Sunday, June 28, 2015

A Little Something for the Weekend - Wedding Inspiration

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:

The sensuous Sheikh: married for duty... 

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... 

To find out, more about Andie Brock and her books, you can visit her website, or connect with her on Twitter.


  1. Hi Andie! I'm looking forward to reading your latest book. As for how I'd use my golden ticket, for me it would have to be William and Kate. X

    1. Hi Rachael. Yes, that one would have to be up there, wouldn't it? Those royals certainly know how to put on a wedding in style!

  2. loved the article! cannot wait to read the book! love books about Sheikhs! I would have loved to attend Charles and Diana's wedding!

    1. Hi Charlene, thanks for stopping by! Charles and Diana's wedding was very memorable, wasn't it? She was so young and full of hope...
      Glad to hear you love books about sheikhs. Me too! :)

  3. Prince Carl and Princess Sophie of Sweden

  4. Yes Jep! What a truly beautiful dress. And as for those little bridesmaids... completely adorable.