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Volume 4 2011 Publisher T.J. Potts

Editor Lawren Largue

Assistant Editors Mallory Boykin • Catherine Dorrough Stephen Potts

Layout Catherine Dorrough

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Contributing Writers Amber Beasley, Tom McGehee, Stephany Pasquale, Christy Dobson Reid, Kinsey Russell, Isabelle Shaw, Amy Ferrara Smith

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in this issue



50 32 Delicious Dessertware

Bay-area confectioners draw inspiration from popular china patterns to create exquisite wedding cakes.

38 A Bloom for all Seasons

A bride’s guide to perfect flower pairings for winter, spring, summer or fall weddings


42 Cheery Blossoms

60 The Look for less

50 Fairy-Tale Frocks

64 The Progressive Bachelorette

From petal-esque silhouettes to floral hues, choose botanical-inspired styles for your buds.

Now that you’ve found Prince Charming, it’s time to pick the perfect dress for your happily-ever-after moment.

Local wedding planners share secrets to achieving a luxe reception on a dime.

Maid of honor: Treat your pal to an unforgettable girls’ night out at some of the city’s hottest spots.

contributors MBB asks: What’s your favorite new wedding trend? Amy ferrara Smith

Matthew Wood

“Create a photo book. Print old pictures of the bride and groom from childhood and their courtship on one page, and then leave space for guests to sign on the adjacent side.”

“I’m a big fan of having the groomsmen wear black Converse sneakers with their tuxedos instead of the traditional shiny rentals. They’re comfortable without looking too distracting.”

on our cover Annalee Elizabeth Bailey wed Bradley Christopher Hargett in a classic June ceremony at Dauphin Way United Methodist Church in

Mobile. For details of the couple’s elegant day, see page 72.

photo by jason norman.

photo by studio a photography


8 editor’s note

28 beauty

10 q&a

Mobile makeup artists amp up brides’ natural features.

Mission: Inspiration Crisis Averted Check out these must-know tips for keeping your cool during wedding-day dilemmas.

12 etiquette

Best-Dressed Guest Local fashionistas share seven simple steps for proper wedding guest attire.

Palette Perfection

66 honeymoons

Two Tickets to Paradise Once you and your sweetie have exchanged “I Do’s,” unwind on your first romantic trip as Mr. and Mrs.

68 history

14 decisions

A Few of Her Favorite Things

Get enveloped in the intricacies of rich inks and fine paper.

70 end piece

Anatomy of an Invitation

17 good stuff

The Total Welcome Package Greet out-of-town guests with an abundance of local swag.

22 how-to

Vendor Vocabulary Here are 66 terms that every bride-to-be should know.

Wedding registry trends may change, but some pieces are timeless.

By the Numbers (Bridal Edition) Local shopkeepers spend countless hours ensuring that each bride’s big day is just as she imagines it.

72 annual wedding register Announcing the new Mr. and Mrs.

96 vendor guide A complete list of Bay-area wedding resources

“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” catherine dorrough

– Vincent Van Gogh


When I was a blushing young bride (and if I’m honest, even before then), I culled every bridal publication I could get my hands on. I’d tear out page after page of ideas to add to my “look book.” It was one big scrapbook bursting at the seams with everything that I hoped my big day would be – the dresses, the music, the flowers, the reception. And, when I couldn’t find a photo of the image floating around in my head, I’d pull several different picture clippings and carefully Scotch tape each of the elements together so that my florist or baker or consultant could visualize exactly what I was imagining. Like many brides, I found my inspiration in some odd places. My cake’s damask print, right, was drawn from vintage fabric and my save the dates from old photo booth snapshots. Ideas are everywhere! Who says that you can’t find the perfect design for your cake while registering for china? On page 32, see how four local bakeries interpreted popular dinnerware patterns on frosted and tiered confections. The designs are as delicate and refined as the china itself. Most brides choose their flowers to coordinate with the colors of their attire. Why not reverse the process? Let the colors and shapes of bouquet botanicals influence your bridesmaids’ ensembles. “Cheery Blossoms,” page 42, features fresh, lively picks that are anything but garden-variety. (Think daffodil yellow, lavender blue and azalea pink.) And, classic fairy-tales serve as muses for the gorgeous bridal gowns on page 50 and following. Perhaps, the best inspiration for a Bay-area wedding is other local celebrations. Turn to page 72 for Mobile Bay Bride’s annual announcement registry. Tried and true ideas abound. And, after you walk down the aisle, don’t forget to sign up to have your own big day showcased in next year’s edition! Visit mobilebaybride.com for details.

bill powell


Our save the date was a flashback to vintage photo booth strips.

Best wishes and happy planning!


Share your favorite new wedding trend with us! The lucky reader with the most unique concept will win this adorable ivory bloom flower ring (a $44 value) from Stella & Dot, courtesy of Lynn Cooper. Entries due by March 1, 2011. E-mail ideas to [email protected]

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In honor of our first date, to an Alabama football game, guests shook personalized crimson and white pompoms to bid us farewell. Then, we left for our honeymoon in a candy-apple-red antique Thunderbird.




Check out these must-know tips for keeping your cool during wedding-day dilemmas. text by christy dobson reid

In a perfect world, wedding stress takes a backseat to joy. However, the occasional sticky situation is bound to happen. Most every bride-to-be finds herself in some sort of pickle during the planning process. Local event planner Nicole Brooks, of Brooks and Co. Wedding Consulting, offers solutions to common quandaries.

Help! I am way over my budget! What can I do to bring it back down to size? Reducing the guest list is the best way to lower the budget. The number of guests determines the amount of everything you need. “If this isn’t an option, consider having the reception earlier in the day to lower food costs. Or, only offer beer, wine and one or two specialty drinks,” Brooks says. How can I whittle down the guest list? Divide your guests into three lists. Make a priority list of the people who are most important to you. “These are the ones whom you want to invite, but are not necessarily obligated to invite,” Brooks says. The second should include guests who must receive an invitation, and the third should list everyone else. “If you haven’t seen the person in a year or rarely get in touch with them, they belong on the third list,” she says. Keep in mind that about 20 percent of invitees decline.


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What should a bride expect from a wedding planner? Planners can cater to your needs, whether you want help with every detail or just a few key tasks. Regardless, Brooks highly recommends a day-of coordinator. “No matter how small or informal the wedding is going to be,” she says, “the planner will relieve the stress of having a family member or friend in charge of managing the big day.”

Is it rude not to include “and guest” on a single guest’s invitation? Yes. While this might nearly double your guest list, there is no polite way around it. Guests feel more comfortable having a date, especially if they don’t know many other invitees. Whether a guest is in a serious commitment or seriously single, their relationship status is irrelevant to their invite. I have to choose between a friend and family member for the final spot in my bridal party. How do I decide? Who is closest to you? Who will be able to put you at ease and be of the most help? Who do you want to see standing by your side? Choose this woman, and don’t let emotions take over.

I do not want my stepmother walking down the aisle. Period. How can I have her seated before the ceremony? This can be a tricky and sensitive subject. The stepmother does not have to be a part of the processional, but she should be seated just prior to it. That way, she is not actually in the wedding, but she is set apart from guests. “Ultimately, the day of the wedding belongs to the bride and groom and their respective mothers and fathers,” Brooks says. “The stepmother should be understanding.”

Brooks and Co. Wedding Consulting 510-0197. brooksandcoweddings.com. [email protected]




Local fashionistas share seven simple steps for proper wedding guest attire. text by christy dobson reid • photos by jamie hopper

Sometimes it’s OK to break the rules, especially with fashion. But as a guest at a wedding, you don’t want to take the spotlight away from the bride. After all, it is her party, and while she may cry if she wants to, it shouldn’t be because of your outfit. Do you really want to be that girl? Follow a few easy and straightforward rules for a flawless and appropriate look.


Just say no to white. There are so many colors of the rainbow, why wear white when you know there will be someone else there wearing it for a reason? And yes, the same goes for winter white pants. “In my opinion, guests should not wear white to a wedding, especially not white pants,” says Nancy Brock, of Holiday Inc.


If you know the wedding colors, or the shade of the mothers’ dresses, wear another color. Otherwise, you may look like a wedding-party-member wannabe.


After 6 p.m., dress should be more formal. Ladies may wear a dressy dress, cocktail attire or a long gown. “Men should sport tuxedos after Labor Day and white dinner jackets from Memorial Day to Labor Day,” Brock says.


Keep it classy. Wedding dress code is always conservative. “If a dress is strapless, maybe wear a wrap in the church,” Brock suggests. “Wraps are very popular,” agrees Margaret Loper, of Ballin’s Ltd. “A lot of clothing can be worn no matter the season now because the fabrics are lighter, and you can layer with a piece like a wrap.”


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Black is back. Brock remembers a time when wearing black to a wedding was taboo; however, times have changed, and she affirms that nowadays the color is very appropriate for the occasion.


Shine is suitable, but keep it subtle. “During the day, rhinestones and metal are now acceptable, even though it was once considered eveningwear,” Loper says.

In fact, an understated yet shimmery accent, like metallic shoes, complements most outfits and almost acts as a neutral.


It’s OK to step outside the box. But a wedding is not the place to debut a new avant garde outfit. “Go for it, as long as it’s not too far outside the box,” Loper says. The most important thing is to stay respectful of the bride and her taste.

opposite A colorful pattern in a classic cut is perfect for a daytime spring or summer wedding. Plaid dress (Jennifer Reale). Ballin’s Ltd., Legacy Village, 9 Du Rhu Drive. 304-0044. ballinsltd.com. White multi-strand necklace. Stella & Dot, stelladot.com/lynncopper. top Gold brocade adds texture to a versatile strapless number (Shoshanna). CK Collection, 320 Fairhope Ave. 990-9001. ckcollection.com above Shiny fabrics add polish to a collared caramel sheath (Sara Campbell). Ellen’s Boutique, 6345 Airport Blvd., Suite D. 342-2205. yourellens.com. Turquoise accessories, Stella & Dot.


anatomy of an


Get enveloped in the intricacies of rich inks and fine paper. text by kinsey russell • photos by catherine dorrough

In a world where the honor of a guest’s presence can be requested through Facebook, sometimes it’s hard to remember what a proper invitation should look like. It’s no wonder that it can be one of the most stressful items on a bride’s to-do list. Like the wedding itself, an invite can be as simple or complex, as modern or traditional, as best fits your style. Sticker Shock The Postal Service offers weddingthemed stamps, and you can design your own for an extra-creative touch. Visit usps.com for a guide to making personalized postage. Before you purchase it in bulk though, it’s a good idea to take a full, ready-tomail invitation to the post office to have it weighed – just to make sure you don’t get 150 invites returned with “Insufficient Postage” inked across your beautiful envelopes.

Repondez S’il Vous Plait Select a postcard or a traditional reply card with envelope so that guests can RSVP, but either way, be sure to pre-address and stamp it. For a more modern touch, give guests the option of replying through a wedding website such as theknot.com, or by e-mail.

Be Our Guest Guidelines for proper envelope wording are extensive, so do some research before breaking out the fountain pen. Also, remember that while you and your soon-to-be spouse may treat addressing as a bonding experience, it saves time to hire a professional calligrapher.

Need a Tissue? A sheer vellum sheet covering the invite has become a trendy accent. This is a nod to old-school calligraphers, who used the gauzy paper to keep the ink from smudging (although it was not included in the finished invitation package). It gives each mailer a polished, upscale look.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered A traditional invitation includes an outer envelope, with formal address, and an inner envelope. This second envelope should include the written names of everyone from the household who is invited to the wedding. Here, it is appropriate to write the names of guests as you regularly refer to them. (For example, though the outer envelope may be addressed to “Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Davis,” the inner would simply read “Aunt Ella and Uncle Joe.”)


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We loved this all-inclusive save the date!

Selection Suggestions size and shape Invitations, like weddings, come in all different styles. Many paper companies provide pre-cut invitations. You can also opt for oversized ones or custom shapes; however, these often make postage rates jump. Keep in mind that extra finery, such as bows, may not hold up in the mail. paper stock Classic white paper is always chic, and cotton is the best bet for quality. To put an eco-friendly stamp on your invites, choose recycled paper and skip the tissue. wording Local stationery shop owners can provide samples to help you decide on your wording style. “Here at the store, you can get personalized invitations and plenty of etiquette advice,” says Paper Jubilee owner Karen McKean. Printing There are many options for printing text. Thermography is a popular process that is both poised and budget-friendly. Another option is engraving, which is generally quite expensive. Embossing can add striking accents, but it generally takes longer for a printer to turn it around.

Seal & Send This contemporary, all-inclusive style has become an attractive, less expensive option for summoning guests to your wedding. It’s an all-in-one card that includes the invite with a detachable, perforated RSVP and reception card at the bottom.

invitations courtesy of paper Jubilee

the total

welcome package

From Gulf trinkets and treasures to the finest offerings of Olde Mobile, greet out-of-town guests with an abundance of local swag. text by kinsey russell • photos by catherine dorrough

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Down at the beach


Treat friends and family to laid-back beach style. From classic Buffett tunes to seashells plucked from the sandy dunes of Gulf Shores, guests will have all the accessories they need to enjoy an easy, breezy weekend.


Flora-Bama T-shirt, $18. Flora-Bama Lounge and Package, 17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola. 980-5118. florabama.com

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striped terry beach towel, $13. Dollar Days, dollardays.com

Wintzell’s Bottle hugger, $3. Wintzell’s Oyster House, 605 Dauphin St. 432-4605. 6700 Airport Blvd. 341-1111. I-65 at Exit 13, Saraland. 442-3335. 805 S. Mobile St., Fairhope. 929-2322. 30500 state Highway 181, Suite 800, Spanish Fort. 626-5714. wintzellsoysterhouse.com

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colorful striped Flip-Flops, $1. Dollar Days, dollardays.com

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one love, one ocean bumper sticker, $2. LuLu’s at Homeport Marina, 200 E. 25th Ave., Gulf Shores. 967-5858. lulusathomeport.com


“sunkissed” Coffeehouse Suds soap, $4. Coffeehouse Suds, 545-9524. coffeehousesuds.com, etsy.com


Hand-poured candle, $10. Perk Up Coffee & Gift Shop, 200 McKenzie St., Foley. 533-9440.

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Jimmy Buffett album, prices vary. Dr. Music, 9 N. Church St., Fairhope. 990-3412. drmusic123.com

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good stuff Deliver the goodies in a reusable shopping bag, like this one from Paper Jubilee!



Olde Mobile Sample the city’s rich heritage. Guests will love a basket full of classic recipes and sweet treats. After they fill their tummies, they can feast their eyes on local attractions such as the famed USS Alabama and the Mobile Museum of Art.



Bottle OF Arancio chardonnay, $10. Red or White Gourmet Center, 1801 Old Shell Road. 478-9494. 323-A De La Mare Ave., Fairhope. 990-0003. redorwhitewine.com


Bay Tables cookbook, $15. Junior League of Mobile, 57 N. Sage Ave. 471-3348. juniorleaguemobile.org

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Whiskey Willy’s Bloody Mary Mix, $5. Local supermarkets.

12-ounce bag Carpe Diem Coffee Beans, $8 - $12. Carpe Diem Coffee & Tea Co., 4072 Old Shell Road. 304-0448. springhillcoffeeroasters.com


Three Georges Mini White Chocolate Butter Pecan Cake, $3. Three Georges Candy Shop Inc., 226 Dauphin St. 433-6725. threegeorges.com



USS Alabama tickets, $12 each. USS Alabama State Park, 2703 Battleship Parkway. 433-2703. ussalabama.com


Mobile Museum of Art tickets, $6 - $10 each. Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. 208-5200. mobilemuseumofart.com


“turkish d’light” Coffeehouse Suds soap, $4. Coffeehouse Suds, 545-9524. coffeehousesuds.com, etsy.com


personalized hugger, $231 for 250. Gwin’s Stationery, 957 Springhill Ave. 438-1959. gwins.cc


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Mardi Gras Shower guests with beads, MoonPies and plenty of Mardi Gras history, courtesy of the Mobile Carnival Museum.


festive Umbrella, $3.25 or $30 per dozen. Toomey’s Gift Shop at the Mobile Carnival Museum, 355 Government St. 432-3324.

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Mardi Gras history pamphlet and parade schedule, free. Toomey’s Gift Shop.

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carnival postcards, $3 each. Toomey’s Gift Shop. sequined mystic masks, $10.25 per dozen. Toomey’s Gift Shop. chocolate MoonPies, $2.50 per Box of 8. Toomey’s Gift Shop. King and Queen Medallion beads, $2.25 each. Toomey’s Gift Shop.

