Special Wedding Dances

Special Wedding Dances…what do I mean by this?  Well, of course I mean the standard ones, the “Father/Daughter Dance” and the “Mother/Son Dance”. But there are other dances of significance you may want to consider.  Yes, they are a little old-fashioned, but they are not only crowd pleasers, but make cherished memories as well.

Above is a photo of my parents dancing and WINNING the “Anniversary Dance”. All married couples were invited to dance to a pre-chosen song. Then the DJ politely asked couples married less than 5 years, then 10 years, then 20 years to leave the dance floor.  This went on until only one couple remained, the longest married couple.  As I mentioned earlier, at my daughter Maggie and son-in-law Robert’s wedding, the winner of the “Anniversary Dance” was my parents – at 63 years.  I was very proud, and isn’t it a lovely photo?  It’s a picture I will always cherish.  My parents always could “cut a rug”!

Maggie and Robert also chose to recognize their parents.  They played our wedding song and Robert’s parents’ wedding song as well, and we all danced to them. Above you see Rob’s parents, Debbie and Bob, on the right of this picture.

The next photo doesn’t showcase any special dance, but I love the picture.  The little girl, (not so little anymore!), dancing with Rob, is his new sister-in-law, my youngest, Julia. They have a wonderful, big brother/little sister relationship, as I think is apparent in this picture.

The next captures a lovely moment during the “Mother/Son Dance”.  Debbie, mother of the groom, looks just beautiful – and so happy.

And what wedding reception could be complete without the “Father/Daughter Dance”? Above you see my lovely daughter and my husband dancing to James Taylor’s “Smiling Face”. It’s now a family tradition for our daughters to dance with their dad to this song at their wedding.  Both our older girls have so far… All four of our daughters know their dad thinks of them when he hears it.  🙂

So don’t be afraid to be a little “hockey”. You’ll love the results, and so will your guests.  This post is a nice segue into a “Guest Blog” post my oldest will be writing and sharing with you soon…

All Photos: Stephen Wang

Wedding Jewelry

Wedding Jewelry …

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You have your dress, your veil, your shoes…now it’s time to choose your jewelry. You want your jewelry to compliment your dress, not distract.  It’s vital that you select your jewelry to enhance your ensemble.  Above is a helpful chart that can point  you in the right direction.

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The bride in the photo above has chosen well for a strapless gown  Her necklace is elaborate, but that is ok, as her bare neck and shoulders are a good canvas for it. The bride’s earrings compliment her choice as well, as they don’t dangle and distract.

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The next bride has taken a different approach- but I think it works as her dress is so simple.  Perhaps, though, it is a little much?  I know I would probably focus on her shawl of jewels more than she would like.

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Our next bride opted for no necklace OR earrings, and I have to say I like it it. One focuses on the lovely lace of her gown, not her jewelry.  Her hair ornament is a nice twist.

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I like the broach on this bride.  It’s an attractive touch and the oversized earrings go nicely with it.  Had she added a necklace, it would have been over kill.

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The epitome of grace and bridal perfection? Jackie Kennedy. If you’ll notice in the above photo…no jewelry – at all.  With the beauty of the bride and the elaborateness of the gown, none is needed.

“SPLINTERED SILENCE” A Book Review

“Splintered Silence” is a new book by the talented Susan Furlong.  Furlong is a cozy mystery writer, but “Splintered Silence” is a new genre for her.  It’s a thriller, and boy does it thrill! I LOVE the cover…

I couldn’t wait to read “Splintered Silence”, in fact I “preordered” it twice, having forgotten that I had done it when it was first announced.  A quick blurb from Amazon:

Among the Irish Travellers living in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee, no one forgets and no one forgives. And as former Marine MP Brynn Callahan finds out when she returns home, it’s hard to bury the past when bodies keep turning up . . .
 
