in each of my older siblings’ weddings. Those were some great memories!

    • April 16, 2015, 9:48 pm   /  Reply

      I bet those are great memories, Mandy!

  43. Geneva Wynn
    April 16, 2015, 8:13 pm   /  Reply

    In almost hurricane force winds and rain, my younger brother and my husband’s brother had to drive our car back from the airport after dropping us off for our flight to our honeymoon. Of course, the car was decorated and had “Just Married” on the back window. We didn’t even think about that when we asked them to drive us. They were so embarrassed, we still all have a good laugh about it today! 🙂

    • April 16, 2015, 9:48 pm   /  Reply

      Oh My Word — how funny!

  44. Angel
    April 16, 2015, 8:19 pm   /  Reply

    My fave wedding memory would be… I think 6 years ago my friends from college got married. I introduced them and got to watch their entire relationship (through tears and laughter). It was bittersweet b/c it meant our lives were changing, but it was perfect b/c it was like a reunion for our little group. I still have pics from that day on display! My first brides’ maid dress too!!

    • April 16, 2015, 9:47 pm   /  Reply

      How fun that you were the matchmaker, Angel.

  45. Claire Cline
    April 16, 2015, 8:29 pm   /  Reply

    My favorite wedding memory is when we were announced Mr & Mrs and walked back down the aisle in celebration! 🙂

    • April 16, 2015, 9:47 pm   /  Reply

      Another special, once in a lifetime moment!

  46. Lucy
    April 16, 2015, 8:40 pm   /  Reply

    my fav wedding memory, is when my hubby kissed me.

    • April 16, 2015, 9:47 pm   /  Reply

      The first kiss as husband and wife — very special!

  47. Wilani Wahl
    April 16, 2015, 8:47 pm   /  Reply

    My favorite wedding memory is of my sister’s wedding with my 1 year old nephew smelling my maid of honor bouquet.

  48. Meagan Williford
    April 16, 2015, 8:51 pm   /  Reply

    Favorite wedding memory was being the maid of honor for my sister. It was a beautiful wedding and a really great day!

    • April 16, 2015, 9:46 pm   /  Reply

      Lovely memory, Meagan! I am sure you were a wonderful maid of honor!

  49. Arletta
    April 16, 2015, 8:51 pm   /  Reply

    My youngest niece jumped over my train while we were saying our vows.

    • April 16, 2015, 9:46 pm   /  Reply

      Did anyone manage to get a photo of this?

  50. Samantha T
    April 16, 2015, 8:54 pm   /  Reply

    I always like to see the grooms face when his bride is coming down the aisle.

    • April 16, 2015, 9:45 pm   /  Reply

      This seems to be a favorite moment for many!! 🙂

  51. Karen R
    April 16, 2015, 9:12 pm   /  Reply

    A favorite memory of my wedding was having my grandma there. She’d driven the 1200 miles with her friend just to come. It was the last big trip she ever took. It was 2 days before Christmas, making that an extra special memory. I’ve enjoyed all of your books!

    • April 16, 2015, 9:45 pm   /  Reply

      How wonderful that your grandmother was there for your wedding!

  52. Susan Collins
    April 16, 2015, 9:16 pm   /  Reply

    Everything about my wedding. Last month….March 25th was our 16 year Anniversary! 🙂

    • April 16, 2015, 9:44 pm   /  Reply

      Happy Anniversary, Susan!

      • Susan Collins
        April 22, 2015, 1:25 am   /  Reply

        Thanks you!!!

  53. Rebecca
    April 16, 2015, 9:19 pm   /  Reply

    I’ve never been to a wedding so I don’t have any wedding memories. I would always imagine my favorite part would be to watch the groom’s face when he see his bride walking down the aisle towards him..or the first dance as a husband and wife. 🙂

    • April 16, 2015, 9:44 pm   /  Reply

      I love the first dance as husband and wife too. I try to imagine what they are whispering to one another.

  54. Mary Crawford
    April 16, 2015, 9:24 pm   /  Reply

    One of my favorite wedding memories is this. It was about 30 minutes til our ceremony was to begin, and stress was hitting me hard. I told one of my bridesmaids that I really needed to see John (my fiance). I knew that if I just had a minute to be with him, I would get my peace back. Several people made a fuss about not letting him see me, and ‘bad luck’ nonsense; but I found one of the children that I babysat and asked them to find him for me. A few minutes later, there he was;tall dark and handsome…my hero. He asked me what was wrong, and I told him I just needed to see him. He gave me a big smile and a hug, and we shared a brief prayer. That was almost 30 years ago (our anniversary is Dec 28th) and he is still my hero…& even more handsome than the day we married.

    • April 16, 2015, 9:43 pm   /  Reply

      Oh, I love this. So, so special!! <3

  55. Adrienne
    April 16, 2015, 10:12 pm   /  Reply

    I’m not married, but my favorite wedding memories come from my sisters’ and cousins’ wedding when everyone is gathered around, talking, and laughing, and doing whatever wedding thing needs to be accomplished, be it addressing envelopes to helping make food for the reception.

    • April 17, 2015, 12:32 pm   /  Reply

      Love this reminder that the wedding is for more than just the bride and groom — it’s about friends and family too.

