“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


A Heavenly Day

She didn't buy the hat thingy.
But it was a good day.
It was quicker than we'd thought it would be.

It started with coffee.

Then off to the stores.

Actually, as it turned out, only one store.

Zipping through the bridesmaid dresses.

Kinda cute. But . . . nope.

Thinking maybe a real wedding dress.

Dear God. There they are.

Rethinking this.

Being brave. Into their midst.

Liking this floaty little thing. But no.

Wow! But this wedding is a bit more casual.

So loving this softness, but no again.

Needing something shorter.

First try-on. Nope. Pretty, but no movement.

2nd try-on. Oh. Yes. Maybe. Yes. Maybe?

How about shoes while she ponders & dances around in this piece of loveliness?


Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!

And the dress? Almost the one, but as we were leaving the store, there was a whispered tug from another dress we'd not seen. It, however, had seen Katie, and knew the right bride when it saw her. Back to the dressing room while the wonderful saleswoman - whose wedding anniversary just happens to be the exact day Katie's wedding is taking place; coincidence? no such thing; serendipity, more likely - found the dress in the right size, thinking it would be too small, but no. No. Katie walked out of the dressing room transformed. It was perfect. (She said the expression on my face totally changed and laughed about that over bruschetta & salad later.) Truly perfect. No alterations needed. Perfect. And I'd like to show you, but then her wonderful husband-to-be might see it, and you know that's a no-no, so it will have to wait. I will give you a peek at Katie's happiness however.

When she looked in the mirror, she knew.

what's that song? a heavenly day?


  1. This is the BEST thing you've ever written or photographed on your blog. You really captured the moment for Katie! I'm still smiling...

    Sheila Leatherwood

  2. Sheila- !!!! It's the model! :)
    Thank you SO MUCH!!

    :) Debi

  3. How about I buy you a ticket to Maine? I need someone to follow along take photos and stand up for me!! :0) remember that?

  4. oops, I forgot a comma!!! :0P

  5. Absolutely lovely... I love how you captured this moment for Katie, and how we got to see the magic too :)

  6. a wedding! how wonderful, I hope you will show us the photos, these are so magical and pretty and light and airy. Katie is a lovely angel.

  7. Oh my, that was such a beautiful post. She looks so content and happy :)

  8. that was such a fun trip for me!i got to tag along to the wedding dress store! katie you are adorable and cute and pretty and happy! fantastic photographs of each stage of the experience! your photographic style simply shines here :)

  9. OMG!!! This is such a cute post...so much love...fun...and girlie prettiness...:-)

    And look at that gorgeous, happy girl in the end...


  10. This is a wonderful post, full of femininity, beauty, hope and love. You have captured precious moments!

  11. happy bride to be ...that was a sea of prettiness and I love how one called her name...i am so glad it was a happy ending!

  12. oh, I have to remember to come back in Sept to see that wedding dress! Well, I come here anyway, but sometimes life runs away, so I have to remember to come and have a peep then!

  13. Thanks to all of you for all your sweet words. It has been so much fun to have my life engulfed by all this girlieness!! And, I thank you, Debi for blogging these moments for me....you are godsent for sure. I am truly grateful for having you downstairs where I can barge in on you all the time! lol (0 ;

  14. so very wonderful :-) you captured such beautiful memories .... stunning really!! xo

  15. Wow, I can't express how much this brightened my day. I don't know Katie in the slightest, but now I am super excited for her wedding and so happy for her. And those photos are just incredible. I can't wait to find out what the dress looks like!

  16. That picture of the shoes and the swishy skirt of a wedding dress is marvelous. It's a perfectly iconic image of all the girly wedding goodness.

  17. Oh, I can't wait to see the whole sheebang!Photojournalism at its best! When is the wedding day? I so did not do that shopping for the wedding gown thing. In fact, I was in an antique co-op thrift store yesterday and wondered why we don't think of places like this for those special occasions!
    I wore my mother-in-law's dress. I was so happy that it fit and I imagine that I had the look that Miss Katie does here when I tried it on.
    You do know.

  18. what a wonderful story and the last photo tells all. thanks for sharing this happy time with us.


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