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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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).