Chicken Soup For the Bride's Soul (Chicken Soup For The Soul Series)
Your wedding is one of the most beautiful and memorable times of your life. Proposals, rings, cakes, and dresses will be cherished for a lifetime. Seemingly trivial moments-like making party favors and arranging table decorations-become powerful and profound events. Even...
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Your wedding is one of the most beautiful and memorable times of your life. Proposals, rings, cakes, and dresses will be cherished for a lifetime. Seemingly trivial moments-like making party favors and arranging table decorations-become powerful and profound events. Even your mistakes are remembered with a smile. From special heartfelt moments to humorous mishaps, this enlightening and inspiring book puts the big day in perspective with stories that touch the soul of the bridal experience: * A man gives his girlfriend gifts he collected during a lifetime of travels, telling her they were intended for his future wife. * A mother surprises her unconventional daughter with a simple wedding dress that changes their relationship forever. * A town rallies around a couple after their house burns down less than a week before their wedding. * Rain on the wedding day becomes a sign of the bride's deceased grandmother's love. * A man surprises his wife with a box of chocolates on their anniversary, showing with this simple gesture the depth of the love he pledged so many years before. Romantic, humorous, touching, and true, Chicken Soup for the Bride's Soul will help you look ahead to your wedding day with joy instead of stress, and remind you of the treasured memories created during this special time. But more than that, these stories bring to light the true meaning of love and commitment, whether you're newly engaged, recently married, or reflecting on years of married bliss.
Your wedding day is one of the most memorable of your life--especially if you're the bride. From unique proposals to hilarious and touching tales of actual ceremonies and receptions, this book will inspire anyone looking ahead to the big day. Chicken Soup for the Bride's Soul features a final section on Anniversaries will give it a long shelf life, and open the market to those remembering the joy of their wedding day in later years. It's the perfect gift for bridal showers, weddings and anniversaries.
The Best One Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father! Lydia M. Child When I was a little girl, my father had a time-honored tradition of tucking me into bed. Following my bedtime story, he would give me a nose kiss, tickle my stomach and whisper the most wonderful words into my ear. "Michelle, of all the little girls in the whole wide world . . ." he would pause. "Yes, Daddy?" "How did your mommy and I get so lucky to get the best one?" Before he had time to finish, I would say, "You got me!" And then he would continue, "The best little girl in the whole wide world, and we got you." "You got me!" I would scream and clap. "Yes, you, Michelle, and we're so lucky." He would end with a bear hug and another kiss to my forehead. Years passed and my father never missed a night, even when I thought he should have. After my basketball team was defeated, he came into my room. "Michelle, of all the basketball players in the whole wide world," he paused. "Yes, Daddy?" I stared at the floor. "How did your mom and I get so lucky to get the best one?" "You didn't." "Of course we did, Michelle. We have you." "But, Dad . . ." "Yes, you, Michelle, and we're so lucky," he cheered, as he gave me a high five followed by a bear hug and a kiss to my forehead. I thought becoming a teenager would end the ritual, but it didn't. "Michelle, of all the teenagers in the whole wide world . . ." he would pause. "Dad, I'm too old for this," I would sigh. "How did your mother and I get so lucky to get the best one?" "C'mon, Dad," I grunted. "We have you, Michelle, and we're so lucky." Then the embarrassing hug and kiss. Following college, I became engaged. My father never missed a night to call or leave a message reminding me how special I was to him. I even wondered if he would continue calling after I got married, but he didn't. The daily calls I had taken for granted all my life ended the day he died from cancer, only weeks before my wedding. I deeply missed sharing the day with my father. Standing behind the white church doors with my arm in my brother's, I waited for the wedding march to begin. Before we began our descent down the aisle, my brother reached inside his pocket and handed me an ivory napkin embroidered with pink ribbon. Inscribed were the words: Of all the precious wives in the whole wide world, how did Mark get so lucky to marry the best one? He married you, Michelle, and he is so lucky! I am so proud of you, my little girl. Love, Dad Without a doubt, it was the best wedding gift I received. One I would never forget. My father showered me with his gifts every day of his life. How did I get so lucky? Michelle Marullo _2003. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Bride's Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Maria Nickless, Gina Romanello. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.
Maria Nickless is the NY Times bestselling coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Bride's Soul. Maria is the former Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises, Inc. Maria oversaw campaigns for over 45 Chicken Soup titles, including successfully orchestrating The Largest Book Signing Event in History in 1998, as recognized by Guinness Book of World Records. Maria lives in southern California and is a wife and mother of two young children.
Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, the #1 New York Times and USA Today best-selling co-authors, are professional speakers who have dedicated their lives to enhancing the personal and professional development of others. Jack, Mark and Kimberly have formed The Teen Letter Project, a foundation dedicated to encouraging troubled teens to reach out for help and guidance.
Gina Romanello is a marketing professional with experience in book publishing.
Jack Canfield earned his Bachelor's of Arts from Harvard and a Master's degree from the University of Massachusetts. He also has an honorary doctorate from the University of Santa Monica. Canfield has been a high school and university teacher, a workshop facilitator, a psychotherapist and a leading authority in the area of self esteem and personal development for approximately 30 years. Canfield is the founder and co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, which has over 36 titles, 53 million copies in print and is translated into over 32 languages. He is the founder of Self Esteem Seminars in Santa Barbara, California, which trains entrepreneurs, educators, corporate leaders and employees in how to accelerate achievement. Canfield is also the founder of the Foundation for Self Esteem which provides self esteem resources and training for social workers, welfare recipients and Human Resource professionals. Some of his clients include Virgin Records, Sony Pictures, Merrill Lynch, Caldwell Banker, Federal Express, Bergen Brunswig Pharmaceuticals and the American Alzheimers Association. In 1987, Canfield was appointed by the California Legislature to the California Task Force to Promote Self Esteem and Personal and Social Responsibility. He is the co-founder of the National Association for Self Esteem, and a member of the association for Holistic Education, as well as the National Association for for Self Esteem, where he was also a past member of the Board of Trustees and the recipient of the 1993 National Leadership Award. He is also a member of the National Staff Development Council and the National Speakers Association. In 1989, Canfield was awarded the Certified Speaking Professional designation, an honor that is held by less than 5% of NSA's membership. In 1997, he was nominated by three of NSA's past presidents for the coveted CPAE designation. Canfield has appeared on such television shows as Oprah, The Today Show, 20/20, Eye to Eye, the NBC Nightly News and the BBC.