Thursday, February 11, 2010

In The Beginning...






Are these valentines' romance stories inspired by the love they share? Maybe their wedding-day memories tell the tale...


































































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Authors, Bellas and RBTB teamers, thanks so much for sharing this almost-Valentine's Day treat with us here in the pink! We wish you happiness and love: the stuff already in your life, and the happily ever afters just waiting to happen.
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Tomorrow: Please join us as Becke Davis offers us her valentine, a lovely feature review of Kristan Higgins' "The Next Best Thing." Grazie, Becke, for hatching the idea for today's event!
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79 comments:

Becke Davis said...

These are so much fun -- I LOVE the pretty heart frames! I know Michelle has battled computer problems all night -- I'm sending her gallons of virtual coffee, and one word: nap!

I don't see how anyone can look at these pictures and not smile -- what a great way to start the day!

Pat L. said...

What a nice posting. Really enjoyed putting faces with names and spouses too.

Becke Davis said...

Pat - Michelle's computer started acting up when she tried to add her own wedding picture. Check back later - maybe she'll have more pix up then. Aren't these fun?

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Please join me in offering Becke Davis congrats for hatching the idea for today's event and doing 90% of the work! It's been such a treat to put this together with you Becke! And grazie mille to all our lovely brides and grooms for sharing your special memories with us!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Isn't it a treat, Pat? Such nice women, and to now know the guys who get to spend time w/ them!

Tori Carrington said...

These shots are priceless! Thanks so much for sharing them, Michelle. Look at how young many of us look!

Becke, I adore the photo of you and your dh. How long have you two been married?

As for our story, we married July 2, 1987 after four years of living - and three years of writing - together. (Alas, the handsome young man pictured with us is not one of our two sons, but my young cousin Justin.)

Every day we feel as if we're living our happily-ever-after...

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

<3 <3 <3
Lori (& Tony)
aka Tori Carrington

Becke Davis said...

Ahh, Michelle - ideas are easy. You are the one who stayed up all night fighting with a recalcitrant computer!

Lori and Tony - I love your photos! Thanks for correcting our assumption that the young man in the photo was your son. Michelle has had to go be mom for a bit, but if her computer cooperates we can probably fix that.

Marty and I got married on October 2, 1971 -- it was 90 degrees that day, and I could use some of that heat now. We were 19. We started going out on April 18, 1970 - what we consider our "real" anniversary - after being friends for a year.

Our kids hearing how we finally got the nerve to admit our feelings, but my son doesn't understand how we managed to get married without a proposal. We wanted to elope but my mom wanted a wedding.

Mom managed the prom dept. at Marshall Field's and found my dress on a rack there. We got it on clearance -- with my mom's discount it was $12. The head thingy cost more than my dress and shoes put together!

Becke Davis said...

I have to tell you - when I posted a link to this on my Facebook page, the captcha was "no alimony" - I kid you not!

amy kennedy said...

Love these. I was just going to say, hey where's Michelle's & MPG's photo -- now I know. So sorry. Hope you catch a nap, I'm off to work.

Becke Davis said...

Amy - I hope we can add yours, too. There was a total communication breakdown, it's completely my fault we don't have Amy's picture here. I'm hoping we can add it later.

PJ said...

Love all the pictures! Thanks to Becke and Michelle for putting this together.

Becke, I can't help but smile whenever I look at that photo of you and Marty. So much happiness in those eyes and smiles!

Gannon Carr said...

I love all of the pictures! They definitely make me smile. :)

Vanessa Kelly said...

Oh, this is so cute! But, really! We NEED to see Michelle's picture. I have to know what her coiffure looked like on her wedding day.

Becke Davis said...

It's coming, Vanessa, and I think a few more pictures have come in, too. Check back in a bit -- I don't think Michelle is back home yet.

annetta said...

I love the wedding photo's.

Becke Davis said...

Gannon - We'll get your picture up asap. Vanessa - I'm sorry we couldn't include yours!

Toni Blake said...

This is so fun and I'm delighted to have been included! Although I do wish the picture also showed Blair, my husband : ) But alas, this was the only wedding picture I had a digital copy of ; ) Since it was in 1989, I'm lucky I had any on the computer at all ; )

Funny wedding story (although it didn't seem funny at the time): Because I have a name more commonly given to a boy and Blair's name is more commonly a girl's name, the minister at our wedding got confused and said, "Toni, you may kiss the bride." I was aghast - it was MY WEDDING, after all, and this guy had just messed it up - and I screamed, "IT'S BLAIR!!!" And Blair said, "Just shut up and kiss me," and the whole church cracked up. So I have this fabulous picture of us kissing while our maid of honor and best man are standing on either side of us laughing.