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Carnival Museum Tickets, $5 each. Mobile Carnival Museum, 355 Government St. 432-3324. mobilecarnivalmuseum.com


Danish-size King Cake, $2. Pollman’s Bake Shop, 750 S. Broad St. 438-1511. 31 N. Royal St., Suite 101. 438-2261. 4464 Old Shell Road. 342-8546.


Fleur De Lis Wine stopper, $8. Toomey’s Gift Shop.

essentials checklist Include these necessities in each basket so guests can feel at home. • Safety pins • Shout! wipes • Breath mints • Bottled water • Band-Aids • Kleenex

• Mobile Bay magazine • A list of important phone numbers • Local brochures from the Convention and Visitors Bureau




Planning a wedding is hard enough – especially when vendor-speak seems like a foreign language. Here are 66 terms that every bride-to-be should know. text by amber beasley and kinsey russell • photos by amy and douglas anderson

You have phone calls to make and merchants to meet, all to ensure that every detail of your wedding goes smoothly. Your mental picture of the big day may be crystal clear, but it can be difficult to articulate that vision. Reference this go-to glossary to help decode bridal business jargon.

Bridal Attire Silhouette The basic shape of a gown. Ball Gown This classic cut gives a bride Cinderella style. A form-fitting bodice gives way to a full, bell-shaped skirt. Bateau The boat neck’s wide curve accentuates collar bones. It drapes almost to the end of the shoulders. Mermaid A form-fitting, dramatic cut that flares below the knee. amy and douglas anderson / studio a photography

Princess Perfect for any body type, this dress is fitted in the torso and flares dramatically in the lower half. Sheath This form-fitting cut elegantly emphasizes curves from the top to the low waistline. Trumpet Similar to a mermaid fit, a trumpet gown begins to flare higher up on the leg. “This popular style works well for any body type, especially when made with ruching,” says Bonnie Carter, of I Do Bridal & Formal. Train The back portion of the gown that drags behind the bride. Sweeping The shortest of all trains, it barely brushes the floor. It’s ideal for an informal or semi-formal wedding. Chapel Length A train that falls 4 feet from the waistline and has the effect of a full train, but is still maneuverable. Cathedral Length Since this train falls 7 1/2 feet from the waist, look for one that is removable or can be bustled so you can move more easily at the reception. Royal Length Appropriately known as the monarch train, this is the most fancy of them all. It falls 9 feet from the waistline. You’ll feel like a monarch walking down the aisle.


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Veil A sheer headdress. Romans were the first to wear bridal veils. Birdcage A short vintage style, with a fishnet appearance. It is usually about 10 inches long and covers the face down to the nose.

Fingertip A veil that brushes the fingertips. Mantilla Delicate lace that drapes softly over the top of the head so that no additional headpiece is needed.

FlyAway A short veil that barely sweeps the shoulders.

Waltz Also called a ballet veil, this style reaches to the calves and pairs nicely with a dress that does not have a train.

Blusher A layer that covers the face. It can be pulled back later in the ceremony.

Chapel Length An elegant veil that sweeps along the floor.

Elbow Length A headdress veil that – no surprise – reaches the elbow.

Cathedral Length The longest, most dramatic veil, it measures 120 inches or longer.

Wedding Cake Basket Weave A piping technique used to make a woven design that resembles a basket. It works well with buttercream or royal icing. Buttercream This creamy frosting can be flavored, colored and used for filling or decoration. “This icing is pretty stable, but keep it in cooler areas to help it stay firm,” says Judi Freeman, of Cakes by Judi. Cornelli A labor-intensive piping technique that mimics a lace pattern. Fondant A thick, smooth candy icing with a taffy-like consistency. It covers the wedding cake like a piece of fabric and is a sturdy base for other decorations and elaborate designs. Gum paste This dough-like icing is used to create realistic-looking flowers or decorations, which can be eaten or saved as keepsakes. Royal Icing A pure white frosting that dries stiff. It is made from confectioners’ sugar and egg whites.

photo by jamie hopper / flowers by flowers etc!

Flowers Biedermeier A tightly wrapped bouquet with blooms arranged in a defined circular pattern. Each concentric ring of flowers contains only blooms of a similar variety and color. Cascade An elegant bundle of flowers that flows like a waterfall from a formed base. Classic A traditional bouquet. This is what most people envision when they think “bridal bouquet.” Composite A bouquet that is created by fusing petals, small flowers and buds together into a single stem to make the appearance of one giant flower. Nosegay Bursting with sweet scent, this round, petite and tightly packed bouquet, also called a posie, is one of the most popular styles. Oasis A piece of foam that keeps flowers hydrated for long periods of time. “This sponge-like material adds sturdiness for larger arrangements used at food tables or in the foyer of a church,” says Sheila Kirksey, of Rose Bud Flowers & Gifts. Pomander A foam ball covered in blooms. It can be held when attendants walk down the aisle or hung from a chandelier or pew as a decoration. Presentation Also called a pageant bouquet, this heap of long-stemmed loose flowers lies in the crook of a bride’s arm. Single Stem A single flower with blooms up the stem. One or two additional stems may accompany it. Orchids are ideal for this style. Tossing Bouquet The arrangement used only for the bouquet toss. If you’re attached to your bouquet, ask your florist to make a replica, so that you can keep the original. Tussy Mussy A metal vase used for a Victorianstyle bundle of flowers. Bonus: This versatile bouquet can also double as a centerpiece for the reception.

Rings 4 Cs Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat are the four factors to consider when choosing a rock. A stone with a good color grade is nearly pure white. A well-cut diamond reflects light brilliantly. One with a superior clarity grade has few imperfections. And the higher the carat weight, the bigger the size of the diamond. Facet Each flat surface on the stone. The shape of the stone determines the number of facets. Girdle The outer edge of a diamond, where it meets the prongs. Inclusion Usually invisible to the naked eye, these unique birthmarks within a stone determine its clarity grade. “The fewer the inclusions, the more expensive and worthy the diamond,” says Jerry Wiggins, of Hayes Jewelers. Table Seen from the top, this large facet in the center of the diamond influences the stone’s sparkle and reflection. The larger the table, the more light that can shine through. Setting The design in which a stone is showcased in a ring. Bezel A setting that fastens the stone to the band with no space or exposure separating it and the diamond. Half Bezel The metal rim on this ring leaves part of the stone exposed. Channel A row of diamonds set within a groove in the band. Pavé A beaded metal setting, carefully placed to hold small stones. Solitaire A classic setting with a single diamond. It mounts the stone up high, allowing the most light to pass through the rock. Tri-stone Also known as a trinity setting. Small accent stones flank a larger central diamond.


Ceremony Bride’s Side In a Christian ceremony, the left side of the sanctuary. The groom’s side is the right. In a Jewish ceremony, this is reversed. Prelude Music played before the wedding while guests are being seated. It should be uplifting and set the mood for the ceremony. Processional The bridal party’s walk down the aisle. First the bridesmaids (and groomsmen, if desired), then the flower girl and ring bearer, make their way to the altar. Finally, the bride makes her grand entrance. Statement of Intention Toward the beginning of the ceremony, the officiant confirms that the bride and groom are getting married of their own free will. Exchange of Rings After the exchange of vows, the couple seals their marriage with the giving of wedding bands. Pronouncement of Marriage The officiant’s declaration that the bride and groom are married. (This is also the part where the groom gets to kiss his bride.) Presentation of the Couple The first time newlyweds are introduced as a married pair. Recessional The exit, often set to Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March.”


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Canapés Hors d’oeuvres traditionally served at room temperature on small pieces of bread. “Canapés are great pick-up items for guests to eat while waiting for the bride and groom to arrive,” says Rhonda Freeman, of Tyner’s Catering. “Anything from shrimp to a basil tomato sauce can be served on top.”

All-inclusive When referring to a resort, this means that beverages, meals and entertainment are included in the daily rate. “Be careful in reading the fine print to make sure you know exactly what your trip includes,” says Rebecca Lytle, of Springdale Travel. “A travel agent will be the best source in finding out what all-inclusive actually covers.”

Corkage While buying beverages from somewhere other than your reception venue can be a money-saver, but be aware of this sometimes costly fee that may be added.

Conversion rate The number of American dollars that go into one unit of foreign currency. Before leaving on your trip, do some research and look into whether or not your destination accepts American dollars. If you’ll need to change money, find out if it’s cheaper to do so at an ATM or bank. But be careful, currency exchange stores often include commission fees that make them an expensive choice.

Crudités Light appetizers consisting of raw, small-cut vegetables, often served with a tasty dipping sauce. Cutting Fee The fee sometimes charged when a couple orders a cake from a bakery not affiliated with the reception venue. Food Station A serving area that features one type of item. These have become a popular alternative to large buffets.

Shoulder season The period of travel between the high and low seasons at a particular destination. Prices are generally lower and places are less crowded then, so it’s the perfect time to schedule a honeymoon.




Mobile makeup artists amp up brides’ natural features to create that luminous wedding-day glow. text by mallory boykin • photos by catherine dorrough

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Eyes Warm tones pop against greens, so create a sultry eye with Copper Cocoa Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow on the crease and Champagne Quartz Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow to lighten lower lids. Caviar Ink Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner and Caviar Eye Shadow along the lash line polish off your peepers. Top things off with two coats of Extreme Party Mascara for extra sparkle.

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Belk, 3100 Bel Air Mall. 470-5400.


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Skin Apply pretty poppy blush, like Apricot, on the apples of cheeks to bring balance to the dramatic eyes. Make sure to use proper skincare during the days leading up to the wedding. The key to long-lasting makeup is hydration. Lips Sandwash Pink Lip Color stands out against paler complexions. Stick with a matte look or dress it up with Rose Sugar Shimmer Lip Gloss.

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Beautiful Blonde Michelle Nash, for Chanel, concocts a sweet look for blonde-haired, blue-eyed brides. Eyes To brighten baby blues, try Les 4 Ombres Quardra Eye Shadow in Spices.

Line top lids with Gris Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner and bottoms in the Marine shade for extra depth. Lastly, curl, lengthen, volumize and separate lashes with Inimitable Mascara. An added perk: This super-product is waterproof.

Skin Prime your palette. The Ultra Correction skincare line even masks wrinkles. Dab Éclat Lumière Highlighter Face Pen in Beige Rosé under eyes to eliminate dark circles. Pro Lumière foundation in Shell is perfect for sheer coverage. Complete the canvas with Translucent 1 Clair powder, and dust on Soleil Tan de Chanel bronzer in Terre Épice for a sun-kissed look. Lips To create a beautifully plump pout, choose Pink Sugar Le Crayon Lèvres lip pencil and Papeete Aqualumière lipstick. A hint of Petite Péche Glossimer in the center is perfection. Chanel • Dillards, 3300 Bel Air Mall. 471-1551.

Brilliant Brunette Jin Sobera, for Lancôme, drums up the drama of big, dark eyes and rich skin tones. Eyes Shimmer in copper tones, like Vue and Guest List Color Design eye shadows. Lashes laden with mascara liven up the look for a formal wedding. Use less eyeliner to take it down a notch for a daytime event. Skin Teint Idole Ultra in Suede 2 lays a solid foundation, and the oil-free matte cuts down the shine. Apply Suede Dual Finish powder, and you’ll be ready for your close-up. Lips Go for simple, nude lips, with just a kiss of color, to keep the focus on your eyes. Pair Perfect Fig L’Absolu Rouge with Neutral Current La Laque Fever. Lancôme • Dillards, 3300 Bel Air Mall. 471-1551.

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Congratulations on your engagement! It’s time to plan one of the most special days of your life. The task may seem daunting, but never fear: MBB offers a comprehensive guide to creating beautiful Bay-area weddings. Find plenty of inspiration inside, from gorgeous gowns and bridesmaid attire, to stunning cakes, fabulous honeymoon getaways and much more. Don’t forget to check out the 2011 wedding registry to peek inside the celebrations of other local brides. Let the brainstorming begin! – Catherine Dorrough

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Bay-area confectioners draw inspiration from popular china patterns to create exquisite wedding cakes. Four delectable designs grace tables at Spring Hill College’s Stewartfield. text by kinsey russell • photos by matthew wood

Garden Party Delicate handmade butterflies dance from leaf to candy leaf of an elegant three-tiered wedding cake. Lauren Burnett, of The Pastry Shop, crafted this whimsical botanical design, right, in a mere four hours. The cake’s white backdrop is more than just a simple canvas for a small world of periwinkle butterflies, forest green leaves and golden dragonflies. It is a divine white chocolate coating that remains a secret recipe of the bakery. (Brides often choose to pair this tasty icing with toasted almond filling.) The confectioner’s muse was the Ivy Garland china pattern, above, available at Zundel’s Jewelry. “It was so beautifully hand painted that I was immediately inspired,” Burnett says.


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Anna Weatherly, the artist behind the table setting design, drew inspiration from her homeland, Budapest, Hungary. Fascinated with the nature in the country, she studied the flora and fauna around her. Weatherly began professionally painting on expensive silk fabrics before graduating to china. Butterflies, like the ones seen in the Ivy Garland collection, are her signature accent; even the back of every dish features a small butterfly flitting across it. “Every little bug and flower is painted on the china as if it were a canvas,” says Zundel’s bridal sales associate Tana Fleming. This popular pattern has been around since the early ’90s, and Mobile brides often choose to register for it, particularly paired with Weatherly’s more basic Simply Anna collection, a series of white dishes outlined in a gold trim band.

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Royal Wedding Bring on the handsome prince. This regal cake, right, constructed at The Little Cake Shop in Spanish Fort, is fit for a princess on her wedding day. Lorrie, Amy and Kellie Chambers, along with Karen and Jessica Jones, all pastry artists at the family business, designed and created the lovely five-tiered showstopper. Delicate stripes and dots accent alternating tiers, while the mosaic pattern takes precedence throughout the design. The medallions are fashioned out of rolled fondant, while varying shades of teal add interest to the icing. Finally, a shimmering crown tops the majestic teal and gold tower. Yellow butter cake layers blend with rich almond and raspberry cream fillings, lending a full flavor to every bite. Lorrie says it took a week to plan and design the cake and a few hours more to actually decorate it. “We tried to view the cake as a piece of china, so that we could capture the cake and the china as one,” she says. The artists based their masterpiece on the china pattern Arc En Ciel, by Haviland and Parlon, a Limoges, France company that has been around since the early 1900s. The pattern, above, is available at Claude Moore Jeweler. It pairs well with simple blue Syracuse china. Each piece of Arc En Ciel is made to look as though every tiny pebblelike circle has been individually placed on the plates and bowls, while the gold trim is hand painted.


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“We tried to view the cake as a piece of china, so that we could capture the cake and the china as one.”

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This delicate china takes on a unique, almost translucent effect when it’s held up to the light.

An elegant aqua blue and rich gold color scheme, paired with a wispy damask motif, is in great taste – especially when it’s created in sugar. Robyn Yoder, of Heavenly Creations in Fairhope, made this decadent design, left. Over the years, Yoder honed her exceptional baking skills from her grandmother. For this cake, she rolled and cut bands of turquoise fondant to make a thick trim. Yoder then hand-piped gold royal icing on top to mimic the feather-like scroll motif. Each white fondant-covered layer features a coat of buttercream icing underneath, which keeps the fondant moist while adding a creamy flavor to each bite. “I kept adding piping until it matched the pattern, and it wasn’t until the very end that I chose to put the feathers on top,” says Yoder. Royal Crown Derby’s Darley Abbey china collection, above, was the inspiration. The English bone china design is available at Claude Moore and Zundel’s. Since its debut five years ago, Darley Abbey has become quite popular with young brides and grooms. This delicate pattern takes on a unique, almost translucent effect when it’s held up to the light. The English appropriated the skill of crafting this type of quality china from the Chinese, who pioneered the technique.

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Lily White Classic ivory looks pristine and polished in this cake and china duo. Pollman’s Bake Shop created a captivating cake, left, and topped it with a lovely bouquet of gum paste calla lilies. Dotted with edible pearl beads and encircled with neatly tied bows, the confection combines traditional style with chic detailing. Inside, the shop’s popular white pound cake with almond flavoring will surely delight guests. “The most challenging part of making this cake was mimicking the unique shape of the china,” says Pam Meservy, one half of the Pollman’s pair who designed the perfect pastry. Meservy and Pam Gandy combined cake tiers made from their usual round pans with cakes baked in scalloped pans that perfectly matched the shape of the china. With a little bit of stacking and carving, the masterpiece began to take shape. Although the smooth white background looks like fondant, as flawless as a piece of porcelain, it is actually a carefully spread buttercream frosting. After three hours of icing, piping and perfecting, this blossom of a cake emerged. Casafina Meridian Stoneware, bottom right, was the inspiration for the baking team’s classic design. The Portugal-made collection is available at The Ivy Cottage. The dinnerware is as subtle as the cake itself, an understated set of cream-colored pieces with hand-applied patina detailing. It is at once contemporary and timeless.

