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North Alabama Lifestyle, Arts, Business, & Gossip

JAN/FEB 2009 $3.95

Plus: Beautiful Weddings, Great Gifts, Groom’s Cakes, Engagement Rings, & Dozens of Wedding Resources!

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in this issue

Cory Swindle’s big day was this past summer, and we chronicle it (and others) in this issue. Whether you are a bride-to-be or need to get a couple the perfect housewarming gift, you need ideas—and we have lots of them!

What will Shoals-area brides be wearing this season? You’ll get some great ideas for dresses, hair and flowers—for any time of the year—in this issue’s feature, “Seasons of Love.”

On the cover: Amy Wimberly is “bride for a day,” with hair by Dwight Cox and make-up by Missy Cuevas-Owens. Dress by Kennedy’s Bridal & Formal. For more, page 32.

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If you’re throwing a party, Jackie Hendrix is the man to rent.

The groom’s cake may be the “Rodney Dangerfield” of confections, but we’re finally giving it the respect it deserves.


Proposals that will bring tears to a bride’s eye and some engagement rings that will make a groom sob.


Barry Rickard is living proof that the father of the bride can do a lot more than just give his daughter away.

What is a bridal trousseau? With a little planning, your honeymoon wardrobe can be simple and perfect.


C. Allen Tomlinson Editor-In-Chief David Sims Managing Editor/Design Director Contributing Writers Amy Cruce Contributing Photographers Danny Mitchell Vance James Sharié Crittenden Contributing Designers Justin Hall Business Manager Matthew Liles Marketing Coordinator Jeff Linholm

We “crashed” the wedding of two beautiful summer brides—Cory Swindle Holder and Michelle Andrews Winkle.

Technically, you have up to three months to buy a gift for the happy couple—but why wait? Check out our gift guide now!

Carol Swindle answers our tough questions in true “Mother of the Bride” style.

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January/February 2009 Volume 2: Issue 1

Some great party pictures from all-over the Shoals!

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“I will.” dear friend of mine, who lives in Dallas, remarried a few years ago and asked me to give her away; her father and brother had passed away, and I was her “family.” I agreed without hesitation. The wedding was an outdoor affair, under the hot Texas sun, and was to be followed by a genuine Texas barbeque. When I took the first step down the pathway to the lake, with a radiant and beautiful Bonnie on my arm, my tears began to flow. They were happy tears, to be sure, but they were also a surprise. That’s the emotional power of a wedding—and I can’t imagine what a mess I will be when my children marry.


As we prepared this issue of No’Ala, we got just a glimpse of the amount of work involved in putting on a wedding. (As the father of two daughters, you might understand that there were times during this process that I became extremely nervous.) There are a million decisions to make, some of them large and some of them small. Thank goodness the Shoals has experienced people who can help with every detail! In “Seasons of Love”, we show you four gorgeous dresses, with each bride’s hair and bouquet crafted by a different area professional. You’ll meet Jackie Hendrix, a Party Pro who knows what to do and where to go for help in just about any situation. Groom’s cakes are often overlooked—but not this time! We visited Locust Hill in Tuscumbia to show you a variety of delicious and beautiful groom’s cake options. We’ve interviewed several area clothiers for their advice on the bridal trousseau. Our resource guide might help as you work to make this day perfect in every way. And we’ll look at three weddings to give you an idea of what these brides did on their very special day. If you’re not planning a wedding, there’s still something here for you. Chances are you’ll be invited to one soon, and you might get some ideas for wedding presents. At the very least, you’ll probably have a better appreciation for what the bridal party is going through! One more thing—a sincere thank-you from David and me for all of the positive responses to our first issue. It’s our goal to create a cover-to-cover magazine each time; that means we would be delighted if you sat down and read everything, cover to cover. It’s a huge goal, but we have a big advantage: this place we call home has a never-ending supply of interesting people, places and things to showcase. Please let us know if you have suggestions or ideas, and thank you for your support!

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{ contributors } Mary Bowling is a stylist with Rage Studio of Hair Design. Mary designed the elegant “up-do” for our spring bride in our feature, “Seasons of Love.” Speaking of love, we love what Mary did—and so will you!

Mary Bowling Andy Cagle

Andy Cagle has been designing beautiful hair for over 30 years. He’s a master at what he does and has dozens of regional and national awards to prove it. Andy is responsible for crafting the hair of our beautiful fall bride. Amy Cruce is a hoot. She embodies all that is southern and is darn proud of it! In addition to writing this month’s Bless their Hearts, she maintains her hilarious blog, Country Girl/City Girl (a responsibility she handles with city girl Debra Dombrowski-Hendrix). Read more by Amy and Debra at Missy Cuevas-Owens is an esthetician with the Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa. Missy developed a stunning make-up look for each bride, highlighting the most romantic qualities of each season.

Carl Casiday Dwight Cox

Amy Cruce

Carl Casiday, owner of Lola’s Flowers & Gifts, truly has magical powers. A master party planner and floral designer, Carl created the beautiful bouquet for our winter bride, featuring a wonderland of evergreen, calla lilies and crystal beading. Even though Dwight Cox loves the color black, this super talented hair designer is one of the most colorful people we know. In this issue, he casts his spell on our gorgeous winter bride, Amy Wimberly. The resulting photo was so captivating we decided to feature it on our cover.

Joey Kimbrough’s business has exploded since he moved into his new English Village location. And speaking of explosive, in this issue, Joey treated us to a spectacular and colorful summer bouquet of roses and daisies.

