- Sarah Darling and James Muriel. Photo by Sara Kauss, courtesy of Marquee PR.
Sarah Darling and James Muriel tied the knot in a secret spur-of-the-moment ceremony back in April — but they’re still planning a big Nashville wedding in May 2014 to celebrate with family and friends! Sarah’s sharing her personal wedding diary exclusively with Great American Country. She’ll take us along on the whole journey, from the dress to the flowers to the big day. Check back every other Wednesday for a new post from Sarah! Since this is Sarah’s first post, she starts at the beginning — how she and James met.
With amazing love comes even better stories. I wanted to let everyone in on how I met the love of my life. I believe some things are orchestrated by God. This is one of those things.
I actually met James’ father Andrew in 2010 before I ever got to meet James. I had been approached to sing some demos for Andrew, who was a great songwriter. When we were in the studio, he mentioned that he had a son he thought I would love! I laughed and didn’t think much of it. Anyhow, the most memorable song I recorded for Andrew was a beautiful one he wrote called ‘Rejoice at Christmas.’ After recording it, Andrew made one of my life-long dreams come true – he invited me to sing it at Carnegie Hall around Christmas time that year. I said yes without hesitation!
While the fall months passed, I was out on the road and received an email from James Muriel, Andrew’s son. He was writing to inform me that his father had passed away tragically and thought I should know. He said his father was one of my biggest fans and thought so much of me. I simply couldn’t fathom the pain James and his family must be going through.
A few days later, James’ family informed me that despite the tragedy, Carnegie Hall was still happening. And they wanted to know if I would consider flying to London and singing the songs Andrew had me record, at a special memorial for him. I barely knew the family but something inside of me said, “Go!” I prayed a lot about it and God gave me a peace about going.
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It was at the memorial service that I first met James. Of course it was one of the most horrible circumstances to be in at the time, but the best way to describe it is, when I saw him, I felt changed. I was dating somebody at that time, so I didn’t intentionally WANT to have interest in James… I just felt this strong connection to him in a way I had never felt. Continue Reading