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ON THE COVER Photo by Nick Frontiero Model: Becca Tate Calligraphy by: Kara Anne Paper Car: Memories in Motion

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from the GIRLS The River Region Guide for All Things Social BRIDAL ISSUE

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very bride wants a special wedding—one that is different from any other. She wants a wedding that inspires and moves guests while creating lasting memories for both her and the groom. We have created another stunning bridal issue filled with creative ideas, stories, photos and advice for these discerning brides and grooms. We added a few new features that we hope you love as much as we do. Alabama World Travel gave us tips to avoid stress when planning your honeymoon and Rebekah Edwards shares the benefits of using a makeup artist for the big day. Thanks to I Do Bridal & Formal and some beautiful models, we have a gorgeous spread showcasing some of the latest trends in bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses. One of our favorite team members, Mallory Anderson, has written 6 volumes of “The Bridesmaid Diaries” from a single girl’s perspective, but she has tied the knot and concludes her series with a recap of some great tips for every bridesmaid. Venue 411 is a great resource for choosing your ceremony and reception location, and it’s safe to say there is a plethora of gorgeous options when choosing your perfect space. Special thanks to the talented florists, event planners, caterers and photographers who not only help to make beautiful, successful weddings but also contribute to our bridal issue. We are thrilled to present their work to you.   Congratulations! And happy planning.

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Modern This dress by Morilee features an asymmetrical tiered skirt and an unexpected striped print. The illusion sides joining a v-neck and open v-back design gives a hint of sexy to this modern take on a classic ball gown. If you’re looking to make a statement, this is the dress for you.

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o matter what type of wedding you’re planning to have, there are a lot of decisions to be made. And one decision is very important – picking THE dress. The bridal gown, as well as the bridesmaid’s dresses, helps set the tone for the wedding. There is a dress type for every bride, so it’s important to find one that fits your style and one that you love almost as much as the man standing at the end of the aisle. Ahead, see a few of our favorite styles from this season – all available at I Do Bridal & Formal.

Photos by: Nick Frontiero Photography | Hair and Makeup by: Rebekah Edwards/LUSH Makeup Art, Jamison Alexander/Jamison Alexander Hair Studio & Taylor Skipper/Exist; Beautifully | Vintage car: 1957 Bentley courtesy of Memories in Motion | Dresses: I Do Bridal & Formal | Florals: Southern Posies Venue: Hampstead | Models: Chloe Bailey, Lelah Clifford, Katie Martin, Nikki Ready, Becca Tate, Jaala Hall, Anna Tucker, Kristina Jackson

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Romantic A wedding will always have some form of romance, but for the bride looking for soft, elegant details, this Stella York is a stunner. The French lace and tulle skirt adds an ethereal touch to the rhinestone encrusted bodice.

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Vintage Channeling the glamour of Old Hollywood, this off-the-shoulder Morilee gown is drenched in a beautiful lace design and features a sweetheart neckline.


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Boho The delicate lace sleeves, open back and flowing train make this dress by Essence of Austraila perfect for the bohemian bride. A floral crown is the perfect accessory to this look.


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Timeless This classic dress with an illusion neckline is sweetly Southern in all the best ways. The full skirt on this Essence of Australia gown has pockets – perfect for keeping tissues nearby to wipe your happy tears!

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Bridesmaids There’s something so elegant about simple bridesmaid’s dresses, and the Mikado designer series by Sorella Vita provides just that. This line, available at I Do Bridal & Formal, comes in nine hues and three different styles.

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Jumpsuit This elegant one-shoulder look by Morilee is on trend and adds a unique touch to the traditional bridesmaid “dress.”

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Cold Shoulder A cold-shoulder flutter sleeve is romantic and sweet, and this one by Morilee is perfect for a bridesmaid of any age.


High-Low A high-low dress shows off a girl’s favorite accessory – her shoes! This Sorella Vita bridesmaid dress comes in 27 colors.

Speaking of shoes, these Badgley Mischka stunners may be the prettiest “something blue” ever. I Do Bridal & Formal is now carrying this gorgeous line of shoes!