Missy Cuevas-Owens

Dawn Hilliard Joey Kimbrough Rachel King Danny Mitchell

Dawn Hilliard is known for her vivid imagination and for her whimsical, inventive windows in her Florence shop. In this issue, she once again blows us away with the beautiful orchid bouquet she created for our fall bride, Liza Montgomery.

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If you remember Red Ribbon Runway, then you can’t forget the over-the-top looks Rachel King designed for the dozens of models who strutted that catwalk. Today, when she’s not on the set of a movie or music video, Rachel can be found at Revelationz Studio of Hair Design in Florence. Rachel brought a little bit of summer to our beautiful blonde summer bride, Burgess Fox. Joe Odom owns J. Randall’s Wedding & Special Events in Florence. He also knows a thing or two about beautiful flowers. In this issue, Joe created the exquisite and delicate bouquet for Addison Springer, our spring bride. Danny Mitchell is at it again. Danny is an experienced photographer with an eye for detail, and we rely on him not just for the feature images you see on our pages, but also for a lot of the advertising photography. “Versatile” is Danny’s middle name. We would especially like to thank the talented cake designers, Jimmy Czermak, Scottie Floyd, Beth Haddock, Karen McCann, Tashina Southerd, Rhonda Springer, and Garry Thomas, who created the masculine masterpieces that you will find in our feature on groom’s cakes. Although most of our cakes were filled with styrofoam (because of the heat of the day, and the length of the photoshoot), these talented confectioners will be happy to bake a much tastier version for your special day. Also, we like to thank Vance James (Reflections—Photography by Vance) and Sharié Crittenden (Portraits by Sharié) for allowing us to use the beautiful images they created for our two featured weddings.

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Calendar of events

January January 5 The History of Shoals Music, live radio program. Shoals Theatre. Visit for more information. Donations accepted. For the first time, the history of the Muscle Shoals music scene will be presented by those who made it, and those who are making it happen today. Hear the music and stories that led to the Shoals becoming the “Hit Recording Capitol of the World” in the 70’s, the events that led up to that, and where the music scene is today. January 17 Miss UNA Pageant, Norton Auditorium on the UNA Campus, 7:00 p.m. Admission charged for the general public; no admission for students. Come see who will be the fairest of them all this year. 256-7654248 for more information, or January 20 On Stage presents the Dublin Philharmonic Orches-

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tra, 7:30 p.m. at Norton Auditorium on the UNA campus. Admission charged; 766-4222 or

February February 5-8 Shoals Community Theatre presents a Zodiac Musical Production, From Broadway With Love, directed by Alan Flowers. Admission: $10; Students: $8; 7:30 p.m. (February 5-7) and 2:00 p.m. (February 8). Call 764-1700. February 7 UNA Studio Jazz Band Concert, 7:00 p.m. at Norton Auditorium on the UNA campus. Admission: $10; Students: $5; Free to military or children under 10. Special guests Kathy Kosins, a jazz singer from Detroit, and the UNA Vocal Jazz Ensemble. 256-7654362.

February 8 UNA Jazz Band Concert February 9 UNA Distinguished Events presents Dinesh Disouza.

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February 17 Rothschild, starring Bernie Dean, a Tony-Award Winning Broadway musical. Sponsored by The Distinguished Events Series at UNA. 7:00 p.m. at the Performance Center in the Guillot University Center on campus. No admission. February 28 Una Sera a Venezia Masquerade Ball A Benefit for the American Heart Association This year’s gala features a special menu designed by renowned Chef Frank Stitt (Highlands Bar & Grill and Bottega in Birmingham), and an appearance by the Huntsville Ballet Company. A high energy after-party will feature live entertainment. For more information, call Jerica Wood, 648-6670.

Engagement Photo for No’Ala by Sharié Crittenden, Portraits by Sharié

Bride’s Parents: Randy and Patricia Gargis Bride’s Grandparents: John and Adell Chandler; Pauline Gargis and the late Charles Gargis Groom: Huston Joel Kennedy Groom’s Hometown: Tuscumbia, AL Groom’s Parents: Ricky and Janet Kennedy Groom’s Grandparents: Bernice Wester; the late Clarence and Lottie Lane Bridesmaids: Pamela Daniels, Brittany Gargis, Anna Lane Kennedy, Kathryn Kennedy, Hannah Williams, Ashley Keenum, Katie Beth Brumley, Amber Beasley Groomsmen: Ricky Kennedy, Chad Smith, Tre Holland, Jordan Conley, Eric Howard, Spencer Wooten, Rickie Robertson, Josh Aycock Flower Girl/Ring Bearer: Jeryn Allen and Connor Evans Ushers: Groomsmen Ceremony: June 13, 2009, 6:00 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, Tuscumbia, AL Rehearsal Dinner: Dale’s Steak Pit Reception: Winston Home, Tuscumbia, AL Bride’s Gown: Casa Blanca Bridesmaids Gowns: Mori Lee Tuxedos: Jim’s Formal Wear Wedding Bands: Genesis Jewelers Photographer: Vance James Videographer: Z1 Productions (Steve Viall) Hair: Fox Pass (Tiffany Vandiver) Honeymoon: Kona Village, Hawaii Registries: Target, Belk

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{ guess who I saw } Brad and Rebecca Reeves, Dennis Upchurch and Sheila Walters

Mary Lynne Fraser and Gertrude Favenesi

Phillip and Rennie Moody with Olga Kern

Olga Kern and Morris Cracraft

Mary White

Robert Beck, Will Newton, and Audrey Cohenouer

Van and Cellie Morgan

Anne Petty Jerry Olsen, and Deborah Douglas-Brown

Above: Reception for Classical Pianist Olga Kern Presented by On Stage and CB&S Bank

