It's the beginning of 2012 and what does that mean at the Daily Sun News? Weddings.
Yes, the staff here is working on our annual wedding section, which highlights all the lovely brides and grooms of the past year.
This year we are also talking with local merchants who help make that special day so glorious.
We will be writing stories about cakes, wedding gowns, flowers and so much more.
It is a section that is fun to produce because weddings are such joyous occasions.
For the past few years, I have had the privilege of calling the newlyweds, inviting them to submit two of their favorite wedding photos for the section. It always amazes me how lovely each of the brides look in the photos.
It also makes me think back to 13 years ago when I was planning my own wedding.
I didn't plan anything extravagant, just a simple back yard wedding. But, my heart was filled with joy because I was going to marry the man whom I love.
I recall looking through magazines that featured cakes and dresses, dreaming of having the perfect day.
I was able to find the exact dress I wanted. I tore a page out of one of my magazines, believing it was the dress for me.
I didn't take that page with me when I went shopping for my dress with my best friend.
That was an adventure because neither of us was familiar with the Tri-Cities and we had an "adventure" before finding the bridal gown shop that was our destination.
Once we did find it, we set about the task of looking at various gowns, I tried a few on and settled on one in particular. It was going to need alterations, but it was otherwise perfect.
I later realized the gown we had chosen was the exact gown from my magazine.
I am certain I was glowing in the months preceding the big day. I was so excited.
When the big day came, my attendants and I drove around town gathering a few last minute items for the occasion, we arrived at my home with about an hour to get ready. They staged themselves around me, fixing my hair and makeup.
I felt luxurious and pampered.
Then, the fun began.
My husband's best man broke the window to our screen door, the wind was whipping up the dust from our neighbor's back yard but we didn't care.
We said our vows as my two-year-old son cried, realizing the story we would have as a result of the day would be funny.
It became even more interesting when it was time to cut the dust-encrusted wedding cake...really it was only a little bit of dirt and who needs frosting anyway?
Our 26 guests trickled away as we ate and opened gifts, but I was the happiest woman on earth.
Looking at the pictures of the brides of 2011, I can tell they felt the same way on their momentous occasion.
So, congratulations to you all. I can't wait until this latest edition of the Daily Sun News wedding section is complete. Thank you for sharing.