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This Gulf Shores, Alabama, wedding has all the fun you’d expect on the coast: oysters, sandboxes, and sunset on the dock — all on display in this array of images from Stephen DeVries. But, first things first — the day begins with a session of pampering and primping for the bride. What feels more “glam” than sitting in a professional makeup chair and having someone do your face? For a day as special as this one, it’s a treat the bride clearly enjoys. Her gown hangs carefully, waiting for its time to shine, as she gathers her accessories — the delicate shoes, the bouquet, the Bible. Soon, she is a vision in white lace and pearls, posing with her maids dressed in aqua, their smiles as bright as the sunshine — and tiny flower girls in white lace, ribbons…and bare feet.

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Meanwhile, the groom gathers his attendants about him, dressed in elegant single-breasted suits and red ties — with a subtle print that turns out to be tiny crabs walking across the fabric. Through wreathed church doors, the party proceeds through the simple ceremony, then to photos at the dock in growing twilight that promises a perfect sunset. Hungry guests feast on oysters on the half-shell, a sundae bar, and — of course — cake and champagne. In this relaxed atmosphere, a flower girl feels free to play in the sand or have fun on a swing. And even the grownups know how to play at this party: they bring out the feather boas, the oversized plastic glasses, even a Limbo stick, and the fun goes into full swing. Then, as the moon rises, the newlyweds leave with best wishes from all…on their way to a happy ever after together.

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Written by Janet Butler

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).