Below: Reception for Lillie Lucius and Laura Helen Carter



Cindy Dowling, Dixie Carter, and Joyce Elliott

Darrell Todd, Carole Graves, Sandra Johnson, Katie Wissert, Lillie Lucius, Laura Helen Carter Carole Graves, Dixie Carter, Lynn Coleman, Sandra Johnson, and Joyce Elliott Pam McKinney and Ann Taylor Wilson

Martha Taylor Johnson

Sandra Johnson

Cindy Dowling

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How does a boy from East Florence grow up to be the go-to guy for parties in the Shoals? “That’s a long story!” Jackie Hendrix says with a smile. It takes a lot of hard work, an address book with every resource known to man, and some pretty strong cell phone batteries. Just for starters. “I got my first job at Rose Rentals in Florence when I was 14,” he says. Shoals natives will remember Rose as the first full-service rental company in the area, and Jackie got his start on the set-up crew. It was hard work, after school and on weekends, but it was steady work, and it paid well. It also gave him an education about the mechanics of event coordination, at an early age. After high school, Jackie continued to work for Rose, but he also worked for Listerhill Credit Union. “That was a great place,” he said, “but I learned pretty quickly that I am not cut out to work in a corporate environment. I really like working for myself, so when I turned 19 I decided to start my own business. Because of my work at Rose Rentals, I knew that a lot of people came to rent floor refinishing tools, and there wasn’t anyone in town who installed and refinished hardwood flooring. I decided to start a company called Floorcrafters, and I worked with that company for six years before I sold it to my brotherin-law. The company is still going strong.” Jackie had spent a semester in college, but he admits now that the timing wasn’t right. After he sold Floorcrafters, he left the Shoals area, living in Washington, D.C, and Tampa and Naples, Florida before coming back to the Shoals at age 29. He was serious this time about his education, enrolling at UNA in the Entrepreneurial program in the School of Business. “Great program,” he says, “especially because they relied on adjuncts with real world experience. It was also great because Kerry Gatlin, the Dean of the School of Business, said something offhandedly to me that really stuck, especially in this business. He said that when people are upset and venting at you, never, ever

Opposite: Jackie Hendrix finds himself in a very unfamiliar position— relaxation.

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interrupt—because if you do, they just start over.” It was during his time at UNA that he met his wife, Debra. “She walked into class on the first day, this sassy, intelligent woman from up north, and I was instantly intrigued. We sat side by side on the front row, and we were competitors at first; then study partners; then best friends; and then engaged.” Who made the better grade in the class is up for debate and depends upon whom you ask. Regardless, this past New Year’s Eve was their eighth wedding anniversary. While in school, Jackie started working for another family-run rental business, and even though he worked there for a number of years, he still was driven to work solely for

I finally decided this was a sign—if I was going to dispense advice, why not get paid for it?” His first venture was a holiday lighting business called Bright Ideas. He wraps and outlines residences and businesses in bright, festive lights that operate on timers (and some places, such as English Village, keep the lights longer than the normal holiday season). “Holiday lighting was a great way to start, since it balances out the calendar for a rental business and brings in business during what is normally a slower time of the year. It also compliments the rental business because it has taught me how to use lighting for color washes, mood lighting and creative use of lights in tents,” said Jackie.

And his advice for other entrepreneurs? “Just do it,” he said. “Most people are afraid to act on their ideas, but the only thing that stops most people is their own fear.” himself. “I don’t want to be as big as Walmart, because I want to keep my hands in everything I do,” he said, but the urge to be entrepreneurial was too strong. He sold his interest in the rental company and decided to take a year off to figure out what he wanted to do, tending to some rental property and working on the house he and Debra had purchased for themselves. “The phone kept ringing,” he said, “mostly from people who wanted help with parties, or wanting to know if I could help them find a dance floor or wine glasses for rent.

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Then, Party Pros was launched— and Jackie’s life got really busy. February is the slowest month of the year, but that’s when the markets are held, and when Jackie gets a chance to see the latest trends in event preparation. His busiest months are May and October, mainly because there are so many non-wedding events that take place outside. “At first, most people came to me because they knew I rented tents,” said Jackie, “but when we really get in to the heart of the event, there’s a

“Surround yourself with good people, make yourself a rain plan, and then step back and let your helpers do what they do. The bride should enjoy her day, not stress over it.�

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lot more we do. I try to start every job with a one-on-one meeting so we can discuss the concept for the event, and that’s when we talk about every little detail. My job is to make sure things go smoothly behind the scenes, so that the party givers can relax and enjoy themselves. It’s as simple as that!” “We do a lot of weddings, but we also do all sorts of corporate events,” he said. “When SCA Tissue held a press conference to announce its expansion, those were our tents and chairs. When the rail car plant broke ground, the tents were ours then, too. We have the materials for a lot of themed parties, like Las Vegas themes and Christmas events, for corporate or private parties. Many times, when we’re doing a corporate event, the planners want us to coordinate the seating, tents, lighting and sound, and we’re a one-stop shop. With a wedding, often times we’re asked to work with the caterers, florists and musicians, so we’re working in concert with everyone else…including the bride and her mother. Each event is unique, and we try to be prepared to do as much or as little as is required.” It all takes a lot of energy, and Jackie has tons of it. It also takes diplomatic skills that rival those of any embassy. Jackie has been asked to do every-

