Rustic Fall Romance: Alabama Woodland Wedding by Stephen DeVries

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A romantic wooded setting, family and friends in all their finery, and the great outdoors in the South on an autumn day: these all contribute to a sweet, rustic wedding in Leeds, Alabama, as shown here by Stephen DeVries. The bride’s hair is swept up with a tiny flower garland, her dress a simple slip of gossamer and lace; she and her maids dress with lots of laughter as, elsewhere, the groom pauses to let his mother pin on his boutonniere. Casually elegant in gray-blue suiting, he waits near a rambling barn for his bride’s “reveal,” after which the attendants ramble with the happy couple through the hills and woods for some great shots. Processing down a grassy aisle, the couple is wed outdoors at a stone fireplace altar bedecked with bouquets and edged in arbors full of green ivy.

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Then, it’s on to the reception, with Bible quotes encouraging the guests to truly savor the day and the experience. The cakes here are both rustic and fun: a fabric-wrapped bride’s cake on a skirted pedestal is clad in gentle shades of old rose, cream, and tea-stain-beige. On the other hand, the groom’s chocolate cake features a fun soccer theme and a dedication to this best “goal” he’s ever scored! Within a lighted tent, the bride and groom share a sentimental first dance, cut the cake in a quiet corner before the fireplace, and then rejoin their guests who are dancing up a storm. A few happy toasts, a bouquet and garter toss, and a confetti exit later, the newlyweds wave goodbye to their guests from the back of a classic car…and ride into 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).