I launched my book “From The Heart! Wedding Ceremonies That Work” this Saturday. I hosted both a book signing event at a local bookstore and a twitter commentary. When I chat with people about my book, the most often asked question is “How long did it take you to write your book?”
One answer to the question is that it took two years. Little did I realize, two years ago, when I started writing my blog, that the result would be a book on wedding ceremony advice. I’ve posted articles on tips, stories, trends and fashion. I’ve now performed over 600 weddings and attended and spoken at wedding industry events. My blog has grown from 400 visitors in the first month to 4000 visitors per month. People from 130 countries read my posts for a total of close to 50,000 visits.
Sometime in the summer of 2011, I concluded I had enough material to consolidate my advice into a book. I wanted brides and grooms worldwide to have successful on-location wedding ceremonies. I wrote and edited and edited and edited again. It felt like when I wrote my 330 page PhD Thesis in 1984. Finally, in December, it was ready and I sent it to the printer. Although we live in a digital age, there is nothing so satisfying as touching and seeing your book for the first time.
The real answer is that it has taken me a lifetime to write this book. It is not just a compilation of experiences from performing weddings. This book is an expression of who and where I am in my life’s journey. From scientist to corporate executive, farmer, actor and public servant – it is written from my lens on life. Namely that we are here on a journey. A journey where we seek happiness and hope guided by our hearts. I find that when brides and grooms focus on what is in their hearts, they have, not only a memorable wedding ceremony, but a wonderful life full of blessings.