A Cadence Creek Christmas By Donna Alward

Monday, November 04, 2013

Christmas Weddings… by Donna Alward

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

It’s also the most stressful time of the year, especially when you throw in a wedding. I mean, we all know that December is a crazy month. Decorating, shopping, baking, entertaining… and then there are the Christmas concerts, special church services, community events. You’d have to be nuts to throw a wedding into all that, right?
I had a blast writing A CADENCE CREEK CHRISTMAS, out this month from Harlequin Romance. After all, despite the stress, Christmas weddings ARE incredibly romantic. There’s so much potential after all! Beautiful colours, snow, candlelight, the crisp scent of evergreen boughs, the hush of velvet, the twinkle lights that just seem to fit. Candlelight and satin ribbon and the overall feeling of peace and goodwill adding to the romance. But things can go wrong, too. There’s the potential for winter weather (especially in Canada!) and for things to not turn out quite right, especially since the holidays are naturally a very busy time for businesses. Screw ups happen. Timelines are too tight and people are left scrambling at the last minute. This happens at any wedding at any time, but it’s a bit riskier as you get close to a major holiday!

Still. A Christmas wedding. I’ve been to two and thought they were amazing. One was a friend’s, and I was the soloist, so I only had to swan in, sing in the flickering candlelight, and enjoy myself the rest of the time. It was truly beautiful and I was so glad I was a part of her day.

The other wedding was my sister’s, and so as much as I love the idea of a Christmas wedding, I sincerely hope neither of my girls has one! I am NOT a “go with the flow” person, so I’d probably stress out big time.

I was only 14 when my sister got married, and my other sister was her Maid of Honour.
She only had one attendant, so I was an Usher along with the groom’s brother (hey, it
worked, and I got to wear the same pretty red satin dress). The groom’s family was from out of town, and we’re a small community (no hotel), so family stayed between our houses. I distinctly remember my mom being a bit frazzled and I made a Mock Black Forest Cake one afternoon for dessert and she was so grateful I thought she was going to cry.

I also remember that the tartan bowties and cummerbunds for my nephews were not complete the night before the wedding. People were tired and stressed and for a while I wasn’t sure it was all going to get pulled off just five days before Christmas.

But you know what? The church looked beautiful, the kids adorable, and my sister beamed the whole way up the aisle. We had a fun reception and a dance and it all worked out just right. They’ve been married nearly 27 years now, have raised four kids, and are still in love.

In A CADENCE CREEK CHRISTMAS, Taylor isn’t sure her brother’s wedding is going to go off without a hitch. Things start to go wrong and she’s not used to accepting help. But as neighbours and friends rally around, she realizes that the event is turning out even better than she’d planned. Especially when she dances with Rhys Bullock, who is looking rather dashing out of his jeans and plaid and in a sexy tuxedo!

I’m giving away a copy of A CADENCE CREEK CHRISTMAS today to one commenter! Just give me your thoughts on Christmas weddings and if you’re a fan – or not!

It's Christmas in Donna Alward's Cadence Creek...

Taylor Shepard has come to Cadence Creek to organize her brother's Christmas wedding. Organizing such a special event might be a little bit stressful - but she can't deny she's swept away by the town's holiday charm...and by brooding rancher Rhys Bullock. 

Loner Rhys has been burned far too many times in the past. He's sure he has city girl Taylor all figured out -she'll be hightailing it straight back to the city in a few days! But as the snow starts to fall, Rhys and Taylor embark on a tentative winter romance. Could Taylor be the Christmas present Rhys never even knew he wanted?