Welcome Guest – Faith Blum!!!

 

Of Weddings and Changed Plans

Way back when I set up the date to be a guest here on Petticoats and Pistols, I thought I would be sharing about the third book in my Orphans of the West series. But then this happened:

And two and a half months later this came about:

So yeah, my legal name is no longer Faith Blum, however, I am keeping it as my pen name. Since I can’t talk about my new book, I thought I would talk about my wedding instead. After all, everyone here likes a good romance, right? So why not a real life romance?

Our story actually reminds me a little bit of a modern-day mail order bride story. We met on ChristianMingle in August 2016 and emailed back and forth for a few months before meeting in person. As I mentioned earlier, we started courting in late January.

June 19th is a day I will probably always remember. Bill came over and we took a walk with our trusty chaperone, Shasta my family’s dog. Bill and I had taken a few walks when he was at our house. There are three ways you can go. To the left and straight it’s fairly flat. To the right, it starts out flat and then gets rather steep and keeps going—and getting steeper—the further you go.

When Bill heard that there was a top to the hill, he wanted to make it all the way up there. I balked at that. The top is about 2 miles from our home, about half of which is steeply uphill.

The day was cool and slightly cloudy. So when we got to the end of the driveway where we needed to make a decision on which way to go. I said we could try to get to the top of the hill. He was surprised, but we went.

Halfway up the hill, Bill asked, “Why did you want to go to the top?” I think he was mostly joking. At least that’s what he claims…

When we got to the top, we stopped for a breather. After a short stop, he got down on one knee, opened the ring box, and asked, “Will you marry me?” I said, “Yes!”

We choose to get married Labor Day weekend because many of Bill’s siblings either work in schools or go to college. We also didn’t want a long engagement. The wedding preparations went well and we had a lot of fun with them.

I think my favorite—and the hardest part—preparation was making all the flowers. I found an idea on Pinterest for making roses out of book pages, so I took a couple of my extra proof copies and used them. We had two craft days with a few of my friends coming over to help make them. I think they turned out great!

The colored roses were painted with watered down acrylic paint.

Between everyone, we had the wedding ready with a couple days to spare. I am very blessed to have great family and friends who helped with so many aspects of the wedding.

The wedding was beautiful and so meaningful to Bill and I as well as everyone who attended. We had a small ice cream sundae reception and then it was time to leave. Since I am allergic to corn, we didn’t want to use birdseed to throw, so my sisters and mom gathered leaves and flowers to dry and they threw those at us instead.

I don’t have room to tell you about the honeymoon, but we did have a good time exploring a few places out West, avoiding wildfires, and visiting the ghost town I set some of my stories in. If you’d like to read more about it, you can see my blog post here.

While I’m here, I’d also like to do a little bit of a giveaway. To enter, tell me what your favorite wedding story is. One lucky winner will receive an eBook copy of the book I dedicated to my then suitor, Savior, Like a Shepherd.

Thank you for having me today!

Guest Blogger

39 Comments

  1. My favorite memory of my own wedding – getting to dress up in three different outfits/dresses! Too bad I don’t fit into any of those now….

    1. That does sound like fun! 🙂 I had two different outfits for mine.

  2. We just celebrated our forty second anniversary. On my wedding day, I remember how much love I had in my heart for my new husband. After all this time, I still do.

    1. Congratulations on forty two years!

  3. Congratulations on your wedding

  4. Congratulations Faith. Beautiful pictures. One beautiful wedding I would mention is when Grace Kelly, movie star married the Prince of Monaco. It was extremely long but beautiful. I love the roses made out of book pages.
    Carol Luciano

    1. Thanks, Carol! That does sound like it would be a pretty wedding.

  5. We just had our 33rd anniversary. It was a small wedding in a little country church. It was a fun day.

    1. Congratulations! That does sound like a fun day.

  6. Welcome to Wildflower Junction, Faith! And congratulations and best wishes on your marriage! My favorite wedding is (of course) my own. My husband and I married on the front lawn of my grandfather’s farm and then the reception was in the country church just down the road. Simple and sweet and very memorable for me. The one thing I hadn’t counted on was that the county chose the day before my wedding to oil the gravel road!