  56. Margie
    April 16, 2015, 10:15 pm   /  Reply

    My best wedding memory took place on my wedding day….my husband’s family was coming from out of the country to be with us and they were delayed by over an hour….on the HOTTEST day in recorded history…..July 29, 1978!!! Our guests drank all the punch while we waited and we had to send someone out for more drinks when they finally arrived….and then on to our honeymoon built for 10…but that’s a story for another day:)

    • April 17, 2015, 12:31 pm   /  Reply

      Getting married on the hottest day in recorded history — and then a honeymoon for 10 — you’ve got me so curious!

  57. Christian Palmer
    April 16, 2015, 10:21 pm   /  Reply

    I have only been to one wedding but that one time was very cool. I got to be the flower girl when I was five at my aunt’s wedding. It was really quite fun. The wedding took place in a gazebo on a lake and I got to wear a little yellow gown 🙂

    • April 17, 2015, 12:30 pm   /  Reply

      A wedding in a gazebo by a lake — sounds lovely.

  58. Alex
    April 16, 2015, 10:44 pm   /  Reply

    My favorite wedding memory is of my youth pastor and my friend Sarah. They had courted each other and had been a great example to all of us in the youth group. They saved their first kiss until their wedding day. I got to be at their wedding, and seeing them kiss for the first time was precious. Because of their example, I have decided to do the same thing. 🙂 Thank you for the giveaway, and I love your books! 🙂

    • April 17, 2015, 12:30 pm   /  Reply

      I love how you said this couple was and example to you and to others. So wonderful.

  59. Britany
    April 16, 2015, 10:50 pm   /  Reply

    My favorite wedding memory would have to be enjoying peanut butter toast at a breakfast shop near the courthouse to celebrate. My husband and I enjoy the simple things in life, and we didn’t want a big, fancy wedding.

    • April 17, 2015, 12:29 pm   /  Reply

      What a sweet memory. I’m smiling over here.

  60. Rita
    April 16, 2015, 11:00 pm   /  Reply

    Not my favorite but had to share. Wedding took 30 seconds

    • April 17, 2015, 12:29 pm   /  Reply

      Thirty seconds? Now I’m curious …

  61. Peggy E
    April 16, 2015, 11:13 pm   /  Reply

    My husband and I have been married for 34 years. Our wedding was small and simple and every part of it is still a sweet memory.

    • April 17, 2015, 12:28 pm   /  Reply

      I like how you reminded us that weddings don’t have to be big and lavish to be memorable.

  62. April 16, 2015, 11:24 pm   /  Reply

    My fav memory was the moment my hubby saw me in my dress for the first time. The way his eyes light up and the smile that spread across his face – I will never forget it.

    • April 17, 2015, 12:28 pm   /  Reply

      It’s so wonderful that you still remember his smile.

  63. Ruth Toy
    April 16, 2015, 11:36 pm   /  Reply

    My favorite moment (moments) are when the doors open and the bride is revealed to her husband to be and looking up and catching the husband to be’s expression. That look and awe of love…and when their eyes meet its truly amazing. That was my favorite moment in my wedding, finally seeing the love of my life and our eyes meeting. There was a promise of hope, a future, love, determination to follow God, a closeness, and a friendship. It felt like everyone else had disappeared from the room and it was just him and I! 🙂 My favorite moments!

    • April 17, 2015, 12:27 pm   /  Reply

      You described the “first look” moment so perfectly!

  64. April 17, 2015, 12:34 am   /  Reply

    I walked down the aisle to the Dixie Cup’s (not chicks – this is the group from the 1960’s) song “Goin’ to the Chapel.” I chose it for two reasons: First, because I loved that song as a kid watching Father of the Bride with Steve Martin, and second, our church and family had been going through a lot of tragedy, and I wanted something to make everyone smile.

    When the church doors closed, and I was waiting with my dad outside the sanctuary, I was so nervous. I wanted to cry and everyone was yelling at me not to because I’d ruin my makeup and we had more pictures to take. Then the song started playing, and I could hear everyone start to laugh! They were delighted, and it calmed my nerves. I will never forget walking down the aisle, seeing all the smiling faces, holding onto my daddy’s arm, and seeing my husband waiting for me at the front of the church, framed by both our moms. I still think of that moment every time I hear that song. 🙂

    • April 17, 2015, 12:26 pm   /  Reply

      Oh, I love that song too, Sarah!

  65. Renee Costner
    April 17, 2015, 3:45 am   /  Reply

    My favorite wedding memory was last December when my God-daughter got married. She asked me to be her maid of honor. When we were standing at the back of the church waiting to walk down the aisle, I got a little teary ( who am I kidding, a lot teary) thinking about the precious little girl she had been now a beautiful young bride.

    • April 17, 2015, 12:25 pm   /  Reply

      How precious, Renee!

  66. Stephanie
    April 17, 2015, 4:46 am   /  Reply

    At our wedding ceremony, the minster called me Stacy by mistake. I forgave him, but he still felt bad about it!

    • April 17, 2015, 12:25 pm   /  Reply

      And who was Stacey?

  67. Tonya Robinette
    April 17, 2015, 5:43 am   /  Reply

    During my daughter’s wedding, the minister, who was the groom’s father, asked his son “do you take…..”. He replied, and his father asked him “Are you sure? You don’t sound sure.” He’s a nut. lol

    • April 17, 2015, 12:24 pm   /  Reply

      Are you kidding me?! Oh My Word!! How funny!

  68. Sierra Faith
    April 17, 2015, 7:13 am   /  Reply

    For my brother’s wedding his soon-to be wife’s Niece was the flower girl. And she got a little over excited ans started throwing the flowers everywhere but the aisle! We all had a good laugh over that 😀

    • April 17, 2015, 12:24 pm   /  Reply

      Now that would have caused some laughter, to be sure!

