A Touch of Southern Snow: Alabama Wedding by Stephen DeVries

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Brides often love Christmastime for a wedding because churches, halls, and other picturesque places are already decorated for the season — so they don’t have to fuss much. Only one “Christmassy” detail is missing from a Southern wedding, such as this one in Auburn, Alabama: snow. But the bride and groom in this case figured out a neat way around that dilemma, too, as you’ll see in these images from Stephen DeVries. The bride and her mom have fun girl-time, getting their hair and makeup done together; the bride likes the upswept “do” with her dainty net veil. No overdone holiday colors show up here: the bride’s bouquet is a splash of white with bright yellow lilies, and her shoes are a gorgeous deep blue that matches the maids’ gowns.

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After a quick prayer and simple ceremony, the happy couple poses for a few family shots, then leads the way to the reception — complemented with things old, new, borrowed, and “brewed” (a selection of tea and other beverages). Cakes are sinfully-rich confections of chocolate and cream, while folks socialize in front of a lovely roaring fire on this cool winter day. It doesn’t take long for the guests to get into the spirit of singing, dancing, and celebrating, including a ring dance around the bride and groom as she sits on his lap. But what’s that box of tiny packages with pink tags on them? We find out soon enough — as the happy couple prepares to take their leave, the packages are torn open…to reveal handfuls of paper “snow,” just the finishing touch this Yuletide wedding needs!

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