Last Chance Bride — Giveaway

Posted on August 28, 2012

Last Chance Bride, my latest e-story available on September 4, 2012 from Forever Yours, is a story of a summer wedding.  I think the beautiful cover really evokes the summertime.

But, alas, the summer is drawing to a close.  And not every bride is a June bride.  Take me, for instance.  got married on October 1st in 1977 and  here is a photo of a very young me entering my parent’s living room just before the ceremony.  (I got married at home, not in a church or meeting place.)

Check out the baby’s breath in my ‘fro  — a hair style inspired by the wedding scene in the movie A Star is Born with Barbara Streisand. Pretty 1970s huh?

The dress was home made.  Mom and I worked on it together.  It was cotton organdy over silk taffeta, and it made a nice swishing sound when I walked.  We bought the material from Gimbel’s in New York City, back when Gimbels still existed and department stores still had fabric departments.  I think the fabric and all of the silk embroidery thread and fancy ribbons came to about $25.00.  I did all the embroidery between the tucks on the big leg-o-mutton sleeves using my grandmother’s golden thimble.  All the lace was tatted by my Aunt Aunnie and hand sewn in place.  Mom did all the machine sewing and all the fitting, using an old-fashioned dress form with my (tiny back then) measurements.  We managed to create a wonderful dress with only a few knock down, drag out fights.

So, were you a June bride?  Or maybe a mid-summer bride like Sharon Mckee, the heroine of Last Chance Bride?

Whatever the season, I’d love to see you in your wedding dress or whatever outfit you may have eloped in.  Sharon certainly had a very interesting wedding dress.  Post one of your wedding photos for a chance to win a $25 Barnes & Noble gift certificate and an autographed set of all four Last Chance novels, including the soon-to-be released Last Chance Christmas.

I’ll announce the winner on September 15, 2012.


32 Responses


  1. Shawna Cramer says:

    This is one of my favorite pictures of my grandfather and I…right before we walked down the aisle he had whispered to me its not to late to make a run for it, which is what made me laugh. He died last December, but this is the one special memory I have that makes me smile everytime I start to miss him

    • Hope Ramsay says:

      Thank you so much for sharing your story and your photo. What a beautiful bride you were. And I see you’re holding on to your Granddaddy like your life depends upon it. 🙂

      • Shawna Cramer says:

        Yep! just between you me an everyone on here..If I thought I could have ran or in my case waddled fast enough (I was 5 months pregnant with my daughter) I probably would have! lol I was scared to death and when it was time to say my vows I had looked around an instead of saying “I do” said “I guess so” lol

      • Hope Ramsay says:

        That’s a great story. It’s worthy of romance fiction. 🙂

  2. Missy Emery says:

    I got married in my dads livingroom by the local JP – wore an off white suit.

  3. Bertie Welck says:

    No picture to post was married in my Mom’s living room. It will be 51 years ago this September 9th.

  4. Carla says:

    I’d love to share a picture (from either of my weddings) but none of them are digital. That may be a blessing.

    First wedding was in my church. I think until my ex MIL saw the altar, she believed Lutheran = Jewish. (Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, can be a small town, and she knew nothing outside her small Catholic world.)

    Second wedding was in a barn-turned-picnic hall. Great food, lots of beer…until we got raided from the party next door. They sent their kids to grab cake and balloons and I ended up in tears. Then I took a case of bronchitis on my honeymoon, called my dr to send a scrip to the nearby pharmacy, and rode home to PA with my head between my knees. I should’ve seen the writing on the wall.

    The next wedding will be in Vegas, officiated by Captain Kirk. Someone please let Channing Tatum know, I’m ready when he is. 🙂

    • Hope Ramsay says:

      I think having Captain Kirk officiate at a wedding would be awesome. I’m holding out hope and faith that it will come to be. And you better darn well invite me because pictures of a Vegas wedding officiated by Jim would be awesome.

  5. Carlene Weiss says:

    The dress was not home sewn, but the lovely hydrangea bouquet was hand made by Lelaneia, (middle bridesmaid) Dubay Design, CT.

    Hope, I thoroughly enjoy your witty books, keep them coming!

  6. Gail Hart says:

    No wedding for me yet, but the heroine of my last ms was married in Vegas by an Elvis impersonator.

  7. Susan Gwisdala says:

    Proving what an awesomely good sport my husband is he consented to getting married on April Fool’s Day in Vegas at the Graceland Wedding Chapel. His concession was that Elvis had to be involved so I was walked down the aisle by an Elvis impersonator. We had a fabulous time!