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By Anna Shay Wasden

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magine this: you have the perfect honeymoon planned- complete with violins serenading your meals, rose petals covering every surface and the locals showering you with tokens of their adoration. Your itinerary consists of horseback riding on the beach, swimming with the dolphins and being served by waitresses the entirety of your stay. Everything is perfect…or so it seems. Nothing could ruin this magical time for you and your new husband, right? Wrong. Now imagine this: your trip begins on a less-thanenjoyable plane ride with you and your stunning new spouse being separated by a broken-hearted, middle-aged man whose cares include only what liquor the plane is serving, that “5-star” hotel you booked online turns out to be about a fifth of that rating and your perfect dolphin excursion is only a single, tiny grouper swimming past you three feet from the shore. “Where did I go wrong?” you ask as you help yourself to the local delicacy of cold, chewy fish sticks from the hotel buffet. The simple fact of the matter is that your entire honeymoon could have been saved with one simple action: booking through a certified travel agent. Every year, there are thousands of grooms who intend to “cut out the middle man” and book their

honeymoons themselves perhaps to save a few dollars or “get exactly what they want.” While this may seem like the best decision, it can end in very disastrous ways. Many travelers have invested in the assistance of a travel agency as they plan the most memorable and completely unforgettable honeymoon. Travel agents are well trained at finding the accommodations with the best prices for travelers. In fact, sometimes the connections and knowledge travel agents have could even save substantial money in the end. From travel and dining to rest and relaxation, travel agents think of everything. Amy Daniel of Alabama World Travel insists the benefits of using a travel agent absolutely outweigh any doubts one may have. She says, “In the event that something goes wrong on someone’s travels, we are on-call for our clients 24/7.” Alabama World Travel is a travel agency that has been in business for over 45 years. They take pride in being able to aid any sort of problem that arises during the planning or travel stage of a vacation. While some honeymoon planners who did it themselves may only experience minimal problems like hotel quality or flight delays, others have much more pressing concerns. Whether it be severe weather, a lost passport or a time-pertinent health issue, agents are equipped with the resources to get their clients out of even the direst of situations. The


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travel agent is there to assist the happy couple in any way they may need. Do-it-yourself honeymoon planners do not realize the level of which those beautiful online pictures may mislead. But, travel agents have been to the countries they are sending clients. They might have even stayed at these resorts themselves. This knowledge is incomparable to the online ratings and reviews.

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The relationship between the agent and honeymoon planners is like no other. Couples so often have that innocent sense of wander when they seek help from the agencies. They simply want to spend their first few days as husband and wife together, hassle free. Agencies can assist the couple in keeping that bliss, without having the worry of planning on their mind. It’s not uncommon for travel agents to show an extra level of care, such as a complimentary romantic dinner or a care package waiting when they arrive at the resort. Initial planning begins with a consultation by the agent. From there, they can map out options based on honeymooners’ dreams and more importantly- budgets. After the soon-to-be newlyweds pick their spot, the travel agents take over from there. They serve to take care of every detail from the second the bride and groom leave the wedding to when they step foot back in their hometown. Travel agents are knowledgeable in any must-do excursions the resort and destination may offer. They can assist the honeymooners in booking these field trips before they arrive- and might even be able to provide them with certain discounts and bundles.

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When dream destinations differ, travel agents are there to help. They’ve been known to serve as the “mediators” to couples who might not always agree on their ideal honeymoon. If the bride imagines a sunny, serene spot while the groom desires a snowy sanctuarythe honeymoon phase might end before it even begins. That travel agent is often able find a simple compromise or, in drastic cases, serve as the neutral, coin-flipper for the decision. For all those soon-to-be bride and grooms, please consider seeking the help of a travel agent. Let the experts arrange the most fantastic honeymoon for you and your new spouse as you begin your journey together. Happy Travels!


