Joyful, Joyful - Wedding at Rancho La Zaca!

Joyful, Joyful – Wedding at Rancho La Zaca!

Well ladies and gentlemen, here we are. I’ve gone and married my Cowboy, (His Grace, for new readers) and I reckon that makes me Miz Grace? It definitely makes me happy. Apart from losing the marriage license the day before the wedding and driving a million hours to the nearest […]

Well ladies and gentlemen, here we are. I’ve gone and married my Cowboy, (His Grace, for new readers) and I reckon that makes me Miz Grace?

Tom and Frances and Wedding Night Fireworks
Fireworks over the fishin' hole at Rancho La Zaca, and us, boom. HG likes to say "boom" at the end of his sentences and sometimes at the end of his parties. Photo by my beautiful niece Ruth Fuqua.

It definitely makes me happy.

Apart from losing the marriage license the day before the wedding and driving a million hours to the nearest clerk’s office in Santa Maria which was about to close because they were going to lunch and we still didn’t have another piece of paper we needed from the courthouse which is a long story I’ve already forgotten and I’m s’poze to have my hair done and then His Grump oh I mean my sweet adorable handsome groom remembers where the license is and then we drive back to the ranch taking a shortcut which turns into a wrong turn and not all that short if you get where I’m coming from but I don’t want to say anything. Other than that it was pretty darn great.

Thanks so much for all your kind wishes and to our families and friends who celebrated with us. We are so grateful we don’t even know where to start.

Coming up, as they say on teevee: We’ll see some of the gorgeous flowers and party decor by designer Mindy Rice and Lisa Vorce of Oh How Charming… OH, and please see my darlin’ friend Nina Griscom’s posts about our shenanigans here and here. Her new blog is fab and great fun, like her… Also so much to cover this fall in decorating, design, entertaining, and art. I can’t wait, and I’m so glad to have you along for the ride.

Love, Bridey Boo Boo



  1. Congratulations!!! It looks simply wonderful!! Can’t wait to read about all the details!

  2. Susan Stuart

    Congrats beautiful and oh so witty and snazzy gal..Todd and I as well as all Corpenings and Smiths are over the moon for you. I would like to put my two unsolicitated cents in and request more photos..puhleaze?
    Susan Stuart, Atlanta

  3. Congratulations Frances and Tom,
    We are so happy for both of you. I feel I all ready know Frances from this blog and highly approve of marriage and deep love. We will be waiting to celebrate with the two of you South of the Border.
    Love and Best Wishes,
    Nancy and Jim Swickard

  4. Beautiful bride, handsome dashing groom, perfect band, warm friends and family, and fireworks over the pond — what a night!
    The dress was perfect, btw.

  5. Gayle Alston

    Hooray! Hooray! Best wishes to you both for a long, lovely and fun life.

  6. Congratulations! Hope you have a wonderful life.
    This picture is amazing-captures the moment perfectly.
    xo, Lissy

  7. Viva Bhogaita

    Dear Mrs Tom Dittmer,
    Congratulations to you and Tom!!!!
    Wishing you life long happiness and eternal love.
    Cannot wait to see the pictures when I have a nyminute.

    Love you.
    Viva xxx

  8. Sarah Carter

    Congratulations to BOTH of you! Sounds like a wonderful romance with a happy, booming ending. Though not really an end is it? A beginning! Mr an Mrs Cowboy. I love it.

    Wishing you all the love and happiness you so deserve.

    Hugs all ’round from far flung Maine…


  9. Viva Bhogaita

    Love the photo, Ruth has a career awaiting her!

  10. Congratulations, Frances! What wonderful news!! I am so happy and excited for you and His Grace. And that photo is amazing. I will most definitely be tuning in for all of the exquisite details!

    And on a much more mundane note, I very much enjoyed your articles in the new House Beautiful!

