There’s an old Jewish saying: “Every time a marriage takes place, a new world is created.”
After spending the last year at Becker’s Bridal in the tiny town of Fowler, Mich., I’ve seen a great many new worlds created. And I was moved again and again by the emotions I found concentrated in this one special place.
I came to this bridal shop to write a book, The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters. More than 100,000 brides have passed through the store since 1934, and I wanted to understand the feelings swelling up not just in the brides, but in their parents, too.
The book focuses on a small room at the store that has mirrors on every wall, designed to carry a bride’s image into infinity. It’s called “The Magic Room,” and with good reason. Brides and their parents routinely melt into tears, as they reflect on all the moments of their lives that led them to this room, this pedestal, this dress.
Here are 12 lessons about love that I learned by spending time with brides and their families in The Magic Room.
Jeffrey Zaslow is coauthor of the No. 1 bestseller The Last Lecture, now translated into 48 languages. His other bestsellers include The Girls from Ames, and as coauthor, Highest Duty with Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, and Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope, with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly.
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