Monday, November 09, 2015

Dressing the bride - Kandy Shepherd

 My twenty-two-year old daughter looked over my shoulder at my computer screen. “Why are you looking up all these wedding dresses?” she asked. “That’s a long way ahead for me.”

“They’re not for you, darling,” I replied. “They’re for the heroine of my latest book. She’s going to look so beautiful on her wedding day.” (Okay, so maybe I’ve imagined my daughter in some of those dresses too. Sigh…)

I just love planning fictional weddings! I love organizing the dress, the veil, the shoes, the flowers, the bridesmaid dresses, the venue. Ah, the hours of pleasant research (some might say procrastination!) on Pinterest. I have a board just for wedding ideas: Wedding inspiration. So many gorgeous images!

It’s not giving away any spoilers to say there’s a wedding in my November release for Harlequin Romance as there’s a bride on the cover and the title is Gift-Wrapped in Her Wedding Dress. Andie, the bride, dresses in a slightly “boho” style—a touch vintage, a touch seventies. The dress on the cover of the book isn’t quite the same but it’s gorgeous too, and so is the veil. I’ve started Pinterest boards for all of my novels and Andie and Dominic have one of their own.

It’s important the dress suits the personality of the bride and the venue. Andie is married to Dominic in a lovely garden. Her friend and business partner in their party planning business Party Queens, Gemma Harper, also gets married on the page. Again, I’m not giving any spoilers as her book is called Crown Prince’s Chosen Bride and is out in March of 2016. I don’t have a cover yet to share with you. But as you can imagine the marriage of a Crown Prince involves more than a touch of formality!

My first wedding cover was my December 2014 A Diamond in Her Stocking. I planned a gorgeous wedding on the beach for Lizzie and Jesse in that one.

A Diamond in Her Stocking is the third book in my trilogy of linked but stand-alone set in the beachside town of Dolphin Bay. Harlequin is having a sale for U.S readers, and all three of the e-books are on sale for a limited time from November 10 for just $1.99 each, starting with The Summer They Never Forgot and The Tycoon and the Wedding Planner (a beach wedding there too!) Look out for them at the usual e-retailers.

Have you ever planned a wedding? Your own or someone else’s? Were there any memorable moments? Disasters? I’d love to hear about it! Make a comment if you'd like to be in the draw for a mass market paperback copy of Gift-Wrapped in Her Wedding Dress. Please include your email address.

Kandy Shepherd is an award-winning author of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She lives on a small farm in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia, with her family and a menagerie of four-legged friends.

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Katrina Whittaker said...
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Katrina Whittaker said...

I planned my own wedding years ago ! Such a beautiful yet stressful time lol. White A style dress fitted bodice and I was a lot skinnier then ! haha.

I had one drama I had put on 4 kg after the dress had been made and fitted ! ;( a small expense later and more stress but it turned out perfectly !

I love Christmas stories , and A HEA is always lovely. I am currently reading this atm. SO please don't enter me !

I love this cover and Kandys' books always leave me feeling gooey on the inside and happy on the out :D

Happy release Kandy

Kandy Shepherd said...

So lovely to see you here Katrina! I planned my own wedding too. Yes, beautiful, but yes stressful! I lost 3kg after the dress was fitted and it was a boned bodice. My dressmaker friend was not happy at all, she had to remake the whole dress. I wish I could lose 3kg that quickly now!
Thank you for your kind words about my books, I so appreciate your lovely feedback.

Laney4 said...

My husband and I planned our own wedding almost 35 years ago. No big disasters that I recall, LOL. I DO remember getting in my dad's car, only to hear on the radio the song, "Going to the Chapel (and we're gonna get married)." I suppose they played that song every Saturday during the summertime....

Please don't put me in your book draw. I just read it and absolutely, positively highly recommend it for everyone to read. I loved how she broke through his self-erected walls ... I felt their love for each other ... the story made me enjoy Christmas even more ... I appreciated their brutal honesty at times ... I was glad that when he wanted something, he quickly made it happen ... and the HEA made me smile, big time. As always, it's a must read - any time of year. Thanks, Kandy!

Kandy Shepherd said...

How wonderful that the radio was playing "Going to the Chapel" while you were on the way to your wedding! A sign of good luck, I reckon.
Thank you, Laney4, for your kind words about GIFT-WRAPPED IN HER WEDDING DRESS. I'm so glad you enjoyed the story - and thanks for letting others know that you did!

Mary Preston said...


I love looking at all the beautiful gowns too.

I sort of planned my wedding. The MIL kind of took over. The things we do for love.


Kandy Shepherd said...

I hope it all went well and the wedding was the way you wanted it Mary!

dstoutholcomb said...

Planned my own--it was beautiful


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