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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Beyond the Book: A Movie Star Marries a Senator's Son

Welcome to the last of my spring brides series. My last bride is Elizabeth Lane, heroine of Return Engagement. Elizabeth and her Richard married secretly and had a big wedding six months later. Why did they do that? Ah, that's because of Richard's father who wanted an heiress with a pedigree for his son.

Their wedding was the social event of the season with dignitaries from all over the world in attendance. Eliabeth agonized over her dress but eventually settled for a traditional ball gown trimmed with lace. The dress is from the Spanish firm of Rosa Clara. It's stunning simplicity suited Elizabeth who is known for her sleek style. The dress came with a lace jacket which she did decide to wear.

How do you like her bridesmaid dresses?  I think the neutral color looks well with her dress.  It's by Elie Saab.

And last but not least, she had to have a cake. This is the one she finally decided on.

I'd also like to show you a picture of the groom's cake. It's especially appropriate since Richard and Elizabeth met each other at the beach after a ten year separation.

Here's a short excerpt from her and Richard's first wedding.  Return Engagement is available at

Judge Fairfax was waiting for them when they arrived at
his office. The room allotted to the judge wasn’t very large,
only fourteen by sixteen or so, but the huge desk that dominated
one wall was made of some exotic wood, and the pictures
that hung on the wall showed the judge hobnobbing
with some very important people.

He held out his hand for Richard to shake, but he didn’t
offer to take Elizabeth’s hand. “Richard, how are you? Is your
father doing well?”

Richard flashed a huge smile at the judge. “I couldn’t be
better, and Dad’s fine too. Judge Fairfax, may I introduce my
fiancée, Elizabeth Lane. Elizabeth, this is Judge Harvey Fairfax.
I’ve known him since I was a kid.”

Judge Fairfax quickly gave her the once over. “How do
you do, Miss Lane? Permit a long time fan to say you’re even
more beautiful in person than you are on the screen.”

“Thank you.” Elizabeth’s palms started to sweat. The
judge had said the right things, but she sensed his scorn anyway.
Maybe all the people Richard knew would feel the same
way about her. What a sobering thought!

“Won’t you sit down?”

The judge waited until they took the two nice leather
chairs in front of his desk before voicing any objections. “I
want both of you to know up front that I am adamantly opposed
to this sudden marriage. If you love each other you
should wait and have a nice wedding with all of your friends
and family present.”

“I’m sorry, but that isn’t possible,” Richard impatiently
answered. “We want to get married tonight, but we don’t
plan to announce our marriage at this time. We’re going to
announce our engagement and have a big wedding later.”

The judge’s eyes narrowed. “So, it’s a secret marriage as
well as a sudden marriage. Why? Miss Lane, are you pregnant?”

Richard’s face turned brick red. “Look here—”

“No, I’m not pregnant,” Elizabeth interrupted. “I
wouldn’t sleep with him unless we were married.”

“Very wise of you.” The judge sagely pressed his fingers
together. “Most women would have settled for the one night
stand, but you had the foresight to safeguard your future. I
commend you.”

Richard froze beside her. “That wasn’t very nice.”

His forbidding expression startled Elizabeth who barely
stifled a gasp.

No, readers, this wasn't a very romantic wedding, but their wedding six months later was everything a girl could dream of.

Photo credits:

wedding dress:

bridesmaid dress:


groom's cake:


Sandy Nachlinger said...

Elaine, I always enjoy the photos of beautiful fashions that you post, especially since you tie them in to your books. Today, I especially love the color scheme you've chosen. Just lovely!
FYI: I posted a review of NEVER TRUST A PRETTY WOLF on Amazon and Goodreads. Loved that book!

Elaine Cantrell said...

Thank you,Sandy. For the review and liking he clothes.