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Above: On the site of an October Florence wedding, Hendrix runs through some lastminute instructions with Jesson Jordan (left) and Chris Lovelace.

thing from basic tent placement to arrange for plates, cups, saucers, wine glasses, tablecloths and lighting, dance floors, mood lighting and more. “The most unusual wedding I did was a trail ride,” he says, laughing. “I wasn’t sure how it would work when I was approached, but it was actually very, very nice. On that Saturday, over a hundred people gathered with their horses for the ride, and the wedding was the next day, in Greenhill. I provided tents and a dance floor and some paper lanterns, and I have to say, it was unusual and unpretentious but it was just perfect. It’s what the bride and groom wanted, and it was a weekend no one there will forget.” Brides have changed over the years, according to Jackie. “Today, a bride is likely to come with her laptop and she’s done her research,” he said. “I find more and more are bringing their I-Pods loaded with the music they want, and all of that makes it easier for me to help her have the day she really wants.” But the advice remains the same: relax. “Surround yourself with good people, make yourself a rain plan, and then step back and let your helpers do what they do. The bride should enjoy her day, not stress over it.” This from a man who serves on the Boards of the Shoals Home Builders Association, the Shoals Chamber of Commerce, the Red Cross, the Northwest Shoals Community College Foundation, and the Shoals PAC. He was also an adult literacy volunteer for a semester, a project he found incredibly rewarding. “I figure I can either complain about things or roll up my sleeves and work to do something about them,” he says. He also thinks that his ability to multi-task is partly because he and Debra don’t have children, and he has time that would otherwise be spent carpooling or coaching Little League. And his advice for other entrepreneurs? “Just do it,” he said. “Most people are afraid to act on their ideas, but the only thing that stops most people is their own fear.” They say if you want to get something done, ask the busiest person you know. If you are having a party or planning a wedding, Jackie is that person—because he is the Party Pro. N

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Rhonda Springer says this cake is a replica of one she did for a groom who wanted to duplicate the setting where he proposed to his wife. The two were engaged on a lush, tropical beach—a location where sea turtles typically nest during mating season.

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ASHLEY WINKLE Ashley writes: It was perfect! We were heading to dinner with the family and his mom wanted to “finish off her last roll of film” so we were to meet her in Spring Park. The weather was gorgeous! We were walking toward the waterfall when he stopped to pick up a hidden bouquet of the most gorgeous flowers I had ever seen. I was in shock at that point, so he had to drag me over to the waterfall. He then got down on one knee, asked me to be his wife, and told me he loved me for the very first time! He had waited, so I knew he loved me just by a look or a touch without having to say a word.

BARBARA NASH Barbara writes: In late May, 1959, my family and I spent a weekend in Atlanta with Jim’s family, primarily so our parents could get acquainted with each other and with us, too. The next month, I had a job interview in Atlanta and stayed with Jim’s family. On a Saturday evening Jim and I were sitting together on the sofa. He held me in his arms, we kissed each other and he said, “I would be so pleased if you would

BABS MOODY CAMPBELL Babs and John knew that they were meant for each other. But, as is the case with so many blended families, each had grown children (one married, one single, two recently engaged and even one grandchild.) On Father’s Day, Babs and John invited all of their children to come to Babs's house. They gathered around the pool for a long visit, and “all of a sudden, John reminded my son David that he had called him two weeks earlier to ask if he could marry his mom— and now he wanted to know if David would have him as his step-dad. I started crying...and one by one, John asked all seven children (including spouses and fiances) for their love, respect and blessings for this new marriage. Then John dropped to one knee and proposed to me. It was so romantic…he asked seven people about marrying me—before he asked ME!”



After saying yes, crying, and hugging forever, I realized I was being videotaped by his brother. We went to dinner together where he had gathered our whole family as a surprise. After a fantastic dinner celebrating our engagement he took me back to his house where, as a second surprise, he had all of our friends waiting! We all gathered in his living room to watch a videotape he had created over the past two days. It had the creation of my gorgeous ring, him talking about asking our parents, and best of all, the actual proposal! It was such a sweet night—full of amazing surprises!

share life with me.” I replied “I will!” We were sublimely happy, thrilled with our decision and glad for each other. The next day Jim called my parents. My father answered the phone and the conversation went something like this: “Mr. Moseley, this is Jim Nash. I have asked Barbara to marry me and she has said she would. I would like your blessing.”

Babs and John were married on New Year’s Eve.

To which my father replied, “Who is this?”

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Addison Springer models a regal satin, mermaid-ďŹ tted gown with a sweetheart neckline and drop waist. Sweep train. Designed by Tango by Moonlight. Hair by Mary Bowling. Rage Studio of Hair Design, 256-760-4247 Flowers by Joe Odom, J. Randall’s Wedding & Special Events, 256-764-6584

Addison Springer is a senior at Florence High School and is Lauderdale County's Junior Miss representative.

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Burgess Fox, 22, is a senior liberal arts major at The University of Mississippi in Oxford.

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SUMMER Burgess Fox models a pearl-textured jacquard, strapless ďŹ tted gown with uted hem and a crystal beaded sash on textured organza. Chapel train. Designed by Watters. Hair by Rachel King, Revelationz Studio of Hair Design, 256-760 2217 Flowers by Joey Kimbrough, Kaleidoscope Florist & Designs, 256-767-2056

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Amy Wimberly models a satin, strapless gown with asymmetric waist. Features Swarovski crystals and a side sweep train. Designed by Maggie Sottero. Hair by Dwight Cox, Dwight Cox Associates, 256-766-2512 Flowers by Carl Casiday, Lola’s Gifts & Flowers, 256-383-2299

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Amy Wimberly, 18, is a senior at Wilson High School. Amy plans to attend The University of North Alabama and major in fashion merchandising.