  69. Tracie Moore
    April 17, 2015, 8:22 am   /  Reply

    My favorite memory from my wedding actually took place after the ceremony. I loved saying, “my husband” for the very first time!

    • April 17, 2015, 12:23 pm   /  Reply

      I agree — so fun to do that!

  70. Linda B
    April 17, 2015, 8:22 am   /  Reply

    During a wedding at church, I got a great photo of the flower girl and ring bearer walking back down the aisle afterwards. The flower girl was smiling so sweetly while holding tight onto the ring bearer. He was rolling his eyes and trying to pull away from her.

  71. Chris Bures
    April 17, 2015, 8:37 am   /  Reply

    Having just watched the 2nd daughter of the Duggar family’s wedding and knowing what I do about the Biblical roots of our ceremony . . .and having to wait probably several years before my girls/son get married . . .: / : ) I would say the promises we make to one another in covenant with God in a wedding. It has sustained my husband and I now for over 28 years . . . and does to this day. We just committed to one another again yesterday, not in a service but because of our situation (moving due to a job/near his family, away from mine) we just turned to one another and said I am committed to you as my partner and it was way more powerful today than 28 years ago . . . that is because we trust God in a deeper way and know He is at the core so with all our stuff He has us, is with us and is for us. Can’t wait to read your book!

    • April 17, 2015, 12:23 pm   /  Reply

      Yes, the covenant of marriage is so, so important and my husband an I have clung to our covenant through the years — through the tough times, the changes …

  72. Emilee Douglas
    April 17, 2015, 9:00 am   /  Reply

    Just remembering how happy we were to be getting married. February 24, 1994 was our wedding.

    • April 17, 2015, 12:21 pm   /  Reply

      Happiness should most definitely surround a wedding ceremony — and the memories.

  73. Louise Laba
    April 17, 2015, 9:18 am   /  Reply

    Love your books! thanks for the chance!

    • April 17, 2015, 12:21 pm   /  Reply

      Thank you, Louise!

  74. Joan Arning
    April 17, 2015, 9:43 am   /  Reply

    When my daughter got married and they were going to take communion as part of the ceremony, I’d forgotten to put the bread and juice out so they had to fake it!

    • April 17, 2015, 12:20 pm   /  Reply

      Oh … how funny. I am sitting here giggling about this … trying to imagine them faking communion …

  75. April 17, 2015, 9:51 am   /  Reply

    The first memory I recall is about how we were already running a little late getting me ready and as we’re about to leave the house, my mother freaks out because she forgot to put her make-up on. We had to wait for quite some time and I think I ended up getting to the church about 1/2 late, which felt like an eternity! Then my step-father wanted to take a bunch of pics of me, which caused the ceremony to be delayed ANOTHER 1/2 hr. Yikes, that still makes me cringe to think of everyone sitting there, waiting!

    • April 17, 2015, 12:20 pm   /  Reply

      Well, I can understand your mother wanting to put her makeup on … really, I can. 😉

  76. Sharon Miller
    April 17, 2015, 10:00 am   /  Reply

    Favorite wedding moment: when flower girl lifted up her dress with wedding party all on stage and my husband performing the wedding. He did warn them about using little children and putting them on stage.

    • April 17, 2015, 12:19 pm   /  Reply

      Little children are definitely the X factor when it comes to weddings!

  77. Kim H in GA
    April 17, 2015, 10:19 am   /  Reply

    My husband is a minister, now chaplain, and has married two couples in the past without “and you may now kiss the bride.” It is not included in the order of service he uses and he has to remember to write it in each time. One of those couples is a friend and we saw them around the holidays and recalled that omission with dismay and humor. My husband replied with “and I still have not given you permission to kiss her!” 🙂

    • April 17, 2015, 12:18 pm   /  Reply

      Now that is too, too funny!!

  78. Katrina Epperson
    April 17, 2015, 10:33 am   /  Reply

    Favorite memory is a father daughter dance. Funny memory is when my sister got married. During the ceremony her ring bearer pulled a frog out of his pocket and it jumped on my sister’s back. Priceless!

    • April 17, 2015, 12:18 pm   /  Reply

      Oh My Word! A frog out of his pocket!!! I can’t even imagine …

  79. Cindy Blue
    April 17, 2015, 10:42 am   /  Reply

    My Anniversary is actually next weekend on the 26th

    • April 17, 2015, 12:17 pm   /  Reply

      Happy Anniversary (almost), Cindy!

  80. Tina Harlow
    April 17, 2015, 11:39 am   /  Reply

    My husband misspoke during our vows and said “waffle wedded wife” instead of lawfully wedded! We laugh about it to this day!

    • April 17, 2015, 12:17 pm   /  Reply

      This sounds like a line from The Princess Bride — one of my all-time favorite movies!

  81. Ann Bdder
    April 17, 2015, 11:39 am   /  Reply

    The look on my soon to be husband when he first saw me coming down the isle to him.

    • April 17, 2015, 12:17 pm   /  Reply

      I really need to go back and count how many people say this is the special moment — and I think I need to weave this into one of my destination wedding novels.

  82. Joelle
    April 17, 2015, 11:43 am   /  Reply

    My favorite memory is from our wedding – actually the rehearsal. My husband couldn’t remember what finger to put the ring on, so we drew a big X and line on my ring finger so he would know which one.

    • April 17, 2015, 12:16 pm   /  Reply

      Now I’m curious: did you use permanent marker to draw the X?