CLAUDE MOORE JEWELER • 3700 Dauphin St. 380-9400. claudemoorejeweler.com heavenly creations • 410 Fairhope Ave. 928-1444. fairhopebakery.com The Ivy Cottage • 2401 Old Shell Road. 473-4438. theivycottageonline.com THE LITTLE CAKE SHOP • 10198 U.S. Highway 31, Spanish Fort. 621-9097. THE PASTRY SHOP • 2560 Dauphin St. 479-2629. POLLMAN’S BAKE SHOP • 750 S. Broad St. 438-1511. 31 N. Royal St., Suite 101. 438-2261. 4464 Old Shell Road. 342-8546. stewartfield • 4000 Dauphin St. 380-3884. shc.edu ZUNDEL’S JEWELRY • 3670 Dauphin St. 344-8300. zundelsjewelry.com

a bloom for all seasons A bride’s guide to perfect flower pairings for winter, spring, summer or fall weddings text by mallory boykin • photos by catherine dorrough

{ hydrangea, lisianthus and rose }

Any given season, flowers have the power to enhance an atmosphere. But with a world of options available, how does a bride hone in on her ideal look? Take inspiration from Mother Nature – from bright bulbs in warm months to frosty florals in winter.

Floral Foundations Popular picks like hydrangeas, roses and lisianthus are botanical basics that work year-round. They can be assembled with a variety of other flowers to fit all wedding styles. Since they can be dyed, the color options for hydrangeas are limitless. “They are probably the No. 1 wedding flower now,” says LeNae Denson, of Cleveland the Florist. Get the most life out of the limbs by choosing one of their natural colors: green. Lisianthus are light, airy and timeless. Opt for the traditional


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whites, lavenders, pale pinks and purples, or go for an unexpected pop of color with a two-tone bloom. These flowers make a statement when arranged in an English garden-style nosegay. Roses are another go-to wedding flower. Though traditional, they can also take on a more modern look when tightly bundled in a biedermeir bouquet. (See “Vendor Vocabulary,” page 22.) These blooms now come in countless varieties and shades. Carl Clark, AIFD, of Southern Veranda Florist & Gifts says brides are clamoring for the David Austin, a fully open garden rose.

Call tulips the Energizer blossoms. They keep growing and growing … even in a vase.

{ tulip, iris and calla lily }

Spring Awakening As winter thaws and the weather begins to teeter on springtime, a few buds begin to bloom. Flowers that spring up during March and April are often slightly high maintenance though, so choose wisely. Tulips, for example, turn heads in any arrangement, no matter the color or type, but they can act fairly finicky. Blooms could be open one day and closed the next. Denson says that brides who choose tulips have to be willing to give up some control. But, a tip for keeping tulips shut: Wrap them with a piece of copper wire. Irises are another beautiful selection. Denson says that it is fascinating to watch an iris open. It has many different phases, so it’s important for brides to decide in which stage they would like the flower to be when it’s placed in an arrangement. Finally, don’t count out calla lilies. These exotic, smooth stems come in a rainbow of colors, from mango oranges to almost-blacks.

Stick with the typical yellow sunflower, or opt for a more dramatic two-tone or chocolate blossom.

Summer Stock

{ ranunculus, sunflower and goldenrod }

Come summertime, flowers in pinks, yellows and greens are prominent. Round up bouquets of radiant ranunculus, which resemble flat roses. They look best in large quantities, so pick small or medium-sized versions of the flower. But beware, these petals are fragile. Clark advises to order them as a tight bud, and then stick them in the freezer as they start to open. Sunflowers also shine in warm weather. The cheerful blooms, which can be arranged with petals either open or closed, are fantastic additions to outdoor weddings. Each flower is so big that it doesn’t take many to make an impact. Goldenrod gives florals a country-like feel. This feathery flower, also known as solidago, grows wild in local fields and blooms naturally in late summer. Pat Huggins, of All A Bloom, says, like any other stem, make sure the tips are kept in water.

Autumn Options

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Embrace the changing of the seasons; infuse arrangements with earth tones. Warm oranges and rich browns add luxury to any landscape. In autumn, mum’s the word. Chrysanthemums come in almost every shade, except blue. “These are not your mom’s mums,” Denson says. She also encourages brides not to underestimate the power of the petite petals. As an added plus, they last for two to three days out of water. “You almost can’t kill them,” Denson says. For brides looking to achieve a homegrown feel, zinnias make a stunning addition to any bouquet. The seedlings are easy to maintain since they don’t require much water. Huggins says to keep the blossoms in a silica solution to preserve them. Another hearty option for an autumn wedding is wheat or millet. Thanks to its masculine aesthetic, this plant is a match made in heaven for boutonnieres.

{ cymbidium orchid, hypericum berries, delphinium and larkspur }

Winter Whimsy When a chill hits the air, crisp greens, ruby reds and bold blues take center stage. Deck your reception hall with lime green, white or gold cymbidium orchids. Denson says that these blooms have been gracing weddings for years, but they’re experiencing a resurgence in popularity. Pluck one of the blossoms from a stem (there are usually about eight to 10 on one) to place in your hair or atop your cake. Embrace the holiday season. Incorporate red chinaberries or eucalyptus berries into the floral scheme. To achieve a more exotic look, toss in fruits. Add contrast to rich reds or clean whites with cool-hued delphinium and larkspur. Denson says the blue buds pop against garden flowers. Clark recommends using them in larger arrangements since they are linear flowers. flowers courtesy of cleveland the florist



From petal-esque silhouettes to vibrant hues, choose botanical-inspired styles for your best buds. Sisters show off the garden-party looks. text by mallory boykin • styling by bryn edgerly • photos by jamie hopper • hair and makeup by brandi hoover, jenni garcia and lacey dawkins for the sanctuary salon

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and back add depth to Hannah Merkel-Friday’s fuchsia frock (Shoshanna). CK Collection, 320 Fairhope Ave. 990-9001. ckcollection.com. A gray sun

hat is sassy and chic. Debra’s, 4068 Old Shell Road. 343-7463. Long silver necklace. Stella & Dot, stelladot. com/sites/lynncooper. Fabric

rosette accents punch up Katie Faircloth’s magenta number (Alexia Admor). CK Collection. Gunmetal hair accessory. Debra’s. Libby Merkel glows in a strapless going-away dress (Amsale) with ruffles. Something New Bridal, 4467 Old Shell Road. 345-0860. somethingnewbridal.net. White flower brooch. Stella & Dot. Pink and green hydrangea and larkspur bouquet. Belle Bouquet, 200 Shelton Beach Road. 675-3225. bellebouquet.com.

Cascading ruffles add texture to Abbey Merkel’s raspberrycolored halter (Theia). Uptown, 400 Fairhope Ave. 928-7664. Ivory strappy sandals (Nina). Something New Bridal. Pink rose hair accessories. cleveland the florist, 4404 old shell road. 341-3555, 6434 airport blvd. 341-3561. clevelandtheflorist. net. Bethany Merkel Engel’s bold printed dress (Notte by Marchesa) is anything but garden-variety. Debra’s. Pearl and chain necklace. Stella & Dot. Pink rose hair accessories. cleveland the florist. Jean Faircloth’s azalea-hued minidress (Phoebe Couture) is a perfect pick. CK Collection.

this page The Faircloth sisters show off this year’s hottest hue. Long cornflower-colored chiffon gowns nod to delphiniums and irises. Grosgrain detailing lends a bit of structure to a flowy silhouette (Phoebe Couture). A thin strap and ornate ruching give a classic halter (Phoebe Couture) an edge. Pearl-accented jewelry completes the look. CK Collection. Lime green hydrangea and Belles of Ireland bridesmaid bouquet. cleveland the florist. opposite Sparkle in a sequin-embellished gold strapless number (Nicole Miller). A pearl necklace and earrings up the elegance element. Ballins Ltd., 9 Du Rhu Drive, Suite 365. 340-0044. ballinsltd.com.


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top left Lavender and pink petite roses mix well with violet pansies and green hydrangeas. Southern veranda Florist & gifts, 105 N. Bancroft St., Fairhope. 928-4433. 6475 Spanish Fort Blvd., Suite F. 625-0204. southernveranda.com. photo by toni riales top Middle and right Charming cocktail rings and baubles make sweet bridesmaids’ gifts. stella & dot. above left to right The Merkel sisters look pretty in purples. Ruffles fluff up a feminine lavender frock (Britt Ryan). CK Collection. Lilies liven up the look. Beckham’s Florist, 7850 Airport Blvd. 633-2034. Playful pockets on a periwinkle halter (Marisa Baratelli) are perfect for filling with posies. Uptown. A bow on the waistline makes this ladylike sheath (kate spade) even lovelier. Ballin’s ltd. Gold necklace. uptown. An asymmetrical shoulder looks oh-so-chic on a deep navy minidress (Shoshanna). Ballins, Ltd. Purple and white mixed bouquet. Beckham’s Florist. opposite A turquoise and gold cuff polishes off a simple aquamarine collared dress (Kirribilla). CK Collection. Bracelet. stella & dot.


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left to right A marigold cap-sleeved shift (Waters & Waters) is bright and sunny. Bells & Bows, 1400 Springhill Ave. 433-2562. bellsandbowsofmobile.com. A Swiss dot tea-length going-away dress (Coren Moore) shows off stems. Something New Bridal. Coral, gold

and turquoise accessories pop. Stella & Dot. A bundle of yellow lilies and roses ties the look with her sisters’ ensembles. All A Bloom Florist & Gifts, 6677 Three Notch Road, Suite A. 666-0509. all-a-bloom.com. Layers of ruffles turn up the volume on a daffodil-yellow frock (Phoebe Couture). A gold multi-strand necklace adds shimmer. CK Collection. A gray and cream print mixes well with a ’50s-style silhouette (Marisa Baratelli). Debra’s. Bow studs and a sunflower necklace add a golden glow. Ellen’s, 6345 Airport Blvd., Suite D. 342-2205. yourellens.com

Photography Assistant Michael Mccraw. Production Assistants Catherine Dorrough,

Amber Beasley, Stephany Pasquale and Isabelle Shaw. Location Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive. 342-0555. mobilebotanicalgardens.org

fairy-tale frocks Now that you’ve found Prince Charming, it’s time to pick the perfect dress for your happily-ever-after moment. With MBB as your fairy godmother, finding your fantasy gown is as easy as bippity, boppity boo. text by mallory boykin • photos by toni riales • hair and makeup by bari arquilla, bethany holland, johnny langham and raja tarabein for raja medspa

OPPOSITE Delicate snowflake-like flowers play up the bodice of a strapless A-line gown (Jim Hjelm). I Do Bridal & Formal, 6920 Airport Blvd., Suite 103. 447-2784. idobridalformal.com. Got a flair for the dramatic? Try black gloves for a formal soiree. The Timeless Bride, 754 Government St. 432-8420. thetimelessbride.com this page Embroidery emphasizes the classic shape of Snow White’s cap-sleeved silhouette (Yvonne Leflore). The Timeless Bride. Touches of silver give classic pearls (Private Gallery) a modern twist. Private Gallery, Legacy Village, 9 Du Rhu Drive. 316-0031. Eastern Shore Centre, 30500 state Highway 181, Suite 220, Spanish Fort. 621-3767. 218 Fairhope Ave. 990-4555. Tanger Outlet, 2601 S. McKenzie St., Suite 318, Foley. 943-9393. San Roc Cay, 27267 Perdido Beach Blvd., Suite A-2, Orange Beach. 366-0888. shopprivategallery.com

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this page If the shoe fits, wear it with a Cinderella-style antique dress (VINTAGE). The Timeless Bride. Aqua and royal blue necklaces and a retro button ring are a regal combo with chic “glass slipper” jeweled jellies (Stuart weitzman). Jewelry. Private Gallery. Shoes. gallery shoe boutique, 5546 old shell road. 344-4257. opposite Any modern-day princess will have a ball in a strapless lace gown (AgapeEver) with tulle underskirt. I Do Bridal & Formal. A jewel-encrusted bib necklace and cuff bangle add sparkle. Private Gallery.


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opposite Every princess has to kiss a few frogs before she finds her groom. Sweetheart lace and flower appliqué gown (Allure Couture). I Do Bridal & Formal. Wirey bronze necklace. Private gallery. this page Dainty chiffon feathers and ruching add light and airy luxury to Thumbelina’s down-to-earth ensemble (San Patrick). I Do Bridal & Formal. Multi-colored bangles and coral necklace and hoops add splashes of color. Private gallery.

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opposite Red Riding Hood is sassy in a short bubble-hem going-away frock (Jovani). It’s foxy paired with a crimson bolero (Sarah Danielle). I Do Bridal & Formal. Bright red floral basket. Zimlich the florist, 95 N. Sage Ave. 473-3501. zimlichtheflorist.com. Black jeweled necklace. Private gallery. this page A vintage velvet shift gown with a bateau neckline and long sleeves is tailor-made for a winter wedding. Fur cuffs add sophisticated

luxury. The Timeless Bride. Ruby-red rose bouquet. The Rose Bud Flowers & Gifts, 470 Craft Highway, Chickasaw. 457-6040. rosebudflowers.com.

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Rapunzel lets her hair down in a classic silhouette (San Patrick). A beaded bodice with mesh overlay gives it an edge. I Do Bridal & Formal. Layered rhinestone necklaces up the romance. Private Gallery. Photography Assistants Richard McGill, Cynthia Goss and Joelle Rosen. Production Assistants Catherine Dorrough, Amber Beasley,

Stephany Pasquale and Isabelle Shaw. Models Johanna and Olymphiane for Barefoot Models & Talent Agency and Jessica Kinsey. Boo the dog for Walks and Wags, 631 Azalea Road. 643-1615. walksandwags.com. location The Sheldon and Mosher Castles, Pagan and Dean Mosher, 948-4347. fairhopesstorybookguesthouse.com 58

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the look Local wedding planners share secrets to achieving a luxe reception on a dime.

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Do you flip through bridal magazines and drool over celebrity weddings, thinking you’ll never be able to match their style? Well, you’re in luck, because local wedding planners have some tricks up their sleeves for creating a luxe look on a less than celebrity-size budget. Where to begin? Pin down what you want your reception to look like. Think setting, colors, tables, flowers. After you’ve got that, keeping an open mind, set out to create your wedding wonderland.

“It’s a real budget-saver to book a venue that includes tables, chairs, and linens in the rental cost,” says Leana Ott, of Affair to Remember. “This will not only save you the initial cost of renting items, but also delivery and setup fees.” If the event is held at an all-outdoor venue, then you have to rent everything from the dance floor below to the tent overhead – and maybe even restrooms. So a venue that offers an alfresco area with all of the amenities is an excellent find.

Place to Party Once you choose your theme, shop around for a venue that offers the backdrop that best suits your style. Then, take into account all of the options.

For Rent White resin chairs, opposite, are a nice alternative to pricey Chiavari seats, above. “Tie a sash around a basic white chair, and it will still come out softer on your bud-

get than a specialty chair alone,” says Jessie Faulkner, of Agapé Special Events. “Bigger tables require more decor, linens, and chairs. So try using a mixture of 48-inch and 60-inch round tables.” Don’t skimp on your linens’ lengths; they look best when they reach the floor. But to save, you can easily jazz up a basic white tablecloth with a runner. Set the Table The style of your reception will determine your table setting. Buffet receptions are budget-friendly because you do not need a full place setting. “It’s beautiful to have water, wine and champagne glasses, but your guests won’t likely use each of them,” says Ott.

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Replace costly specialty dinnerware with basic white, and let the centerpiece pull in your wedding colors.

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Clear glass plates are often less expensive than china, but still elegant. “Using the clear plastic scrollware and plastic faux silverware will save you tons on rentals and hidden costs, like the extra server your caterer will require to bus rented glassware,” says Ott. Even without a full place setting, you can still dress up your table with water goblets, chargers and napkins. “Adding a specialty napkin to a basic place setting can really give you the look for less,” adds Faulkner. Floral Ambience Share the look you want with your florist. Then discuss your budget. Chances are, he or she will be able to come up with inexpensive in-season blooms that give the same impression as pricier ones. * price per table

Adding dramatic lighting can really change the atmosphere of an event, so check with your rental company or wedding planner for other ideas. Also, incorporate candle displays into your centerpieces. They offer the bonus of being reusable. And, keep in mind that every table centerpiece does not have to be created equal. “Consider creating a few ‘wow’ pieces and skip flowers on every other table,” suggests Ott. Taste of the Party As with the florist, discuss your taste and wedding finances with your caterer. The number of guests will greatly influence your food cost, but these experts can make recommendations and create wedding fare that fits the event and the bill. For example, if a carving station is out of your budget, perhaps a beef hors d’oeuvre can be served. On your hunt for the perfect caterer, consider their specialties, presentation and service. You don’t necessarily want to go with the least expensive estimate, but rather the vendor who provides the overall dining experience for the most reasonable price.

