Bring on the Marines: American Village Wedding

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Maybe it was only one Marine, but his place was unique — among the bride’s attendants, not the groom’s — in this Montevallo, AL, wedding as pictured by Stephen DeVries. It’s a bright day, on the verge of fall, which allows this bride to go strapless and her maids to wear bright pink and white dresses; her Marine attendant is in full dress uniform, of course. Harmonizing with the maids’ attire, the groomsmen wear pink ties; the groom’s more subtle blue echoes the bride’s vivid blue heels. Fun pictures happen even before the ceremony: the groom is placed in the stocks, to the delight of his men, while the ladies pause for a quick toast before hopping aboard a golf cart for their ride to the church.

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After the vows, because the guests have been urged not to help themselves to a tempting goodie table until the bride and groom arrive…the couple begins the official party. Cake, fruit, and candies — along with more substantial fare — are all part of the feast, as are postcards for the guests to write their wishes and “mail” them to the couple. Flag banners read “love is sweet” and “eat, drink, and get married”; the guests enjoy a lighthearted time with feather boas, oversized sunglasses, and fun hats as the dance floor heats up. At evening’s end, it’s time to wave goodbye to the newlyweds, and they’re ushered out through arched doorways into the night, and sent off with all the best wishes on the first day of their future together.

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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).

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