The Wedding Dress!

Hi, friends!  I posted a few pictures on my Facebook and Instagram page, but in case you missed those, Mark and I got married last weekend at Forsyth Park in Savannah and it was the sweetest ceremony.  Simple and easy, just the way we wanted it.  I took a few pics with my phone and we did  have a photographer there taking lots of pics which I should get back in a week or so and I will definitely share many of those when I get them back.  In the meantime, enjoy these few shots of us and me in my wedding dress.  I’ll share all about the wedding venue and all the details about our big day later, but in the meantime enjoy these few pics!

When I saw this dress on Nordstrom, I just knew it was the right dress for me to wear on my special day.  I pictured us wearing summer attire, looking quite stylish in lace and linen in the sultry city of Savannah. Mark bought this gorgeous linen jacket and pants last year and it’s been fun for him to have them for summer events.  I knew his linen would be perfect for our wedding day.  All the neutrals!

Eliza J Dress from Nordstrom (affiliate link)

With the heat and humidity of summer, I should have known better and just gone curly with my hair, but I didn’t listen to myself.  I got it all straight with my flat iron and sprayed it down with hair spray, but even that can’t compete with summer in Savannah and the intense humidity that happens just going outside.  We started on the porch of our bed and breakfast that we stayed in and by the time I got to the park, it was starting to flip and flop. But oh well, it was a wonderful day!

It misted rain that morning and we were very worried that it really might downpour for our 10:30 wedding time, but luckily it stopped and was only cloudy which was better for picture taking anyway.

After the ceremony we posed for a few pics and took a lot with the photographer, which I can’t wait to see!

A single shot of me in my dress, I just loved the dress and felt very pretty in it. I got a size smaller than I normally do and had to reorder to get the right one, so the dress definitely runs big.

Y’all will chuckle at this…I wore shoes from Goodwill.  I found these last summer and thought they were really cute, looked practically brand new and when I got the dress, I knew these shoes would be perfect with it.

The rings!  I know you all want details, so I’m trying to give them to you!  It was such a special and sweet day for us and I’m so happy to share it all with y’all. You’ve been so supportive and caring to me and my family over the years and I’m thrilled with this next chapter in life.  It’s been quite the journey to get here and I feel so blessed!

Again, I’ll be back with LOTS more pics of the wedding and where we stayed and all of that, so stay tuned for more. Savannah is a beautiful backdrop for a wedding and I’m so glad we chose this picturesque city for our special wedding day, July 29, 2017!





- Rhoda


  1. Sharon Avinger says:

    Huge congratulations to you both! May God bless you with a long and happy married life with many blessings, Rhoda.

  2. Carolekozak says:

    Love the good will shoes Rhoda. Lol only you could pull that off so cute , and with a gorgeous dress from Nordstrom’s. I love it what a memory. You look adorable and he is so handsome. Y’all look amazing I started crying soon as I began to read. Boy when God pours out His blessings He does it in a big way huh. Don’t know what else to even say. Smiles to both of ya ;)))

  3. Congratulations to you both! Looks like you had a beautiful wedding.

  4. Congratulations!! You two look so sweet together. Sometimes you just have to go through a few frogs before the prince pops up! Wishing you both many, many years of happiness!

  5. You looked absolutely beautiful! Everything from dress to ring just beautiful!

  6. So happy for you Rhoda!! Savannah is such a beautiful place to begin your lives together. Love it all!!

  7. My mother always told me that she thought bald men were sexy. I agree. My husband is bald too. By the way, my dad wasn’t!! Seriously, congratulations! You picked the perfect dress and you both look fabulous.

    • HI, ANne, I agree! Bald men can be very sexy and I love my bald man! My sister is married to a bald man too so we are going to have quite the family photos now. Well, they do shave their heads to get them like this since losing much of their hair, but bald is pretty cute!

      • I think balds sexy too! Ha ha ha….congratulations. You looked BEAUTIFUL and so did your hubby…love the outfit choices. Your dress and shoes were perfect….maybe every anniversary it comes back out for an event!

