Cool Southern Charm in a Birmingham Wedding by Stephen DeVries Photography

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This Birmingham, AL, wedding epitomizes Southern elegance and charm, with its stately chapel setting — and a radiant bride who looks not just beautiful, but perfectly calm and cool (even though the wedding’s in August!). How does she do that? If you’re planning a summer or warm-weather-climate wedding, take a look at these images from Stephen DeVries Weddings and you’ll get some useful hints! First, notice the bride’s upswept hairdo; in warm, humid weather, this can be a lifesaver: it’s a cooler way to wear your hair and keeps it from frizzing out. Also, note the style of the gown includes a neckline that’s plenty modest, but framed in lace and openwork; if you’ve got the option of a lacy or more “open” design for your wedding gown, that can help keep you cool as well.

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Practical considerations aside, note the sensibility of this wedding party’s wear: the maids are all in halter dresses in a deep blue — a style and color that looks good on lots of different sizes and shapes! The groom’s attire is basic, classic black with an ivory vest — his attendants have dark vests by contrast — and a tie matching the blue in the maids’ gowns. No fussy bowties here, just a simple four-in-hand keeps things dressy without being fussy or frivolous. Clearly the bride and groom both have a touch of whimsy: check out the bright floral topper on the bride’s cake, and the “oak” atop the groom’s. And finally, when the party’s over, the happy couple tosses bouquet and garter, then departs with a shower of bubbles for their honeymoon — from a feast of love and laughter to a happy ever after.

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