Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Weddings


Killer in Crinolines
May 7, 2013
Consignment Shop Mysteries
Book two



Hi Reagan Summerside here to talk weddings. The good, the bad and the deadly
            You know that old saying, always the bridesmaid never the bride, well I’ve been both. The bride part didn’t take proven by the fact that I caught Hollis, my husband and the hound of Savannah, doing the horizontal hula with Cupcake right there in his office. That was some staff meeting, all right.
The last wedding I attended I came to deliver a bowtie to the groom as he misplaced his.  The good part of that wedding was the cake was delicious. The deadly part was that the groom wound up dead in five tiers of icing and fondant, the ugly part was that my BFF, Chantilly, the groom’s ex got accused of the murder.
Round tables decked out in peach-tone wedding linens with white flower arrangements of roses and forget-me-nots dotted the room and Doreen-the-wedding-planner lay crumbled in a heap on the floor.
“Oh dear Lord!” I starting for Doreen but stopped in my tracks because Simon was there too. He was face down in his very own five-tiered wedding cake with a silver cake knife sticking out of his back.
            Chantilly shouldn’t have been at the wedding in the first place of course but she and her UPS truck just sort of wound up there.
“You shouldn’t be here,” I said to Chantilly as she swiveled round in the driver’s seat of her UPS van. White icing and cake crumbs

smeared her lips and a glob of raspberry filling dripped down her chin. A pink butter cream rose stuck to the front of her brown uniform blouse. “Dear God in heaven! You went and ate the wedding cake!”
“One slice,” she mumbled around a mouthful. “Who’s going to miss one little old slice? The freaking thing is five tiers high. It took three Cakery Bakery employees and the owner Delta Longford herself to lug it in. They even made GracieAnn Harlow stand on a ladder to get the bride and groom thing on top.”
Chantilly held up a chunk of mangled pastry. “This here should be my wedding cake, except for the pink roses. This should be my wedding day, my wedding colors of creamy-peach and blue-morning-rain. Simon is my man. We were
engaged! How could he marry someone else!” Chantilly wailed, a tear sliding down her cheek and cutting a path across a white icing smear.
            Hopefully none of the weddings you’ve attended were like this one with the groom dead as Lincoln right there in his own cake.
What do you think is the best part of a wedding? The cake? The first dance? The saying I Do?
Let me know and I’ll give away two Killer in Crinoline tote bags from the answers.
Hugs, Reagan


23 comments:

  1. For me, it's probably the fact that I'm not the one saying "I do"...just kidding. It would be the cake and seeing friends.

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  2. Hi, Sue. Yeah, I love the wedding cake too. I'm not much into big weddings, the small intimate ones where you actually get to talk with the B&G are the most memorable.

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  3. To me, the best part of a wedding is watching the wedding ceremony, however quick or with an hour long church service, and knowing that from this day forward, this will change the lives of this couples and their families. Hopefully, all the changes include as many good ones as possible in a lifetime. The next best part of a ceremony is the wedding reception and seeing the couple dance and have one of the best times of their lives with memories that will never fade. This is being said by me, a woman, who will be celebrating her 50th wedding anniversary in November, and I really do still have lots of memories of my wedding too.

    Cynthia Blain
    Massachusetts

    And if I may add, please pray for all of the victims and their families that were killed or maimed at yesterday's horrible events that occurred at the Boston Marathon. Our second cousin finished barely 30 minutes before the explosions, and her husband had just about left that area to join her after the race. Very lucky indeed to be past the area of destruction unlike many other poor souls.

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  4. Oh, Cynthia, what a horrible day indeed. So glad your cousin and her husband are okay.
    Boggles the mind why anyone would do such a thing.

    The wedding ceremony is indeed lovely and you know their love for each other will grow and grow. Many wonderful days ahead.

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  5. The wedding dress is the highlight for me at all weddings, including my own. The bridesmaids dresses are good for comic relief. What was she thinking?

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    1. I have my daughter's wedding dress in my office. She was married fiver years ago and such a lovely bride.