Rosie Murphy w/a Gabriella Edwards said...

Oh, I love wedding pics! Michelle and Becke, fabulous idea! It certainly brought a smile to my face. FUN!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Hugs,
Rosie (who's full of exclamations, today)

Becke Davis said...

Toni - I LOVE the "Shut up and kiss me" line! Perfect for a romance writer.

PJ, I like that picture, too. It's weird we're still happy together because we are such total opposites. I'm an ultra extrovert and he'd have been quite happy as a hermit in a cave with nothing but his guitar and a few books.

Rosie, I wish there was a way people could add their own wedding pix in the comment field. I'd love to see yours!

Becke Davis said...

Hi Annetta - Aren't the pictures fun? Check back later, Michelle will be adding a few more, if her computer cooperates.

debbie haupt said...

Aww, that was such a great idea gals, to see the happy couples. What a treat for V-Day.
Happy Valentine's Day everyone
Deb

Crystal said...

This is really awesome - I love looking at wedding pictures and seeing some of my favorite author's wedding pics is really cool.

Have a wonderful valentine's day everyone!

Elizabeth Bevarly said...

Oh, look how cute everyone is! Thank you so much, Michelle and Becke, for doing this and for including us. Perfect for Valentine's Day. David and I were married November 1, 1986, on an absolutely GORGEOUS autumn day, after dating for eight years. (We met as high school students, though at different schools.) And a fun bit of trivia: *I* was the one to propose to HIM. :o)

Dianne Castell said...

gads, was I ever that young!
It was a very small wedding and so much fun. Instead of an engagement ring I wanted to go to Europe and we did. One of the best decisions I ever made. In love an in Paris is truly memorable.

Rosie Murphy w/a Gabriella Edwards said...

I'll just bring one this weekend, Becke.

Lori Foster aka L. L. Foster said...

LOVE the photos!
Toni, cracked up at your story! LOL. Very fun.

Me, I'd rather have teeth pulled without novacain than walk the aisle all dressed in white. Just not my thing. I wanted to hit the justice of the peace, but caved under pressure enough to do a very VERY small church wedding. It was our parents, one sibling each, and a friend from hubby's work to take a few photos. I didn't walk anywhere, since I started in front of the minister, and I didn't say "I do," I just said, "Yes." LOL
That was in 78, one year after we graduated, and we've been together a loooong time now!

Hugs to all, and Happy Valentine's Day to you!

Lori

jedisakora said...

How cute. ^^

Roxanne St. Claire said...

This is so much fun and I'm so honored to be included! (Toni - do you have a scanner? That's how I got mine. I scanned the 8x10 we have in frame.) I think my favorite is Brenda Novak! We all look happy and in love.

I met my husband in an elevator...and two years later to the day, he proposed to me in the same elevator. He's still very romantic and sweet...and he cooks. Sigh. All the snoring is forgiven!

Happy Valentine's Day all!

xoxo
Rocki

Becke Davis said...

Hi Debbie - This has really put me in a Valentine's mood!

Crystal - I agree, there's something cool about looking at a romance writer's wedding picture!

Hi Liz - I've seen some of your old photos on Facebook and they are wonderful! You two are such a cute couple!

Dianne - Paris or an engagement ring? I'm with you -- I'd take the trip any day.

Rosie - do that! (For any of you in the Cincinnati area, Lori, Dianne, Rosie and I will all be at the big book signing at the Barnes & Noble store in West Chester on Saturday.)

Lori - I love your wedding story! That's exactly the kind of wedding I wanted, but my mom wouldn't be denied her first wedding. (I think my dad would have been quite happy if we'd gone with our original plan and eloped!)

Our wedding was on the small side, but not quite that small. I didn't like organ music, so we recorded our favorite music. Our recessional was the Beatles' ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE.

Becke Davis said...

Hi Jedisakora! It's always great to see you here.

Rocki - I love your elevator story! How romantic!

Gannon, I'm so glad Michelle got your picture added. I love it!

Michelle - the expression on your face in that photo is priceless! I can't tell if you're checking Dave out or if you suspect he's trying to trick you somehow. That's a gorgeous dress.

I know they say all brides are beautiful, but you all really do look gorgeous. (And I look YOUNG!!)

Marilyn Shoemaker said...

This is an incredible post! Rocki I agree, I love Brenda's but they are all great.

Happy Valentines Day everyone.

Tonya Kappes said...

Those are GREAT!!!! All my chapter girls haven't changed!!

Gannon Carr said...

Michelle, thanks for adding my picture. :) Wonderful memories!

Julie in Ohio said...

OMG!! These are just the best pictures ever. Awww, just look at you all...