  8. Hope Ramsay says:

    There seems to be an Elvis theme here. I have a good fried who renewed his vows in Vegas with a minister who was an Elvis impersonator. Apparently a wonderful time was had by all.

  9. Jean Willett says:

    What fun looking back at old photos! Now I’ve figured out how my scanner works 🙂 Good luck with the new release.

  10. Jean Willett says:

    Here’s the photo…let’s see if it come through this time. I hope others post 🙂

  11. JackieW says:

    Enjoyed the blog today and all the photos. It’s interesting that most of us can look at wedding photos and have a good laugh….how the times change. I’ve made lots of bridesmaids dresses but never a wedding gown. One thing I learned…have the same seamstress make all the dresses so one bridesmaid’s gown isn’t as neatly done as the others.

    • Hope Ramsay says:

      That’s a good idea. For my wedding the bridesmaid’s dresses were also hand sewn. All but one of my bridesmaids knew how to sew and we had a weekend girl, sewing bee, drink a lot of wine party. We worked together to make the maid-of-honor, two bridesmaid dresses, and the unbelievably ornate flowergirl dress. It was a heck of lot of fun.

  12. My husband and I were both stationed in Sicily Italy 25 years ago when we got married. We got married twice. First on June 12, 1987 by the Mayor of the town of Comiso for our marriage to be legal in Italy (the entire ceremony was completed in Italian with a translator, all we had to do was say “Si” meaning “Yes”). The second one was on July 5, 1987 in the Base Chapel. The picture is from our church wedding. I had always wanted a church wedding and the white dress. I call it my butterfly princess dress because of the sleeves, it was made in Italy. So we got married in Italy and then came home to the states for our honeymoon and met each others families.

  13. Hope Ramsay says:

    You guys were so cute. Did you have a full military wedding with the swords and all. I attended a military wedding just recently and the archway of swords was too cool for words.

    • No, we had a really small wedding only about 20 guests, but my husband and his best man were both dressed in their Dress Blues. My Group Commander actually walked me down the aisle. He was so excited when I asked him, he had three sons and said it was a life’s dream to be able to walk a daughter down the aisle. It was nice that he could think of me as a daughter.

  14. I was a June bride in 1980. My husband went on 3 dates before deciding to get married. We’re more in love 33 years later. 🙂 Our wedding was kinda so-so because my mom didn’t have a lot of money and my step-dad wasn’t any help. My dress was a $50 prom dress from the mall, all the reception food was made by my mom, my brother-in-law took pictures and over half of the rolls of film didn’t turn out, the girls has nice bridesmaid dresses but the guys all showed up in different things (including a Best man in maroon pants and groomsman in a jean jacket. They were supposed to have blue suits). My hubby didn’t come home until a few days before the wedding and almost not then. His superior in the Air Force wasn’t going to allow him leave…until my mom said she was sending all the bills to him! Even with all the things that went wrong (and I still bring them up), I couldn’t be happier now. We won’t even get into the trip back to South Dakota which was the only honeymoon we had! Let’s just say the bad luck held on a while longer. :p

  15. Hope Ramsay says:

    Oh you look beautiful and your husband is a real cutie-pie. It’s funny how we look back on the snafus and laugh about them now. I was supposed to be married outdoors in the back yard. But it rained buckets. My dad and my brother had a big fight about whether it was possible to cram 75 folding chairs into the living room. It was a big great room, but still — 75 chairs. OMG the weather made it such a tense morning, but now we all look back and laugh about how Pop and my brother set up the chairs outside, took them down and set them up in the living room while they snarled at one an other and my mother and I cried. It was like a scene out of Father of the Bride.

    • My daughter thought about an outdoor wedding a few years ago. I told her “There are so many things you will be praying go right. Please don’t add something that you have no control over!” And it did rain the morning of her wedding. But just think, it’s supposed to be good luck if it rains on your wedding day. 🙂 Btw, my hubby is still just as cute, just a lot more gray. I of course, still look exactly the same. 🙂

  16. Stefanie Amboree says:

    I wanna read it too, lol. Can’t wait to explore this!!!

  17. Hope says:

    Yikes, I just realized that I never announced the winner of this giveaway publicly — although the books and the gift certificate were awarded a week ago should have arrived by now.

    Congratulations to Charlene McDonnough — the winner of the Last Chance Bride giveaway. I love that butterfly dress.

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