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  6. I have been to many weddings, but I think the best thing about weddings is the ceremony. I have been to ones that move you to tears and some that I have laughed at and ones that are so bizarre there are no words.. But they are embedded in my mind for ever.. I have waited over an hour for one to start because they cold not get the bride's mother to the church. I went to two such weddings like this.. And both times the brides mothers turned out to be right. The couples should not have got married.. Another time I had to wait for a wedding because the bride was so afraid the groom would not remember to bring the marriage licence and she said she would bring it, that she forgot it and had to send her son home to get it before we could begin, and then the groom was so nervous he kept messing up his vows and the Best Man was having trouble controlling his laughter, that then the whole church was chuckling too..

    And as for what happened in Boston yesterday, it was tragic and horrific and we all pray for losses and people who were injured and for the city of Boston.. God Bless them.

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    1. Kathleen, these are weddings to remember for sure. That the moms knew better is interesting. I wonder if I disapproved if I'd stay away? Good question.

      Love the forgotten license wedding. Something to remember for sure. And wonderful friends to share the memory with.

      So tragic what happened in Boston. Something so simple as a marathon turns to tragedy in a blink of an eye. Horrible.

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  7. Actually I've attended affairs where EMT's have had to make appearances. At some of our local parties many of the guests are EMT's and ParaMedics. They're all members of the local volunteer corp. (the largest in the country)

    Thankfully no one has yet left this mortal coil during one of them.

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    1. Having the EMTs around is always comforting. The ones who rush in when the rest of us run off. Heroes indeed.

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  8. I think the ceremony because they're all unique in some way. I have never been to a wedding where the ceremony was the same as another one!

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    1. The person who marries them really makes a difference. I've been to some wonderful ones where it's so personal. Others are like herding cattle.

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  9. I love weddings, who doesn't? I've been to several, my own included, where several things have happened to make it even more memorable. One of my uncles had too much to drink and decided he needed to brighten the reception. He did a strip tease! I grabbed my dad and told him if he did not stop him I would never speak to him again! Luckily he did. I did not speak to my uncle for a while.
    That was almost 30 years ago, my dad and my uncle have both passed on but that strip tease is still talked about. And yes, the photographer took a picture and it is in my wedding album. :)

    This happened in Boston, where I grew up, met my husband and where I still have family. I've not lived there for over 20 years but it is still my hometown and my heart and prayers go out to the people of Boston. Especially to those who have family members who were hurt, or killed in this horror.

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    1. Oh, Elaine, that is some memory! At the time maybe not so fun but now...wonderful! That you have a picture is terrific.

      The explosion in Boston is terrible. Why something senseless. So sad indeed.

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  10. I think the extravaganza is the best. You have lovely dresses and handsomely dressed men. Generally there is joy. Not always, but generally. And the best is the reminder of what love should be for all of us.

    Yesterday was something which makes my heart hurt. I do not understand the mind set of someone who kills and injures anyone they can get, with no reason. I hope that the person or people who did this are found quickly. And I hope that the darkness in their soul is a very heavy burden for them.

    Bless the people and families of everyone in Boston, and at the marathon.

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  11. My husband was dying of cancer and my daughter getting married. So sick he didn't make it to the ceremony. Not a happy day. My daughter didn't even pick her wedding pictures, too sad.

    They say there is a reason for everything but this Boston tragedy is beyond me. Too many innocents.

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  12. The most important part of the wedding for me is the "I DO". Life can only get better from there as long as you keep that day in your heart and remember how happy the two of you where. And then there is the cake! Yummy!

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    1. Commitment is everything and the cake to celebrate it isn't bad either. :-)

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  13. I love small weddings where everyone knows everyone. I love the cake too.

    I too am sending prayers to Boston. It was such a sick, sad, senseless act of violence.

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    1. Hi, Kaye
      Small weddings are the best. And the cake, :-)
      I made the bouquets for my daughter's wedding and my dil. They turned out fine and a special touch.

      The Boston explosion is tragic beyond words.

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  14. Anyone who answered above and would like a Killer In Crinoline tote if you email DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com with tote in the subj line and your snail I'll send one your way.

    Thanks for chatting and see you next month.

    Hugs, Duffy

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  15. Am I too late? I'll answer anyway! TeHe! I love the part, as everyone else turns to watch the Bride walk down the aisle, I turn and watch the Groom catch his first glimpse of his Bride coming towards him in her Wedding Gown. I LOVE that part!!! Then, there's the cake!!

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  16. The part I love best? When the bride arrives and I can gush over the gorgeous dress she is wearing. Of course the dress is always stunning :) And the part where they say I do. That is the best emotional part.

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