  8. Now THAT’S Fashion over 50! Wishing you years of happiness and memory making forever!

  9. Donna France says:

    Congratulations!! You look beautiful!

  10. You look beautiful! Perfect dress! I think your hair looks great in spite of the humidity. Mark looks handsome as well. You both look relaxed and happy. The rings are fabulous. Congratulations and may the good Lord bless you with much happiness.

  11. Shirley Johnston says:

    Congratulations!!! Looking forward to hearing wonderful stories as you begin this next chapter in your life.

  12. Rhoda, I was so thrilled to get the first glimpse on FB! You and Mark are a beautiful couple and you were stunning in the lace dress! Can’t wait to see more! Blessings for your new journey!

  13. Barbara Hunnicutt Moore says:

    May God bless you both with years and years of happiness!

  14. IAM so very happy for you both. Always put God first in your marriage and praying He will give you many years together. Be kind to each other, say I Love You every day and enjoy each other. I miss my husband so much !

  15. Congrats and best wishes! Your dress was perfect and you looked beautiful! Loved all the linen and the neutrals! Gorgeous rings! Can’t wait to see more!

  16. Judy Clark says:

    Congratulations Dear Friend I am so excited for you and Mark. Both of you look amazing. Love the dress! Mark looks so dapper in his wedding duds. May God Bless you both.
    Much Love,

  17. Great pics and thanks for sharing. So glad you were happy with how things went. Blessings for a lifetime of happiness.

  18. Buffie Baril says:

    Overjoyed for you Rhoda! God has truly blessed you because you always did what was right. I’ll always remember your anniversary since it’s my birthday. 🙂

  19. Thank you for sharing some pics from your special day! Your dress is beautiful and you two are a gorgeous couple!! Congratulations!

  20. Congratulations and may the Lord bless your marriage! You looked gorgeous! The dress, the ring, the shoes, the setting, the man, all perfect. I think your hair was perfect too! Loose and lovely with just a touch of curl, again, perfect for that beautiful setting!

  21. Wow Rhoda, could that dress be more perfect? You look beautiful and so happy. Mark is a keeper. So happy got you both. God bless you!

  22. You and your handsome husband look so amazing!

    Wishing you both all the best on your new adventure!!!

  23. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says:

    What a special day. Congratulations again!!!! You both look wonderful and so in love. Your dress is stunning and you made a very beautiful bride.

  24. Kathleen says:

    Wishing you a wonderful, blessed life together. It’s been great sharing your family and stories.

  25. caroline stagg says:

    Congratula tions. Beautiful dress and good looking together. may the world treat you both well.

  26. Congratulations, Rhoda & Mark! I have been watching for these pictures for several days. So happy for you and I look forward to more wedding posts and also watching the exciting things that are happening at your new house.

  27. Susan Dumont says:

    Congratulations Rhoda and Mark. I’m truly very happy for you. I have consistently followed you through the years (something I can’t say about a lot of bloggers). You deserved all the happiness in the world. God Bless you both.

  28. Congratulations and many blessings to you and your new husband!

  29. Congratulations! I am so happy for you and wish you many, many years of love and happiness together.

  30. Congratulations!! What a beautiful dress and what lovely photos – thank you so much sharing these happy moments. Wishing you so much joy!!!

  31. Sharon Roberts says:

    Congratulations! Wishing you many years of happiness. Love your dress and shoes and Mark’s outfit as well. The rings are gorgeous! Just goes to show you can have a beautiful wedding without going over the top and spending a ton of money.

  32. What a happy post! Best wishes to you and Mark! I love everything about your special day – the attire, the location and most of all – the happy smiles and love you both have. Wishing you and Mark a lifetime of love and happiness! {as a loooong time reader, this brings me much joy – you so deserve happiness!}

  33. Susan from GA says:

    You were a beautiful bride! What a wonderful time of life for you and your new hubby! ❤️❤️

  34. Pattie Schreck says:

    Congratulations and Best Wishes as you start your new life together. Wishing you both much happiness .

