The bride is blushing underneath her long filmy veil. A bouquet of fragrant roses and baby’s breath tremors in her hands as she takes her father’s arm, and tentatively steps down the aisle to the romantic melody of Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus”. Lovingly, she gazes at the confident, handsome groom as he awaits her arrival to be at her side forever…
Ah! Weddings. They evoke thoughts of beauty for some and maybe angst for others—depending on your point of view. Some young women go to extremes to have the “perfect” day. Even to the extent of becoming a “bridezilla” and spending a fortune on that “hallowed” occasion. Being the extremely practical person I am, I didn’t particularly want all that fuss and fluff when I got married twenty-something years ago. In the age of big hair and shoulder pads I was going to be a rebel.
Simplicity was the key for me. It began with the gown. No fancy, frilly concoctions for me. I wanted a restrained Edwardian style frock. My mom helped me find a pattern and the creamy off-white material and then my great aunt Dorothy graciously made the dress for me. I’ll treasure it always.
Next were the flowers. Not one for expensive things, I opted for silk flowers and made the bouquet and boutonnieres myself. The bouquet is still as pretty today. My dad’s cousin played the wedding march, my aunt took the photographs, a neighbor made the elegant three-tiered wedding cake (with the topper from my parent’s cake) and my mom made the chocolate grooms cake.
It was a personal ceremony in our small church. All of my grandparents and one great grandmother were still alive to witness the occasion. The most special part for me was visiting with the friends and family who attended the modest reception. Simplicity isn’t for everyone, so I’m curious—what kind of wedding did you have?
Sandra Wilkins is busy writing another series while home educating her two daughters. Ada’s Heart, Rose’s Hope and Gwen’s Honor are her first three published wholesome historical romances. Go to www.sandrawilkins.com to find out more about her and her books.