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Finishing Touches Search local shops for unique embellishments to add themeappropriate details. Sometimes the best additions are repurposed items. For example, a galvanized bucket makes a country-chic drink cooler, and an old chalkboard can direct guests to specific areas. “Craft stores have a big selection of items that can be used in endless ways,” Ott says. Let the creative juices flow. Faulkner also suggests getting in touch with your inner bargain shopper. “Many of my favorite repurposed finds are from yard sales,” she says. Lasting Impressions When you’re shopping for your look, don’t compromise quality when it comes to what really matters. Keep in mind: “The food presentation and taste are your gift to family and friends on your wedding day; the photography is what you get to keep as the memories for the rest of your life,” say Faulkner. “Ultimately, your guests will remember how much fun they had at your wedding, not if you splurged on beautiful gold-plated dinnerware,” adds Ott. Your wedding day will be even more blissful when you have the peace of mind that it exceeded your wildest dreams – and stayed on budget.


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Affair To Remember • 661-9550. affairtoremember.com Agapé Special Events • 689-1552. agapéspecialevents.com

Leanna Ott, of Affair to Remember. Special thanks to Belk, Dillards, Port City Rentals, and Ribbons & Roses Florist & Gifts.

Your bachelorette party is the perfect occasion for a fun, flirty dress, like this Tibi number, available at Femme.

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Maid of honor: Treat your pal to an unforgettable girls’ night out at some of the city’s hottest spots. text by stephany pasquale photo illustrations by catherine dorrough

Your best friend’s big day is almost here! She may be caught in a whirlwind of planning, but she deserves one last night on the town before she walks down the aisle. As maid of honor, it’s your duty to plan a memorable evening.

Party Prep Kick things off early with a light lunch at The Royal Street Tavern inside The Battle House Hotel. For dessert, follow up with beauty treatments at the hotel’s full European spa and sauna. A mani-pedi, including their signature hand and foot rejuvenation, polishes off the pampering. You’ll feel relaxed and refreshed, ready for the big night ahead.

Food for Thought Once the sun sets, get the party started in an ultra-elegant white Excursion or black stretch limo from Modern Limousine. Bring along an iPod with a playlist of all the bride’s favorite tunes.


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The first stop: downtown hotspot Bacchus, for drinks and appetizers. Then, venture on to midtown’s Fuego Coastal Mexican Eatery, where the margaritas are superb. Call ahead, and they’ll build a custom dinner menu for you. One of Fuego’s must-try dishes is the seafood enchiladas, bursting with a mixture of shrimp and crab topped with a garlic-jalapeño sauce. For a more traditional option, the Burrito San Diego, partnered with the signature salsa, will create a fiesta for the taste buds. Pollman’s Bake Shop offers the perfect option for an afterdinner sweet. Have a box of decadent petit fours, inscribed with the bride’s new initials, to enjoy back in the limo.

Cut a Rug Next, trek back downtown so that you and your fellow dancing queens can show off your moves at Martinis Fine Food & Spirits. With classic rock and new R&B hits playing downstairs and oldies pumping upstairs at Club Retro, this bar suits most every maid’s musical tastes. When the bridal posse tires of shaking their tail feathers, it’s back to The Battle House Hotel, where comfy plush beds await. The next morning, breakfast in bed is just a phone call away. Order room service, and exchange notes on last night’s adventures.

Start out by sending a save the date e-mail to all of her entourage. Then, follow up with a festive invitation, like these, from It’s Inviting. There are plenty of adorable options available to fit any itinerary.

Be sure to have champagne on hand to raise a toast to your BFF on her upcoming marriage. If you want to go allout, splurge for LaurentPerrier, suggests Naude Gouws, of Taste Wine Shop. If you’re on a budget but don’t want to skip on flavor, French sparkling wines J. Laurens or Louis Perdrier are both excellent choices.

Bacchus • 54 S. Conception St. 445-4099. The Battle House Hotel • 64 S. Water St. 338-2000. Femme • 3607 Old Shell Road. 343-8222. Fuego Coastal Mexican Eatery • 2066 Old Shell Road. 378-8619. fuegocoastalmex.com It’s inviting • 5550 Old Shell Road. 460-0738. Martinis Fine Food & Spirits • 250 Dauphin St. 436-8900. Modern Limousine • 1110 Leroy Stephens Road. 633-7887. Pollman’s Bake Shop • 750 S. Broad St. 438-1511. 31 N. Royal St., Suite 101. 438-2261. 4464 Old Shell Road. 342-8546. Taste • 2524 Old Shell Road, Suite B. 479-3435. 2033 Airport Blvd. 654-2254.


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Once you and your sweetie have exchanged “I Do’s,” unwind on your first romantic trip as Mr. and Mrs. text by amy ferrara smith

Island Time

(For Relaxation)

While traditional Southern wedding season begins in May and continues through the summer months, honeymoon planning heats up in early January after the most popular engagement dates, Christmas and New Year’s Eve, have passed. By the second week of the new year, travel agents find those newly engaged couples wandering through their doors, looking for a spectacular travel experience. “The majority of honeymooners are looking for good all-inclusive Caribbean packages, which may also include Mexico,” says Stephen Cape, of Cape Travel. “In particular, St. Lucia is becoming a real hot spot.” This island paradise is so soughtafter that airlines have increased flights from Atlanta to St. Lucia. Another wildly popular destination is Riviera Maya, in Mexico. Fairhope’s Tiffany Knox McInnis and husband Devin jetted off to El Dorado Royale, above, after their wedding. “I wanted to feel like we were away from home,” she says. Couples who travel to the Caribbean have the advantage of many all-inclusive options. “These resorts give the traveler the peace of mind of knowing the actual cost before they travel,” says Linda Bennett, leisure travel agent at Springdale Travel. “At couples-only resorts, the honeymoon experience is enhanced.”


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From charming bed and breakfasts to picturesque main streets, Mobile and her Eastern Shore hold their fair share of romantic spots. But while these gems may be convenient, many newlyweds seek more exotic paradises when planning their own post-wedding getaways.

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Mambo Italiano

(For Culture)

Because Southern wedding season coincides with hurricane season, some local couples shy away from booking honeymoon trips to the Caribbean. Instead of heading south, consider traveling east and over the Atlantic to Europe. For old-world romance, venture to England, France or Italy. Couples can enjoy a cooler summer climate, as well as a balance of relaxation and sightseeing. Sample exotic cuisine, tour fascinating museums and absorb the culture. In Venice, newlyweds can look forward to enjoying leisurely suppers overlooking the canals, taking in the city on gondola tours, and listening to live music in San Marco Square. The average price tag for such a trip is about $4,000 for a week. Seriously considering a trip to Italia? Cape recommends the centrally located five-star Bauer Hotel in Venice.

Tip of the World

(For Adventure)

Africa has become the latest trend for globe-trotting honeymooners. “Some couples want to experience something out of the norm,” Cape says. For the height of luxury, stay at Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Cape Town, South Africa. Nestled between downtown Cape Town and suburban Hout Bay, the crisp white hotel perches on a ridge overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The Twelve Apostles mountain range serves as a breathtaking backdrop. This five-star hotel offers beach access to the popular Camps Bay, as well as scuba diving, winery tours and access to nearby hiking trails. Because North America’s and Africa’s seasons differ, the best time to enjoy one of Africa’s beaches is during the U.S. winter. A luxury trip to the African continent, in addition to standard-class airfare, can cost as much as $10,000 per bride or groom, says Cape.

FLIGHT TIP: Pack half your clothes in his luggage, and vice versa. If one of your suitcases gets lost, neither of you will be left empty-handed.

American Beauty For honeymooners on smaller budgets, or couples who just don’t have the time to travel too far, there are plenty of options closer to home. Only a short hop down I-10, the city of New Orleans simmers with Southern romance. Cape recommends that couples stay in the French Quarter, where many hotels offer honeymoon packages for about $1,000 that include dinner reservations at some of the city’s most prized restaurants and tickets to attractions such as the charming Audubon Zoo. Cape also plans honeymoon road trips to the Smoky Mountains. Autumn, in particular, is a popular time to travel to these picturesque peaks, because of the region’s mild temperatures and brilliant fall foliage. One must-see excursion: On the eastern edge of the range lies Asheville, N.C., home of the stunning Biltmore Estate. For newlyweds wanting a romantic beach trip, Cape suggests spots like Seaside and WaterColor, a pair of Floridian staples along scenic Highway 30A. These fun New Urbanism communities offer homey accommodations and access to the sparkling Emerald Coast.

CAPE TRAVEL • 3756 Airport Blvd. 344-2789. 74 Plantation Pointe, Fairhope. 928-0233. gocapetravel.com SPRINGDALE TRAVEL • 958 Montlimar Drive. 476-5095. springdaletravel.com


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favorite things

Fresh linens, sparkling crystal and fine china – wedding registry trends may change, but some pieces are timeless.

Since ancient times, the friends and relatives of a bridal couple have offered gifts to the newlyweds. By the 19th century, those often included table linens, china, crystal and silver. Today, it is estimated that well-wishers spend some $7 billion a year on wedding presents. A particularly elaborate wedding took place in Mobile in the winter of 1886, when Georgia Ketchum, right, married Robert Gage. Georgia’s father was the celebrated Dr. George Ketchum, for whom the Bienville Square fountain was later named. The wedding took place on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1886, at Christ Church. (It was not until the 20th century that Saturday weddings became the norm.) Afterward, the couple and their guests gathered for a reception at the Ketchums’ Government Street mansion. The following day, the newspaper devoted much of a page to the event, the couple, the clothes and the wedding gifts, which were described as “exceeding two hundred, all of them rich and handsome.” In addition to a carriage and two horses from Dr. Ketchum, the newlyweds received jewelry, lamps, and bronze and silver statues. Other gifts included “solid gold oyster forks and two gold ladles in blue satin-lined boxes, sets of silverware, fruit, fish and game sets of china, cut glass in quantity, candelabras, jewel cases, mantel ornaments, thermometers and brica-brac of various styles.” In 1886, wedding guests who wished to purchase a present for a lucky pair such as this did so without something that couples today take for granted: a bridal registry.

The Registry Although historians disagree on the exact year, the first bridal registry was established in Chicago by retailer Marshall


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Field & Co. By the mid-1930s, the store had established its “bride’s house” on the eighth floor. Entire rooms, ranging from kitchens and baths to formal dining rooms, had been created to display items available in the store. A wedding secretary was on hand to discuss decisions with the bride, her

relatives and her guests. The bride could now create a list of items she actually wanted and needed. Each department within the store had an “adviser to the bride” to assist her in making her choices in household linens, furnishings, dinnerware, kitchen utensils and small appliances.

The bridal registry became a nationwide phenomenon by 1940. Retailers quickly realized that by establishing a registry, they could greatly reduce the expense and trouble they incurred when gifts were returned after a wedding. In the 1950s, the bridal registry took on a life of its own. In early spring, stores began advertising an array of bridal promotions in time for May and June weddings. Walls of china and tables set with crystal and silver became common in higher-end department stores and some jewelry shops. Brides were advised to provide a list of their guests to the bridal register, who could then follow up with invitations to the store via phone call or letter. The brides’ choices in wedding gifts began to change by the 1970s. Some passed on the fine china and opted for informal pottery and stainless steel, but Southern women were reluctant to follow this trend. In 1993, Target introduced the first electronic self-service bridal registry. The idea quickly spread to high-end shops and big box outlets.

New Trends While billions of dollars are still spent on traditional wedding presents, there is another shift afoot. An increased number of couples today are waiting longer to get married or opting to live together for a few years before actually tying the knot. As a result, many are approaching the altar with no need for more china or a toaster. The Internet has come to the rescue once again. Couples can go online to register with organizations like Hatch My House. Their friends and families can simply turn to their laptops to find out how to make contributions to the couple’s honeymoon expenses or a down payment on their new home. The happy couple can, in return, simply e-mail their thanks. But Mobile’s brides seem to be bucking this trend. Enter a Midtown shop like Expressions or Louise Doggett Antiques, and the shopkeepers will be happy to report that brides still ask for silver goblets, mint julep cups and sterling flatware in patterns that have not been produced in more than 80 years. Walk into Claude Moore Jeweler, and there’s still a wall of china and glittering table settings on display, each showcasing a current bride’s wish list. As for me, I’m still wondering whatever happened to Mrs. Gage’s solid gold oyster forks.

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Dresses and hors’doeuvres and flowers, oh my! Local shopkeepers spend countless hours ensuring that each bride’s big day is just as she imagines it. text by isabelle shaw and kinsey russell

The quantity of wedding gowns, in pounds, that Something New Bridal sells each year. An average wedding dress weighs about 10 pounds, and the shop dresses about 200 brides annually. The hours that Entertainment Management Services has devoted to pulling together 11th-hour weddings during the past 26 years. Planner Joy Turner figures that the company has received at least 25 lastminute commissions.

The average number of servings Alec Naman’s Catering Inc. dishes up every year at wedding receptions. That’s not including seconds or thirds!

The largest number of guests event planning company Imagine This has ever accommodated for a wedding. That’s more than three times the average 200 wedding guests. The number of brave men who have gotten down on one knee and proposed in the middle of Zundel’s. The quantity of weddings the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion hosts each year. With at least one wedding nearly every week, the mansion acts as a backdrop for quite a few nuptial celebrations. The time, in hours, that the skilled bakers at The Pastry Shop devote to crafting wedding cakes each year. Three confectioners normally assist with every cake, and each person puts about 5 hours of work into each of the year’s approximately 150 bridal creations.


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The number of wedding bouquets that Cleveland the Florist creates every year, including both bridal and maid bouquets.

The farthest trip, in miles, that Springdale Travel has booked for a honeymoon. The newlyweds were headed to Fuji, Japan.

ALEC NAMAN CATERING INC. 1909 Brookdale Drive W. 473-3900. namanscatering.com BRAGG-MITCHELL mansion • 1906 Springhill Ave. 471-6364. braggmitchellmansion.com CLEVELAND THE FLORIST • 6364 Airport Blvd. 341-3561. clevelandtheflorist.net ENTERTAINMENT MANAGEMENT SERVICES 506 Lakeshore Drive, Daphne. 626-1274. entertainmentstars.com IMAGINE THIS • 1967 Government St. 478-5550. imaginethisevent.com THE PASTRY SHOP • 2560 Dauphin St. 479-2629. SOMETHING NEW bridal • 4467 Old Shell Road. 345-0860. somethingnewbridal.net SPRINGDALE TRAVEL • 958 Montlimar Drive. 476-5095. springdaletravel.com ZUNDEL’S JEWELRY • 3670 Dauphin St. 344-8300. zundelsjewelry.com

bailey Annalee Elizabeth Bailey, of Mobile, and Bradley Christopher Hargett, of Tuscaloosa, were united in marriage at Dauphin Way United Methodist Church in Mobile, on June 12, 2010, at 4 p.m. The Rev. Joseph Edmund Hastings and the Rev. Kathy Jorgensen officiated. It was an easy decision for the ceremony site since both Annalee and Brad had such strong family ties to the beautiful historic church. “I always knew that I wanted to be married in Dauphin Way’s beautiful sanctuary,” says Annalee. “My parents were married at Dauphin Way, my great aunt was married at Dauphin Way and my maternal grandparents were married at Dauphin Way. Keeping with the tradition, I just knew it was where I wanted to be married. Also, Brad’s parents were members of Dauphin Way when they lived in Mobile.” The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Betsy Welch Bailey, of Mobile, and Mr. and Mrs. Donald Eugene Bailey, of Tuscaloosa. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. William Benjamin Welch, of Mobile, the late Mr. William Benjamin Welch, and the late Honorable and Mrs. Eugene Victor Bailey. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Warren Hargett, of Northport, Ala. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. George Bradley Hargett, of Russellville, Ala., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank James Dishuck. The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore an exquisite family heirloom cathedral-length veil of Brussels lace. A Priscilla of Boston lace bolero from Something New was layered over a Jasmine Couture chapel-length, strapless, silk and taffeta gown. Alencon lace covered the bodice and also swept across the bottom layer of the gown. A pale blue dupioni silk sash highlighted the bride’s waist. Annalee was the 13th bride to have worn the elegant heirloom veil. It has been a special wedding tradition in Brad’s family for brides to wear the veil that his greatgrandmother bought on a trip to Europe decades ago.


