Keli Gwyn
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Some kisses are more memorable than others.

Kiss Photo

The kiss that stands out in my mind took place December 19, 1987.

Any wedding kiss is special, but ours was unique.

Gwynly is a full foot taller than I am, so he thought it
would be fun to have me stand on a footstool for the kiss.

I was a wee bit more serious in my younger years,
so he made sure I approved of his plan. I did.

My father-in-law and his woodworker friend built
a beautiful stool, which was hidden under the piano.


When our pastor told Gwynly he could kiss his bride, he turned
to his groomsmen, who passed the stool from one to the other.

Our guests didn’t know whether to laugh, cheer or applaud.

But I knew what to do…

When Gwynly set the stool in front of me, I stepped up
and awaited the first kiss from my brand-new husband.


To this day, the joy of that particular kiss has yet to be surpassed.


What’s the most memorable kiss you’ve received or witnessed?

What’s the biggest surprise you’ve experienced at a wedding?

Top photo credit: © Taesmileland | Dreamstime.comClose Up Of Lipstick With Word Kiss Photo


Keli Gwyn


  • Beth K. Vogt says:

    What a romantic wedding story — with just the right dash of humor! And how wonderful that you have photographs of the moment too.
    My most memorable kiss was the first kiss I shared with my husband Rob. I remember thinking, “Oh, I could kiss him for the rest of my life!”
    And I am very happy to say that I have! :O)

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Beth, love the story of the first kiss you received from your personal hero.

      I’m glad the professional photographer captured those shots. She was a bit irked that we hadn’t told her ahead of time what we’d planned because she would have been prepared. She still did a good job. 🙂

  • Keli, that is just sweetness! What a special memory!

    Around here, we all joke about John Wayne kisses. How he takes the girl, grabs her more like it, and plants it on her.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Shelli, I like the idea of John Wayne kisses. Unfortunately the kisses in the Love Inspired Historicals I write are a bit more, um, civilized. 🙂

  • Andrea Strong says:

    My husband is not very demonstrative, so folks don’t get to see many kisses. Our daughter always gets a kick when she sees us “kiss on the mouth.” Occasionally she talks Daddy into it just so she can see it. Mommy (who is more demonstrative by far) doesn’t mind at all. 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Andrea, I think it’s sweet that your daughter likes to witness her daddy kiss you. What a wonderful example you’re giving her of the special bond between a husband and wife.

  • Carl Gwyn says:

    Thanks for posting this, Wifely. The kiss was very special to me, and I was so happy that you went along with it. Love you!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Carl, I did more than just go along with your idea. I thought it was clever as well as fun. Through the years I’ve learned what a great sense of humor you have. Thanks for all the smiles, grins and laughter you’ve inspired.

  • My most memorable kiss happened on stage in a high school drama production I was in. The play was to end with a kiss from the hero (my then-boyfriend, who later became my husband), and the curtains would close. Only it happened that when the curtains closed we were left standing on the audience’s side of it, so we had to stay locked in the kiss until someone managed to pull the curtains around us. It was embarrassing but also fun. I loved that lo-o-ong kiss. 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Carol, I love the story of your l-o-n-g kiss. How fun that it took place between you and your future husband. I have a hunch he enjoyed it just as much as you did. 😉

  • I still remember his exact words…”well, come here, then…”

    Fans self.

    ‘Nuf said.