  83. Linda Crawford
    April 17, 2015, 11:44 am   /  Reply

    My favorite wedding memory is the red rose we exchanged during the ceremony. They represented our love. The pastor advised us to give a red rose to our spouse after an argument as a token for our love and commitment to each other.

    • April 17, 2015, 12:15 pm   /  Reply

      What a wonderful tradition!

  84. Virginia
    April 17, 2015, 12:38 pm   /  Reply

    My favorite wedding memory is after my friend and her new husband left the church, we all heard a loud cheer outside, then the minister let us in on a little secret. The bride and groom had saved their first kiss for their wedding day and we all had just witnessed it. I thought it was sweet and a neat surprise. It’s beats the memory of me spilling a whole gallon of tea on my wedding dress and my favorite sandals…

    • April 17, 2015, 5:13 pm   /  Reply

      How fun that the couple kept their first kiss a surprise!

  85. Judy
    April 17, 2015, 1:23 pm   /  Reply

    The smile on my husband-to-be’s face.

    • April 17, 2015, 5:15 pm   /  Reply

      Okay, I really, really, really need to count how many people said “the look on my husband’s face” or “the look on the groom’s face” … and I need to incorporated it into a book. 🙂

  86. Melissa Romine
    April 17, 2015, 1:36 pm   /  Reply

    My husband was so choked up, he cried during a lot of our wedding – 25 years ago. I was surprised that he was that emotional.

    • April 17, 2015, 5:15 pm   /  Reply

      I love this! How sweet, Melissa.

  87. Amanda Mahffey
    April 17, 2015, 1:39 pm   /  Reply

    My favorite wedding was mine seeing our children enjoy the day as much as we did.

    • April 17, 2015, 5:16 pm   /  Reply

      That’s precious, Amanda.

  88. Susan Johnson
    April 17, 2015, 1:49 pm   /  Reply

    One of my favorite wedding moments was as my niece’s wedding. My brother-in-law is a pastor and had double duty as father of the bride and minister.

    • April 17, 2015, 5:16 pm   /  Reply

      How fun, Susan!

  89. sparksofember
    April 17, 2015, 2:08 pm   /  Reply

    My favorite wedding memory – hmm – out off all the weddings I’ve been to, I loved my own the best, of course! But it’s actually a lot of happy blur – nothing really stands out other than it was so windy we had to pretend with the unity candle and my veil felt like it was choking me, it was so plastered to my face. 😉

    • April 17, 2015, 5:18 pm   /  Reply

      So you must have had an outdoor wedding, yes? Those can be tricky … lovely, but tricky.

  90. Julie
    April 17, 2015, 4:55 pm   /  Reply

    Favorite wedding memory…looking into my husbands eyes.

  91. Rachel Koppleberger
    April 17, 2015, 4:57 pm   /  Reply

    I think I’ve been to three weddings -an aunt and a cousin on my mom’s side and a cousin on my dad’s side. I think my favorite one was my aunts. It was her second wedding, and they held it at her and her new husband’s new house. Pretty casual, and very pretty background (their house is surrounded by trees, which at that time, where all very green).

    • April 17, 2015, 5:40 pm   /  Reply

      How nice — my wedding reception was held at my house. I loved it being so casual.

  92. Kristene
    April 17, 2015, 4:59 pm   /  Reply

    My favorite wedding memory is from my wonderful sister’s wedding. Not only is she my only sibling, making it special indeed, but it was also the only time I had ever been in a wedding. It truly was beautiful!

    • April 17, 2015, 5:41 pm   /  Reply

      Such a nice family memory, Kristene.

  93. Debbie
    April 17, 2015, 5:00 pm   /  Reply

    I’ve never been married so I don’t have any wedding memories. I hope that doesn’t keep me out of the running. I can say that the wedding I remember more than any other is when Prince Charles married Diana Spencer.

    • April 17, 2015, 5:42 pm   /  Reply

      I watched their wedding on TV — and I did the same thing for Prince William and Kate.

  94. Karen
    April 17, 2015, 5:18 pm   /  Reply

    The look on his face when he saw me come down the aisle! Priceless!

    • April 17, 2015, 5:39 pm   /  Reply

      It’s amazing how people don’t forget that look …

  95. J-Bo
    April 17, 2015, 5:31 pm   /  Reply

    My favorite memory was watching my brother (a minister) perform the wedding ceremony of my nephew (his oldest son).

    • April 17, 2015, 5:39 pm   /  Reply

      So special. So special.

  96. Carol Edwards
    April 17, 2015, 5:55 pm   /  Reply

    Watching the flower girl

    • April 17, 2015, 9:17 pm   /  Reply

      I didn’t have a flower girl in my wedding, but I do love watching them in others’ weddings.

  97. Tiffany
    April 17, 2015, 6:56 pm   /  Reply

    Although my wedding was very memorable my favorite wedding memory was when my sister got married (I was her matron of honor) and my daughter was her flower girl. My daughter was 3 and very shy so I walked her down the isle and helped spread the rose petals. I couldn’t help crying (extra emotional because I was pregnant!) thinking one day she would be dressed in white just like this looking beautiful as can be and getting married herself. It was bittersweet, but beautiful! I know I have to treasure her while she’s little!!!

    • April 17, 2015, 9:18 pm   /  Reply

      Oh what a sweet, sweet memory — the present day part of it and the future part of it!

