by April Knight from the September 27, 2010 issue
The reason why I would have nixed the friend is because the 800 word count is so restrictive that I feel we should take advantage of as much room as possible to have the hero and heroine interact and get that chemistry going. You'd still have the great appeal of the wedding gown collection idea, but combined with a more satisfying interaction between the two main characters.
However, Johnene, the fiction editor, liked it as is, so take my musings with a grain of salt. :)