The bridesmaids wore Pacific blue sleeveless dupioni silk dresses with scoop necklines in the front and V-necks in the back. The dresses featured a removable selfsash and three flowers, as well as a raw hem and tonal grosgrain backing. Bonnie Bailey Worley served as matron of honor and Julia Warner Hargett served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Allison Christen Hargett and Julia Heyward Stirling. The groom and groomsmen all wore traditional, single-breasted tuxedo suits with black vests, white wing-collared shirts and black bow ties. The father of the groom served as best man. Groomsmen were James Matthew Warner Dishuck, Christopher

Talty Pow and Andrew Bailey Henderson. Serving as ushers were Benjamin Patrick Madrid, Joseph Mitchell Hastings and Philip Curtis Dishuck. The flower girl was Shaylee Ann Stowe, cousin of the bride. The ring bearers were Austin Alexander Hargett and Christopher Carson Hargett, nephews of the groom. The scripture reader was Megan Mechelle Hastings. Serving as program attendants were Carolyn Frances Dishuck and Anna Laura Dishuck. Ron Barrett, of Zimlich Bros. Florist, designed a round bouquet of cream hydrangeas, snow white lisianthus, Queen Anne’s lace, and stephanotis blooms. The brides-

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maids carried a couple of the larger natural blue hydrangeas tied simply with a deep blue double-faced satin ribbon. The sanctuary was filled very full, fresh bouquets of snow white, cream, and ivory flowers, along with a selection of foliage. Following the ceremony, family and friends joined the bride and groom at the Country Club of Mobile. The reception featured music by Ruffwater Band. The couple’s first dance was to “If Not for You” and the father-daughter dance was to “My Girl.” Cakes By Judi whipped up a delicious vanilla cake with buttercream frosting decorated to mimic the bride’s dress. A

blue fondant bow ran down the top of the four tiers. A chocolate fondant “H” topped the groom’s square chocolate cake with chocolate icing. Homemade vanilla ice cream was offered alongside the groom’s cake. The bride’s cake was centered in the foyer underneath the chandelier and anchored by two silver candelabra, which sat on a hand-crocheted tablecloth made by the bride’s late grandmother. Flowers for the reception consisted of tall centerpieces that filled clear glass fluted vases with blue hybrid delphiniums, white snapdragons, blue hydrangeas, white lisianthus, lime green Fuji chrysanthemums, white roses, sprays of green berries and tall

Queen Anne’s lace. Photography was by Jason Norman, of Norman Photography. On the Thursday afternoon prior to the wedding, the bride’s grandmother hosted a bridesmaids’ luncheon on the 34th floor of the Bienville Club. Later that afternoon, the bride treated the bridesmaids and mothers to manicures and pedicures at The Battle House Spa. On Friday evening, the parents of the groom hosted a delicious dinner following the rehearsal at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. After a honeymoon trip to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the couple returned home to Tuscaloosa as Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Christopher Hargett.


Charlotte Kendra Bir and David Brian Sandifer were married September 25, 2010 at the Ezell House in downtown Mobile. Harold Garrett performed the 5:30 p.m. ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Jerome Albert Bir and the late Mr. Bir, of Eutaw. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Elisha Kirksey, of Eutaw, and the late Mrs. Thomas Ampula, of Troy, Ohio, and the late Jerome May Bir, of Dayton, Ohio. The groom is the son of Mrs. Donald Craig Meadows and the late Mr. Meadows, of Saraland. He is the grandson of the


late Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Eugene Gartman, of Citronelle, and the late Ms. Suzie Louise Meadows, of Dothan, and the late Mr. Theodore Meadows, of Dothan. Given in marriage by her brother, Jerome Robert Bir, the bride wore a San Patrick, Pronovias silk gown with a cathedral length train and coordinating silk tulle veil with an organza ruffle. Her attendants wore tea-length black satin dresses with organza overlays and black satin ribbons. Katherine Elizabeth Bir, of Northport, Ala., served as her sister’s maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Sarah Kimberly

Knopf, of Atlanta; Heather Leigh Meadows, of Saraland, the groom’s sister; and Kara Lynn Davis VanderWier, of Atlanta. The flower girls were Grace and Sayda Bir, the bride’s nieces, and Sofia, Daniela and Alessia Ghersi, daughters of Suzi and Andrea Ghersi. The girls wore white linen dresses with ruffle straps and ruffle edging, mimicking the bride’s veil. The groom and groomsmen wore black shawl lapel tuxedo jackets with ivory satin ties and ivory satin paisley vests. Andrea Ghersi, of Mobile, served as best man. Groomsmen were Jerome Albert Bir, of Moundville,

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Ala., and Dr. Christopher Todd Bir, of Falls Church, Va., brothers of the bride; and James Edward Davis III, of Mobile. Hasan and Yasmine Qasim and their children, Mohammad and Amna, friends of the bride and groom, presented the rings to the couple. Yvonne Kelly was the reader. Following the courtyard ceremony, guests dined on a delightful menu by Martha Rutledge Catering. After enjoying fried oysters, shrimp suwanee, West Indies salad, roasted vegetables and beef tenderloin, guests savored a Southern staple of bananas foster and cherries jubilee at a flambé station.

The Cary Laine Band helped set the intimate, relaxed mood for the evening and added a bit of Southern flair to music classics as they entertained into the night. The Pastry Shop offered a sweet ending to the celebration with a simple three-tiered carrot, almond and mocha-spiced wedding cake, accented with handmade sugar magnolias. To celebrate the city where they met and fell in love, Charlotte and Brian designed their wedding around Mobile, its charm and Southern sensibility. Southern influence was included throughout the wedding, from the invitations and wedding

cake to the menu and local band. Artist San Smith created an illustration of the Ezell House, a focal point and theme to the couple’s Mobileinspired wedding. Lindsey Stiegler, of Soirée Signatures, incorporated San’s artwork into a personalized invitation, save the date, menu and program design. Photography was provided by Ashley and Phillip Colhouer, 13:13 Photography. A special thanks to: Jeff Carrell for Shear Glamour; Whitney Sterling for Bobbi Brown, University Mall in Tuscaloosa; Maysoon Sayaad, Event Coordinator.

brown Witnessed by a small group of family and close friends, Ann Higgison Brown became the bride of Benjamin Andrew Madsen on Saturday, May 22, 2010. An intimate courtyard ceremony at the Ezell House was performed by the Honorable Judge Dominick John Matranga. The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Harris Radcliff Brown, of Mobile. She is the granddaughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. James Edward Brown III, and the late Dr. and Mrs. Theo Frank Middleton. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Daryl Madsen, of Madison, Wis. Given in marriage by her father, the beautiful bride wore an ivory silk satin and ribbon embroidered Alencon lace gown with a beaded bateau neckline and draped waistband. The dress was a Priscilla of Boston design. The Middleton family tradition continued as she wore the cathedral-length Brussels lace veil worn by her mother, two aunts and four cousins. She carried a bouquet of white peonies, mini calla lilies, white lisianthus and Queen Anne’s lace. The bouquet was beautifully designed by LeNae Denson, of Cleveland the Florist. The bride chose her cousin Sarah Haas Otts, of Mobile, as her matron of honor, and her lifelong friend Lindsey Erin Davis, of Orlando, Fla., as her maid of honor. Also attending were Jennifer Leigh Davis, Claudia Mabel Bjork and her cousin Carrie Brannan Haas, all of Mobile; Brittney Michelle Dileo, currently of Los Angeles; Katherine Smart Olivard, of New Orleans; Hallie Elizabeth Wallen, of Knoxville, Tenn.; and Barbara Ann Madsen, of West Bend, Wis., sister of the groom. The bridesmaids wore short celadon green dresses by Priscilla of Boston and carried bouquets of green mini hydrangeas with titanic roses, majolica spray roses, white lisianthus and small white Oriental lilies wrapped with a lime-juice colored ribbon. Serving as flower girls were Ayden Bjork and Libby Burge, both of Mobile. They wore matching off-white lace dresses and carried


green hydrangea and pink rose kissing balls. Flowered halos adorned their heads. The groom was attended by his longtime best friend, Marc Anthony Shanks, of Mt. Horeb, Wis., as best man. Also attending were his brothers, Michael Joseph Madsen and Patrick Donald Madsen, both of Madison, Wis.; Johnny Edward Hawley, of Lake Mills, Wis.; Aaron Anthony Paskvan, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; John Cornelius Bongers, of Knoxville, Tenn.; David Quentin Swaney, of O’Fallon, Ill.; Noah Gregory Steiner, of Sun Prairie, Wis.; and Harris

Radcliff Brown Jr., brother of the bride, of Mobile. The ring bearer was Braydon Sellers, of Ames, Iowa. The men wore antique white dinner jackets and black pants. A reception immediately followed. The courtyard fountain was completely encompassed with a gorgeous arrangement filled with green apples, green hydrangeas, Bells of Ireland, twigs and roses. Wreaths of matching flowers floated in the fountain water. LeNae Denson outdid herself creating a timeless, beautiful atmosphere throughout the house.

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Window boxes filled with fresh greenery hung from the balcony of the carriage house. Iron lanterns hung outside along the back porch and vases filled with flowers hung from the trees. The flowering theme was continued inside on the food tables. Large whitewashed urns were used as centerpieces on the tables. The delicious menu was created and prepared by Sarah Clark and Marian Titlestad, of Bay Gourmet. Will Bridges, of Willow Bridge, provided the lighting, and the incredible sounds of the show band Second Coming had everyone

in attendance on the dance floor. The fourtiered strawberry-filled cake was made by Pollman’s Bake Shop. Music for the ceremony was provided by Enen Yu, violinist, and Holly Compton, cellist. Photography was by John Rapier of Colonial Photography. The parents of both the bride and groom hosted a relaxed rehearsal party the night before the wedding at the Courtyard Manor on Dauphin Street. Outstanding food was once again provided by Bay Gourmet catering, and breathtaking flowers by Cleveland the Florist. Guests danced and

enjoyed the music provided by Mitch Rencher and his band. Many thanks to Maurice Pless and Bud Urquhart for providing transportation for the whole wedding weekend. After a short honeymoon getaway to SanDestin, Fla., the bride and groom returned to Ames, Iowa, where Ben is the assistant soccer coach for the girls’ team at Iowa State University and Ann attends nursing school. The crowd of out-oftown guests enjoyed a fun-filled Southern wedding weekend.


In December of 2005, while attending the University of Alabama, Meghan and Kyle became friends and soon began dating. Kyle proposed to Meghan in December of 2009. On Saturday, October 9, 2010, Meghan Cassidy Brown became the bride of William Kyle Medlen. The Rev. Jack Hester officiated the 3 p.m. ceremony on the grounds of the Hermitage Rippy Estate in Mobile. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Richard Brown. She is the granddaughter of Russell and Barbara Ryals and the granddaughter of Larry and Brenda Meuth. She is also the grand-


daughter of Mrs. Lillian and James P. Lomax and the late James Wilford Brown. The groom is the son of Judd and Karen Medlen. He is the grandson of Mrs. Dorothy Bushong and the late Brent Bushong, and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Medlen. Given in marriage by her father, the bride was escorted into a vintage-style scene at the height of Southern elegance, which took place under stately oak trees surrounded by beautiful azaleas. Music for the ceremony was provided by “Something New.” It included violinist Jane O’Barr, two violists and one cellist.

The bride wore a classic gown by designer Paloma Blanca from I Do Bridal & Formal in Mobile. The strapless dupioni silk gown in ivory was form-fitted with tiny covered buttons carried down the back. The train of her dress was bordered with a beautiful ruffle. Her cathedral-length veil by Erica Koesler from the heirloom collection was made with English tulle and adorned with Alencon lace. The bride wore her mother’s pearls for her something borrowed, and adorable blue shoes for her something blue. Her wedding ring was her something old. It was passed down from her greatgrandmother, the late Mildred Poythress.

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Flowers from Flowers by Susan captured the theme with old-world flowers in vintagestyle arrangements throughout the ceremony and reception. The bridal bouquet was an assortment of beautiful flowers that included ranunculus, roses, orchids, stars of Bethlehem and delphiniums. Brittany Evans Gilbert served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Mary Allison Milford, Meike Hebes, Samantha Ralston, Lauren Evans Bergoon, Brooke Hale, Brittany Knight, Abby Dufrene and Erin Brown. The ladies wore lovely grey strapless dresses with matching pearl necklaces that were gifts from the bride. The adorable flower girl was

Madelyn Ketnor and the ever precious Mason Bergoon was the ring bearer. The groom’s brother, Jacob Medlen, served as best man. Groomsmen were Adam Carver, Lee Ellenburg, Alex Wright, Joshua Matthews, Ryan Saxby, Jeremy Conant and Joshua Clark. The couple began the reception on site at the estate with the bride changing from her cathedral veil into a bolero jacket designed by the bride. The jacket matched not only the bride’s style, but also the ruffle on the train of her dress. The couple danced the night away under paper lanterns and Italian lighting.

Family and friends sipped vintage sodas with lovely red and white paper straws. Naman’s Catering prepared Southern cuisine. Heather H. Photography traveled from Tuscaloosa to capture the evening as the guests danced and enjoyed music provided by Southern Sounds DJ. The video production specialist was Anise Heger, with Silver Thread Video Productions. The couple made their grand exit on a blue bicycle for two under a tunnel of sparklers formed by their close friends and family. After a honeymoon on the coast of California, the couple returned home to Huntsville as Mr. and Mrs. William Kyle Medlen.

calvert Amber Jeree Calvert and Joshua Michael Pritchard began dating on July 24, 2005. Joshua surprised Amber with the most magical proposal at Cinderella’s Castle in Walt Disney World on March 15, 2009. Amber became Joshua’s bride on July 24, 2010, exactly five years after they started dating. The Rev. Lee McDougald officiated for the late afternoon ceremony at the beautiful Central Presbyterian Church on Dauphin Street. The bride is the daughter of John and Richelle Calvert, of Mobile. Amber is the granddaughter of the late Dottie Doss and Jack Douglas, of Apopka, Fla, as well as Shirley Calvert, of Portsmouth, N.H., and the late John W. Calvert, of Shawneetown, Ill. The groom is the son of Michael Pritchard and Beverly Carter Pritchard. Joshua is the grandson of Grace and James Carter Sr., Linda and Charles Pritchard, and David Norris and the late Janet Norris, all of Mobile. Given in marriage by her father, the bride glistened in an elegant strapless white lace dress adorned with intricate beading along an empire waist that flowed into a classic chapel-length train. A matching lace veil completed the gown. Amber carried a beautiful bouquet of yellow roses with sprigs of white hydrangeas. The bridesmaids wore one-shoulder royal blue floor-length dresses and carried bouquets of yellow gerbera daisies. Lauren Paige McDougald served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Ashlea Leytham, Shannon Mason and Lindsey Watson. Libby McDougald served as a junior bridesmaid. The flower girl, Madison Leytham, wore an English halo and carried a kissing ball composed of white hydrangeas and miniature yellow roses. Grayson McDougald, pinned with a single yellow rose, served as ring bearer. The groom wore a traditional black tuxedo with a white vest and tie. Groomsmen were dressed in black tuxedos with royal blue vests and ties. Hunter Winstanley served as


best man. Groomsmen were Van Scott Cagle, Ryan Ruland and Christopher Leytham. Jake Calvert, the bride’s brother, served as usher. The bride’s longtime friend Meredith McCarson directed the bridal party in by ringing a bell, and serenaded the couple during the lighting of the unity candle. Following the ceremony, guests proceeded to Bellingrath Hall, located at Central Presbyterian Church, for an enchanting evening of dinner and dancing. The guests enjoyed the bride and groom’s favorite Southern-style meal, provided by Catfish Junction. The hors d’oeuvres were fried pickles and mushrooms. The dinner of fried tilapia filets and grilled chicken,

accompanied by mashed potatoes, green beans and hush puppies with cheese sauce, were guest favorites. The outstanding Southern Sounds DJ Entertainment and Design provided the perfect music, dramatic lighting and videography. Stunning flowers were by Belle Bouquet Florist & Gifts and included arrangements of roses, gerbera daisies, lilies and hydrangeas to incorporate the bride’s colors of royal blue, yellow and white. Cakes by Judi created the bride’s gorgeous white buttercream three-tiered square cake with alternating lemon and strawberry filling. It was topped with yellow roses, gerbera daisies, and the bride’s initials.