  98. Beth Rumbaugh
    April 17, 2015, 7:03 pm   /  Reply

    I enjoyed my outdoor wedding in the side yard at my house. The vegetable garden to the west and the house to the east.

    • April 17, 2015, 9:18 pm   /  Reply

      Hi, Beth:
      This sounds lovely!

  99. Jennifer Tipton
    April 17, 2015, 8:09 pm   /  Reply

    My dad walking me down the isle and my Grandma being able to be there because I insisted my dad bring her. Jenny

    • April 17, 2015, 9:19 pm   /  Reply

      Family is an important part of any wedding!

  100. Linda Horin
    April 17, 2015, 8:11 pm   /  Reply

    My favorite wedding memories are of my own wedding almost 38 years ago…all of my family and friends having a wonderful time, great food made by family members, our best man dancing on the tables…no other wedding I’ve been to since has ever lived up to those memories!

    • April 17, 2015, 9:19 pm   /  Reply

      Your best man dancing on the tables … love it!!!

  101. Megan
    April 17, 2015, 8:35 pm   /  Reply

    I just got married in August and the whole day was just so special. Besides getting to marry my best friend, I really loved getting to dance with my dad to “You are my Sunshine”. The most special thing though was that my mom got to be there. She had been battling ALS for a while and at that point could not walk or speak and could barely use her arms. She was unable to help with wedding things like we both wanted, but it just meant so much to me that she was able to be there. Also the wedding photos taken were some of the last photos taken of her before she died in November. She looked very happy and I will treasure that always. :’)

    • April 17, 2015, 9:21 pm   /  Reply

      Thank you for sharing your wedding memories — and your special memories of your mom. I had a very dear friend who battled ALS. I am certain you do treasure those memories and photographs of your mom.

  102. Shantae
    April 17, 2015, 9:06 pm   /  Reply

    I personally have never read any of your books but I plan on it and can’t wait to read one!

    • April 17, 2015, 9:21 pm   /  Reply

      Thank you, Shantae, for being so encouraging!

  103. Janice
    April 17, 2015, 9:12 pm   /  Reply

    While it is hard to pick out one special thing, having the Hallelujah Chorus played after the wedding ceremony reflected the joy and worship of the Lord!

    • April 17, 2015, 9:21 pm   /  Reply

      Love this, Janice!

  104. Megan
    April 17, 2015, 9:32 pm   /  Reply

    With all of my college friends we had a special time of prayer for the bridesmaids, close friends, and family before the wedding. It was so precious to all gather around the bride and together lift up the marriage to the Lord. It was the best way to start the proceedings.

    • April 18, 2015, 7:23 am   /  Reply

      What a special memory — and a wonderful reminder of how important prayer is among friends and family.

  105. Tanya
    April 17, 2015, 9:45 pm   /  Reply

    I honestly can’t think of a favorite wedding memory, but I have enjoyed reading everyone else’s memories.

    • April 18, 2015, 7:23 am   /  Reply

      I agree with you. This has been so much fun!

  106. April 17, 2015, 10:56 pm   /  Reply

    My husband and I were married at the Valley of Fire park in Nevada. The location for the ceremony was a little bit of a climb. My husband and everyone else were at the location waiting on me and my dad. I remember giggling the entire way up as I climbed the hill in my gorgeous poofy princess-like wedding gown and cork wedge sandals (so glad I wore those!). Every two feet or so I would snag on a little branch or something and I would giggle all the more. My brother told me later that he kept cracking up while they waited for me because he’d hear me go “oops” and then giggle. When I think of my wedding, I always start there and smile.

    • April 18, 2015, 7:25 am   /  Reply

      Of course, I had to google “Valley of the Fire Park” — you must have some amazing wedding photos!

  107. Jasmine A.
    April 18, 2015, 1:01 am   /  Reply

    Oh my gosh! You won’t believe this but I DON’T have one! Nope, not one. I’ve only been to one wedding, a brother’s, and it was sadly a huge mistake. I’m in my late 20’s now and I’m still waiting for God to bring the right person along. So maybe my best memory would be the hope of something in the future. Thanks for hosting a stop on this hunt!


    • April 18, 2015, 7:26 am   /  Reply

      I love that you mention that for some of us there is the hope of the wedding in the future. The memories to come.

  108. Barbara
    April 18, 2015, 1:17 am   /  Reply

    my favorite wedding memory was just the other day……….the 8th of this month……… and my hubby renewed our vows…… was our 20th anniversary.

    • April 18, 2015, 7:27 am   /  Reply

      I just read your comment over on my author FB page — you thought this didn’t post. So glad it did! 🙂

  109. Amaris Gonzalez
    April 18, 2015, 1:29 am   /  Reply

    My favorite wedding memory is being the flower girl and throwing petals all over guests. 🙂

    • April 18, 2015, 7:27 am   /  Reply

      This memory made me smile early on this Saturday morning!

  110. Brooke @ i blog 4 books
    April 18, 2015, 8:13 am   /  Reply

    My own wedding day was so special. I had such a fun day with my (now) husband, all of our family, and many special friends. Everyone worked so hard to make the day perfect for us … and it was! The most memorable moment during the reception was when my husband’s great-aunt caught the bouquet—after nearly tackling my cousin (who happens to have a prosthetic leg) and knocking her to the ground. Thankfully, no one was hurt and my cousin took it all in stride. But my husband’s grandmother still shakes her head in embarrassment when we talk about how desperately her sister wants to get remarried. 😉

    • April 18, 2015, 2:42 pm   /  Reply

      Hi, Brooke:
      Well, that memory sounds like something out of a movie. Really.

