Always a Bridesmaid…
Pippa Hearts Presents
The journey of one (relatively) young, single girl’s romance with Harlequin Presents!
by Associate Editor Pippa Roscoe
Hard as it may seem to believe, with Christmas feeling like only yesterday, spring has sprung!! (And thank heavens for that!) And with spring comes another magical time of year.
The start of the Wedding season!
And in Romance HQ – London, we do love a wedding! This year our fearless leader, Joanne Grant, is set to be Maid of Honor, Assistant Editor Laurie Johnson is heading off to a magical honeymoon in Hawaii, and I am reprising my role as bridesmaid!
I am preparing myself for another island wedding – not Greece this time, but a little island off the English coastline. This will be a wedding with not one but TWO brides sharing their love and commitment in front of friends and family. And two brides means…
One of the things I love about being a bridesmaid is the dress. It brings to mind the film 27 Dresses, and heaven forbid – Bridesmaids! But my lovely friends have outdone themselves. They have found a dress that can be worn 20 different ways! The nine (yes, nine!) bridesmaids, will all be able to add their own distinctive style. So I will be set to indulge in a mini makeover all of my own.
But the thing I love most about being a bridesmaid?
The wedding dress: (Or dresses in this instance!)
I LOVE helping the blushing bride go in hunt of the perfect wedding dress. You enter the exquisite boutique where everything is spoken in hushed tones as if to raising your voice would upset the dresses…and there are so very many of them! Miles and miles of perfect white, off white, oyster and cream-colored silk, satin, tulle and lace.
It seems to me that the bride always has an idea of what she thinks she wants from a dress. But as she tries on different styles, fabrics and colors, you see the change… the dawning realization that what she really wants is what she never expected to love. And then, there she is – one of your closest friends having her perfect Cinderella moment. And when she finds ‘the one’ her eyes lit up, and you are pressing your eyes closed to hold back the joy. Because that’s the moment it becomes real.
And isn’t that what is so wonderful about our Presents books? Each and every heroine finds that moment, when she is taken from her day to day life and transformed into the beautiful swan who knows that she is in love and loved. It’s the happy-ever-after that we’re all looking for.
(Aside from that, of course, there’s always the chance that I might meet – okay, no best man here, but still – my ‘one’!)
So ladies, tell me. How long until you found your perfect dress? Or do you have any bridesmaid stories, you’d like to share?! Did anyone happen to meet their very own hero at a wedding? Please? Anyone?