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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