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Cakes by Judi also created Alabama footballthemed cookie cakes for Joshua. Robinson Studio & Design photographed the precious memories of the day. The parents of the groom hosted an exceptional rehearsal dinner on Friday evening at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel. The night included not only the wedding party and family, but also close friends who helped with the wedding celebration. Amber and Josh want to sincerely thank everyone who shared in this unforgettable celebration. After a honeymoon to Disney World and a cruise to the Bahamas, the happy couple now resides in Dothan, Ala.

cotton Catherine Dianne Cotton and Bernell Lawrence Dorrough were united in marriage on a crisp winter day at Fairhope United Methodist Church on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. The Rev. Jeremy K. Pridgeon officiated. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brendan Cotton, of Houston. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Maurice Papin and of the late Mr. and Mrs. Walter Francis Cotton. The groom is the son of Mrs. Richard Henry Dorrough, of Montgomery, and the late Judge Dorrough. He is the grandson of Mrs. Marion Lawrence Crawford and the late Dr. Crawford and of the late Dr. and Mrs. Bernell Fred Dorrough. Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a silk chiffon Birnbaum and Bullock gown with silver beadwork on the bodice. An elbow-length veil, her greatgrandmother’s pearls and her mother’s pearl and aquamarine ring completed the ensemble. She carried a winter white bouquet of roses and mini hydrangeas made by Stephanie Easterling, of Wildflowers in Fairhope. Megan Elise Delgado Mitchell served as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Regina Marie Cotton, the bride’s sister, Carolyn Dorrough East, the groom’s sister, and Candice Sheranne Byerly. The bridesmaids wore tea-length chiffon dresses in pale blue. The groom chose his brother-in-law, Christopher Ryan East, to be his best man. Groomsmen were Brian John Eufinger, Daniel Patrick Murtaugh and Michael Joseph Finsel Jr. The groom and groomsmen wore traditional black tuxedoes with silver ties and white rose boutonnieres. The flower girl was Catherine Crawford East, the groom’s niece, and the ring bearer was Charles Jackson East, the groom’s nephew. The ceremony was followed by a reception at The Fairhope Inn. Chef Tyler J. Kean treated guests to an array of heavy hors d’oeuvres, including tender lamb “lollipops” and crab cakes. The Little Cake


Shop in Spanish Fort crafted the wedding cake, a classic buttercream confection with toasted almond filling, as well as the chocolate groom’s cake. Guests gathered during the reception for champagne toasts by the newlyweds’ parents. Photographers Lyle W. Ratliff and Dan Murphy captured every happy moment. The couple exited the reception under a fragrant shower of lavender buds. Immediately following the wedding, they enjoyed

a “mini-moon” at Rosemary Beach, and in May, they honeymooned in London. The evening before the wedding, the groom’s mother hosted a rehearsal dinner in the Lagoon Room of The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club and Spa, where family and friends dined on beef tenderloin. The bride is an assistant editor at Mobile Bay magazine, and the groom is the photo and graphics director of the Press-Register. The couple resides in Daphne.

photos by lyle W. ratliff and dan murphy


Saturday, the first of May, 2010, Karen Lindsey Jones and Richard Crowley Sullivan Jr. were united in marriage at the Steelwood Chapel in Loxley. The Rev. Christopher George, pastor of First Baptist Church of Mobile, officiated. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Robert McDevitt, of Daphne, and the granddaughter of Mrs. Robert Grove McDevitt, of Montgomery, the late Mr. Robert Grove McDevitt, the late Mr. Myles William McKenzie Jr., and the late Ms. Ruby Garrett McKenzie. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Crowley Sullivan Sr., of Mobile. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Coleman Ferrell Pearson and the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Charles Sullivan. Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore an ivory silk taffeta ball gown by New York designer Amsale that featured a hand-pleated center bodice and skirt. The cathedral-length veil, also worn by the groom’s mother and sister, was adorned with Brussels lace. The gardenia in her hair complemented the hand-tied English gardenstyle bouquet of white mixed seasonal flowers, which included hydrangeas, lisianthus, sweet peas, ranunculus, garden roses and pieris. The bridesmaids wore strapless navy blue silk taffeta party dresses. Each dress was highlighted with a twisted bow on the bodice. Mary Blakely Sullivan Herndon, the groom’s sister, served as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Lauren Elizabeth


Lambuth, Abby Lynn Aycock, Theresa Lee Davidson, Alicia Kathleen Mackey, and cousins of the bride Sara Michele Godwin and Margaret Ashleigh Ferguson. The groom’s father served as best man. Groomsmen were Edward Morris Herndon, Robert Druhan Geil, Charles Stanton MacDonald III, Thomas Stephen Gleason Jr., Nicholas Walker MacDonald and Leroy Harte Benton IV. The ceremony began at four in the afternoon with family and friends seated in the courtyard of Steelwood’s intimate

chapel in the woods. A string trio played musical selections as program attendants Elizabeth Vickers Courtney, Virginia Conyers Courtney and Margaret Francis Courtney greeted arriving guests. During the service, Elizabeth Douglas Livingston read Ruth 1:16 - 17, and the Rev. George delivered a passage from Robert Fulghum’s “Union.” Immediately following the ceremony, the newlyweds joined additional guests at Steelwood Country Club for the reception. The couple took their first dance as man

photos by miller mobley

and wife to “First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes. The Jubilation Band played Motown, Big Band and jazz classics for guests as they enjoyed cuisine prepared by Steelwood executive chef Chris McElhaney. The five-tiered wedding cake by Martha Laird was adorned with iced pearls and topped with flowers that complemented the bride’s bouquet. The cake was presented with two silver candelabra holding epergne arrangements of mixed white flowers on a custom-made cloth that mimicked the bride’s gown.

The center reception table featured an elaborate composite arrangement with a variety of silver and crystal containers holding complementary flowers and floating candles. The chandelier above the main food table was dressed with an ornate cascade of flowers, including orchid sprays, and accented with hanging crystal teardrops holding candle tea lights. All floral decor was designed by Dennis Harris, of Zimlich The Florist. Renowned photographer Miller Mobley, of Birmingham, captured the festivities of the wedding weekend. Miller’s work has

been published in Smart Money, Business Week, Reader’s Digest, The Atlantic, Garden & Gun and Popular Photography Magazine. A bridesmaids’ luncheon, given by the couple’s aunts, was held on Friday afternoon at the home of Ruth Austill. On Friday evening, the parents of the groom hosted a rehearsal party at the Country Club of Mobile. The couple traveled to the Four Seasons Resort on the French Polynesian island of Bora Bora for their honeymoon. They now reside in Steelwood and work together at Red Square Agency in Mobile.


Anna Russell Kelly, of Nashville, Tenn., met Christopher Friedman, from Battles Wharf, Ala., in 2005, when they were both attending Vanderbilt Divinity School. Christopher proposed at the family cottage in Wequetonsing, Mich., in July of 2009. It was the same location where the bride’s grandfather had proposed to her grandmother years earlier. Anna Russell Kelly and Christopher Knox Friedman were united in marriage at Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville, Tenn., on May 29, 2010, at 6 o’ clock in the evening. The Rev. Anne Stevenson officiated and the Rev. Dolores Nicholson assisted.


The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Humphreys Kelly and the granddaughter of Mr. Leslie Dorris Kelly and the late Nancy Humphreys Kelly, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Dempsey Weaver. The groom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Frank Roth Friedman and the grandson of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Phyfer Hall, Mrs. Herbert Jules Friedman and the late Mr. Herbert Jules Friedman. Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a silk faille gown by Oscar de la Renta with a Brussels lace veil that belonged to her great-grandmother, Margaret Culver Rodemeyer, of St. Louis. She carried a bouquet of vendela, porcelina and versilia roses with

white hydrangeas, dendrobium orchids, and sweet peas with a touch of green blupleurem. The bride chose Julie Elisabeth Wilson, of Nashville, Tenn., as her maid of honor. She was also attended by Frances Sarah Lewis, Lauren Gray Stanton, Amanda Sinclair Kelly, Florence Ann Page, Ruth Weaver Crawford and Hallie Phyfer Campbell Hall. The bridesmaids wore knee-length dresses of smoke gray crepe by Priscilla of Boston and carried bouquets of three shades of peach roses, white hydrangea, sweet peas and lisianthus. The groom was attended by his father as best man. Groomsmen were Richard Awbrey Friedman, Andrew Harrison Fried-

photos by kate murphy

man, Mark Humphreys Kelly Jr., Ben Rish Spurlock III, Clayton Allen Brasher and Christopher Michael Page. Ushers were Jeremy MacLaren Kelly, William Andrew Ryan, Robert Bradley Phillips and Jason Louis Sikma. Robert Phyfer Hall III served as crucifer, and Duncan Gray Clark and John Elliott Clark were torch bearers. Scripture readers were Khette Cox and Lyndsey Gayle Godwin. Flower girls were the groom’s cousins, Mary Helene Hall and Julia Eugenia Hall. A brass quintet and organ played selections by Bach, Mouret, Handel and

Clarke. The bride and groom recessed to Widor’s Toccata from Symphony No. 5. Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents, Mark and Mary Herbert Kelly, hosted a reception at the home of Margaret Ann Robinson on Belle Meade Boulevard. Nashville florist Anne Trabue created arrangements of white hydrangeas, coral and peach roses, lisianthus and stock, as well as coral charm peonies in family silver pieces. John Howard at Sargent’s Fine Catering served a supper buffet of quail, crab cakes, country ham, beef tenderloin and salmon. Sam Levine and the City Lights Orchestra provided the music, and Dessert

Design created a beautiful almond-flavored wedding cake. The bride’s cousin, Libby Page, served as the event planner. Kate Murphy, of New York, did the photography. On Friday evening, the parents of the groom hosted a rehearsal dinner at the Belle Meade Country Club. Ron Barrett, of Zimlich Brothers Florist, traveled from Mobile to do the flowers. Following a wedding trip to Savannah, the couple will live in Montgomery, where Anna Russell is the deacon in charge of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Carlowville, Ala., and Christopher is the assistant state director of Alabama’s YMCA Youth in Government.

On the first day of spring, March 20, 2010, at 6:30 in the evening, Cambrey Nicole Barrentine became the bride of Timothy Chase Howell at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Father John Lynes officiated the ceremony. The wedding was coordinated by the bride’s aunt, Lana Parker. The bride is the daughter of Lee and Carole Barrentine. She is the granddaughter of Bill and Edna Adcox, Doris Hall and the late B.P. Hall, Elodie Delcambre and the late Ebrad Delcambre, and Billy and Fran Luther. The groom is the son of Lisa Howell and Tim and Missy Howell. He is the grandson of Benny and Bonnie Bush, Charles Edward Howell Sr., and the late Dorothy Cook Howell. Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a strapless sweetheart dress. The veil was cathedral length, with the bride’s monogrammed initials. Nicole’s bouquet contained heirloom rhinestone buttons. She also wore an antique blue cross that was given to her by her aunt Toni. She pinned this delicate treasure under her dress, close to her heart. The bridesmaids wore custom dupioni silk dresses made by Barbara McCarter. The


dresses were celery green and off-white with a salmon sash. They carried mixed spring bouquets. Nicole chose Jessica Outlaw and Miranda Adams as matrons of honor. Her bridesmaids were Morgan Howell, Kelly Ann Barlow, Savanna Trotter and Lyndsey Tarver. The flower girls were Kimberly and Karen Tran. The groom was attended by his father, Tim Howell, as best man. Groomsmen were Buck Reed, Michael Wilson, Zack Barrentine, Ryan Little and Burns Trotter. The ring bearers were Ryan Perry and Logan Hacker. Nicole chose Chasity White, Dawn Hacker and Michelle Barlow to do the spiritual readings during the ceremony. After the ceremony, the bride and groom went on a horse-drawn carriage ride around Cathedral Square. They met their guests at The Ezell House for the reception. Tyner’s Catering served a delicious Southern menu. The music was provided by Party People Entertainment. They had guests dancing away throughout the night. The cakes were provided by Cakes by Judi, and the groom chose a Pollman’s Bake Shop chocolate dobash cake. All of the decorations and flowers were provided by the bride’s grandmother and staff

photos by one fine day


at Belle Bouquet Florist & Gifts in Saraland. The staff at Belle Bouquet worked extremely hard to make Nicole and Chase’s weddingday dreams come true. After a honeymoon cruise to the Eastern Caribbean, the couple resides in Creola, Ala.


photos by jeff tesney photography


Page Randolph Cunningham and Richard Skinner Smith were united in marriage at Saint James Episcopal Chapel in Fairhope, on Sept. 4, 2010. The Rev. Donald Meredith Smith officiated. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Horst Cunningham and the granddaughter of Mrs. George Douglas Cunningham Sr., the late Mr. George Douglas Cunningham Sr., Mrs. Meriwether Lewis Fargason and Mr. John Thomas Fargason III. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Merle Smith and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Evan Higbee, Mrs. Donald Eugene Smith and the late Mr. Donald Eugene Smith. Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a vintage-inspired Jim Hjelm gown designed by Francesca Pitera. Ivory Alencon

lace was laid over champagne charmeuse. The gown featured a champagne ribbon with silk floral detail and a chapel-length train. The bride’s sister, Helen Herndon Cunningham, served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Catherine Collins Smith, Natalie Eileen Jones, Courtney Michelle Goodwin, Sarah Eskridge, Toni Meighan Dean and Taylor West Mullins. The groom was attended by his father as best man. Groomsmen were Theodore Edward Seale, Aaron Brooks Pouncey and Martin Horst Cunningham Jr. Clarke O’Connor served as crucifer for the ceremony, with Eugenia O’Connor as junior bridesmaid and John O’Connor as the ring bearer. Following the wedding ceremony, guests attended a brunch at the Fairhope Yacht Club, followed by a later reception held

on Oct. 23, 2010 at the home of the bride’s parents. Floral arrangements in deep coral and orange hues, with hints of sage green, were created by florists Kitty and Katherine Chew, of Fairhope. The autumn theme was carried out by Rob Berglin Catering, which provided a wonderful representation of Baldwin County favorites including grilled quail and shrimp and grits. The cake, vanilla with buttercream frosting, was adorned with pearls and ecru trim. It was provided by Vickie Young Cakes. Guests enjoyed the music of Motown band “Perfect Image,” who played “When a Man Loves a Woman” during the couple’s first dance of the evening under the full moon. Photography was provided by Jeff Tesney Photography. The couple will reside in Fairhope.


photos by erin creel photography


Miranda Leigh Fields and Lauren Dale Bounds Jr. were united in marriage at Five Rivers, in Spanish Fort, on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Jeffery Spicer, of the First United Methodist in Bay Minette, officiated the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Margaret I. Fields and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bange, of White House Fork, Ala. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lauren Dale Bounds Sr., of Bay Minette. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joe A. Gibson, of Collinsville, Miss., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Paul W. Bounds Sr., of Neely, Miss.