  11. Emily Ellison

    How perfectly wonderful. This made my day. Congratulations, dear Frances (and to His Lucky Grace as well). xo

  12. Congratulations! Your dress looks beautiful from the back.

  13. Big smooches to you both. Your backside looks terrific! Looking forward to seeing more pics.

  14. I love the photo by Ruth! And I am loving your blog!
    Many blessings to you and HG, by the way!!!
    Best wishes, Kate

  15. Oh Happy Day and life!
    A dream of a photograph from Ruth’s camera….just captures it all.
    Hope she made more than one and you’ll share. Dress and you… just gorgeous.
    Dick joins me in many warm wishes to you both,
    xo, Lynn

  16. ” Congratulations”

  17. Patti Cromer

    Wonderful ,beautiful wedding! It was a honor to be there! Thanks so much to you both! Our love and best wishes to you always!!!

  18. Dearest Bridey Boo Boo (love that!)…Many congrats to you and HG….You all are so lucky to have each other, building memories, and having a ball! ps….your gown is magnificent!

  19. Congratulations to you both, Frances!

    And yes, Miz Grace suits you nicely.

  20. So thrilled for you!!!!! Much love!

  21. Oh my, you are just as gorgeous from behind as you are in front! What a great picture. That dress is FABULOUS! Congratulations to you both and wishing you many happy years together. I hope we get to meet him on this side. Lots of love Frances. XO, Dwyer & Michael

  22. Beautiful! More about flowers, food, EVERYTHING, please. We all know that it had to have been done with style….and simplicity! All the best !

  23. Leslie in Little Rock

    Congratualtions Your Ladyship!! Everything looks beautiful- but mostly you! That dress and you were made for each other. His Grace is very handsome as well. All God’s blessings
    to you both!

  24. Congratulations, Frances! So happy for you. I hope His Grace knows how lucky he is!

  25. Becky Roddenbery

    Just beautiful!!! Cannot wait for more photos.
    Congratulations…….to you and HG.

  26. HOORAY, CONGRATS, YAY, The Bestest Wishes for you both for many happy, happy, happy years!

  27. Allison Burnett Smith

    Best wishes, beautiful bride! Tom is one lucky guy! Please post more photos of your special day!

  28. Margaret McGlohon

    Congratulations! And, yes, I think you are now officially Miz Grace. Your family from Tarboro/Greenville were excited about the adventure – can’t wait to hear their stories.

  29. Oh Frances zee Bride! You are gorgeous- how wonderful! thrilled for you both! xxx

  30. WOW a picture is worth a thousand words and YOU know how to write them…tell us more!!!

  31. wendy moonan

    At last! Bravo, beauty! Love, Duncan and Wendy

  32. Warmest, best, most golden wishes for you & your Cowboy! Much, much love, Weedie

  33. Martha Bull

    The wedding was over-the-top spectacular!! Which is exactly what I expect your marriage will be with Tom (aka: HG). You two seem so happy together and we are thrilled for you both. We can’t wait to see more pictures of the you, the handsome couple, as well as the fantastic wedding and reception. Here’s to finding true love…

    Martha (and Jon)

  34. Ohhhhh, the dress (and you, of course) is stunning and I’ve only seen the back of it so far! Happiest of congratulations and warmest wishes to you both!

  35. Lawsy, Ms Scarlett you have gone & done it now! So happy for you. The dress from the rear is TO DIE FOR!!! Yes, we need more on all details, food,flowers, spirits, spirits- both kinds…. did your Mama send a signal??? Best to you & yours.

  36. Blannie booboo

    Ooo ooo ooo Miz Grace! It was all sensational!
    Loved seeing where you have been and wlll be for your great times ahead. Such an ideal fit for 2 loving and gracious people to have found one another “At Last”!
    God Bless you both. Loved being a witness to this special union! Thank you!!!

  37. Best wishes to the His and Miz!

  38. So happy for you and Tom…..Love love your dress!
    I wish you both a lifetime of love and happiness!
    Your Fan

  39. jane kimbrell

    Frances This is the best, best news. I am so happy for y’all!! You deserve the best and he sure sounds like it..can’t wait to see more pics xox

  40. Can’t wait to get the full low-down from Charles and Anne Louise! I know it was fabulous!! Please post more pics and best wishes to you both!!

