Please welcome guest author Emma Kaye to the Cafe!

Hi, everyone! Thanks for having me here today.

Weddings have been on my mind a lot lately. I’m at an age where my friends are already married and our kids are too young to date let alone marry, so I don’t attend a lot of weddings these days. But I spent the first half of the year working on a wedding-themed short story anthology with my writing partners and since my characters were the ones getting married, I spent quite a bit of time on Pinterest looking at wedding-related pictures. I almost felt as though I was planning a wedding again!

Emma Kaye bride and groomI have to admit, I had a lot of fun. And since this was for a fictional wedding, well, the sky was the limit. No pesky budget to consider. J When I got married (19 years ago on July 20th—Here’s a picture from my special day) I flipped through some magazines, sure, but once we picked our reception hall, everything kind of fell into place — with a great deal of help from my wonderful sister-in-law, who is a natural party organizer.

While I love so many of the cute ideas I found on Pinterest, some of which my heroine had for her wedding, trying to coordinate all those tiny little details would have driven me crazy. Yes, there are a few things I would do differently (Never have shoes died to match the bridesmaids dresses. I’ve never seen that actually work well.) But for the most part, I refused to let the small details get to me and the little things that went wrong are now funny stories we tell the kids. (Well, maybe some day we’ll tell the kids all the stories. For now, we’re skipping the story of the groomsman who ordered pizza and went to his room to have sex with his girlfriend while we were supposed to be taking pictures.)

I wonder what my kids will want for their wedding some day. Will they stress over the little things, or focus on the big picture? How will they react if the florist delivers white roses rather than pink? Or if

My hope for them is that they won’t let the little things ruin their day. If they picked the right person, all that matters is that they’ve said “I Do” before they go home. I hope they can focus on the positive, laugh through the mishaps and just enjoy themselves. I did.

How about you? Did you have any mishaps at your wedding that have turned into your family’s favorite stories?

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Timeless Vows CoverTimeless Vows: Five Tales of Love

A weekend wedding has five couples thinking about the meaning of wedded bliss. Old vows are renewed and new ones made at The Loon Lake Inn nestled in the remote mountains of Maine.

Ruth A. Casie ~ Forsaking All Others

No commitment. That’s what they’ve both always wanted. Or do they? After ten years, they’re not so certain. Will a small deception push them toward that next step or pull them apart?

Lita Harris ~ Till Death Do Us Part

When a married couple’s path changes direction, the familiar fades to a memory and new surroundings cause them to question their future. Will they continue along their separate ways or can they find their way home—together?

Emma Kaye ~ To Have and to Hold

When tragedy threatens to tear a couple apart, will a trip back in time to their wedding day save their relationship—or end their marriage before it even begins?

Nicole S. Patrick ~ From This Day Forward

A weekend spent incognito at a friend’s wedding should be enough time to get a musician back on track after her career hits a low note. But when a college crush sends her senses reeling, will this Grammy Award winner change her tune about the future?

Julie Rowe ~ To Love and Honor

College sweethearts thought they’d be together forever, but a naked girl in the shower ended their relationship a lifetime too soon. When a friend’s wedding gives them a chance to make things right, will they find their way to a happily ever after, or will old wounds refuse to die?

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About Emma:

Emma Kaye is married to her high school sweetheart and has two beautiful kids that she spends an crazy amount of time driving around central New Jersey. Before ballet and tennis classes entered her life, she decided to try writing one of those romances she loved to read and discovered a new passion. She has been writing ever since. Add in a hyper dog and an extremely patient cat and she’s living her own happily ever after while making her characters work hard to reach thei


Weddings — 7 Comments

  1. Emma, thanks for being our guest today. As for wedding mishaps a couple of my favorites: at my brother’s wedding he dropped the ring as he tried to put it on my sister-in-law’s hand, and it rolled down the aisle. At a co-worker’s wedding, one of the groomsman didn’t show up (I know, who does that at a friend’s wedding?). It turned out that the groom’s sister’s boyfriend, who had just flown into town from Toronto, happened to be the same size as the MIA groomsman. The tuxedo fit him perfectly, and he was the perfect groomsman. None of us in the church were any wiser, until we heard the story later.

    • Oh my. Not showing up? That’s awful. Glad it worked out for them in the end. And I can sympathize with nerves making your brother a bit clumsy. My hands were shaking so hard I’m surprised my flowers didn’t fly out of my hands.

    • Thanks, Reese! So many decisions to make for a wedding. And the silliest things seem so stressful when you’re in the middle of it.

      I hope you enjoy the anthology.

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