The bride was given in marriage by her mother. She wore a strapless faille side-draped A-line wedding gown with lace appliqués. Her fingertip veil was two-tiered with a scalloped and beaded-edge bottom. The bride’s wedding dress was bustled with the groom’s grandmother’s blue brooch. The bride chose her sister, Megan Bradley, of Columbus, Ga., as matron of honor. The bride chose as her bridesmaids Julie Lyles, of Stockton, Ala.; and Whitney Hales, Liz Kolbe and Ann Marie Turphen, all of Bay Minette. She chose as junior bridesmaids Madeline Martindale and Olivia

Martindale, nieces of the groom, of Spanish Fort. They all wore floor-length dresses in the color of truffle. Kadence Kolbe served as flower girl, and Brady Powell, son of the bride, served as ring bearer. The groom chose his father to serve as his best man, and his groomsmen were Jon Martindale, of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and Jay Martindale, of Spanish Fort, brothers of the groom; Phillip Palmer and Blake Hall, both of Bay Minette; and Andrew Chason, of Birmingham. After a honeymoon in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the couple will reside in Bay Minette.


photos by jubilee photography


On May 1, 2010, Ashley Rebecca Goggans, of Mobile, and Roger Francis Yankoupe II, of Arlington, Va., were married at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Mobile. The Rev. William P. Saucier officiated the ceremony. Ashley is the daughter of Beverly S. Goggans and Edsel D. Goggans. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Jay F. Silvey and the late Mr. Jay F. Silvey, and the late Mr. Maurice D. Goggans and Mrs. Roberta D. Goggans. Roger is the son of Brig. Gen. and Mrs. Roger Francis Yankoupe. He is the grandson of the late Mr. James A. Murphy, Mrs. Pauline M. Murphy, Mr. Roger L. Yankoupe and Mrs. Anne K. Yankoupe. The bride chose a Pricilla of Boston ivory silk taffeta gown. The simple but beautiful gown had a sweetheart neckline with a full-length skirt accented at the waist with a matching bow. Ashley wore her grandmother’s pearl cross necklace (her something old) and a cathedral-length veil attached to her

cousin’s tiara (her something borrowed). Her something blue was a special garter borrowed from her Nana, Beverly Askew. The bride’s bouquet was a cascading arrangement of white roses and orchids created by Southern Veranda Florist. The bride chose Lauren Sheldt Cooper as her matron of honor. Her bridesmaids were Lynne Anderson, Traci Bond, Brooke Dees, Heather Gilbert, Colette Graziano, Brooke Meeks, Nicole Naro, Ashley Beth Thomas and Brooke White. Rebecca Smith was a junior bridesmaid. The bridesmaids wore dupioni silk two-piece dresses of bamboo green skirts and ivory tops, custom made by Janice Roberts. They were accented with a camellia pink sash tied in a bow at the waist to match the bride’s dress. They carried nosegays of pink roses. The flower girls were Mays and Georgia Dunbar and Kathryn Lynch. They wore silk ivory dresses with floral halos in their

hair and carried kissing balls made with pink roses. The groom’s best man was Joshua Bates Hinton. The groomsmen were Chase Glasgow, Brian Graziano, Nick Haltiwanger, Brad Jernigan, Lang Lucas, Jon Macklem, Zack Petty, Charles Read and Matt Ross. Patrick Smith was the junior groomsman. The ring bearer was Gabriel Lucas. The ceremony began with bell ringers Carson Cooper and Nathaniel Lucas ringing handbells. The reception, at the Mobile Museum of Art, was catered by Tyner’s Catering and decorated by Southern Veranda. Cakes by Judi provided the bride’s cake and the groom’s pecan pie table. The guests danced the night away to music provided by DJ Gary Fuller. Having met at the University of Alabama, the bride and groom left to the Alabama fight song as their guests shook red and white shakers. After their honeymoon in Belize, the couple began their life together in Arlington, Va.


photos by morgan joy photography


Rhianna Hudson and Brooks Hubbard were united in marriage in a sunset ceremony on the beach of Dauphin Island, on March 27, 2010. The Rev. Hampton Sims, of Brookhaven, Miss., officiated. Rhianna and Brooks met in Mobile while attending the best man’s wedding. After dating for a year, during a trip to Las Vegas, Brooks proposed in front of the fountains of the Bellagio Hotel. Returning home from the trip, the

couple knew that a beach ceremony was for them. The bride walked down the beach with her father, in a couture Marisa gown from I Do Bridal & Formal, while her mother and the groom’s parents looked on. The bride chose her sister, Robin Hudson, as maid of honor, and Mariett Kennedy as matron of honor, with Alyssa Kennedy as flower girl. The groom chose Hunter Elmore as best man. Also attending the groom were

Jason Smith, of Birmingham, and Ricky, of Aiken, S.C. The couple invited family and friends to celebrate their marriage with an intimate reception on the beach. Family-owned Flowers for his Glory, of Nashville, Tenn., designed the flower arrangements and catered. The guests enjoyed coastal favorites and familyloved recipes. Morgan, of Morgan Joy Photography, captured every moment. The couple now calls Aiken, S.C., home.

On August 10, 2009, one year after their first date, Domenic Spadafora challenged Katherine Nobles to a salsa cook-off during a visit to his hometown of Edmonton, Alberta. That evening, surrounded by family, Domenic surprised Katherine when he got down on his knee and proposed. A mixture of his salsa, which was more of a bruschetta, and her traditional salsa, now known as “Salsetta,” was served at their wedding reception. The ceremony, officiated by the Rev. James Flowers, was on May 15, 2010, at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion. The bride was given in marriage by her parents, Larry and Mary Ann Nobles, of Mobile. The parents of the groom, Joseph and Rosetta Spadafora, of Edmonton, were in attendance. The bride wore a Vera Wang gown of layered French tulle embellished with a floral and crystal appliqué. Her two-tiered veil was made of organza-trimmed tulle. The handle of her bouquet was wrapped with a swatch of her aunt’s wedding gown and a strand of her grandmother’s pearls. Her hair was styled by Gretchen Stimpson, of Illusions. Katherine chose Kimberly Salamone as her matron of honor, Emily Redmon as her maid of honor, and bridesmaids Suzanne Simms, Melissa Dixon, Christy Sharp and Meg Colvert. The ladies wore blue chiffon dresses in various styles by Melissa Sweet from Something New. Domenic wore a black tuxedo. His custom band was designed by Hayes Jewelers. He chose Tony Spadafora as best man. The groomsmen were Greg Nobles, Daniel Nobles, Burke Hayes, Cory Nobles and John Somerset.


The flower girls were Erika Schmidt, Mary Hayes, Amelia Hayes, Rachel Simms and Anna Simms. The ring bearers were Joseph Hayes, Drake Salamone and Benjamin Simms. To kick off the reception, all the guests joined in a second-line dance led by the Excelsior Brass Band. The couple then danced to “Something Beautiful,” written by the bride’s brother, Greg, and performed by his band, Morris Minor. Daddy Longlegs finished out the night’s entertainment. As night fell, the mansion was lit up in blue by Design Productions to complement the blue and champagne color scheme. The menu, by Bay Gourmet, celebrated the groom’s Italian roots and the

photos by lyle w. ratliff


traditional cuisine of the South. The fourtiered buttercream cake from Cakes by Judi was decorated with fresh flowers from The Rose Bud. The event was photographed by Lyle W. Ratliff. The couple honeymooned in the Mayan Riviera and now resides in Mobile, where the bride is a pediatrician at Pediatric Associates of Mobile.


photos by funes photography


Leslea Dawn Stands and Clinton Barrett Wallis were married on Oct. 3, 2010 at the spectacular Point Clear home of Billy and Patty Dorgan. The bride is the daughter of Don and Caron Stands, of Lafayette, La., and the groom is the son of Ken and Kathy Wallis, of Panama City Beach, Fla. Leslea and Barrett began their whirlwind romance in February 2009 when Leslea accompanied Barrett to one of Mobile’s finest Mardi Gras balls. Barrett quickly determined that Leslea was “the one,” and he proposed on a beautiful

Sunday morning at Dorgan’s Inn overlooking the radiant Mobile Bay. There was no contest in deciding that the couple would be wed the same way. Yes, a Sunday wedding at Dorgan’s Inn was the only way to go. The melodic sounds of the harp set the stage for this charming Southern wedding. The bride’s attendants preceded her and waited patiently on the Southern cottage’s front porch for her arrival. Wearing an ivory Chantilly lace gown and her mother’s antique veil, the stunning bride was escorted down the aisle by her father. Leslea’s bridesmaids were lovely in their pale pink

strapless gowns and bouquets of pink and champagne hydrangeas and roses. The groom and groomsmen were handsome in khaki morning suits. The couple exchanged vows in front of 200 friends and family. The reception was lavish with exquisite floral presentations, delicious food, champagne and other libations, lively music and of course the brilliant view of Mobile Bay. After the ceremony, the couple enjoyed a perfect honeymoon in Ocho Rios, Jamaica (which was a surprise to the bride). The newlyweds were both agreed that this truly was the “Wedding of a Lifetime.”


photos by renaissance portrait studio


While working at Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham, Jonathan Reynolds gathered his courage and, with a twinkle in his eye, asked coworker Catherine Wilkins for a first date. Love prevailed, and on March 20, 2010, they wed at her family church, Eastern Shore Baptist, in Daphne, with the Rev. Grant Barber and the groom’s father, the Rev. Hughey Reynolds, officiating. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mason Daniel Wilkins Jr., of Daphne. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Montez Guidry, of Fairhope. The groom is the son of Dr. Reverend and Mrs. Hughey Reynolds, of Huntsville. Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a strapless soft ivory silk organza designer gown by Jasmine. It featured an embellished tucked bodice, peplum over an A-line skirt, a cascading cathedral-length

train with delicate crystal beading along the hemline, and a a satin ribbon at the waist. Catherine wore her mother’s silk tulle elbow-length veil and an aquamarine and diamond necklace and earring set, a gift from her father. Completing her ensemble, she carried a generous bouquet of white and porcelain roses, with white hydrangeas and green hypericum, wrapped in ivory satin monogrammed ribbon. Southern Veranda designed refreshing sprays of bright spring lilies and roses on candelabras and pew markers. Special music consisted of classical guitar, piano and trumpet. The bridesmaids wore Pacific blue silk dupioni dresses from Ann Taylor and carried ribbon-tied nosegays of coral, peach and green lilies and roses. Catherine chose Brittney Pulliam as her matron of honor.

Bridesmaids were Claire Melchiori, Amber Miskowiec and Laura Thompson. Thérèse Adams was flower girl. Jonathan’s brother, Christopher Reynolds, served as best man. Groomsmen were Matthew Wilkins, Charlie Mix and Robert Smith, and Owen Reynolds served as ring bearer. Ushers included Clay Adams and Cade McMurray. An elegant ride in a 1961 Vanden Plas Princess limousine relayed the couple to Five Rivers, where guests enjoyed Southern culinary favorites prepared by Cliff Stapleton, Lady Baltimore cake by Brenda Carley, cotton candy, praline favors and dancing. The couple departed through a ribbon wedding wand tunnel of well wishers to the waiting airboat. Following a VIP honeymoon cruise to Mexico, the newlyweds are at home in Huntsville.

vendor guide debra’s bayside • 324 Fairhope Ave. 990-2282. DEBRA’S INC. • 4068 Old Shell Road. 343-7463. ELLEN’S • 6345 Airport Blvd. 342-2205. yourellens.com


FEMME • 3607 Old Shell Road, Suite 4. 343-8222.

Bridal Gowns, Bridesmaid and Flower Girl Dresses

HOLIDAY INC. • 4513 Old Shell Road. 342-4911. shoptheholiday.com (Also bridesmaid and flower girl dresses)

BELLS & BOWS • 1400 Springhill Ave. 433-2562. bellsandbowsofmobile.com Brides maids Galore & More 106 5th St., Daphne. 626-8866. bridesmaidsgaloreandmore.com

Bakeries BUTTERCREAM DREAMS SPECIALTY CAKES • 3086 Dauphin Square Connector. 479-7433. buttercreamdreamsmobile.com CAKES BY JUDI • 4831 Schimpfs Lane. 666-1565. cakesbyjudi.com couture cakes • 1905 Main St., Suite B, Daphne. 626-9895. DELISH’S DESSERTS • 23 Upham St. 473-6115. Dolcetto cupcakes • Available at CrabApple Market, 9180 Airport Blvd. 635-0067. 272-9401. dolcettocupcakes.com heavenly creations 410 Fairhope Ave. 928-1444. fairhopebakery.com LIGHTHOUSE BAKERY 919 Chaumont Ave., Dauphin Island. 861-2253. THE LITTLE CAKE SHOP • 10198 U.S. Highway 31, Spanish Fort. 621-9097. THE PASTRY SHOP • 2560 Dauphin St. 479-2629.

photos by amy and douglas anderson / studio a photography

POLLMAN’S BAKE SHOP 750 S. Broad St. 438-1511. 31 N. Royal St., Suite 101. 438-2261. 4464 Old Shell Road. 342-8546. taste of heaven • 988-8173. twist cupcakes • 9 Du Rhu Drive, Suite 310. twistcupcakes.com

Catering, Wine & Bartenders andree’s wine, cheese & things 403 Fairhope Ave. 928-8863. andreesonline.com BAY GOURMET • 1880-A Airport Blvd. 450-9051. baygourmetcatering.net Chef Rob & Company 5616 Three Notch Road, Suite C. 382-7497. chefrobco.com CLIFF STAPLETON CATERING 13045 County Road 64, Loxley. 964-4567. cliffstapletoncatering.com CREATIVE CATERING BY SEAN 4508 Schillinger Road S. 666-3133. creativecateringbysean.com Griffinz & co. • 689-7737. griffinzandcompany.com MARTHA RUTLEDGE CATERING 4507 Old Shell Road. 342-4700. mrutledgecatering.com naman’s catering 1909 Brookdale Drive. 473-3900. namanscatering.com ORIGINAL OYSTER HOUSE 3733 Battleship Parkway. 626-2188. 701 state Highway 59, Gulf Shores. 948-2445. originaloysterhouse.com RED OR WHITE wine & GOURMET CENTER • 1801 Old Shell Road. 478-9494. 323-A De La Mare Ave., Fairhope. 990-0003. redorwhitewine.com TASTE • 2524 Old Shell Road, Suite B. 479-3435. 2033 Airport Blvd. 654-2254. TYNER’S CATERING • 997 W. I-65 Service Road N. 479-0027. tynerscatering.com WILL HUGHES CATERING & MARKET 1716 Main St., Daphne. 625-0345. willhughescateringandmarket.com

Calligraphers GENEVA GAYLES • 343-9634. SOIRéE SIGNATURES Lindsey M. Stiegler, 209-3265. soireesignatures.com

wintzell’s oyster house 605 Dauphin St. 432-4605. 6700 Airport Blvd. 341-1111. I-65 at Exit 13, Saraland. 442-3335. 805 S. Mobile St., Fairhope. 929-2322. 30500 state Highway 181, Suite 800. Spanish Fort. 626-5714.

eternal elegance inc. • 639-9999. eternalelegancehautecouture.com FRANCIA’S FORMAL AFFAIR 3730 Airport Blvd. 342-7119. 28600 U.S. Highway 98, Suite B, Daphne. 621-3223. francias.com (Bridesmaid and flower girl dresses)

METZGER’S • 3704 Dauphin St. 342-6336. (Mother of the bride and mother of the groom) SOMETHING NEW bridal 4467 Old Shell Road. 345-0860. somethingnewbridal.net UPTOWN • 400 Fairhope Ave. 928-7664.

I DO BRIDAL & FORMAL 6920 Airport Blvd., Suite 103. 447-2784. idobridalformal.com JoVi’S Bridal & Formals by mister tuxedo • 281 McGregor Ave. S. 460-2414. jovisbridal.com SOMETHING NEW bridal 4467 Old Shell Road. 345-0860. somethingnewbridal.net the timeless bride 754 Government St. 432-8420. victorianlaceofmobile.com Tuxedos, Suits & Rentals FRANCIA’S FORMAL AFFAIR 3730 Airport Blvd. 342-7119. 28600 U.S. Highway 98, Suite B, Daphne. 621-3223. francias.com

Florists all a bloom • 6677 Three Notch Road. 666-0509. all-a-bloom.com BECKHAM’S FLORIST & gifts 7850 Airport Blvd. 633-2034. BELLE BOUQUET FLORIST & GIFTS 200 Shelton Beach Road, Saraland. 675-3225. bellebouquet.com CLEVELAND THE FLORIST 4404 Old Shell Road. 341-3555. 6434 Airport Blvd. 341-3561. clevelandtheflorist.net

G. HARVELL • 2534-B Old Shell Road. 344-4200. gharvell.com

FLOWERS ETC! 1800 Main St., Daphne. 626-6323. flowersetcdaphne.com

jovi’s bridal & formal by MISTER TUXEDO • 281 McGregor Ave. S. 460-2414. jovisbridal.com

FORGET-ME-KNOT 4300 Midmost Drive, Suite B. 344-4600. forgetmeknotmobile.com

METZGER’S • 3704 Dauphin St. 342-6336.

RIBBONS AND ROSES FLORIST & GIFTS • 2090 Schillinger Road S., Suite K. 639-9799. ribbonsandrosesflorist.com

RANDALL’S FORMAL WEAR 2151 Airport Blvd. 478-7683. randallsgulfcoast.com Mother of the Bride or Groom and Going Away Dresses BALLIN’S LTD. • 9 Du Rhu Drive, Suite 365. 304-0044. ballinsltd.com BRADLEY • 2401 Old Shell Road. 473-8182. CEZANNE’s • 2520 Old Shell Road, Suite C. 470-1911. cezannes.net CK COLLECTION • 320 Fairhope Ave. 990-9001. ckcollection.com COLONY SHOP inc. • 27 S. Section St. 928-8172.

THE ROSE BUD FLOWERS & GIFTS 470 N. Craft Highway, Chickasaw. 800-359-9489. 457-6040. rosebudflowers.com SOUTHERN VERANDA FLOWERS & GIFTS • 105 N. Bancroft St., Fairhope. 928-4433. 6475 Spanish Fort Blvd., Suite F. 625-0204. southernveranda.com WILDFLOWERS • 50 S. Church St., Suite A, Fairhope. 928-6200. ZIMLICH BROS. • 1910 Government St. 473-6121. zimlichbros.com ZIMLICH THE FLORIST • 95 N. Sage Ave. 473-3501.