  35. Congratulations and Best Wishes to the beautiful bride and beaming groom. May you have years of happiness and health together.

  36. Congratulations to the new husband and wife! (So exciting to type that.) Wishing you love, happiness and a lifetime of respect for one another. You were truly a beautiful bride. Can’t wait to see more pix of the special day. I’m so stinking happy for you!!

  37. Congratulations on your beautiful wedding! I hope you and your husband have a wonderful life together filled with much joy, love and happiness always!

  38. Congratulations to you both!!

  39. Diane Taylor says:

    Seriously gorgeous – love all the details of your dress! When I got married (2nd time for me too) in 2003, I found my dress in Nordstrom’s too!!! I just love that store :):)

    Congrats hon – I wish you every happiness!

    Diane from Baltimore MD

  40. Melesa Garrison says:

    The book of Rhoda just keeps getting better! God has big plans for you, ma’am! You were absolutely gorgeous and wow, what a handsome husband you have 😉
    I love Savannah and your dress matched perfectly with your hubby’s duds.
    May God bless your marriage and all the days ahead, MG
    PS, I thought your hair looked pretty!

    • Thank you, Melesa, I love your comment! It does keep getting better and I had no idea how my story would turn out.

  41. You, your dress, your handsome husband, the setting, your rings, all simply beautiful!!

  42. Donna Lee says:

    Congratulations to both of you, wedding and new home. House is beautiful and you’ll make great memories

  43. Congratulations!! So very happy for you! I’ve been following you for years and this is wonderful news. What a beautiful new chapter in your life. God is good and faithful isn’t He?
    Enjoy and God bless you all. Hope your Dad is feeling better :0)

  44. Love that you’ve shared pictures, thanks a bunch for thinking of us on your special day. Mark is clearly one of those dashing men who can wear linen without it wrinkling. There must be a special gene. If I wear linen, I look like I’ve slept in it! Again, congratulations to you both and all best wishes.

    • Thanks, Jan! Oh, believe me he was worrying about his linen shirt getting wrinkled. I reminded him that it’s linen and summer in Savannah, so don’t stress it.

  45. Audra Taliaferro says:

    Congratulations, Rhoda! Y’all make a beautiful couple! What a great setting; Savannah is beautiful! Many blessings in your new life!

  46. Beautiful! Congratulations!!

  47. Hi Rhoda and Mark,
    I am so happy for you! You both looked wonderful, what a special day! Congratulations and best wishes for a long and happy life together!

  48. Congratulations to you both! You look so joyful in those pics. Your dress was perfect. Wishing you many blessings in your life together! 😉

  49. Congratulations and God’s blessings on your marriage, Rhoda and Mark!

  50. congratulations on the beautiful wedding so happy for you. The dress was perfect and so where the shoes blessings on your new life together. Kristie from KC.

  51. So happy for you Rhoda. You deserve a good man!

  52. Congratulations, Rhoda! You look beautiful and I love what Mark wore too!

    While you were getting married, I was preparing the reception tables for my nephew’s wedding which took place later that same day! They were married in California, in the afternoon. It was hot there too, but no humidity.

    Thanks for sharing all the sweet details of your day with us!

  53. Anne Marie says:

    Congratulations! You both look fabulous and I wish you many blessings in you new life together!

  54. A stylish and a thrifty bride! Congratulations to you both!

  55. This brought a smile and tear to my eyes. I couldn’t be happier for you. When you first mentioned something about new houses last Fall, I knew something was in the wind, but your story still isn’t over! Your Goodwill detail made my day, also.
    I’m praying your Dad continues to improve. It’s a hard road, but with love, determination and good nutrition, it can be surmounted, having been through similar with my DH after a heart transplant this Spring.

