I was happy to get my PEOPLE in the mail today with the wonderful pictures from the Earl and Countess of Wessex's lovely family wedding. I'm so glad they did it their way and didn't let the royal "machine" take it over. It was apparent that everyone was extremely happy and relaxed during the whole ceremony. May their marriage continue to bring them that much joy. And may the media (including PEOPLE) allow them the opportunity to do so.
Alisa B. Hilde, Fargo, N.Dak.
The marriage of Edward and Sophie was done with the utmost of class. Of course she was criticized over the wedding gift list. The media obviously need to find something to attack her on. If you were the bride of the son of the Queen of England, would you ask for a blender or bath towels? I don't think so.
Randy Sindelar, Cleveland
You could have stood head and shoulders above the rest on your coverage of Edward and Sophie's wedding by not mentioning Diana's wedding. This was supposed to be Sophie's day to shine. Let Diana rest in peace!
Candice Fields, Beloit, Wis.
I loved your Weddings issue. I loved seeing all the beautiful brides and the elegant and the more simple weddings, and the extravagant and more modest receptions. I have learned after 34 years of being happily married that it isn't the wedding that makes a marriage.
Jodie Hawkins, Long Beach, Calif.
While I enjoyed reading about the latest celebrity weddings, I just wonder (and I hate to be pessimistic) how many of those marriages will end up in your celebrity divorces issue.
Sue Smith, North Haven, Conn.
Why are the following ages important: 19, 21, 24, 35 and 40? That's how old newly married men Chuck Norris, Larry King, Wayne Newton, Charles Bronson and Tony Curtis were when their young wives were in kindergarten!
Dave Stafford, Royal Oak, Mich.
I am a big lover of your Weddings issues and I will be adding this one to my collection!
Diane Simoens, Chilliwack, B.C.
Chris Edgecomb & Maryann Antell
The Seven Million Dollar Marriage was wrongly titled and should have been distinguished as the Seven Million Dollar Wedding. There is a difference. One can only hope that Mr. and Mrs. Edgecomb invested as much time and energy and more into their relationship as they did into their one-day event. It frustrates me to see an article about such an extravagant wedding with no mention of their vows or their commitment to each other. It makes me very uneasy to see how dedicated and obsessive people can become about "the big day," forgetting that the rest of your life is what counts. I can't help but think, when the $720,000 worth of Dom Pérignon is gone, where will this couple be?
Elizabeth Moser, Lansing, Mich.
I'm very sure Chris Edgecomb and Maryann Antell could have had just as special a wedding for $1 million as they did for $7. They could have donated the other $6 million to feeding and housing the starving and homeless people in this country. Oh, but I forgot that the more you spend on your wedding day, the longer you stay married. If you don't believe me, just ask Donald Trump and Maria Maples, or Brooke Shields
and Andre Agassi, or Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Fortensky.
A. Posito, Toluca Lake, Calif.
Are these two insane? Do they realize how many needy people can be fed for $7 million? My husband and I spent a mere fraction of the cost and couldn't have had a more beautiful day. Money can't buy everything. I hope it at least buys them a happy marriage—I'd hate to see how much a divorce would cost.
Lisa Pagliaro, New York City
It's funny how Chris Edgecomb and his new wife, Maryann Antell, go on and on about the cost of their wedding, yet not once is the word "love" mentioned in your article. Sad.
Diane Pumpido, Floral Park, N.Y.
The article about Michael D'Amico, the hairstylist who refused to cut the hair of any woman over 45, highlights something very wrong in our society: If you are not under 30 and slim, you're supposed to crawl away like an aging dinosaur. There's nothing wrong with youth, but there is something to be said for aging gracefully. With all those years, wrinkles and extra pounds comes a wisdom that cannot be replaced and should be respected. As for Mr. D'Amico, I hope he goes bald!
K. Boldizar, via e-mail
Grrr. If the women of New York City have the class we all know they have, they will boycott this idiot Michael D'Amico and his discrimination against women over 45. With any luck he'll be out of business and grooming pets by Christmas.
Linda Flack, Seminole, Fla.
Michael D'Amico has every right to serve only the clientele that he chooses. Just as a hairdresser can opt to serve only women or only men, it's the right of every business owner. I don't understand why a person would want to be (or even insist on being) attended to by a person who openly did not want to deal with them. That person should get a clue and go elsewhere.
Natasha Kerllenevich, Los Angeles
As a veteran hairdresser for more than 21 years, I have to say that Michael D'Amico only wants the "right hair type" because he is an untalented hairstylist. While most of my colleagues would love to have the "right" type of hair to work on (easy to do, looks great, no effort), we do all of the population and our talent shines in our ability to make each and every one of our clients leave the salon feeling attractive.
Becca Sanchez, Berkeley, Calif.
I had to laugh at Robert Downey's attorney's statement that they will be putting Robert in a minimum-security jail where "he'll have dignity" and "a TV and VCR." I say give him less dignity and more discipline. He'll never go straight when he keeps getting special treatment. As I recall, last time he was in jail they let him out to work on a film. Justice sure is different for the rich and famous.
Mary Jo Mousseau, Grandville, Mich.
I am not a big royals watcher, but I couldn't help commenting on that digitally enhanced photo of Prince William
at Edward's wedding. Is it me, or has the digital enhancement made Prince William
look more than a little demented?
Stephanie Hand, New Providence, N.J.
Picks & Pans
It is time for Leah Rozen to look for other work! The General's Daughter, with John Travolta and backed by an outstanding cast, kept me on the edge of my seat through the entire movie. It was well written, acted and filmed. John Travolta truly deserves an Academy Award for his performance, and the supporting cast, including James Woods, should be nominated for supporting roles. It was also a treat to see Clarence Williams III from the old Mod Squad television show back on the screen. He gave a chilling performance. It is a good thing that I go to movies that pique my interest and not ones based on your reviewer's comments!
Katharen Caulfield, Virginia, Minn.
I can't believe the callousness of the reader who said Shania Twain has gotten "enough mileage" out of her parents' being killed. It is a fact of life and will never change no matter how many times she is interviewed and asked about it. I think anyone who can put their dreams on hold to keep their family together is to be commended, whether they end up famous or not. This reader obviously has not lost a parent, because I'm sure most who have will attest to the fact that you never make a "full recovery." You just go on with life, as Shania has.
Lisa Moskowitz, San Clemente, Calif.