As readers of romantic fiction, we’ve come to expect our stories to end happily, and often with a wedding. But at least one novel I know of started with a wedding, though not the heroine’s. It was the author’s wedding ceremony—mine—that inspired the story.
Let me explain. My husband-to-be and I had discussed just about every possible location for exchanging our vows. His priorities included "doing something creative, fun, different" and not spending a lot of money. My priorities included "a super-romantic setting" and not spending a lot of money. Neither of us, you see, had living parents or many close relatives, so whatever we planned the total cost would come out of our pockets, which weren’t exactly cash-plump. And although church weddings are an absolute for some couples, being married in a traditional venue wasn’t high on our wish list. We also wanted to keep the wedding ceremony intimate and guest list short.