  56. Congratulations!! I am so very happy for you and Mark!!!! Your strong faith and trust in God has been with you every step of the way and I pray He will continue to bless as you begin your new life together. Your wedding in Savannah was simply perfection: gorgeous dress, exquisite rings and true happiness on the face of a beautiful bride and her very handsome groom!! Best wishes always!!!

  57. Congratulations! You both looked amazing. I too will remember your anniversary because it was my birthday as well!! And a little bit of trivia…Charles and Diana were married on July 29th, 1981. I was a little put-off that I wasn’t invited to that wedding! P.S. – I like your dress much better than Di’s!! Lol.

    • Julia, I love sharing our anniversary with your birthday and others. And I had totally forgotten Charles and Di’s wedding date. Our date was 20 months and 1 day after our first date, which was really special too.

  58. Rhoda, You both look stunning. I am so happy for you both. Your dress is beautiful. And I love that you wore shoes from Goodwill. I laughed out loud. You are one of the most genuine people in the world and that is an absolute compliment! God bless your marriage. Diane

  59. Linda Miller says:

    You look STUNNING!
    Congratulations and best wishes!

  60. This is just a beautiful love story. Best wishes.

  61. Carla Hanson says:

    Beautiful dress, bouquet and groom! Congratulations!

  62. This is the stuff fairy tales are made of! Rhoda, you deserve such much happiness. You walked through fire with grace and dignity, and your handsome prince was there waiting for you. God is smiling down on your union.

  63. Sara Powell says:

    Gorgeous and Congrats! Here’s to a lifetime of love and happiness and good design!!

  64. That dress is darling! I hope you wear it again a year from now, when you celebrate your 1st anniversary! God bless you both!

  65. Beautiful dress, rings, venue and couple! Everything looked perfect!!!! Congratulations, and best wishes for a fabulous life together!!!

  66. You two look absolutely perfect for each other! May you have many years of happiness together!

  67. Marilyn in Missouri says:

    Congratulations to Mark & Rhoda !! Love and happiness always.

  68. Crystal Tingle says:

    Congratulations! I have been reading your blog so long, I feel I know you personally.
    I love Savannah and actually visited Tybee because of your post a few years back. It is now one of my favorite places to visit.

  69. I’m so happy for you. Congradulations!

  70. Congratulations, how lovely you look. May you be blessed with many happy years together. You both are glowing.!!!

  71. Your dress is beautiful! I was hoping you would blog about it.

  72. Happy for you Rhoda and Mark!

  73. Carolyn Higdon says:


  74. Edith Weldon says:

    So thrilled for you both, Rhoda & Mark!! So much blessings for y’all. So adored your beautiful wedding dress!!! the two of you look so darling together! Congratulations & best wishes for a fabulous life together!!

  75. Congratulations to Rhoda and Mark. Rhoda you make a beautiful bride. What a handsome couple.
    Marilyn and family

  76. Congratulations! You looked so pretty and a handsome hubby. Perfect dress and suit, too! Love that the shoes were from Goodwill! All the best on your new journey!

  77. If you don’t deserve happiness I don’t know who does 🙂 enjoy each other every moment along the way, you are lucky to have each other!

  78. Congratulations!
    So happy for you both!

  79. Congratulations. You looked beautiful.

  80. Oh, how beautiful you both are!! I am so happy for you both. I look at your pictures and I know what this means. Wow, God is good. All the time, now and forever.

  81. You looked beautiful and Mark very handsome but most of all you both look so HAPPY! I am so very happy FOR you too! Your ring is gorgeous as well. Happy day!!!

  82. Congratulations! I love that your wore Goodwill shoes. They look nice with your dress. A Savannah park is a pretty location for a wedding. We went there over thanksgiving a couple of years ago

  83. Stunning & Beautiful !!! Congrats !!!

  84. Congratulations to the two of you. God’s blessings on you both. Rhoda, you looked stunning in your gown.

  85. You two look perfect…Love your dress and Mark looks so handsome in his outfit…Congratulations, Mark and Rhoda! All the best for your future…

  86. Best wishes to you, Rhoda, and congratulations to the handsome groom. Y’all look perfect! May the Lord bless you with many joyful and fruitful years. [And I’m still praying for your dad.]

