My eldest, Katie, has always marched to the beat of her own drum. When she was a teen, I remember taking her to Walmart while she was dressed like somebody who hung out on the Sunset Strip in the 1980s — neon tutu, teased hair, and eye makeup inspired by a raccoon, the whole nine yards. Her fashion choices may have evolved over the years, but I’m proud that she’s always been unafraid to be herself. So when Katie and her boyfriend visited us recently, I was surprised to detect something very traditional about the meeting. It seemed clear this was one of those classic “meet the parents” introductions — one that indicated they were serious. When David, her beau, sent us handwritten letters, it only strengthened that feeling. By the way, I was extremely impressed with David’s letters. Not only were they written by him, but they also included very specific details that demonstrated how much he listened to us and got to know us A SOUTHERNWEDDING FOR MY NEW YORK DAUGHTER KATIE GETS ENGAGED! during his brief visit. All you significant others out there looking to impress your partner’s parents should take a cue from his playbook. He really nailed it. A few months later, my hunch that this wasn’t just a run-of-the-mill visit proved correct. Katie called to let me know that she and David got engaged. Despite the fact that Katie attends St. John’s and her fiance works as a doctor in New York City, I was thrilled to learn that their wedding would be a true Kentucky affair. Katie wants a traditional Southern-themed wedding, with all the flowers and centerpieces that entails. Let me tell you, that was my music to my ears. Not long after hearing the news, I invited Katie down to begin planning. We only had a short time together, but we managed to secure a date, venue, menu, and even a dress. The best part of the whole day, though, was seeing Katie and her sister, Jessica, share the special moments together.
This is not THE dress. It was an also-ran that was the front runner till we found THE dress.
You see, on the surface, Katie and Jessica are opposites. I mentioned earlier that Katie is a person who lives to defy expectations and carve out her own path. Jessica has always been more inclined to fit in. For example, she wouldn’t even need to read the Kentucky Derby fashion guide included in this newsletter, because Jessica’s regular dress code could be described as “Derby casual.” When you’re a kid, these superficial differences can feel more important than what you have in common. Seeing the girls delight in trying on dresses together, I realized they have moved past any silly childhood arguments and grown to respect each other for their differences. In closing, I want to share my deepest congratulations to Katie on her engagement. As an art lover who studies neurotoxicology — don’t ask me what that is — I can’t believe you were able to find a doctor with a passion for painting. I guess the chance to meet other people like you is what drew you to New York in the first place. I’m happy to know you haven’t forgotten about us down here, and I can’t wait for your big day.
“I was thrilled to learn that their wedding would be a true Kentucky affair. Katie wants a traditional Southern-themed wedding, with all the flowers and centerpieces that entails. Let me tell you, that was my music to my ears.”
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