Blue Gowns, Bagpipes, and Bond: A Chic Wedding by Stephen DeVries

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No, the groom really isn’t James Bond ¬— but he does cut a dashing figure in white dinner jacket and black tie, and he does carry his bride off in an Aston Martin, in this chic Birmingham, Alabama, wedding album by Stephen DeVries. The bride and her maids get the star treatment in their makeup and hair sessions as, in the empty church, a florist makes sure the pews are dressed correctly. In the background, a portrait of the happy couple is surrounded by handwritten wishes on a poster — no doubt a good way to calm some prenuptial nerves! Buttoning the bride into her dress, her assistant helps her step into shoes and a pearl necklace; she takes up a blue-and-white bouquet that matches her open-toed heels and joins her groom in the still-silent church for a sweet “reveal.”

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Flanked by maids in baby-blue gowns, the bride then breaks away from her intended long enough to gather the remainder of the party for a happy group shot on gorgeous church grounds. The flower girl and ring bearer are precious in all-white; in a magnificent church decked with floral cross and candelabra, the couple says their vows, then processes to a waiting limousine while being serenaded by a bagpiper. At “The Club,” the bride’s white cake is exquisite with blue flowers, and the chocolate groom’s cake bears fleur-de-lis. The bride and groom share a twirl — and a dip — on the dance floor before everyone gets into the spirit. Finally, as the evening winds to a close, the sparklers are lit, the groom sweeps his bride into the waiting convertible…and the pair depart with memories to last forever.

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Written by Janet Butler

Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).