We're delighted to welcome Harlequin Presents author Andie Brock to the Pink Heart Society, as she talks about wedding inspiration...
Everybody loves a wedding, don’t they? Whether it’s a fairytale castle in Croatia or a knees up in the village hall, a cousin you haven’t seen since you were six or your very best mate who is determined to make it third time lucky, weddings have a magic all of their own. I don’t know about you, but I’m the kind of person who will join the bystanders outside the church, waiting for a glimpse of a bride that I don’t know and never will do! Just to brighten up my day.
Which, of course, makes me a sucker for the celebrity gossip magazines; drooling over page after page of glossy pics of the happy couple from every carefully posed angle. Perfect locations, Cinderella coaches, Swarovski crystal gowns and ten tier wedding cakes, all accompanied by that particularly upbeat text to convince you that they must be set to have the happiest marriage ever... or maybe not...
Writing the wedding scene for Zayed and Nadia for my latest book, The Sheikh’s Wedding Contract, set me thinking about all things wedding, and society weddings in particular. Those really lavish affairs that hit the headlines the world over. And I started to wonder, if I’d had one golden ticket, which wedding invitation would have seen me kissing the postman and legging it to the milliners?
Charles and Diana? All that pomp and ceremony, and who could forget that dress in all its rumpled silk glory, complete with the 25 foot train?
Or what about William and Kate? A little more classic (and less rumpled J) but so very royal. And somehow a feeling that this time it’s going to be all right.
Or maybe something a bit more showbiz - Kim and Kanye perhaps. Being careful not to clash with the flower wall, obviously.
Or for sheer opulence, how about the wedding of the son of the Sultan of Brunei? Check out the bouquet made of dazzling gems!
Lady Gaga still had time to post her invite to me. Such a lovely engagement ring.
But ultimately the weddings that mean the most to us are the family ones, our own of course, and those of our children. Yes, daughters of mine, I am patiently waiting...
In the meantime let me share with you the inspiration for Nadia’s wedding jewellery. Pretty stunning I think you will agree.
So, over to you. I bestow upon you your golden ticket! Of all the weddings past, present and even future, which one would you most want to attend? I’d love to know.
Andie's wedding-filled book, The Sheikh's Wedding Contract, is out now:
Newly crowned Sheikh Zayed Al Afzal needs to earn his people’s allegiance. And that means the one thing this wicked playboy has always avoided – marriage! His viziers might have a bevy of beautiful options, but when Zayed meets exquisite Nadia Amani he makes a choice that’s all his own.
Now, with the wedding contract signed and sealed, Zayed learns the shocking truth – Nadia is his enemy’s daughter! But in the dark desert nights Zayed’s desire for his princess intensifies, and anger gives way to a sensual hunger that begs to be satisfied...