After an IED explosion abruptly ends her tour of duty, Brynn arrives stateside with PTSD and her canine partner, Wilco—both of them bearing the scars of battle. With a mix of affection, curiosity, and misgivings, she goes back to Bone Gap, Tennessee, and the insular culture she’d hoped to escape by enlisting in the Marine Corps.
 
Marginalized and wary of outsiders, the Irish Travellers keep to themselves in a secluded mountain community, maintaining an uneasy coexistence with the “settled” townspeople of McCreary. When Wilco’s training as a cadaver dog leads Brynn to discover a body in the woods, the two worlds collide. Soon it’s clear that Brynn and Wilco are in danger – and they’re not the only ones.
 
After the police identify the dead woman, Brynn is shocked to learn she has a personal connection—and everything she’s been told about her past is called into question.
Forming a reluctant alliance with local sheriff Frank Pusser, Brynn must dig up secrets that not only will rattle her close-knit clan to its core, but may forever change her perception of who she is . . . and put her back in the line of fire.

Furlong writes with the gift of always making the reader desirous of reading just “one more page”.  There are never sections you wish to skip.  One never wants to ‘cheat’ and read ahead – you just might miss something.  Her writing flows naturally, all the while keeping you on the edge of your seat.  I shouldn’t confess this, as I have many responsibilities, but I read “Splintered Silence” in one sitting.  Did I loose a little sleep?  Yes…but I’m still young enough that I can muddle through the next day.  I loved this book…and you will too.

Above, the beautiful Susan Furlong

Cozy mysteries more up your alley?  Click on the link below to be directed to a previous blog post where you can read about Furlong’s ‘Georgia Peach Mystery Series’, and how to order, if you’re so inclined!

Furlong also writes another cozy series, ‘The Novel Idea Mystery Series’ under the pen name, ‘Lucy Arlington’.

Click on the link if you’re interested in these charming books. “Off the Books” 

‘The Deep End’ A Book Review

The Deep End by Ellie Hart, is a refreshing find.  I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy, and quite literally couldn’t put it down. “One more page”, I said, which quickly turned into 10, 20 and more.  It’s a different story than I usually read, but was intriguing from beginning to end. And let’s just say, the ending was a shocker.  I take pride in the fact I usually figure out “Who Done It” – but not in this book.  I was caught off guard, and I love that.

It’s available for pre-order now, releasing April 17, 2018.  Here’s a  quick blurb from Amazon:

Local veterinarian Dr. Giselle Cutler’s world revolves around her profession and Marta, the woman she loves. She’s confident both will always be there to support her, until her cell phone rings in the middle of the night and her once-stable world begins to spin out of control. Her sister Tiffani is missing, and all fingers point to fifteen-year-old Leif, Giselle’s nephew. Life as she knows it is fading fast, and with it, the security that family provides. As the true nature of each relationship is revealed, Giselle begins to doubt her ability to keep―and deserve―a lasting partnership. But Marta’s not giving up, and her support is the lifeline that keeps Giselle from toppling over the edge as they confront the dangers and dark secrets behind Tiffani’s disappearance.

Not only did I enjoy the intrigue of the book’s mystery, I appreciated how Hart shows us that love knows no gender.  The two women’s love story is not the central focus, just a matter of fact in the book – much like today’s world.  We are lucky to live in times where this is the case. Both Giselle and Marta are very relatable and I think I’d probably seek out their friendship.  I’d probably bond more with Giselle; she’s not quite the domestic diva Marta is.  🙂

 

‘The Deep End’ by Ellie Hart can be pre-ordered from amazon by clicking the following link – ‘The Deep End’

Or if you are a Barnes and Noble user, click on the following link: The Deep End’.

Below, the lovely Dana King-Esquer, “Ellie Hart”.

King-Esquer also writes another series, “The Proverbial Crime Mystery Series” under the pen name Dane McCaslin.  More delightful reads!  Click on the link to be directed to amazon for this series: You Can Lead A Horse to Water # 3 in the series

I’ve yet to read the “Proverbial Crime Mysteries Series”, but just purchased all three for my kindle.  Can’t wait to dig in!