  87. Rhoda, It was a long journey to get to this day. When the Lord blesses, He does so ‘exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we ask or think!’ May the Lord continue to bless you both in the coming years.

  88. So happy for you Rhoda!! Congratulations!!

  89. Iris McCloud says:

    It looks like a charming wedding. I hope that the two of you enjoy many happy years together.

  90. diane in northern wis says:

    Wow Rhoda…’re married! A BIG congrats to you both. I knew it was coming up but I just couldn’t remember when it was! Your dress is gorgeous and I love the shoes and your ring too. Can’t wait to see more pictures. So happy for you two. That’s just awesome. God Bless You both and your marriage!

  91. Congratulations to you both! You look beautiful 🙂

  92. Congratulations! Your look beautiful.

  93. You both look wonderfully happy. Congratulations and best wishes. You now have both found the love of your lives. Thanks for sharing. God bless.

  94. Congratulations!!! Just beautiful. Much happiness!

  95. Great pictures! God’s blessings on both of you and on your marriage. On an unrelated topic, thank you for your post several months ago on buying your car. I had saved a link to it for future reference, and “future” turned out to be sooner that I had thought when the AC went out on my 9 year old car. Instead of spending money on a new compressor, I followed your advice on getting quotes by email with out the door pricing and ended up buying a car yesterday with a very good price. It was a much less painful process than previous car buying experiences. Thanks again!

    • Yay, Gayle, I’m so glad to hear it worked for you too. Makes you feel good to get a decent deal without all that hassle.

  96. Wonderful pictures! It’s so you even down to your shoes! You’re the real thing Rhoda and that’s what we love about you! Just keeping it real all the time! I can see y’all going to Savannah every year for your anniversary! Happy Wedding Day! Or a cruise every year! ?

  97. Awesome pics, Rhoda! You two make a great-looking couple & love your enjoyed Savannah as much as I did. We went on vacation there in 2008 & I didn’t want to leave after a week -LOL! Your dress was beautiful on you and congrats to you both. Btw, your Mark looked Savannah handsome!

  98. Carol Ionata Heartfelt Whimsies says:

    You look absolutely beautiful in that dress and Mark is so dapper!! Better than that, the look of happiness is oozing from ypu both!!
    Bless you both.

  99. Beautiful, congratulations : ) Can’t wait to see the rest of the pictures. Savannah is a beautiful place. Been there just once and look forward to visiting there again : 0

  100. Oh my! You looked beautiful! The dress choice was perfect!

  101. Jeannette says:

    Congratulations Rhonda! You both look so very happy. I’m so happy you were able to find happiness again. Amazing how that can happen when you meet the “right” partner 🙂 You certainly deserve to be happy.
    Take care

  102. Mary Anne Russo says:

    You look Gorgeous ! Your hair is beautiful, love the dress, and those shoes. Congratulations to you both! I wish you the happiness marriage!

  103. I am so happy for your sharing about your special day. You are truly blessed and of course you deserve it. I love that you got your wedding shoes at Goodwill! Just this week I donated a beautiful pair of shoes to Goodwill that I wore once to the Florida Governor’s Inauguration Ball. I knew they would never fit me right again, but I lamented the fact that they were so pricey and beautiful! So I hope my shoes will bless someone else on their special occasion whatever it may be!

  104. Dear Rhoda

    How happy I am for you to have found your Prince Charming!! It doesn’t matter how old we are, we all deserve to be loved.

    I wish many years together to do all that you have planned and to include us in your life as you’ve done in the past is an honour and privilege and I want to thank you!!

    It’s exciting and fantastic to see new love grow into a marriage with dreams to be fulfilled.

    All the best to the newlyweds!!

    Much love

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