A Summer Camp Wedding in Mississippi

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Have you got great summer camp memories? The groom in this wedding certainly did; he and his bride arranged to have their wedding take place at the camp where he went as a boy. That’s only one of the personal touches this bride and groom wove into their special day, as pictured in these images from Stephen DeVries. The groom proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that real men do, indeed, wear pink: his vest is the color of cotton candy, his bow tie a fun plaid to go with gray suits and blue ties on the other men; and a pre-wedding gift of what looks like a comic book brings out the little boy in him and his groomsmen. The bride carries a sweet bouquet of pink and white, while her girls beam in pale gray.

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And there’s more pink at the wedding site: pink lemonade is served from a tall glass pitcher, and a pink floral garland drapes a simple cross on an outdoor altar. The reception continues in a lighthearted vein, with a “tailgate”-themed groom’s cake complete with frosting “beer cans” and “steak sauce” bottle for a cake shaped like a grill and a cooler! The bride’s cake is more traditional — stately and white — but, just for fun, the guests can also have dog-shaped cookies and small bottles of milk as a refreshing change. Soon enough, it’s time for the newlyweds to depart; they change from their wedding finery into going-away clothes and are seen off in the light of sparklers…to a new life together awash with the joy of this unforgettable day.

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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).