  111. Janet
    April 18, 2015, 9:33 am   /  Reply

    My husband winking at me during our wedding 26 years ago!

  112. Rebecca Dewey
    April 18, 2015, 10:59 am   /  Reply

    My favorite wedding memory was almost 17 years ago, when I said “I do” to the most wonderful man in the world.

    • April 18, 2015, 2:43 pm   /  Reply

      I love the vows — to me, the vows are the most significant part of the ceremony.

  113. Dawn
    April 18, 2015, 12:48 pm   /  Reply

    While I was playing the wedding march, the photographerbavked into a candle & caught her hair on fire.

  114. Debora Wilder
    April 18, 2015, 1:03 pm   /  Reply

    A number of years ago my husband and I had an unusual problem with a wedding at the church we were going to. My husband plays piano and organ. He also was one of the church’s sound technicians. A few weeks before this particular wedding one woman asked him if he would play for her daughter’s wedding. He was very happy to say yes. A couple of weeks later another woman asked if he would run the sound board for her son’s wedding. He didn’t check the calender and promptly said yes. Suddenly the day before the rehearsal he realized that the daughter and son mentioned were marrying each other. He was now scheduled to play piano (one side of the platform) and the organ (the other side of the platform) and run the sound (back of the sanctuary) all for the same wedding.

    We ended up getting to the church early for the rehearsal so he could teach me the sound board. I ran it while breast feeding our 2 or 3 month old daughter and keeping an eye on our two older daughters.

    • April 18, 2015, 2:44 pm   /  Reply

      I can only imagine what your combined stress levels were like — and how happy you were when that wedding was over.

  115. Janet Estridge
    April 18, 2015, 1:21 pm   /  Reply

    My favorite wedding memory is of my twin grand-daughters acting up on stage while our daughter was saying I do. They were only 4 at the time.

    • April 18, 2015, 2:45 pm   /  Reply

      Twin granddaughters? Are they identical or fraternal? (I’m a twin, so I’m always curious.)

  116. Susan Zollmann
    April 18, 2015, 2:03 pm   /  Reply

    I love weddings where the bride & groom have saved their very first kiss for after they have been pronounced husband & wife. My all-time favorite memory was watching the groom pick up his bride & lift her facing the guests and display her as a trophy!

    • April 18, 2015, 2:46 pm   /  Reply

      Well that’s definitely a photo-worthy moment!

  117. Angie Carroll
    April 18, 2015, 4:04 pm   /  Reply

    I had a memorable thing happen at my wedding. I forgot my husband’s wedding ring at home and I told my pastor while I was up at the altar getting married! So without me knowing my pastor took off his wedding ring and pretended that the ring was my husbands” ring! I didn’t know until after because it was the same size and style as my husbands’ ring.

    • April 18, 2015, 5:23 pm   /  Reply

      You had one quick-thinking pastor — and it was quite advantageous that the ring was the same style and size.

  118. Book luv
    April 18, 2015, 4:33 pm   /  Reply

    Out first kiss ever was at the alter. I think that’s my favorite memory! 🙂

    • April 18, 2015, 5:23 pm   /  Reply

      This is so, so special. Several others have shared about a first kiss being the actual first-kiss-ever.

  119. Maxie Anderson
    April 18, 2015, 5:30 pm   /  Reply

    Hello Beth. Good post. Fun Scavenger Hunt. Love the cover on your new book. Would love to win it. favorite wedding was the wedding for my youngest daughter. We didn’t have much money but I thought her wedding was beautiful. Four of my little grandchildren. two 3 yr. old girls were flower girls, ring bearer was 3 year old grandson, and 5 year old girl passed out the programs. Two older sisters sang and another played the piano. A florist friend helped do the flowers. Both grandmothers got to attend her wedding, not so for the other siblings. I made the dresses for the four sisters, the flower girls, the one passing out programs, and the go-away clothes for the Bride. A favorite wedding memory.
    Thanks for a chance. Maxie

    • April 18, 2015, 7:03 pm   /  Reply

      Hi, Maxie:
      I love the cover for my e-novella, too. The graphic designer did a beautiful job.
      And I love how you showed that a lovely wedding, complete with beautiful memories, doesn’t require lots of money.

  120. April 18, 2015, 7:03 pm   /  Reply

    The memory that I have as a bride was the day me & my fiance – Edward, had our Hand-fasting Ceremony. It was Jan 17th 2009. In our home, with his best friend (from elementary school on) acting as his proxy; next to his hospital bed with a small gathering. It was one week to the day exactly before he past away to an aggressive & terminal brain cancer. We were to be married in the Washington’s Memorial Chapel at Valley Forge National Park in PA. Oct. 26th, 2009. I still wear our rings to this day.

    Thank You for being a part of this wonderful hunt and the chance to win a copy of your novella.

    In Kind Regards

    • April 19, 2015, 7:39 am   /  Reply

      I am so sorry that your fiance died before your wedding, Tricia.

  121. Michelle Krimaschewicz
    April 18, 2015, 7:19 pm   /  Reply

    I just went to a beautiful wedding last weekend. At the front of the church they had 78 candles and my cousin’s son, age 15, was in charge of lighting all of them. Well, he had a little trouble and had to go back up twice to re-light a few. Everyone was laughing and clapped for him when he was done. It just set such a nice lighthearted mood for the day that was perfect.

    • April 19, 2015, 7:40 am   /  Reply

      Seventy-eight candles! Your cousin’s son deserved that applause!

