Christine S. Feldman explains why it’s the things that go awry at weddings that make the day extra-special.
Since my new release centers around a destination wedding, weddings have been on my mind lately. Weddings are funny things, although that’s probably not a comment I would recommend making near a bride who is up to her eyeballs in planning for the big event. Not unless you have a death wish, that is. Scientific studies show that most brides’ ratios of sense of humor to level of stress change dramatically the nearer their wedding dates get.
Which scientific studies, you ask? Never mind that now, that’s not important…
The point is, weddings are funny things, not because they’re known for their hilarity, but because they’re a kind of peculiar and unique phenomenon rivaled perhaps only by major award shows. (It’s true. What else do you know of that requires months and months of careful planning and coordination that finally result in a big shindig with speeches and lots of comments about someone’s gown?).
Now, of course weddings are full of tender moments that couples treasure, and of course they are very special events. But what makes weddings so peculiar — in my opinion, anyway — is that so much time, energy, and often money go into making sure everything is absolutely perfect and that the big day goes off without a hitch (no pun intended), and yet one of the things that can make a wedding truly memorable is its own little collection of things that went awry. You know, like how no one really waxes poetic about the reception centerpieces years later, but everyone still remembers how the cherubic little candlelighter set one of the ushers on fire. (Again, not unlike major award ceremonies and their little goof-ups. For the life of me, I can’t remember any of the nominees or award winners from the 2014 Oscars, but I do remember the, shall we say, creative spin John Travolta put on Idina Menzel’s name that inspired an online rush to see what one’s Travoltified name might be. Mine’s Charlie Freezmaz, by the way…).
Like most brides, I put a lot of planning into my wedding, too. And it was a lovely wedding, really, full of sweet moments, but it wasn’t without a few hiccups here and there. Like when my gown got snagged on a nail halfway down the stairs during my grand entrance, and my father had to wrestle my dress free before I could continue. Or how in spite of the fact that my backless gown was beautiful, in retrospect it would have been better if I’d remembered to put on a little sunscreen since the wedding and reception were held outdoors. Fortunately, “blister pink” is a good color on me.
But now my husband and I laugh every time we think about all those little things that kept our wedding from being perfect, so maybe all those little imperfections were really for the best. And maybe yours were, too, or ones you witnessed at someone else’s wedding. So if you happen to know a bride-to-be who is pulling her hair out over the fact that the florist screwed up and brought daisies to the ceremony site instead of the pale pink roses that were explicitly requested, maybe it would be helpful to point out to her that someday she will have a good laugh about all this.
Just tell it to her from a safe distance…
Prudence Collier spent the better part of her reckless youth proving that she was not aptly named, and unfortunately she burned a few bridges in the process, including where her family is concerned. So when her long-estranged sister invites her to her destination wedding in the Virgin Islands, Prue leaps at the chance to mend at least one broken family relationship and prove that she’s a changed person.
Tucker Davies, on the other hand, has come to the islands for a very different reason: to stop the wedding. As a childhood friend of the groom, he has reason to believe that his friend is about to make a huge mistake and is intent on not letting that happen. One thing he didn’t count on, though, was going up against Prue.
Determined to make up for the past, Prue resolves to keep Tucker from interfering with her sister’s happiness in the present and is willing to go to any lengths necessary to do so. Any. And if that requires a few tiny deceptions here and there, the occasional brush with the local authorities, and perhaps even instigating a barroom brawl, so be it. A sister has to do what a sister has to do.
But so does a friend, and Tucker has no intention of backing down, no matter how aggravating or even — to his surprise — appealing Prudence Collier can be. The war is on, and neither side believes they can afford to surrender. Which is a shame, because they’re both beginning to suspect surrendering would be a lot of fun…
Christine S. Feldman writes both novels and feature-length screenplays. In 2012 one of her screenplays was featured as a staged reading in New York City at the Gotham Screen International Film Festival and later that same year she signed her first publishing contract. When she is not writing, she is teaching kindergarten, puttering around in her garden, ballroom dancing with her husband, or doing research for her next project.