Honeymoons BROWNELL TRAVEL • 2864 Dauphin St., Suite B. 341-0555. brownelltravel.com CAPE TRAVEL • 3756 Airport Blvd. 344-2789. 74 Plantation Pointe, Fairhope. 928-0233. gocapetravel.com CRUISE AWAY • 19078 E. Silverhill Ave., Robertsdale. 947-8740. 888-432-6762. SPRINGDALE TRAVEL 958 Montlimar Drive. 476-5095. springdaletravel.com

creative gems & jewelry 4456 Old Shell Road, Suite B. 408-3999. creativegemsandjewelry.com elliott’s fine jewelry 798 Downtowner Blvd. 344-0072. FRIEDMAN’S FINE JEWELRY Regions Bank Tower, Airport Boulevard at I-65. 479-9469. friedmansfinejewelry.com GOLD ART • 4503 Old Shell Road. 342-6303. goldartjeweler.com GOLDSTEIN’S • 887 Hillcrest Road. 460-9050. goldsteinsjewelry.com HAYES JEWELERS 5456 Cottage Hill Road. 661-9846. hayes-jewelers-mobile.com JOHN BOSCO JEWELER 3507 Montlimar Plaza Drive. 342-4619. johnboscojeweler.com

Invitations GWIN’S STATIONERY • 4513 Old Shell Road. 344-3335. 957 Spring Hill Ave. 438-2226. gwins.cc

THE KARAT PATCH • 3966 Airport Blvd., Suite A. 344-5614. KNOT JUST BEADS • 203 S. Florida St., Suite A. 473-8650.

IT’S INVITING • 5550 Old Shell Road, Suite A. 460-0738.

LOU’S JEWELRY • 3012 Airport Blvd. 473-1706. 1175A Hillcrest Road, Suite 5. 607-0022. lousjewelry.com

MOBILE PRINTING & ENGRAVING 7 N. Jackson St. 433-1791.

MANNING JEWELRY • 207 W. Laurel Ave., Foley. 943-4771.

PAGE & PALETTE • 32 S. Section St., Fairhope. 928-5295. pageandpalette.com

METAL BENDERS • 314 De La Mare Ave., Suite A, Fairhope. 928-5858. metalbendersgallery.com

PAPER JUBILEE 2008 Airport Blvd. 401-5685. polka dot princess • 928-7611. thepolkadotprincess.com SOIRéE SIGNATURES Lindsey M. Stiegler, 209-3265. soireesignatures.com SOUTHERN VERANDA: THE PAPIER WEDDING SPECIALIST 105 N. Bancroft St., Fairhope. 928-4433. 6475 Spanish Fort Blvd., Suite F. 625-0204. southernveranda.com STATIONERY STUDIO • 412 Fairhope Ave. 990-9940. fairhopefinepaper.com WRITE IMPRESSIONS • 3980 Airport Blvd., Suite F. 344-6820.

ENTERTAINMENT MANAGEMENT SERVICES • 626-1274. entertainmentstars.com

J. HAVARD • 7228 Three Notch Road. 666-7214. jhavard.com

excelsior band • 666-2963, 377-2735. excelsior1883.com FIGURE 8 • 1259 Oak Lane Drive. 343-9637. 285-0114. figureeight.com THE GRAND BAND • 621-0234. grandband.com JD the DJ Entertainment 533-6827. jdthedjentertainment.com JUBILATION BAND • 945-7777. jubilationband.com MAHLON P. MCCRACKEN, HARPIST 341-0773. [email protected] MELANIE ZOGHBY CUMMINS 463-4612. Party People Entertainment 455-4070. partypeoplemobile.com SILVERWOOD QUARTET • 928-0987. 607-0606. silverwoodquartet.com Southern Sounds DJ • 219-4665. southernsoundsdj.com Spencer frost III • 605-4847.

Private Gallery • 9 Du Rhu Drive. 316-0031. 30500 state Highway 181, Suite 220, Spanish Fort. 621-3767. 218 Fairhope Ave. 990-4555. 2601 S. McKenzie St., Suite 318, Foley. 943-9393. 27267 Perdido Beach Blvd., Suite A-2, Orange Beach. 366-0888. shopprivategallery.com SILVER BASKET • 22192 state Highway 59 N., Robertsdale. 947-2283. STOWE’S JEWELERS • 393 Fairhope Ave. 928-5349. stowesjewelers.net


ZUNDEL’S JEWELRY • 3670 Dauphin St. 344-8300. zundelsjewelry.com

ANDRESS JEWELRY 22 U.S. Highway 43 N., Suite A, Saraland. 675-9020. andressjewelry.com

Music A BETTER CHOICE MUSIC • 661-0111. 786-0111. abetterchoicemusic.com A DJ CONNECTION • 473-5838. 800-245-7221. adjconnection.com AZALEA CITY DJS • 460-4107. 689-6226. azaleacitydjs.com

John Estes Photography 422-7785. estesart.com JUBILEE PHOTOGRAPHY 2100 Main St., Daphne. 626-0380. jubileephoto.com katie & Jeff Barker, storytellers • 533-6523. jeffbarkerphotography.com KEYHOLE PHOTO • 442-8208. 259-5806. keyholephoto.com LACOSTE PHOTOGRAPHY 747-1212. lacostephotography.com LYLE W. RATLIFF • 678-234-1094. lyleratliff.com MELINDA MERCER • 447-0237. melindamercer.com MICHELLE MALOY QUIMBY PHOTOGRAPHY • 648-1302. michellequimbyphotography.com middle bay photography 295-1879. middlebayphotography.com morgan joy photography 767-1267. morganjoyphotography.com myshotz photography 454-4875. myshotz.com NORMAN PHOTOGRAPHY 690-7676. normanphotography.com ON3FOTOS • Fairhope: 928-2323. Gulf Shores: 279-0203. on3fotos.com

PRIVATE COLLECTION 4400 Old Shell Road. 343-5090.

WARE JEWELERS • 30500 state Highway 181, Suite 316, Spanish Fort. 338-9273. warejewelers.com

CLAUDE MOORE JEWELER 3700 Dauphin St. 380-9400. claudemoorejeweler.com

JEFF TESNEY • 478-6241. jefftesneyphoto.com

Michael ross jewelers 1218 Hillcrest Road. 634-4444. michaelrossjewelers.com

WADE JEWELERS 6890 U.S. Highway 90, Suite 11, Daphne. 621-7890. wadejewelers.com

BRENNY’S JEWELRY Company 333 Fairhope Ave. 928-3916. brennysjewelry.com

Big Mike’s DJ Entertainment 366-6453. bigmikedj.com

One Fine Day Photography 660-6228. onefinedayphoto.com PALMER STUDIO • 2008 Airport Blvd. 471-3523. palmerstudio.com

Photography ADMONI PHOTOGRAPHY • 680-4588. admoniphotography.com

Posh Images • 508-1155. poshimagesonline.com RENAISSANCE PORTRAIT STUDIO 928-5944. renaissanceportraits.com

Brad Puckett Photography 802-9990. bradpuckettphotography.com

rhonda smith photography 13151 Roberts Road, Suite C, Chunchula. 679-8355. rhondasminimemories.com

CLASSIC PHOTOGRAPHY 490-2165. classicphotomobile.com

ROBINSON STUDIO & DESIGN 709-2111. rstudioanddesign.com

COLONIAL PHOTOGRAPHY 2411 Government St. 478-5633. colonialphotography.com

SAMANTHA ALDAY PHOTOGRAPHY • 246-5417. samanthaaldayphotography.com

courtland richards photography • 379-8935. 625-3648. courtlandrichards.com

SCATTER JOY PHOTOGRAPHY 342-3111. scatterjoyphoto.com

CUSTOM PHOTOGRAPHY 945-5133. garyandemily.com DAN ANDERSON • 901-378-1899. danandersonphoto.com

STORYBOOK PHOTOGRAPHY 626-7771. storybookphotography.net STUDIO A PHOTOGRAPHY 279-0841.studioaphoto.com

DENNIS HOLT • 401-0631. dennisholt.com

THIGPEN PHOTOGRAPHY INC. 2105 Vivian Drive. 666-2851. thigpenphoto.com

Funes Photography • 259-5910. funesphotography.com

todd douglas photography todddouglasphoto.com

IMAGES BY ALISA • 401-3461. imagesbyalisa.com

wendy wilson photography 680-2885. wendywilsonphoto.com

vendor guide FITZPEN PLACE • 11247 U.S. Highway 31, Spanish Fort. 621-6665. fitzpenplace.com

ROCK CREEK COUNTRY CLUB 140 Clubhouse Drive, Fairhope. 928-4223. rockcreekgolf.com

GRAND HOTEL MARRIOTT RESORT, golf club & spa • 1 Grand Blvd., Point Clear. 928-9201. marriottgrand.com

RUTH’S CHRIS • 2058 Airport Blvd. 476-0516. ruthschris.com

hampton inn – downtown 62 S. Royal St. 436-8787. hamptoninn.hilton.com

staycations beach weddings & catering • 1465 W. Fairway Drive, Gulf Shores. 205-915-6934. 205-5296727. staycationscatering.com

SPACE 301 • 301 Conti St. 208-5671. space301.com

Rentals BLUE RENTS • 1601 E. I-65 Service Road S. 479-8502. bluerents.com MILLER’S GRAND EVENTS 25341 state Highway 181, Fairhope. 625-4910. millersgrandevents.com MOBILE POPCORN CO. 3333 Cottage Hill Road, Suite C. 479-2492. mobilepopcorn.com PORT CITY RENTALS • 3252 Old Shell Road. 471-5484. portcityrentals.com

Reception Venues

HERMITAGE-RIPPY ESTATE 3151 Newman Road. 639-0418. hermitagerippyestate.com

5 rivers delta resource hall 30945 Five Rivers Blvd. 625-0814. outdooralabama.com

holiday inn – downtown 301 Government St. 800-345-8082. holidayinn.com

Arthur r. Outlaw Convention Center • 1 S. Water St. 208-2100. mobileconventions.com

KIRK HOUSE & GARDENS 11525 U.S. Highway 43 N., Axis. 675-4605. kirkgarden.com

ashbury hotel & suites 600 W. I-65 Service Road S. 800-752-0398. ashburyhotel.com

magnolia grove • 7001 Magnolia Grove Parkway. 645-0075. rtjgolf.com/magnoliagrove

BAKERY CAFÉ • 1104 Dauphin St. 433-2253. thebakerycafemobile.com

MAGNOLIA MANOR • 1624 Spring Hill Ave. 432-3888. magnoliamanor.org

the BATTLE HOUSE HOTEL 26 N. Royal St. 338-2000. marriott.com

MALAGA INN • 359 Church St. 438-4701. malagainn.com

BELLINGRATH GARDENS 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore. 973-2217. 800-247-8420. bellingrath.org

MALBIS PLANTATION • 10145 U.S. Highway 90 E., Daphne. 626-3050.

southcoast productions 1400 Pine Needle Court. 583-4194. gulfcoastweddingvideo.com

MOBILE BOTANICAL GARDENS 5151 Museum Drive. 342-0555. mobilebotanicalgardens.org

willow bridge, inc. • 479-2758. willowbridgeinc.com

Mobile Carnival Museum 355 Government St. 432-3324. mobilecarnivalmuseum.com

Wedding Planners

BIENVILLE CLUB • 34th Floor, 107 St. Francis St. 433-4977. bienvilleclub.com Blacksher Hall 1056 Government St. 433-3875. blacksherhall.com BLACKWELL-BATSON ESTATE 9635 Moffett Road, Semmes. 421-1322. blackwellbatsonestate.com BRAGG-MITCHELL MANSION 1906 Spring Hill Ave. 471-6364. braggmitchellmansion.com CAFÉ 615 • 615 Dauphin St. 432-8434. café615mobile.com Café Royal • 101 Dauphin St. 405-5251. caféroyalmobile.net

MOBILE MUSEUM OF ART 4850 Museum Drive. 208-5200. mobilemuseumofart.com MUSEUM OF MOBILE • 111 S. Royal St. 208-7569. museumofmobile.com MY VICTORIAN B&B • 504 Church St. 219-9961. myvictorianbandb.com oak hollow farm 14210 Greeno Road, Fairhope. 928-4840. oakhollowfarm.net

camp beckwith 10400 Beckwith Lane, Fairhope. 928-7844. campbeckwith.org

ORIGINAL OYSTER HOUSE 3733 Battleship Parkway. 626-2188. 701 state Highway 59, Gulf Shores. 948-2445. originaloysterhouse.com

Caribe Resort • 28103 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach. 980-9000. caribe-resort.com

the palette café 4850 Museum Drive. 208-5227. thepalettecafe.com

COURTYARD MANOR • 751 Dauphin St. 434-9456. thecourtyardmanor.com

PENINSULA GOLF and RACQUET CLUB • 20 Peninsula Blvd., Gulf Shores. 968-8009. peninsulagolfclub.com

DAUPHIN ISLAND SEA LAB ESTUARIUM • 101 Bienville Blvd., Dauphin Island. 861-2141. disl.org DORGAN’S INN • Point Clear. 928-7169. dorgansinn.com EASTERN SHORE ART CENTER 401 Oak St., Fairhope. 928-2228. esartcenter.com EZELL HOUSE • 407 Conti St. 432-4174. ezellhouse.com FAIRHOPE INN • 63 S. Church St. 928-6226. thefairhopeinn.com

PORTIER HOUSE • 307 Conti St. 434-1586. 441-7138. portierhouse.org Pure • 271 Azalea Road. 342-4701. puretheexperience.com RENAISSANCE RIVERVIEW PLAZA HOTEL • 64 S. Water St. 438-4000. mariott.com richards dar house museum 256. N. Joachim St. 208-7320. richardsdarhouse.com

THE TEA ROOM • 4513 Old Shell Road, Suite D. 343-4669. thetearoom.net THE TEMPLE • 351 St. Francis St. 433-7920. thetempledowntown.com The Wash House Restaurant 17111 Scenic Highway 98, Point Clear. 928-4838. washhouserestaurant.com

video/multimedia BROOKFIELD VIDEO PRODUCTIONS 391-2544. brookfieldvideo.com Dorsett Productions Unlimited • 635-0066. dorsettproductionsunlimited.com EYE ON DIGITAL • 5821 Rangeline Road, Suite 107, Theodore. 443-2007. eyeondigital.com MEDIA PRODUCTION SERVICES 28170 N. Main St., Suite D, Daphne. 621-5029. 877-926-3342. mediasvc.tv

Registries BELK • Bel Air Mall. 470-5400. Springdale Mall. 479-3690. 30500 state Highway 181, Suite 500, Spanish Fort. 621-4151. belk.com CLAUDE MOORE JEWELER 3700 Dauphin St. 380-9400. claudemoorejeweler.com DILLARD’S • Bel Air Mall. 471-1551. Eastern Shore Centre, Spanish Fort. 621-2257. dillards.com EXPRESSIONS select accessories • 1854 Airport Blvd. 473-4948.

Affair To Remember • 661-9550. affairtoremember.com Agapé Special Events • 689-1552. agapéspecialevents.com ALL THE DETAILS • Fairhope. 300-4313. dreamybeachweddings.com BAREFOOT PRODUCTIONS • 554-7273. barefooteventproductions.com BEACH BAY WEDDINGS & EVENTS Spanish Fort. 583-4802. beachbayweddings.com BROOKS & CO. WEDDING CONSULTING • Mobile. 510-0197. brooksandcoweddings.com

THE IVY COTTAGE • 2401 Old Shell Road. 473-4438. theivycottageonline.com

EVENTS BY MICHELLE BISHOP MCCONNELL • 767-2918. eventsbymbm.com

LOUISE DOGGETT ANTIQUES 93 Sage Ave. 471-6700.

IMAGINE THIS • 1967 Government St. 478-5550. imaginethisevent.com

m.a. simons • 2151 Old Shell Road. 479-4350.


SILVER BASKET • 22192 state Highway 59 S., Robertsdale. 947-2283.

ORANGE BEACH WEDDINGS • 24951 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach. 224-5611. orangebeachweddings.com

the silver market • 19164 Scenic Highway 98, Fairhope. 928-4657. STOWE’S JEWELERS • 393 Fairhope Ave. 928-5349. stowesjewelers.net

Over The Top Events • 786-0597. ottevents.com

WARE JEWELERS • 30500 state Highway 181, Suite 316, Spanish Fort. 338-9273. warejewelers.com

The Party Girlz catering & party planning 1568 Leroy Stephens Road. 634-0000. partygirlzcatering.com

ZUNDEL’S JEWELRY • 3670 Dauphin St. 344-8300. zundelsjewelry.com

spot on event planning 27214 Elise Court, Daphne. 621-5124.