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Nineteen year-old Liza Montgomery is a student at the University of North Alabama, majoring in theatre and art.

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Liza Montgomery models a lace gown with charmeuse lining and charmeuse sash at an empire waist. Sweep train. Designed by Watters. Hair by Andy Cagle, Andy’s the Professionals, 256-767-2800 Flowers by Dawn Hilliard, AFID, Bill’s Florist, 256-764-2772

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achel Corinne Swindle and Daniel Chadwick Holder were united in marriage on June 7 in an evening ceremony at Woodmont Baptist Church in Florence, with Dr. Jerry Rea oďŹƒciating.


The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth H. Swindle of Florence. She is the granddaughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. Chester Swindle of Muscle Shoals, and Mr. Walker Harvey Graham and the late Mrs. Frankie Abbot Graham of Florence. The groom is the son of Mr. Danny R. Holder and Mrs. Gina Gordon. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Duard Holder, Jr., the late Mr. Fletcher Leo Gray, and Mrs. Sarah Downey, all of Florence. Escorted by her father, the bride was given in marriage by her parents. Melissa Anne Tabor of Atlanta, Ga. served as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Melissa Anne Barron of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., Angela Franchino of Denver, Colo., Megan Mallory Glass of Montgomery, and Anna Goodwin Settle of Brentwood, Tenn. The houseparty included Kimberly Mask Swindle of Florence as program attendant, and Katherine Elizabeth Cartwright of Bristol, Va. reading scripture during the ceremony. Classical guitar music was performed by Mario Da Silva of Nashville, Tenn. The groom was attended by his father as best man. Groomsmen were Jordan Thomas Glass of Montgomery, Matthew Rogers Jarrell of Richmond, Va., Brandon Gregory Napps of Navarre, Fla., David Hayes Sharp of Florence, and Justin Tyler Young of Cleveland, Tenn. John Matthew Carter of Guntersville, Jerome Miller George, III of Decatur, Ga., Jack Aldon Settle of Brentwood, Tenn., and Chadwick Haynes Swindle of Florence, brother of the bride, were ushers. The reception followed the ceremony at Turtle Point Yacht and Country Club. After a honeymoon trip to Negril, Jamaica, the couple now reside in Brentwood, Tenn. January/February 2009 | 41

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ichelle LeAnn Andrews and David Joseph Winkle were married June 21 in a 7:00 evening ceremony held at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail (RTJ) with Matthew Mangino officiating. A reception followed at the RTJ clubhouse.


The bride is the daughter of the late Bobby and Lisa Andrews of Tuscumbia. She is the granddaughter of Shirley Hovater Lindsey and the late Lowell Lindsey of Florence, and Jean Andrews and the late Tom Andrews of Tuscumbia. The groom is the son of Steve and Rilly Winkle of Sheffield. He is the grandson of Bob and Judy Strona and the late B.H. and Trula Winkle, all of Sheffield. Maid of honor was Melissa Andrews, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Kristin Ivy, Heather Morgan, Amy Jarnigan, Nicole Chaney and Stephanie McCann, friends of the bride; Ashley Winkle, sister-in-law of the groom; and Sharmin Sessions, sister of the groom. Best men were Steve Winkle, father of the groom, and Steve Winkle, brother of the groom. Groomsmen were Ryan Andrews, brother of the bride; Josh Chaney, Jonathan Hill, Matt Sessions, Bobby Hester, and Benji Kimbrough, friends of the groom. The couple took a honeymoon trip to Riviera Maya, Mexico and live in Tuscumbia.

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“When my daughter Laci got engaged, I learned two things. First—you need to have a fortune. Secondly, if you don’t have a fortune, you need really good friends.”

It takes friends or a fortune If you are the father of a bride, there’s a lot to be nervous about. But if you’re Barry Rickard, you get creative. “When my daughter Laci got engaged, I learned two things. First—you need to have a fortune. Secondly, if you don’t have a fortune, you need really good friends.” You also need as much time to plan as possible. Luckily, Barry and Tom Hardin had more than a year, and Tom is a very organized designer. They began making lists of every detail, checking with Laci to make sure they understood what she had in mind for her special day. “Like most young women, she had been dreaming about her wedding almost all of her life,” said Barry. “We just had to make sure we shared her vision.” Barry and Tom began shopping almost immediately, picking up items on sale when they ran across them, systematically checking them off their list. They also started talking to their friends, to see if they would be willing to play a role in Laci’s special day. “We probably spent less than half what this wedding would have cost otherwise,” said Barry. “We’re lucky to have such good friends, all of whom were delighted to be a part of the event. Some of the jobs that had to be done weren’t that glamorous, but our friends truly stepped up.” Barry is a former music director, so musicians were a snap. Chris Klaus, daughter Lauren and Barry himself sang (although Barry pre-recorded one of the songs because he wasn’t sure he could get through it live

Barry Rickard with daughter Laci Holden

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“Like most young women, she had been dreaming about her wedding almost all of her life,” said Barry. “We just had to make sure we shared her vision.”