  122. April 18, 2015, 7:34 pm   /  Reply

    I didn’t even know you had a new book coming out! I’m so glad I was on this hunt!

    • April 19, 2015, 7:40 am   /  Reply

      Hi, Callie:
      Yes, a new e-novella in May and a new novel in June — excited about both!

  123. Karen
    April 18, 2015, 8:05 pm   /  Reply

    This scavenger hunt is so fun and I love learning more about the authors and new books. It’s wonderful to find books that have great stories and are clean and encouraging. I worked in a bakery as a cake decorator for several years and so when each of our 3 children got married I made the wedding cake they requested.

    • April 19, 2015, 7:41 am   /  Reply

      How fun that you got to make your children’s wedding cakes!

  124. Sandy Smith
    April 18, 2015, 8:35 pm   /  Reply

    My brother’s wedding was memorable. His bride discovered when she dressed for the wedding that she had two right shoes. Then during the reception, there was a tornado warning and the lights went out. Fortunately the reception was in the basement and there were emergency lights. But the photographer had to take pictures just with his own lights as background. It gave a romantic quality to the pictures.

    • April 19, 2015, 7:41 am   /  Reply

      Well, that is quite a lot of excitement for a wedding: a tornado warning!

  125. bn100
    April 18, 2015, 8:55 pm   /  Reply

    seeing the happy couple’s first dance

    • April 19, 2015, 7:42 am   /  Reply

      I love the couple’s first dance too!

  126. April 18, 2015, 9:24 pm   /  Reply

    My cousin sang a song for her future husband as she walked down the aisle –he wasn’t expecting that: it was a surprise! ^_^

    Thanks for the chance to win! Your books sound great, Beth!

    Missy, awesome blog post –I love opposites attract. 😉

    • April 18, 2015, 9:24 pm   /  Reply

      Oops, just FYI, I’m Zekkaina Solo in rafflecopter. =)

    • April 19, 2015, 7:42 am   /  Reply

      I can’t imagine singing as I walked down the aisle — wow!!

    • Missy Tippens
      April 19, 2015, 6:40 pm   /  Reply

      Thanks for reading the post! Opposites are so much fun to write. 🙂

  127. April 18, 2015, 9:35 pm   /  Reply

    It’s so fun reading through people’s wedding memories! There are so many good ones. One of my favorite wedding memories is from when I was pretty little. A distant cousin had an outdoor reception with a big canopy that was decorated beautifully with lights and such. I remember loving that it was outside, and then we got to play with cute little bottles of bubbles. 😀

    Thanks for such a fun giveaway, Beth!

    • April 19, 2015, 7:43 am   /  Reply

      A canopy with lights and then blowing bubbles — sounds lovely!

  128. Pam Graber
    April 18, 2015, 10:29 pm   /  Reply

    When my oldest son got married, the pastor who was performing the ceremony threw his back out the morning of the wedding and was unable to perform the service. Our pastor who was planning to participate by reading the scripture ended up marrying them. Whew!!!

    • April 19, 2015, 7:43 am   /  Reply

      Thank goodness for a back-up pastor!

  129. Barbara
    April 18, 2015, 10:32 pm   /  Reply

    My favorite wedding memory happened almost 56 years ago. I was 17 and he was 19, after a very simple ceremony we hopped into his ’50 red chevy and headed to the coast……………..finally on our own…..and they said it would never last…lol Thanks for the chance to win your new book.

    • April 19, 2015, 7:44 am   /  Reply

      Seventeen and 19 — and almost 56 years later and your still enjoying the memories. Love it!

  130. Stephanie C.
    April 18, 2015, 11:00 pm   /  Reply

    My own wedding. Nothing crazy happened (thankfully). It is just a very happy day in my life. Love my hubby very much! It makes me smile to think about that day.

    Thank you,
    Stephanie C.

    • April 19, 2015, 7:44 am   /  Reply

      I love that your wedding is your favorite memory!

  131. Sheila McIntyre
    April 18, 2015, 11:16 pm   /  Reply

    My husband and I eloped after a knowing each other less than a month. Eight years later we are still celebrating–I love how the Lord helps us to find our soulmate!!

    • April 19, 2015, 7:45 am   /  Reply

      You’re proof that sometimes you just know when you’ve find that right person!

  132. April 19, 2015, 1:16 am   /  Reply

    My favorite wedding memory is of my own. We got married on the beach in Panama City last year and it was so beautiful! 🙂

    • April 19, 2015, 7:45 am   /  Reply

      Still a newlywed — and I’ve always thought a beach wedding is a lovely idea!

  133. Terrill Rosado
    April 19, 2015, 1:32 am   /  Reply

    During mine and my husband’s wedding, he nearly fainted (literally!) Luckily, we had been holding hands while I was saying my vows and had a hold of him. He didn’t go down, yet we did seat him for part of the ceremony. Four years later, during the birth of our first child, he started to faint again. I think his complete love for our family overwhelms him at times. 🙂

    • April 19, 2015, 7:47 am   /  Reply

      Seems your husand’s reponse to emotional moments is almost fainting … at least you know to be on the look out for that, right? 🙂

  134. Jill
    April 19, 2015, 9:22 am   /  Reply

    It’s amazing to look back 31 years and see how naive we were.

    • April 19, 2015, 10:11 am   /  Reply

      Well, yes, there is that. And we thought we were so mature. 🙂

  135. Kelly
    April 19, 2015, 9:43 am   /  Reply

    My favorite wedding memory from my wedding is when my pastor mispronounced our last name when he introduced us to the congregation. It gave us all a good laugh!

