What fun to wake up the morning of the British Royal Wedding to find my TIVO was taping it as I slept. I have friends who arose extra early to watch the pageantry and magnificence of the splendid occasion on TV. Although, many wanted nothing to do with it. I thought I might be one of those people until I started watching and enjoying every moment.

The words storybook and fairytale ending floated in my head, when in fact the newlyweds have a long road ahead of them, with much scrutiny from the public and paparazzi. And, as with all of us married folks, we know the wedding is just the beginning of the marriage.

I recalled the stringent rules of the royal family: how Princess Margaret was not allowed to marry her first love. And I saw Queen Elizabeth’s daughter, Princess Anne, sitting in the pews and looking very stern as she listened to the unusual sermon given by an American Anglican Bishop. Not a traditional Royal wedding, for sure.

Royal wedding carriage

As I watched the newlyweds climb into the open carriage I thought about the Amish and how different they are, then was struck by how much they have in common. Amish don’t wear extravagant nor outlandishly expensive finery and jewelry to weddings, but they arrive in horse and buggy.

An Amish buggy in Lancaster County

What else do they have in common? Strong family ties.  Adherence to the teachings of the Bible and tradition. I recalled how Queen Elizabeth refused to grant her sister, Princess Margaret, permission to marry a divorced man. My, how that has changed. Not only have there been several divorces in the royal family, but the Queen’s new granddaughter-in-law is a divorcée. I can’t imagine that scenario in an Amish marriage. Can you? Let alone the splendid costumes and hats. (You know I love hats!)

Which would you prefer? An opulent wedding, coupled with the never-ending press tailing you to snap your photo to sell to a tabloid, or the simplicity of the Amish lifestyle? Not that they aren’t hounded by camera carrying tourists intruding on their privacy. Can you understand why young Amish women, such as my Eva in Starting from Scratch, might waver? Could living Amish promise a fairytale ending?

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