Laci and Chase Holden

without choking up.) Tom is a designer, so decorating was easy because he could communicate what he wanted and his friends could follow through. Friends Bob and Donna Haynes and Max and Terri Akin prepared food for the reception, Kristi Montero looked after the cake, Keri Klaus took pictures, and an army of additional friends were there to set up tables, decorate church windows, arrange serving pieces, and—most importantly—take it all down and clean up when the wedding was over. The wedding was a two-day affair, with the rehearsal on Friday and the wedding and reception on Saturday. Because it took place in Hoover, Alabama, it had to be tightly choreographed. It started early Friday morning at Sweet Deliveries in Muscle Shoals, where the army gathered with their minivans and SUVs to load everything for the trip to Birmingham; Friday was spent decorating the church, and Saturday morning was spent preparing the reception at Rosewood Hall in Hoover, which Laci and her mother had found.

Tom Hardin and Barry Rickard

The wedding was beautiful. The guests who filled the church weren’t aware that several friends were already at the reception hall, putting the finishing touches on the food; when the ceremony was complete, the guests were unaware that several friends stayed behind to clean the church and pack up the minivans. During the reception, champagne flowed, the food was spectacular, and the bride and groom and their guests danced until the early hours of the morning. As Laci and Chase pulled away from the reception in Laci’s mother’s convertible, the crew was already changing into their blue jeans and preparing to clean up after the party. “These friends worked nonstop for two solid days and nights to make Laci’s wedding perfect,” said Barry, “and most people have no idea of the work that went into the event. I’m not sure what we would have done if we hadn’t had such good friends, but I’ll tell you this—several of them have children who will be getting married soon, and Tom and I are ready to roll up our sleeves and return the favors!” N January/February 2009 | 53

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but when we get home we find that we didn’t wear half of what we packed!” Chumley agrees. “It depends on where you’re going, of course, but less is usually better. Why burden yourself with all that extra luggage when a little research on can tell you what the temperatures are going to be, and then you can pack accordingly. We suggest taking one or two dressy items and then pack for comfort—but it all depends on where you go.” “When it’s starting to get warm in May here in Alabama, and you’re headed to Montreal for your honeymoon, it’s easy to forget that it’s not warm there yet,” said Cherry. “Do your research, and when in doubt find a little extra room in your suitcase for rain

Trousseau (tr’oo so or troo so’, from the French): A woman’s possessions that accompany her into her marriage, such as clothing, lingerie and linens. The French word “trousse” means “a small bundle.” ack in the days of dowries and marriages that were more arranged than romantic, putting together a trousseau was a pretty big deal. “These days, lots of people don’t even know what the word means,” says Marigail Mathis, whose stylish English Village shop caters to women of all ages. “It doesn’t matter what you call it, it’s the couple’s last chance to get a wardrobe using Mom and Dad’s credit card before they are married and take responsibility for themselves.”


And, these days it’s more about assembling a honeymoon wardrobe than the clothing, lingerie and linens that the couple will need to start their new life together. That’s something Mathis knows a lot about—and so does Joe Neese at South Port, Linda Chumley at Lynda’s Loft, and Janet Cherry at the Village Shoppe. “We help women put together wardrobes for travel all the time,” said Mathis. “My best advice is to keep it simple. If you plan carefully, you can put together pieces so that they have multiple uses. That blouse can be matched with a skirt and also with blue jeans, and you will have two different looks. Our tendency is to take everything we own because we want to be prepared for anything that might happen during our trip,

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gear or a sweater, if your destination calls for it. Even if you’re headed to the beach, it never hurts to check the weather there before you leave in case a cold front or rainy weather is predicted.” “One thing couples don’t always know is that dinner on a cruise ship can be a dressy affair,” said Neese, whose shop works with men to pick the appropriate attire no matter where the honeymoon will be. “The larger cruise lines usually include at least one black tie event, and many of our grooms are purchasing tuxedos rather than renting because it makes sense, financially, in the long run. Rent a tuxedo four times and you’ve spent more money than buying, and if you purchase you can have it tailored to actually fit you.” Mathis, a frequent traveler herself, has the ultimate goal. “Tommy (Mathis) and I pack everything in a carry on,” she said. “The last time we went to Europe we had everything we needed in our carry-ons, and it was such a relief to not worry about checked baggage. With a little thought and a lot of pre-planning, we were able to look great and be comfortable, and we could focus on having a great time.” N

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Planning a wedding? Everything you need can be found in downtown Florence— including the location for the ceremony. It just goes to show that everything happens downtown! For the body:

Bliss Skin Care & Massage Gold’s Gym

For the ceremony:

Coby Hall Kennedy Douglass Center for the Arts McFarland Park Shoals Theatre Wilson Park

For the flowers:

J. Randall’s Wedding and Special Events The Friendly Flower Shoppe Something Ele’Gant

For the food & drink:

Dish Gourmet Cafe & Catering The Wine Seller

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For the hair:

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{ guess who I saw }

Lisa Wallace and Rachel Mitchener Nikki Dill, Audwin and Sandi McGee

Carl Casiday

Paul Hanson,Allyson Hughey, Linda and Davis Hughey

Rudi Pillow and Rachel Mitchener

Joel Anderson

Patty Klos

Bill and Bettye Jeffery

The American Heart Association’s Kick-Off Party for Una Sera a Venezia Masquerade Ball NOVEMBER 21, 2008  BILLY REID

Amy and Dr. Sean Rhuland

Tommy Mathis, Michelle Forsythe Marigail Mathis and Katherine Anderson

Jay Klos and Davis Hughey Chris and Dr. Bill Heaton

Babs Sellers and John Campbell Jennie Corley and Janice Pride

Dennis Upchurch Katie, Patte, Dr. Neal, and Liza Clement PHOTOS BY DANNY MITCHELL

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Weddings at Doublehead Resort are special. There’s no place more beautiful or romantic, and our experienced staff can make sure this perfect day becomes your fairy tale come true. Your guests can even stay in our beautiful lakeside cottages and enjoy all of the celebrations. Come let us show you the Doublehead Difference. It will make you say “I do” to Doublehead!


