A Well-Designed Wedding Day in Birmingham, from Stephen DeVries

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The bride in these photos is a designer, and her hand-crafted touches are everywhere in these photos of an October wedding in Alabama, from photographer Stephen DeVries. It takes a light hand to design a day well: this bride has it, from her casual bouquet with trailing greenery, to her well-polished cowgirl boots! Everything from the invitations and programs to RSVP cards and favors for the guests that include “city guide” books is well-thought-out; treasured family photos are part of the ambience, as is a sweet stuffed dog dressed with a tartan ribbon for the occasion. The dress has a fabulous bow at its back that looks like an opening flower, and the bride and her maids are in all-girl silvery shoes. Reds, oranges, and yellows are in the bouquets, while the maids wear smoky blue-gray gowns.

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The groom is elegant in full Ascot gray waistcoat and long tails; in his lapel is a simple rose. Wreaths of greenery and roses decorate the church door, while a whimsical “bird” pair decorate the wedding cake. There’s plenty of sugar to go around — besides the bride’s cake, there’s a multi-layered German chocolate torte for the groom, multiple chocolate truffles, and carrot cake bites. A banner proclaims, “Memories are made of this” over a doorway; and starting with the bride and groom, the guests get into making dancing memories with aplomb. Even the most junior wedding guest gets a special hug from the bride — and then, with streamers in hand, the guests bid the couple farewell into their new life as the lights of Birmingham twinkle around them.

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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).