Harlequin Historical Author Michelle Willingham explains why she is up early today.
Did you watch? I'll admit, I'm planning to get up early, and I'm curious about Kate's dress. What did you think? Was it worth all the secrecy?
When I got married, I went through every bridal magazine and visited every bridal salon within a twenty-mile radius. I tried on hundreds of dresses, searching for the one. Buying your wedding dress is such a hard decision because it will be in all the photographs, and every woman wants to feel special and beautiful on her wedding day.
After months of searching, I finally picked out my wedding gown. I bargain-shopped and was ready to place the order when my mother asked to talk with me. All her life, she'd wanted to make my wedding gown. It was important to her, and I was caught between being sentimental and being upset because I'd already picked my dress. I wanted that dress, not a homemade one. But I also didn't want to hurt my mother's feelings.
With regret, I passed up my dream wedding dress, and took my mom shopping. We bought a white silk shantung dress with short sleeves, off the sale rack, for about $300. I gave my mother a photograph of my dream dress, not knowing what to expect.
She ended up transforming the plain dress into my dream dress, using sequins, lace, and endless hours of time. I couldn't believe she'd done it. Did we save money? Perhaps a little, but more importantly, I gave my mother back her dream and she, in turn, gave me the perfect wedding dress. Not only was it everything I wanted, but it had pieces of love in every stitch. No daughter could have had a better dress. You can see the before and after pictures here (pardon the quality of the photos—they're almost 13 years old, and the before picture of the plain gown was torn out of a magazine. I'm wearing the "after" picture where it was transformed into a long-sleeved dress).
What about you? If you're married, tell me about your wedding gown. And what did you think of Kate's? I'll give away a signed copy of my latest book, Claimed by the Highland Warrior. Sadly, there are no wedding dresses in it—only hunky medieval Scots with big…er…claymores.
Michelle Willingham is the author of over a dozen historical romances from Harlequin. Her latest releases are the royal short story "Lionheart's Bride" and Claimed by the Highland Warrior. Visit her website at: www.michellewillingham.com or interact with her on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/michellewillinghamfans.