A Bright January Birmingham Wedding

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January in Birmingham, AL, means bright Southern sunshine and little touches of greenery still, in these wedding images brought to us by Stephen DeVries. First, it’s time for a little pampering for the bride — her makeup and her hair bespeak simplicity and romance at once. Reds and blues are the colors of choice here (other than white lace, of course); the bride’s “ruby slippers” go with the lavish red roses in her bouquet. Meanwhile, the maids are in blue; the flower girl/junior bridesmaid is fetching in a simple white dress. The groom and his men — down to the smallest — take on vivid blue ties to match the maids, while their suiting is elegant gray. With pauses for laughter, for brief prayers, and for a truly romantic “reveal,” the bride is ready for her walk down the aisle.

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In a dignified church ceremony, the couple say their “I dos,” then proceed to the Avon ballroom for the reception; white lights twinkle at a guest-card table. Cake? Yes, of course — with a delightful pair of bluebirds atop it. There’s also chocolate, pyramids of it, truffles in white and milk chocolate as additional “layers” on the display. The couple cuts the top layer — not without a few tense moments of hoping it all stays put! But luck is with them: with no mishaps, they feast together on the cake and then lead their guests around the dance floor in a nifty conga line (note the helping hand holding up the bride’s train!). Finally, under an arch of sparklers, the happy couple departs the reception in a vintage car, ready to ride off into a promising future.

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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).