Enjoy your June DeSoto Magazine!

A Season of Hope

   There’s nothing like weddings to give us hope, whether standing at the altar or watching from the pews. It’s the promise of new beginnings and a lifetime of joy and love — and boy can we use a healthy dose of that these days.

   Putting together our annual wedding issue reminds me of my simple wedding ceremony years ago, when my husband Bruce and I said our vows in front of a friend’s pomegranate tree in Southern California. One month before the big event, my husband lost his job and we questioned whether to go forward with our plans. We had chosen October because it’s one of the region’s dry months, but wouldn’t you know it, it rained! Was it a sign, we wondered? And then, one hour before the ceremony, the skies cleared, and it turned into the most magnificent day.

   Bruce and I have been together three decades-plus and consider Mississippi road trips our favorite vacations. That’s us standing at the pinnacle of Vicksburg National Military Park last fall, after a traipse through the Delta.

   For those of you looking for the perfect place to tie the knot, Pamela Keene offers a round-up of historic homes and plantations this month. A sand castle may be your ideal accompaniment to a seaside wedding, as Melissa Corbin explains in her story about Alabama’s Sand Castle University. We also take you to romantic places, such as Broussard’s restaurant in New Orleans, celebrating its 100th birthday this year, and Henderson Park Inn in Destin.

   Rounding out our comprehensive guide to all things matrimonial, Jason Frye offers suggestions for the wedding dance, Jackie Sheckler Finch outlines pre-nuptial agreements (the reasons being not as negative as you might think), and Judy Garrison, who photographs weddings with her husband Len, details wedding etiquette because, as she puts it, “good manners never go out of style.”

   So, whether you’re planning a wedding, attending an upcoming ceremony, or just need a reason to smile, this issue will fit the bill.

Happy Summer, Y’all,