If I were getting married today, I would most certainly choose something from the Vineyard Collection. The dresses are classically current and elegant with a sophisticated edge. A few of the dresses would be perfect for a destination beach wedding, such this one...

I am a sucker for any sleeve that falls off the shoulder. And this neckline adds a bit of sexiness while still appearing sweet.

Can you imagine a bride wearing this to her lovely garden wedding?

A little vintage flair...

And this....j'adore.

Why, oh why didn't this one find it's way to me when I got married? The cap sleeves, the rouched bodice and the handy pockets are just purr-fect for moi.

I would love to see photos of brides wearing this collection. I can live vicariously through you.



I must say that I am thankful to be in Phoenix with my family, about to enjoy our Thanksgiving feast. Happy Thanksgiving to all and allow me to leave you with this beautiful table setting, courtesy of Martha Stewart and Macy's.


Waterford Crystal and Marc Jacobs- Oh My!

I received my copy of Brides magazine a couple of days ago and I saw this adorable Marc Jacobs Waterford Clare Glass Flower set styled as a cake topper in the mag. Unlike many cake toppers, it can be used for years to come ($165).

I also love this china set. I imagine a lovely Sunday brunch under the veranda...and Elizabeth passing my homemade scones around on one of her namesake platters.

How much better would the bellinis taste in one of these?!

Thank god for daydreams, because I don't think I'll be making scones anytime soon.


Allow Me...

Once a bride....always a bride. At least in my heart. I love weddings. The Flowers! The Dress! The Party! If I could, I would get married every year (to the same groom, of course!) just to experience it all again and again. I loved being a bride.

With that said, growing up, I wasn't one of those girls who dreamed of my wedding day. I never put a pillowcase on my head and pretended it was a veil. I didn't have a dress picked out at age 13 (it would have been pretty horrible, anyway...after all, I am a child of the 80s) and I never practiced writing my first name with my boyfriend's last name to see how it looked. Okay, that last one is a lie. I did write out a few Dana _______s just to see if it actually sounded good. But the rest is true. For me, life was about being independent: Traveling. Wine with girlfriends. Dancing until the wee hours of dawn. Marriage seemed to me, to be, well...grown-up. And I certainly was not in any hurry to be old.

But somewhere around my high-school reunion, my first love (met him in 8th grade, friends in high-school, went our own way after college) rocked my world. I did always have this feeling about him...

After a while, I realized that marriage didn't have to mean boring suburbia, mom jeans and matching sweat suits. If one finds the right person, it just makes sense. And if two people have common interests and goals, well, there's certainly no need for a hum-drum existance. So, I packed up my bags, said good-bye to New York City and headed to Denver. A year-and-a-half later, we were married. And, let me tell you--I LOVED our wedding! I would do it again and again if money were no object.

Being a bride, for me, was a transformation. I loved trying on all the lacy, frilly dresses I thought I would hate. I loved choosing a theme and picking out colors. I equally enjoyed learning the names of flowers I barely had noticed throughout my life. What I realized through the process is that I am that girl (and my favorite of all favorite flowers is the lily). I was a closeted, wanna-be bride! I just never knew it...

And since my big day, I have been obsessed with all things wedding-related. It's as if Pandora's Box has been opened.

What better way to appease my obsession than to write about it? Meanwhile, I can include all the great things I come across daily. I invite you to take this journey with me. If you've gone this far, you probably like weddings as much as I do...

Did I miss anything?

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