Moustaches All Around: a Spirited Autumn Wedding by Stephen DeVries

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The groom has “Elvis” sideburns — and everybody has fake moustaches for some giggly pictures — in this lighthearted wedding in Opelika, Alabama, as pictured by Stephen DeVries. The setting is gorgeous: a down-home feeling of a family farm, complete with pumpkins, haystacks, baskets of mums, and the warmth of October sunshine as the glorious day begins. And yes, the colors echo tones of autumn — and Auburn — as well: orange and blue pompoms await use later, while gowns and flowers are resplendent in both those hues. The maids are pretty, indeed, in short, deep blue dresses; the groom and his men wear small orange lily boutonnieres. The bride’s strapless gown is a confection of lacy appliquéd roses and a layered chiffon train; she and her maids pose on a balcony in their finery…

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…and then the moustaches come out. First the maids put them on, each girl posing for her close-up. Then the mothers…and then the groom and his men, all captured for posterity in their matching “lip gear.” Once the bride regains her dignity, a simple outdoor ceremony follows in an elegant garden setting, enhanced by “honey” favors for the guests and orange-beribboned lanterns. The reception features a white cake with trailing orange “roses”…and gummy worms in buckets of “dirt” as a chocolate treat! After goodies, the dancing begins, with both groom and bride dancing with pint-sized guests. With bouquet and garter tossed, the happy recipients of those items pose together with knowing smiles…and then it’s time to bid the newlyweds goodbye, cheered on by pompom-waving guests into their new life 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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