July 2014

“Antique Wedding Dresses”

    My good friend, Debbie – Rob’s mom – asked me to attend a Bridal Faire last weekend.  (More on that tomorrow)This Faire was special, as they had an exhibit of antique wedding dresses.  They were all in a form of ivory, but I think that was due to age, instead of color choice.  Which is your favorite dress?  Mine is the very last picture – keep scrolling…  I

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“Mother of the Bride Dress, Personal Shopper Part II”

    Am I being too mean by just showing you my dress in a bag, and my shoes in a box?  If so, I’m very sorry.  But really…I just can’t share yet… Let’s be honest. A “Mother of the Bride Dress” just MAY BE the second most important dress you’ll ever purchase, after your wedding dress, of course. Think about it.  You will be standing with your beautiful young

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My “Personal Shopper” Experience – Mother of the Bride Dress

    I was dreading seeing the beauty professional before my “Personal Shopping”experience. I arrived right on time – not always the case with me, and introduced myself to Nicole. She was beautiful and lovely. But I was worried. Was I going to walk out of here looking like a clown?  I am not a makeup person – a little mascara and lip gloss and I’m good to go. We

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“Mother of the Bride Dress”

Yes…I know…the hair…This is a picture of me with the Bride, age 9 months.  Hard to believe this little baby is now married. So let’s talk about what’s REALLY important…Mother of the Bride Dresses! This had been a worry of mine. I wanted to look GOOD on her wedding day!  I wanted to look trim, fresh, and calm. It’s hard as we age, isn’t it ladies?!? So, what to do?

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“Something Old…”

We all know the old saying, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”  I think most brides from my generation, to my daughters’, adhere to this.My own mother gave me HER mother’s engagement ring on my wedding day.  KK, as the first born of my four daughters, will be the lucky girl to receive her Great Grandmother’s ring when she marries. Maggie is the first to get married among my

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“Bridal Veil”

      This photo is of my headpiece and veil.  They are 30 years old now.  I had them preserved, along with my dress, by my local dry cleaner.  I opened the “Memory Keepsake Box” when Maggie got engaged, and coincidentally close to Kenny’s and my 30 year anniversary.  I was pleased at how well the dress and veil held up. All four of our daughters are now taller

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“Meet the Bride and Groom!”

Rob and Maggie The happy couple… Today’s post focuses on the site of the wedding.  This could be a church or other venue.  You may choose to get married at a religious site, i.e. church or synagogue, or have the wedding ceremony performed at the same location as the reception. My daughter is getting married at one of the Roman Catholic churches in town.  We have three.  Our situation was a

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“Wedding Dress Alterations”

    Above Photo: Patty Cloherty The picture above of my maid of honor and one of my beautiful bridesmaids helping me dress on the morning of my wedding.  Excited much???  Yes I was… wish I could show you a picture of Maggie, but for now, this is the best I can do. Ahhh…the alterations.  They are a large part of the price of the dress.  I was SHOCKED to

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“Wedding Mystery”

Introducing my new mystery, available on e-book format from amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Apple iBooks.  It’s a steal at $ 2.99.  A brief description follows: “Grace Mc Kenna is a spunky, beautiful wedding planner in exclusive Santa Barbara, California. It’s not easy being ‘wedding planner to the rich and famous’, but someone has to do it.  Grace’s seemingly ideal life is complicated by a handsome cop ex-husband, a mischievous

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“Flower Girl???”

F ifty-one years ago, I was tapped to be the flower girl at my aunt’s wedding.  My mother was SO excited!  What mother does NOT want her her daughter to be “the darling” at a wedding? The evening finally arrived.  I was about the age I am in the picture to the right with my dad and little dog – 3.  If you will notice…there is NO picture of me

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