Late-Spring Wedding on the Alabama Shoreline

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A wedding on the shore, beneath the Spanish moss, in the balmy air of late spring — does this sound good to you? Then you’ll enjoy these images from a May wedding, courtesy of Stephen DeVries. The bride gets her pampering first, of course: hair, makeup, a special time with Mom to make sure the lacy dress lies just right. Her maid is in an elegant black ruffled gown with a lacy openwork scooped neckline; simple rose bouquets are the order of the day. After pausing for a few sunlit pictures on a deck, she’s glad to promenade with her family over the sweeping lawns to prepare for the open-air ceremony. Meanwhile, her groom is being seen to by his attendants — making sure his boutonniere is just-so. But this isn’t a fussy group: there’s not a tuxedo to be seen, and only the groom and fathers wear ties!

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Once vows are said, it’s time for the family pictures under a leafy canopy, with lengthening rays from the setting sun casting gentle light overall. The bride and groom stop for a few moments, watching the sunset together over the water; then it’s time to party. A three-layer bride’s cake, trimmed at its base with roses and greenery, awaits the happy couple — as do two custom-made ceramic goblets. The reception “hall” is the great outdoors, where the guests feast on a buffet and lights strung between the trees twinkle on. A first dance is in order before the floor opens up and everyone gets in on the act — except for a few younger guests, eyeing the groom’s chocolate cake longingly! The newlyweds are seen off under sparklers to their brand-new life together…with a full day’s worth of memories to share forever.

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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).