    1. Thanks, Kathryn! Oh wow! That must have been fun. About two weeks before our wedding, the county/town decided to replace all the corner curbs. We weren’t sure if they would be done before the wedding or not. They were. Like the day before.

  7. Best wishes for a wonderful married life together!

    (no need to count me for the prize, I’ve won several things lately)

  8. Congratulations on your marriage and I wish you both happiness and all the very best!

  9. Congralations!

  10. My husband and I were stood up by the minister! We waited for over two hours at the church, then called another preacher in the small town. It was beautiful and we were married. Then we had to work the next day.

    1. Oh my goodness! That is crazy! I’m so glad you found someone else to do it for you.

  11. No good wedding story but congrats to you.

  12. We do not have any pictures of our wedding. We eloped with my mother? He was 19 and I was 17. We drove to Dillon, S.C. I wore an off white dress that my mother had cut down to fit me. We got married, drove back to N.C., changed clothes and visited with my best friend and her husband. That was 50 years ago, September 4. Great memories and they only get better with time.

    1. Wow! That sounds like quite the story. And your anniversary is almost the same as mine. Mine is September 2. 🙂

  13. Wishing you faith and Bill a lifetime of happiness,health and blessings.
    God Bless
    Marion

  14. Faith and Bill congratulations to you. Thank You for sharing the pictures.
    Joan

    1. Thanks and you’re welcome!

  15. Congratulations Faith and Bill. The pictures are lovely. You are a beautiful bride. Such a handsome couple.
    Marilyn

  16. Our wedding was very simple but we were married in my home church on a snowy December evening and we will celebrate our 49th anniversary on December 14, Good Lord willing!
    Thanks for sharing about your wedding.
    Blessings!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. Congrats on (almost) 49 years of marriage! That sounds like a fun wedding day.

  17. Congratulations! What wonderful pictures, beautiful smiles. My favorite wedding is my own. We were very young and married by a Justice of the Peace in his living room. He never turned the TV set off, so we were married with Gunsmoke as our accompaniment. Maybe that’s why we still love the old Westerns so much! In addition to Matt Dillon and Chester, my little brothers were there hopping around, the groom forgot to take off his sunglasses . . . but it’s been 48 years now so I guess it took! Blessing and a happy life.

    1. That is a funny story, Sally! I’m glad your marriage is still going strong after that interesting start. 😉

  18. Congratulations, Faith. I hope you have a long, happy, and wonderful marriage.
    Like many others, my favorite wedding was my own. We had to postpone our wedding for a few weeks because my husband’s tour in the Vietnam war was extended. We got married outdoors at a shrine in the mountains of Northern New York, Looking out you could see Lake Champlain, the Green Mountains of Vermont, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We go back there whenever we visit my family. It has always been one of my favorite spots. It rained for three days prior to the wedding. Our day dawned bright and sunny with a nice breeze. The breeze was a Godsend because it kept the mosquitos and black flies down. It started raining again that night and rained for about 3 more days. Our reception was 15 miles away at the Air Force Base Officer’s Club. We spent a week in the Adirondack Mountains in a small cabin on a pond. I am glad we had the time for a honeymoon. He was shipped back over 5 weeks after the wedding. We never really dated much. We went to high school together and bumped into each other 7 years later. It was meant to be. We celebrated our 45th anniversary this past June.

    1. That sounds like a pretty wedding and a rough start to your wedding. Congratulations on 45 years!

  19. My favorite wedding story is my own. My husband and I had gone to high school together. Thirty-two years later he was living in Indiana and I was still living in California. He came looking for me in January 2001, once he found me we spent hours on email and the telephone and in March he flew out to California and proposed. We were married in April in Indiana and we will be celebrating our seventeenth anniversary in April. During the actual ceremony, I almost tripped up some stairs and my husband dropped my ring and it rolled across the stage until my brother-in-law captured it. Awesome memories!

    Congratulations on your marriage! May you be blessed!

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    1. That sounds very full of memories.

  20. Faith,
    Thank you for sharing your personal story! I am so excited for you and Bill and wish you both a life time of serving Him filled with God’s blessings for you both.
    Sue

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