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Massage, spa pedicures and manicures, facials (including laser), hair styling and replacement and so much more. Methel’s Hair and Day Spa has been pampering the Shoals for more than 40 years. Methel’s Hair and Day Spa 2408 Woodward Avenue, Muscle Shoals • 256-383-5160 email • January/February 2009 | 57

{ shopping } Mefford’s Jewelers 256-764-2632 Lenox 5-pc Place Setting: $89.95 Waterford Lismore Tall Goblet: $69.50

The Yellow Door 256-766-6950 Pickard 5-pc Place Setting: $224 Charger: $128

Lola’s Gifts & Flowers 256-383-2299 Silverplate Pitcher: $55 Silverplate Tray: $62.50 The Yellow Door

Sweet Deliveries 256-383-3770 Gorham Crystal (Lady Anne) Tall Vase: $58 12” Bowl: $36 7.5” Covered Jar: $15 5.5” Small Bowl: $18.50

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The French Basket 256-764-1237 Juliska Pottery and Glassware Mug: $25 Salad/Dessert Plate: $33.00 Dinner Plate: $38 Charger: $62 Goblet: $72 Highball: $58 Double Old-Fashioned: $48 Gravy Boat: $59 Gravy Boat Stand: $30 Place Card Holder/Vase: $20 Ramekin: $12 Small Compote: $36

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The French Basket

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Xtravagance by Susan 256-764-1018 Counter Art Cutting Board: $20 Counter Art Rolling Pin: $25 David Christopher’s 256-764-7008 Nambé Crystal Eva Goblet: $40 Nambé Crystal Eva Wine Glass: $40 Nambé Flatware: $55 Haviland 5-pc Place Setting: $335

Prints by Lillie Lucius and frames by Laura Helen Carter (print pictured) $58 For more prints and frames visit and

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Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa 256-246-3600 Bare Minerals Make-up “Get Started Kit”: $60

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Xtravagance by Susan Artistic Glass Monogrammed Football Tumblers: $18.99 + $5 for monogramming Printers and Stationers 256-764-8061 Response Box: $25 Expandable File Organizer: $25 Notebook with Wedding Schedule: $10 Sticky Notes Set: $9 Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette (4th Edition) by Peggy Post: $27.50 Emily Post’s Wedding Planner for Moms by Peggy Post: $22.95 The Wedding Blue Book: The Definitive Guide to Wedding Correspondence Etiquette: $19.95 Mother Of The Bride by Ilene Beckerman: $17.95 Southern Weddings: New Looks From The Old South by Tara Guérard: $29.95 Handled Napkin Ring and Place Holder: $6

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{ 20 questions } My favorite toast was given by my daughter, thanking us for everything. It meant so much. I was so moved by the response to the wedding by all of my generous friends. We received rave reviews on the flowers and food from so many. At a wedding, you should NEVER have ringing cell phones! My charming daughter-in-law kept the guest book and asked guests to turn them off for the ceremony as they received their programs.

20 Questions for Carol Swindle, Mother of the Bride

The easiest decision my daughter and I made was the date. June 7, 2008 (06-07-08) just seemed right. Who knew it would be 100 degrees in early June?

Carol Swindle’s daughter Cory was married this past summer and we thought it was appropriate for her to share her thoughts as mother of the bride.

And the hardest decision was finding the perfect wedding dress. After several visits to bridal shops in Nashville and Atlanta, we decided on the first one she tried on. We enjoyed the shopping though!

The most surprising thing about my daughter’s wedding was after a year of build up, how quickly it was over. It really didn't seem that long since the “Ugly Christmas Sweater Party” in December.

The one person I wish could have been at this wedding was my mother. Unfortunately, she passed away in January in the midst of all the planning and fun. She was missed greatly and I’m sure she would have had a blast like she did at my son’s wedding three years ago.

If you have to cut corners for the wedding, consider limiting the size of the event instead of the quality. Your “head count” decides everything from the number of invitations to the number of stuffed mushrooms.

I could not have done any of this without local talent. How lucky we are to have such gifted and creative people that can make it happen on the big day.

I wish I had been prepared for the long day with more than one pair of shoes. It’s not the day to break in the dyedto-match pumps! The biggest difference between my wedding and my daughter’s was mainly the reception. You know your guests really love you when they stand in a long line, only to be served cake and punch in the church basement. The one image I will never forget was my daughter trying on the first wedding dress. I began to think that this was really happening! No wedding should be without great music. Mario DaSilva’s classical guitar rendition of Amazing Grace set the tone for the entire ceremony. It was a tribute to the grandparents, and it was amazing! I admit, we forgot to budget for our daughter's excellent taste and “The Knot factor.”

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Old, new, borrowed, blue. My thoughtful daughter included her grandparents by attaching in her bouquet a locket with her paternal parent’s picture. She also wore my mother’s ring on her right hand. The new items were her dress, veil and shoes. We borrowed a fabulous pearl comb that made the veil complete! A traditional blue garter to toss to the groomsmen at the reception made for some great pictures.

