June 15, 2015

the real marrying types of change the word

Weddings offer plenty of fodder for storytelling. I realized this quickly when I set out to write The Marrying Type. I actually had to remind myself a few times that the story was about Elliot's personal journey and not about the myriad of crazy scenarios she inevitably encountered as a wedding planner.

It makes sense, really. Weddings throw an eclectic mix of people together during a highly emotional time, and booze frequently plays a factor, either because it's overflowing or not flowing enough. Most of us undoubtedly have a memorable moment (or five) from a wedding that stands out. I want to highlight some of these moments throughout the month of June during The Real Marrying Types of Change the Word. To keep it interesting, I have invited some friends to share their own favorite wedding moments. We'll have a new post each Tuesday and Thursday all month.

I'm kicking off the series today with a few of my own most memorable real life wedding moments. (I've already shared some of my favorites from books, movies, and TV.) I hope you enjoy!

My Top 5 Real Wedding Moments

1. I have been an usher in two weddings. (Suck it glass ceiling.) That said, I don't believe I brought luck to either, so I have retired from this gender role-challenging pursuit indefinitely. Trust me, it's for the best.


2. In England, my classmates and I watched a wedding party and stream of guests leave a church in London. It looked just like a scene from a Hugh Grant movie. I desperately wish my camera's battery hadn't died before I could capture this visual forever.

3. While editor-in-chief of my college's summer newspaper, I coordinated a wedding-themed photo shoot featuring my deputy editor and copy chief locked in a pose that could rival any romance novel's cover image. This is still one of the proudest, most ridiculous achievements in my brief journalism career.

4. I attended a wedding at a castle, and my date chastised me after I thanked the shuttle bus driver for our ride. "Laura," he said, pulling me aside by the arm, "we do not speak to the help. We're at a castle. Act accordingly." This was all in good fun, of course, and the "castle" was in Iowa, not England, but I did have a moment of "oh sh*t" Downton Abbey-inspired panic. Incidentally, this was the same wedding during which plans to send lanterns flying off into the sky had to be shut down, because one of the lanterns got caught in a tree. Remember, only you can prevent forest fires.

5. The first time I served as a bridesmaid, my date to the wedding ended up making a connection with one of the ushers and they went out dancing at the clubs after they dropped my Royal Drunkness off at my parents' house. This sounds way more dramatic and nefarious than it was in real life. The three of us had a great time partying together at the wedding. And they technically invited me to join them for the after hours festivities. I was just too tired after a day of primping and posing to make it happen. Still, wouldn't that be a great premise for a chick lit novel?

We'll be back with more "The Real Marrying Types of CTW" tomorrow with a new story from Celia Kennedy.

About The Marrying Type
When Elliot Lynch's family business is on the brink of bankruptcy, Elliot will do whatever it takes to save the family business. When asked to appear on “The Marrying Type,” a reality TV show about the people behind the scenes as couples exchange I dos, she says yes to the invasion of privacy (and the hefty paycheck that comes with it). With a camera crew capturing every detail of her life, Elliot faces her most challenging contract yet: planning a wedding where her ex is involved in every part of the process. Forced to confront her past, Elliot must live out her troubled present on national TV if she has any hope of saving her future.

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1 comment:

  1. You've had some fun adventures in weddings.
    I've never hooked up or gotten drunk. And I've never been a bridesmaid.