  41. Cassie Warrington

    Congrats, Congrats, and Congrats. Love keeping up with you and His Grace in your blog. Adore this pic, such simple love, comfort, & happiness. I’m putting in my two unsophisticated Tarboro & St. Mary’s cents and requesting more photos too.

  42. Oh Frances, what a beautiful photo! It was an incredibly memorable night and I am so happy for you and HG . . . two of my favorite people. When do we get to celebrate again? Thank you for including me. Congratulations His & Miz.

  43. M. A. Smith

    Many wishes for days filled with happiness and love!

  44. Candy O'Gara

    Frances……Congratulations! All the best to you both!

  45. Watson Brown

    I am so happy you found the right man for you! Congratulations and a Happy Life Together!

  46. Laurette Kittle


  47. Congratulations!!!!! I’am so happy for you both.

  48. Frances and Tom Congratulations to a beautiful couple. Your dress looks gorgeous. May you have a happy life together.


    Karen Louise

  49. Cheryl Preston

    Whoo-Ah! Congratulations and Many Best Wishes for a long life together. Love Cheryl

  50. Frances, I am so happy for you and your beau. I wish you happiness and a life full of love.
    xo xo Bill

  51. Angel Moore

    Hip, hip, hooray! All the best…Ruth’s photo makes me smile. Know ML & Ruth were celebrating as well. Take care. Angel & Rob

  52. My dear Frances and HG, You two are the most elegant bride and groom…EVER! Many happy days ahead and loads of love…boom! xxx Susie Q

  53. AmphoneNorasingh

    Congratulations, Frances. My best wishes to both of you. I am so so happy for you.

  54. Elizabeth Spiegel

    The back of you looks spectacular–great picture! Much happiness-I heard it was lovely in every detail. Elizabeth Spiegel

  55. The words have all been said above. A perfect union and a fabulous event which is beyond my capacity to describe. Lots of love and thanks for sharing this time with our family. The whole time I kept thinking about how happy Ruth would be, and indeed most likely is. Gray

  56. Great picture! Best wishes to the Graces!

  57. Fabulous!!! Frances, congratulations from Seattle!! What a marvelous photo. We are toasting you both for a lifetime of happiness and love. J & J

  58. WOW! What a sizzling sight! The wedding must have been spectacular! You look gorgeous, and may you always be as happy and in love as you were on your big day!

  59. All our best. Toasting from the midwest.

  60. Congrats Frances!!! That dress looks amazing!

  61. Katie Z Medlin

    Congratulations to you and your cowboy!! Can’t wait to live your happy day through the pictures!

  62. Congrats, dear Frances! Your “cowboy” has made you quite a happy gal for some time now, and it’s so great to know that the two of you will continue sharing that joy.

    *You* must have been not only a beautiful but radiant bride — your happiness glows outshines the fireworks!

    My very best to BOTH of you!

  63. Happiest, heartiest congratulations! Love and joy and blessings to you both! Adored the dress, the groom, the fireworks, the vibe, and most of all the spectacular bride! ( I told my husband how delighted I was about your nuptials, and he looked at me strangely, and said, “this is your virtual friend, right — the blogger?” Yep! 🙂

  64. Congratulations! So happy for you. And I love that photo! 🙂

  65. Candis Owens

    Lloyd joins me in sending our very best wishes!!

  66. I hope Town and Country was there to capture this amazing event! Best Wishes Bridey Boo Boo!!

  67. Patty Hendrix

    Wow. Frances. Heard it was a fabulous occasion!!!
    I would love to see more photographs! Love, Patty

  68. Donna Getty

    Looks like a fun and joyful celebration, and ,of course, you look positively exquisite. Congratulations and warm wishes!

  69. Congratulations Frances to you and your love on your recent wedding! This photo is exquisite. Thank you for sharing a glimpse of your happy day. 🙂

  70. I am a new friend to your blog posts. Congratulations!!!! and I look forward to your future posts. Happiness and health thought out the years for both you and your husband. Once again Congatulations.

  71. I am new to your blog posts but have been a fan of yours since watching the Nate show. I am so happy for both of you and send congratulations!! I can only imagine how spectacular your nuptials were.

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