First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage…

by Johanna Raisanen, Editor

As I’m writing this, I’m also almost finished editing Amy Vastine’s January 2020 Harlequin Heartwarming book, A BRIDESMAID TO REMEMBER. I’m not going to spoil it, but the opening wedding scene is fantastic! I know readers are going to love this book.

The story, plus a few other things, got me thinking about weddings. In Toronto news this week, a bridal shop suddenly closed its doors. Apparently the owner hasn’t paid her rent and the landlord locked up the store—along with all the wedding gowns! My heart sank when I saw all the prospective brides lined up outside, hoping their dresses were in the store and they could pick them up.

I’ve been watching a lot of FRIENDS reruns lately, and the wedding episode where Ross says Rachel’s name instead of his bride’s during the ceremony is a great scene. I have to admit I really like that wedding episode because that’s where Chandler and Monica begin their romance, but the wedding scene with all the candles is beautiful—until the name mixup, that is! 

One of my favorite wedding scenes is in WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, when Jess and Marie toast to Harry and Sally: “To Harry and Sally, if Marie or I had found either of them remotely attractive... we would not be here today.” I crack up every time! Also, “baby fish mouth!” LOL!

And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the last two British royal weddings. Who can resist the glamour, the pomp, the history—and the gowns!

Will looks so dashing in his military uniform:

I love Meghan’s gown! So beautiful:

But who could forget Diana’s wedding day? That dress!

Weddings are a time for hope, joy, love and sometimes drama. So there are usually some great stories to tell, and I can’t wait for readers to pick up A BRIDESMAID TO REMEMBER in January 2020. But until then, they have the August Harlequin Heartwarming books to keep the romance going!

Happy reading!



  1. You've named so many iconic scenes, real and imagined. These royal weddings have such power to draw attention and make us think of fairytales, but you're right about the wedding in When Harry Met Sally or the direction Friends introduced with the wedding mishap and the start of a whole new romance. They were fairytales in their own way, too. Thanks. Good to see you in NYC!

  2. I remember years ago the furor over Luke and Laura's wedding on a daytime soap opera. Unless I'm mistaken, it was prior to DVR, and people were missing work and school to watch it!

  3. I remember waking up before daybreak to watch Diana and Charles’ wedding while we were at the cottage. A bunch of us (all women and a few of our daughters) had a pyjama party with British treats and watched it on a colour tv that someone rented for the occasion. Weddings are magical, royal or not!

  4. My own wedding had a name mixup. The minister called me by my little sister's name. Twice.

  5. I did the same thing for Diana and Charles’s wedding. A party with friends. When Luke and Laura got married, I joined friends to watch and I didn’t even watch soaps. One of my favorite tropes is the marriage of convenience.

  6. What a fabulous trip down memory lane for weddings. I love them. I didn't have one, but oh, I wish I had! We opted for a quick trip to the JP instead.

  7. Thanks for the shoutout, Johanna! I can't wait for A BRIDESMAID TO REMEMBER to come out. It's one of my favorite books yet!

  8. I love weddings. I cry nearly every time I attend one. As for the royals, I melted watching Harry smile and whisper to Meghan at the alter - gah!

  9. Fancy or simple, I love the look of true love.


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