Category: wedding

White lace and promises…

BHBkindleI’ve long been a fan of the Wedding Dress, not just my own (which I wore almost 35 years ago) but the whole concept. I made the Wedding Dress the star of Blue Heart Blessed, a book I wrote back in 2008, and it crept back into the pages of story in Secrets of A Charmed Life (whose working title was The Bride’s Box when I first turned it in to my editor). There is something magical and dream-like about a beautiful gown that is only meant to be worn once by the person to whom it belongs. I most assuredly believe a wedding gown can be worn several times (the premise of Blue Heart Blessed confirms that opinion) but not many brides wear their wedding gown again after the Big Day; not if it’s white and princess-like and obviously a wedding dress. The Wedding Dress is uniquely a part of a day that is like no other in a woman’s life.  She wears it once. The photo above is of my daughter Stephanie and my husband at Steph’s wedding in May. I absolutely love her dress. So does she. But she won’t wear it again except maybe in future years just for fun and just for a few minutes, and then back in the garment bag it will go.

I found this video on a friend’s Facebook page and thought I’d post it today for our collective enjoyment. You can definitely see how fashion trends influenced the icon that is the Wedding Dress, but even with all the hem length adjustments, sleeve proportions, and neckline treatments, the dress is still at just a glance, unmistakably a gown for a wedding. It is like no other dress. A story unto itself.

If you’ve a favorite in the line-up, I’d love to hear which one it is and why!

A beautiful day. . .

I am deep in revisions on STARS OVER SUNSET BOULEVARD this week and next, so I am going to be a little scarce on the blog. But I’ve got some lovely photos today that will let you know what I was up to all last week – putting the finishing touches on our daughter’s wedding! Stephanie is our first-born and only daughter and we couldn’t be happier with the soulmate she has chosen to spend the rest of her life with. Enjoy, and I will see you on the other side of this book!

edited3

Stephanie and Joshua were married at a lovely venue and one of the oldest wineries in California.

edited11a

My lovely niece Miranda captured this photo. I love it!

edited25

Stephanie and me!

edited14

Saturday was beautiful here in San Diego. An 80-degree day gave way to a lovely evening with a gorgeous full moon.

edited5

Steph told each of her bridesmaids to choose their own dress using a color palette she gave them as a guide. Smart idea! Now each gal has a dress they love and can wear again.

edited6

The arch was decorated by a good friend and the baby’s breath peeking out of each aisle chair was lovingly placed there by Steph’s best friend’s mom.

edited7

If you know me well, you know I adore succulents. Imagine how happy I was when Stephanie, who also loves them, wanted them for the table escorts. My mom, husband Bob and I transplanted all of them in these little terracotta pots. That was also a fun day!

edited10

Their first dance…