And, Dave, congratulations on controlling yourself...for the picture at least. ;o)
My guy SMEARED me with cake. grrrr

Amanda said...

this really was a good post! loved it

Becke Davis said...

I'm with you, Marilyn - Brenda looks gorgeous, but so do all these blushing brides!

Amanda - it is a good one, isn't it?

Hi Tonya - we should do an Ohio Valley RWA wedding photo montage!

Gannon - you look great in the picture, and your husband is so dashing in his uniform!

Julie - when I was a kid I was fascinated by my parents' wedding album, especially the black-and-white picture of my dad smearing my mom's face with cake!

Gannon Carr said...

Thanks, Becke! Very "officer and a gentleman". :) We even cut our cake with his sword!

cissikat said...

I love the pictures and the anectodes posted to go along! Thanks for sharing!

Vanessa Kelly said...

And like a good Italian, Michelle is eating cake!

Becke Davis said...

Vanessa - too funny!

Cissikat - I love the anecdotes, too!

Ah, Gannon. That final scene in An Officer and a Genteman just kills me. Who didn't want Richard Gere back then? I love that your husband cut the cake with his sword. How cool!

Becke Davis said...

You'll notice there is a darling wedding photo of Deeanne Gist and her husband. Deeanne is a romance writer who is celebrating the release of her new, co-authored romantic suspense novel.

I hope Michelle doesn't mind me posting a B&N plug: "Beguiled" authors DEEANNE GIST and J. MARK BERTRAND visit B&N's Month of Romantic Suspense today: http://tiny.cc/AP1Ey

Check out Rocki St. Claire's thread while you're there, too.

Eva Gale said...

OMG, this is the best post ever! I LOVE looking at all of these romance writers and hearing their own happily evers.

Michelle, thank you so much for clobbering your puter into submission and thank you, Becke for coming up with the idea.

Becke Davis said...

I'm so glad you like it so much!

Scorpio M. said...

Love the pics, how adorable all you lovely brides are!

Becke Davis said...

Scorpio - I'm admiring the dresses but pondering how much hairstyles have changed!

Brenda Novak said...

Wow--I can't believe I'm old enough to see that dated picture and cringe. LOL

Becke Davis said...

Brenda - it's a gorgeous picture of you!

kristan higgins said...

Love seeing everyone (and the dresses! My goodness! So gorgeous!) I felt bad that I didn't tell Becke who my hubby is...I call him McIrish, but his name is actually Terence Keenan. Just for the record.

Becke Davis said...

Oh, I love the McIrish name, Kristan!

I have two nieces getting married this year (one scheduled hers for the week of RWA National, sadly for me), so I've gotten weddings on the brain. These pictures make me go all teary-eyed.

Diamond M said...

These are so sweet. Makes me want to get married now.

Gannon Carr said...

Kristan, McIrish is fabulous! And his real name is pretty great, too. :)

amy kennedy said...

This was such a great idea Becke and Michelle. And I love everyone's stories. Michelle, I hope you're sleeping.

Becke Davis said...

Diamond M - Well you have the diamond; all you need is the ring!

Amy, I hope Michelle is sleeping, too. And I hope she taught that computer a thing or two!

Gannon, can't you just see "McIrish" as a nickname in a romance novel?

Becke Davis said...

Eva - to me the happily ever after is one of my favorite things about romance!

kristan higgins said...

I love weddings, too! Wish someone I knew was getting married...black tie, preferably. Anyone out there want to invite me to their wedding? All my friends and relatives have tied the knot already, and my nieces and nephews are tiny still. Hmmph.

Becke Davis said...

Kristan, a couple my husband works with got married two years ago -- it was by far the fanciest wedding I've ever been to. The flower arrangements on the 50+ tables at the reception probably cost as much as our car.

When my kids decide to get married, I'm going to encourage them to elope or get married on a beach somewhere.

Jane said...

How cool. I love looking at wedding pics. Thanks to all who shared their special moments with us.

Gannon Carr said...

Gannon, can't you just see "McIrish" as a nickname in a romance novel?

Most definitely, Becke! :-D

Becke Davis said...

Jane, thanks for joining us. Did you all see there are prizes to be had for a lucky person who signs up for the RBTB newsletter?

Wait, I'm wrong. There are TWO prizes today.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Buona sera, everybody! This post and all your comments have made me smile so much today! This was such a great idea, becke, because everyone keeps saying, "we really need this right now because of snow, stress, [fill in the blank].

I love the wedding stories, too, because they're all so human, which is why they're so great to hear. Like 'how we met' stories. I'd do a post on that once a week if I thought it wouldn't make people even more bored w/me.

I have to agree w/becke that everyone looks so happy! and also I'll speak for myself and say that my big hair still shocks me cause it's even bigger than it remains. And it's funny that I have memories of my brother's wedding album wth the smooshed cake, and was thinking about it during this.

