June Wedding Blitz: Lisa Mondello on quirky weddings

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Please welcome guest author Lisa Mondello to the June Wedding Blitz series. Lisa is personally acquainted with the weather disasters that can threaten to ruin a bride’s day. But, never fear, family prevailed and the day was a success despite the weather. That’s the kind of wedding story I like to hear.

the marriage contractA funny thing happened… by Lisa Mondello

You’ve probably heard a million stories of wedding snafus before.  I certainly have my share of them between the weddings I’ve attended.  Take my sister’s wedding. She and my brother-in-law got married in a tiny chapel by the lake.  It was quaint and beautiful and was just big enough for my Italian family and his Portuguese family to fit in. It really was the perfect venue for a country wedding.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t the normal vestibule at the front of the church, or better yet, a bride’s room, because just as the car with the bride and all the bridesmaids pulled up to the church, it poured!  And I mean POURED!

Well, of course, we were all concerned for the bride.  After curling hair, doing makeup and slipping into the perfect dress, no one wanted her to look like a drowned rat as she walked down the aisle to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

We had one umbrella and my father quickly used it to usher the bridesmaids into the church. Our feet were a little wet from the trip, but a little hike of the skirt on the run and it was easy to hide soggy shoes.  The last to come in, the bride, needed an umbrella and someone’s coat to ensure she wouldn’t be drenched.

Now, as I said, there was no vestibule and no bride’s room.  When you walked through that front door of the chapel, you were IN the church and everyone could see you.  So as soon as we came through the door, the priest ushered us into a confessional box.  Yep, all of us.  In those tight quarters, we laughed, helped the bride primp and perfect what the mad dash in the rain took away from that morning’s beauty session, and waited for the music to start playing.

But the waterworks didn’t end there.  I’m Italian and by nature we’re pretty emotional creatures.  I managed to make it down the aisle without crying (something I failed to do when my older sister got married), but when I turned around and saw my father (a little wet on the shoulders) walking my sister down the aisle, I saw her crying and that was the end of that.

The reception was fun and went off without a hitch.  But I love telling the story of my sisters and I all dressed up, feet wet, cramped inside a confessional box right before my sister got married.  I guess that’s why I love writing about quirky weddings.

Check out another quirky wedding in THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT.

Lisa Mondello is the bestselling author of 13 published books. Her first published book, the award winning ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU, was recently reissued as an ebook and has had over 350,000 downloads worldwide. In addition to publishing her Fate with a Helping Hand series, which includes THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT and THE KNIGHT AND MAGGIE’S BABY, she is releasing her popular TEXAS HEARTS  Romance series as ebooks, which include HER HEART FOR THE ASKING, HIS HEART FOR THE TRUSTING and THE MORE I SEE. She currently writes for Harlequin Books and is collaborating with a film producer/screenwriter on a screenplay. 

She loves to hear from readers. You can email her at LisaMondello@aol.com, find her on her blog talking about writing, movies and music at http://www.lisamondello.blogspot.com or chat on Twitter at @LisaMondello.

THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT and Mondello’s other books can be found on amazon, barnes and noble, and kobo.









About Kelly McClymer

Kelly is a writer, a mom, and a reading tutor for children with dyslexia. Plus, she is totally addicted to her iPad. Curse you, Steve Jobs.