    • April 19, 2015, 10:12 am   /  Reply

      The poor pastors and ministers and all the names they have to pronounce!!

  136. Janka H.
    April 19, 2015, 10:23 am   /  Reply

    Thanks for being a part of this exciting Scavenger hunt!

    I loved witnessing the wedding of a member of my scout group (I led the group). I loved seeing a girl growing into a beautiful woman!

    • April 19, 2015, 7:36 pm   /  Reply

      How fun to see one of your scouts grow up and get married!

  137. Charlyn
    April 19, 2015, 12:01 pm   /  Reply

    My favorite wedding memory is of my husband’s smile during our ceremony. I’ve directed and help video many ceremonies so have many memories and stories. Favorite story from the past is of my husband’s grandparents’ ceremony. They went to the preacher’s house to get married. He had company so he came out to their car and performed the ceremony in their car!

    • April 19, 2015, 7:37 pm   /  Reply

      Okay, a drive-up wedding at the pastor’s house — that’s quite a memory.

  138. Stephanie Stoll
    April 19, 2015, 3:08 pm   /  Reply

    My favorite wedding memory is all the special people who were a part of our special day…family and good friends to do the music and having both my pastors perform our ceremony (because one of them–my youth pastor–was the guy who set us up in the first place!) That’s what really made it special for me.

    • April 19, 2015, 7:38 pm   /  Reply

      It’s so true that the people who attend the ceremony and take part in the ceremony are so, so important! And I love that your youth pastor set you up!

  139. Laura L
    April 19, 2015, 5:01 pm   /  Reply

    Hi, there. My favorite wedding memory is my 2nd sister’s wedding. They were high school sweethearts who put the cart in front of the horse so to speak (shotguns may have been involved), but are still married and have 4 children almost 15 years later. I still remember the look on my future brother-in-law’s face when he first saw the ultrasound video of their baby. Their wedding was a huge party and the DJ stayed for an extra hour because everyone was dancing and celebrating.

    • April 19, 2015, 7:39 pm   /  Reply

      Love this memory, Laura. And dancing is such a fun part of celebrating!

  140. Lisa
    April 19, 2015, 5:40 pm   /  Reply

    The dress! It’s all about the dress 🙂

    • April 19, 2015, 7:39 pm   /  Reply

      Say yes to the dress! Yes, yes, yes!!

  141. Judy Cooper
    April 19, 2015, 5:56 pm   /  Reply

    My favorite wedding memory is when my son got married almost two years ago. My daughters played and sang for it and it was so incredible. We were all in tears.. Thanks!

    • April 19, 2015, 7:40 pm   /  Reply

      What a precious family memory!

  142. Randi L.
    April 19, 2015, 6:11 pm   /  Reply

    I think my favorite part of a wedding is the same for nearly all weddings. I love watching the groom’s face when he sees the bride for the first time. Most people are watching the bride, but I love to see his expression. Thanks so much for participating in the Scavenger Hunt and for the giveaway!

    • April 19, 2015, 7:41 pm   /  Reply

      I am always torn between watching the bride and wanting to watch the groom too. My head is usually swiveling back and forth between the two!

  143. Zina
    April 19, 2015, 7:18 pm   /  Reply

    My favorite wedding memories are from when I married my second husband. Before the wedding my three girls were behind me playing in my veil and having fun puffing it up and letting it cover them. Then during the ceremony I started to cry and I had to pull tissues from my dress where I had to make the bodice fit a little better. Then after we said I do my dad put a shackle on my husbands angle with one big black Styrofoam ball and three little ones on a plastic chain.

    • April 19, 2015, 7:42 pm   /  Reply

      How fun! I love the sense of humor!

  144. Becky Lee
    April 19, 2015, 8:28 pm   /  Reply

    My favorite wedding memory is when I was a flower girl in my uncle’s wedding & my cousin was the ring bearer. I got so disgusted with him cause he kept stopping & talking to people as we walked down the aisle.

  145. April 19, 2015, 9:14 pm   /  Reply

    My wedding was a comedy of errors, too numerous to enumerate! And, we only had 1 night alone!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    Good luck to everyone and God’s Blessings!

  146. Tori Anderson
    April 19, 2015, 9:49 pm   /  Reply

    My dad was the master of ceremonies at a friend’s wedding. She had these folded paper balls on every table so my dad penciled in a paper ball fight into the schedule. 🙂

  147. Julie Dahl
    April 19, 2015, 9:55 pm   /  Reply

    At our wedding reception, the ring bearer (age 5 and very shy) came and asked me if he could keep the pillow he carried in the wedding. I had forgotten to tell him that he could. I told him yes, and found out later that he had been sleeping with it every night.

  148. Theresa Johnson
    April 19, 2015, 10:03 pm   /  Reply

    My favorite memory of my wedding was when I entered the church I was so nervous and when I looked down the aisle at my soon to be husband his smile brought me peace. I was then able to enjoy the ceremony .

  149. Cyndi W.
    April 19, 2015, 11:28 pm   /  Reply

    One of my favorite wedding memories is my son and daughter-in-love’s wedding IN the rain. 🙂 Not storming but definitely raining. Quite memorable!

  150. Kate
    April 20, 2015, 12:16 am   /  Reply

    Just went to a wedding yesterday. 🙂 To me, every wedding is unique and special in its own way – I can’t seem to choose a favorite memory.

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