My husband's friends and some family rented a bus and traveled from Boston to Central PA for the wedding. Those stories actually are better than any I could tell about the day... The cake topper was two little bears dressed in victorian clothing which a friends' little granddaughter gave me as a shower gift. so someone found the little pagoda and there it stood. i just found it a few weeks ago. very cute.

Hey. Has anyone ever heard of the tradition of freezing the top of the cake and eating it on the first anniversary? or is it first month anniversary? I seem to remember somebody telling me about it and our doing something like that...

Becke Davis said...

Michelle, we did that freezing the cake thing. Unfortunately, we were young and broke and we moved three times that year in an effort to upgrade to nicer sublet apts. And,ugh, in the process the cake froze, thawed, froze and got freezer burn. It was AWFUL. (Apologies to my friends at Jarosch Bakery -- it wasn't your fault!)

suehussein said...

Happy Valentines Day to everyone!! What a fun idea showing us your wedding pics!! Thanks for the contest too. Sue

Becke Davis said...

Hi Sue -- Happy Almost Valentine's Day!

Gannon Carr said...

Becke, our frozen cake topper story sounds like yours. LOL Plus, my hubby was deployed during our first anniversary, but I was lucky enough to meet up with him to celebrate. Who needs freezer burned wedding cake when you have each other?? :-D

Becke Davis said...

That is so true! Gak, I can still taste that cardboard cake when I think about this.

Deeanne Gist said...

We tried to freeze our top cake layer, but ended up moving. I couldn't bear to throw it out, so I insisted we eat it right then and there amongst boxes and a moving van. LOL.

Great pics, Michelle & Becke. Fun, fun, fun!

Becke Davis said...

Oh Dee, I'm so glad you stopped in. It's been fun talking to you and Mark over at B&N's Mystery Book Club today!

Laurie said...

Love all of the pictures and the cute stories.

My husband and I met when he was dating my college roommate. No, I did not steal him away from her. My sister also married a guy she met while he was dating her roommate. They too had already broken up. I was married in 1977, my sister in 1978.

We saved the cake for a year and it was inedible! When my daughter married 2 years ago, we told her to eat it after a month. They did and it was still delicious! They shared it with us!

Becke Davis said...

Laurie - thanks for sharing your story with us. I think eating the cake after a month makes a lot more sense than after a whole year, frozen or not.

I wonder if this tradition still common today or if it's as dated as throwing rice. (I think that only stopped when it was found that rice was unhealthy for birds.)

gardenfrisk said...

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Kirsten said...

Oh I love wedding pictures. Makes me dream about my own day, someday.

Virginia Kantra said...

Mike and I got married in December 1978 (like Lori - obviously, we were 5 years old at the time), right before another memorable blizzard. We caught the last flight out to Jamaica that night, leaving our darling friends and family buried under the snow in Philadelphia.

Of course, a week later we were facing the icy wind off the lake in Chicago, so there is some justice...

Happy days. Happy memories.

Happy Valentine's Day, you all!

Donna said...

I love all the wedding dresses and couples in the photos. What a fun idea for Valentine's week!

Becke Davis said...

Gardenfrisk - I went to your blog and it's hilarious! Thanks for sharing!

Donna - I'm glad you liked it!

Kirsten - I hope you get the wedding day you dream of, but -- as I'm always telling my daughter -- the wedding is just the beginning. It's what comes afterwards that counts. (But still, it's fun to look back at the pictures!)

Virginia - your honeymoon sounds idyllis. We couldn't afford a honeymoon, and besides, I had to start a new job two days after we got married.

We spent one night at the O'Hare Marriott, and then had to go back to my parents' house the next day because I'd forgotten my purse.

Turned out we'd missed the party of the century. After the short reception after our evening wedding, all our close friends, family, and friends of the family went back to my parents' place.

This group included several musicians -- half the neighborhood was already there, but someone called the police when the jazz quartet playing on the balcony of my parents' bedroom got a little loud at 3 a.m. The police dutifully warned them to tone it down, then came back and joined the party later on.

When we got there at 5 p.m. there were bodies sprawled on the front lawn and people sleeping in cars up and down the street. Our friends still talk about that party, and WE MISSED IT!

Becke Davis said...

That s/b idyllic. Can't type today.

Virginia said...

Great post! Ilove the pics. I have never read Kristan's books before but have heard alot about them.

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Becke Davis said...

Virginia - it doesn't matter which one you read first. Kristan's books are all stand-alone stories, and every one is wonderful.

chelleyreads said...

awww! i love looking at wedding photos and these ones are awesome!! thanks for sharing :)

Becke Davis said...

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