Bestselling author Mariah Stewart says she isn’t one to get all sappy, but but given that she writes beautiful romances, we beg to differ! This New York Times bestseller is a die-hard lover of all things weddings—and even admits here to what brings her to tears. Don’t forget to pick up your copy of the latest in Mariah Stewart’s Chesapeake Diaries series, THE CHESAPEAKE BRIDE, out now!

For someone who recently described herself as not particularly sentimental, I do seem to have an obsession with brides and the whole wedding thing. My first book, Moments in Time, had a sweet backyard wedding. That old favorite, Wonderful You, had a wedding in a lighthouse. Several books in my Chesapeake Diaries series have weddings, most of those taking place at The Inn at Sinclair’s Point, the beautiful (and, alas, fictional) resort on the shores of the Chesapeake.

And my latest book, The Chesapeake Bride, has two glorious weddings.

So I have to ask myself, if I’m so unsentimental, why do so many of my books have weddings?

I think what I really like is the wedding planning. Imagining the perfect gown for each of my brides and setting the scene with the ultimate ambianceW. Designing gorgeous tablescapes. And the flowers! I’m in my glory just thinking about the flowers! It’s all so much fun. When the older of our two daughters married, she and her guy wanted a beachy wedding, so we looked to Cape May, New Jersey, and found the place: Congress Hall (Google it—it’s beautiful and the atmosphere is definitely historic beachy). I had a ball planning that wedding! Romantic lace wedding gown? Check. Bride’s bouquet of various pale shades of blush pink roses? Handsome groom? Weeping mom? Check, check, and check.


Right now, we’re in the middle of planning another daughter’s wedding—this time a Christmas affair that will be low key in keeping with my beautiful girl’s personality, but it will be epic all the same. She’s found the perfect guy and the perfect dress and the perfect venue. But her mother, having discovered the joys (and dangers) of Pinterest, has amassed a virtual folder of wedding gowns, shoes, favors, tablescapes, cakes, every venue within one hundred miles of our home—and wedding music.

Did you know that you can find whole lists of songs appropriate for just about every moment of the wedding day, from what to listen to first thing in the morning to what the happy couple might listen to after the party’s over and they’re alone (if you get my drift)?

There were lists of songs for the bride and groom’s first dance, but my number one most romantic song EVER was not on any list: the old Johnny Mathis “The Twelfth of Never”. Just thinking about the lyrics makes me cry. Sigh.  “You ask how long I’ll love you, I’ll tell you true.” (Sniff. Anyone have a tissue?)

Just reading the list of mother/son songs made me thank God I never had a boy, because just the thought of dancing with my beautiful (though non-existent) son to “Beautiful Boy” had me in tears. Father/daughter dances? Rod Stewart’s (no relation, btw) “Forever Young” pierces this mama’s heart every time I hear it because one of my girls danced to it in a recital a long time ago, and that line, “And when you finally fly away, I’ll be hoping that I served you well”, makes me cry like a baby, because doesn’t every parent wish that for their child? I’ll tell you a secret: I even cry when I hear that song on the radio. Every. Single. Time.

Hmmm … maybe I’m more sentimental than I thought …

So how ‘bout you? What are your favorite wedding songs? Are there songs that make you tear up whenever you hear them? What’s your number one most romantic song EVER?

More Mariah? Yes please!