The Bride Played Hangman: A Fun Southern Wedding by Stephen DeVries

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Envision a crowd at your wedding? This Birmingham, Alabama, couple has just that — we can count 14 bridesmaids and 14 groomsmen, besides a bevy of guests at the ceremony — in these images of a springtime wedding as presented by Stephen DeVries. The bride’s a vision in Alençon lace and a wisp of a veil; her maids glow in blush pink, and the men are in dapper black tie. The guests are turned out in full-fledged evening wear as well. It’s a sophisticated event, without a doubt, full of pomp and dignity…or is it? Don’t look now, but the bride and her maids are playing wedding-themed “hangman” in a Sunday school classroom before the ceremony, and the groom’s mother looks for all the world like she’s applying a little “spit and polish” to her son’s hair to make sure he looks his best!

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Once the vows are said, it’s time for two kinds of cake: five layers of shimmering white on a silver platter, plus a three-layer squared chocolate groom’s cake trimmed with pale-green “apple” décor and ringed with leaves. One young guest knows just what she wants — and she’s ready to point to it on the cake table, as beneath cascades of white light and chandeliers, the bride and groom make their entrance. Everyone gets in the act of singing and dancing, including the bride herself, and she and her new husband aren’t shy about sampling both cakes — which is just as it should be. Finally, in a shower of flower petals, the newlyweds climb aboard a sleek red classic convertible and, sitting on its back like celebrities, wave goodbye as guests call out final good wishes.

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Written by Janet Butler

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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).