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A Modern Day Fairy Tale by Lauren Rooker
Once upon a Christmas time at Mobile’s beautiful Bellingrath Gardens, a nervous Prince Charming dashed around on some suspicious quest while dragging his curious princess behind him.
As you might have guessed, I’m the princess and Prince Charming was my boyfriend Steven Morrow. By this time, I was getting a little
frustrated. I had been promised an enchanted evening of walking arm and arm, and watching the lights sparkle like diamonds. Boy, was I wrong! We flew through the entrance and he pulled me to the first available bench. As I got settled, he said, “Let’s move. It’s so crowded here.” I questioned his motives, but got no reply. We hopped about from bench to bench. Was my prince really a toad? What was going on? He headed for the pond and spyed his final destination, a quiet bench for two overlooking the water. As we sat down, he took out a Bible from a box he had been carrying.
I wasn’t too surprised because books and Bibles had always been a common gift from him. But something was different.
He asked me to open to the front cover of the Bible, where he had written a letter of devotion to me. The letter also sent me on a scripture search through the Bible. Finally, when I reached thelast
scripture those four big words was written at the bottom of the page:
WILL YOU MARRY ME?
Would I marry him? After three years of dating and falling deeper in love with those big hazel eyes, of course I would marry him!
I slowly looked up from the Bible, and there was my prince charming on his knee holding a little black box. He slipped the diamond ring on my finger and tears began to roll down our cheeks. We sat on the bench for a while in a loving embrace, as though nothing else around us existed.
-THE END
Well, I thought that was the end, but of course it’s just the beginning. With all of our plans for the future, we decided to wait until I graduated from nursing school in 2005 to get married. Last July
we set the date, and all the preparation began. Flowers and caterers and music – oh my! If only there was a yellow brick road leading to all my answers. But no such road exists. Thank God for the Internet! So now the countdown begins:
n August 2004 - After searching near and far I found it! A strapless masterpiece in ivory with hand-beaded pearls and a train fit for royalty.
n September 2004 - After years of dreaming of being wed outdoors, we found the stunning Rose Garden where the fairy tale would be complete. n December 2004 - Now to choose maids for my court, this would be easy since there are so many beautiful friends and family members that would
be willing to stress out by my side.
n January 2005 - What music could compare to the beauty of the Rose Garden? A violinist? No, I think something bigger. A harpist? Yes, a heavenly harp fit for an angel.
So, you have a brief glimpse of what I’ve been up to. On top of all of this, I’m trying to become a nurse and also support Steven in his ministry and church obligations.
The list is still long and there is so much left to do. Sometimes I wish there were two of me. One to meet with the DJ and harpist, and the other to have my dress altered and meet with the caterer. I also have
to finalize my guest lists,and buy some stunning shoes and jewelry fit for a princess. Oh, to be a groom,wouldn’t that be easy. Soon the fairy tale will be complete. My dreams are in sight and in
only five short months I’ll be Mrs. Steven Morrow. Wow, Lauren Morrow, doesn’t that sound nice!
None of my wedding fantasies could ever be realized without my family.
There is my caring dad, Mark, who could always make his little girl laugh. Secondly, my mom, Vanessa, whose love compels her to make me a princess on my big day. Next there is my Granny, Betty, without whose love and support my day would not be as special. Also this day would not be complete if it wasn’t for Steven’s parents, Bill and Teresia Morrow, who instilled Christian values into their son, and for all of
their love and support for our relationship. And finally, the other special guy in my life, my 10-year-old brother, Kixx, the funniest and cutest groomsmen ever! I love them all so deeply. Don’t forget the
handsome Prince Charming, Steven, who definitely is not a toad. I love him more every day and can’t wait to say “I do.” In conclusion, I have a little advice to all the lucky ladies who will be brides soon. First, take on each day as it comes. Secondly, if a problem arises, take a deep breath and laugh, and remember it is only one day. Also, buy a big wedding planner and write every idea down. And
lastly, it may be stressful, but have fun! All fairytales, yours and mine, should have a good ending. So live happily ever after.
Steven's mother graduated from Dora in 1970; Lauren's mom graduated from Dora in 1973; Steven graduated from Dora in 2000 and Lauren graduated in 2002.

 

 
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