As soon as the day was over, I was so thankful that everything went so smoothly and everyone had enjoyed the celebration—including me! Now that it’s over, I think the secret to a perfect wedding is making it all about the bride and groom. Plan early and surround them with fun people that will make good memories. The most surprising—but wonderful—wedding gift my daughter got was cash! Thank you ATM! If I could go back and make one change, I would have reserved a larger block of rooms at the Marriott for the outof-town guests. The mother of the bride should make sure her purse contains tissue for the tears and safety pins for the bridesmaids.

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{ guess who I saw } Joanne Thomas, Susie Rickard, and Pam Doyle

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Moore

Gary Nichols and parents Allyson Hughey and Paul Hanson

Jean McIntyre

The Cancer Society’s La Valle di Fiume Gala—Vintage Hollywood: An Evening Under the Stars NOVEMBER 1, 2008  M ARRIOTT SHOALS CONFERENCE CENTER

“Charlie Chaplin”

Pride Tompkins and Kay Knotts

Sharon and Jimmy Williams

Audrey Cohenouer and Will Newton


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Last year, Kathleen Stanfield helped deliver more than a thousand babies at the Women’s Pavilion at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital. It’s a beautiful and comfortable place for families to celebrate such a wonderful event, which is why it’s known as the Birthplace of the Shoals. For the very best care for your special event, come see why so many mothers choose ECM.

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{ guess who I saw } Chris Weninegar, Jenny Ray, and Heath Hendricks

Jenny signing autographs Nick Harris, Jarrod Randall, Jenny Ray, Heath Hendricks, and Daniel Crisler

Linda Clanton and Diane Van Sandt

Dian Marino and Dean Telhorst

Bill Barron, Jenny Ray, and Frank Lister

Kathi and Matt Johnson

Above: Jenny Ray CD Release Party NOVEMBER 22, 2008  SHOALS THEATRE

Barry, Phillip and Rennie Moody, Judy and Acker Rogers, Pinkie and Rip Van Vickle

Elizabeth Wright, Natalie Nichols, Aaron Stapier, Dylan Sutherland, Jenny Ray, Rebecca Davis, Leslie Beattie, and Kailey Smith

Jenny and friends

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{ bless their hearts } How much fun can you have?



The secret to a really good wedding? Really good friends. When my daughter got married, she didn’t want a big wedding but she did want a big party. We tossed around ideas for a while and then realized—my little brother lives on a large triangular lot in Hickory Hills. “Large triangular lot” in homeownereze translates into “lots of grass to mow.” But “lots of grass to mow” also translates into “excessive party space.” So we conferred with my sister-in-law and she immediately started having visions of “excessive home repair” which if you think about it, is really similar to “excessive party space.” We had a plan. Y’all, I hired the music guy to play until eleven o’clock and at TWO O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING I had to run him off. He was having the time of his life and the crowd was composed of dancing fools. We had troupes of children dancing with the bride, and elderly people dancing with themselves. The dogs went to bed and there were still people dancing. 66 | No’Ala

Luckily for me, my oldest friend on the planet is a flower guru and my other best friend is a designing fool. You put the two of them together and they were magic. Early the morning of, we raided the gardens of willing gardener friends. Buckets and buckets of fresh-cut flowers. My other best antique-dealer friends had gifted the bride a pair of Victorian urns, and those were the marryingplace markers. We spent all day hanging Japanese lanterns in the tents and arranging flowers in all the places flowers should go. We laughed a lot. We made numerous runs to the flower shops for more flowers. We laughed some more. My cousin in Atlanta, who is a liquor distributor, brought the wine and champagne. We bought the liquor in Tennessee. When the party started, we had champagne stacked as high as the bar—I think we made restock runs at least twice—by then, it didn’t matter. The wedding started at eight o’clock and at seven, when I finally got away and ran to have a shower, the bottom fell out of the clouds. Not sort of fell out—it flooded. My family was calling in a panic asking about the “back-up plan” as I’m explaining to them, There is no back-up plan. It’s summer in Alabama. It’s gonna rain for 30 minutes. It’s gonna stop. You’re gonna steam like fresh shrimp in Orange Beach on a Saturday afternoon. I’ll be there in a minute. We have cold beverages at this end of the state, too. I was right. It was close to eight o’clock and we were getting ready to do the “do”. The caterer had outdone herself—the tenderloin was tender; the mushrooms were ‘shrooming. The rain had stopped, Ray Charles was in the background and… Say it ain’t so.

THERE WAS NO CAKE. There was no wedding cake. THERE WAS NO CAKE! I got on the phone and tried to call the baker but there was no answer. Like he’s gonna crank up his Easy Bake Oven and rush something over? It’s a wedding. There is no wedding cake. The “designer-friend-from-Heaven” picked up his car keys and said, “Call Winn Dixie. Tell them I want two frozen sheet cakes, any flavor, and I’ll be there in five minutes.” And he was gone. Fifteen minutes later, in he waltzed with two sheet cakes and a bunch of cans of frosting. Took off his jacket, rolled up his sleeves and went to work. This was made easier by the fact that I had a dessert tent, with a gaudy silver and brass lemonade fountain for the kids. Flourless chocolate tortes. Pecan tassies. Wedding cookies. But honey, when he finished with that frozen cake and that canned icing and fresh flowers stolen from the bouquets he had arranged, the result was breathtaking. If I hadn’t told it, no one would have a clue that we didn’t have a custom-baked cake suitable for the occasion. The couple held the knife, cut the cake, posed for pictures, and it was lovely. And that boy never even broke a sweat. Since the marriage only lasted three years it’s a REALLY GOOD THING I didn’t have to pay for that cake, now isn’t it? Because, bless his heart, that boy literally saved the day—with just a little help from Winn Dixie.

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