THE BRIDESMAID

Volume 7 DIARIES

The Bridesmaid RETIRES

Dear readers of RSVP Montgomery, Please accept this letter as my formal resignation as a professional bridesmaid effective January 20, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. This announcement comes with a heavy heart, as I have sincerely enjoyed writing The Bridesmaid Diaries series for the last six years. I genuinely apologize for the abrupt timing of this announcement; however, due to an unforeseen engagement, I have decided to resign and step into my new role as a wife. Thank you for the opportunity to share tips and tricks of the trade throughout the years to better prepare myself to be the most chill bride ever. Please let me know how I can be of assistance during the transition period. I will do my best to be a resource if anyone needs urgent advice about how to handle the funsponge friend on a bachelorette party or answer a question regarding bridal shower attire. I wish you all the very best going forward. Sincerely, The author formally known as Mallory Anderson


2017 was a big year for me. Turned 30. Bridesmaid in three weddings. Fell in love. Got engaged. Planned my wedding in three months. I can truly say that without the help of my rock star bridal party and other close friends, I would not have made it out alive. They were constantly supporting and loving me throughout my engagement - from throwing me beautiful parties, to putting out fires (literal, not figurative) at my bachelorette party to giving touching speeches during my rehearsal dinner. Just in case you missed my previous six articles, I have recapped high points from each that still hold true today and mean more to me than ever having now been a bride. My killer crew reminded me of the overall theme throughout The Bridesmaid Diaries series: love. Love your friend the best way you know how and with everything you’ve got, and I promise she will be forever grateful that you were a part of her special day.

Volume 1 To my brides: be selective with your bridesmaids, don’t expect a gift at every bridal tea, make sure to write thank you notes (and have a good system for keeping track of who gave what, trust me). Don’t go overboard when picking a bridesmaid dress. Let them pick their own (with approval, of course)! Lastly, put some thought into the bridesmaid gift. It doesn’t have to be over-the-top, but make it memorable.

Volume 2 The good, the bad and the ugly- Don’t be a bridezilla! You will find that your friends and family will be much more willing to help in a time of crisis if you ask nicely. Oh, and don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed! Also, keep in mind that something will go wrong on your big day. I was told this at least a hundred times before my wedding, and it did get old hearing that at times but I was very thankful to have prepared myself for a minor let down beforehand. Keep things in perspective. Be cool. This is one of the most important and special days of your life. It is not worth throwing a fit when the band accidentally starts to play the mother-groom dance song instead of your first dance as a couple. Politely correct and move on.

Volume 3 Being a bridesmaid is hard work. You’ve got to be a superhero leading up to and on the big day. Don’t take your job lightly and be prepared to take one for the team to make your bride happy. Have fun with it!

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Volume 5 My top 10 “don’ts” for the bridesmaids. Be punctual, stay organized with details and always stay humble and kind around your fellow bridesmaids. Little to no drama is truly one of the best gifts you could give your bridal friend during this special time in her life. Keep in mind that this is not about you, it’s about her.

Volume 6 The top questions (with answers) I’ve been asked throughout my years as a professional bridesmaid. No, you don’t have to bring a date. Order a dress size up when in question. Always have a speech ready for rehearsal dinner or reception (I must say this was one of the highlights of my wedding weekend); it will mean the world to the bride and groom. Again, you don’t have to bring a gift to every shower. One will do. No, you aren’t required to host a party, but it is recommended.

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RAISING THE BAR


The heavy drinker wants his drink strong and quick. The moderate drinker wants his bartender polite and his drink light. The special-occasions drinker wants a dozen recommendations. The bride… well… she just wants all of her guests to be happy. If you are planning a wedding or event and your venue or caterer doesn’t provide a bartending service but your guests are counting on it, you need to hire a professional bartending service. I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news but one thing you need to be aware of is that the ABC (Alcohol Beverage Control) Board doesn’t mess around when it comes to licensing and events. Do it without the proper protocol and they will shut down your party in a heartbeat. That, my friends, is a party foul. Driven by a passion to create safer drinking environments, Bobby Greenawalt, owner of B & B Bartending, is the man with a plan. A graduate of Auburn University, Bobby started B & B in 2008. He serves as president of the Alabama Beverage Licensees Association and as vice president of the national affiliate of the same organization. Working very closely with the ABC Board, B & B provides safe drinking environments where alcohol

management is needed. They can handle any event in Alabama and Georgia– from intimate weddings to large concerts, music festivals and sporting events. They provided services for 540 events last year and that number just keeps growing in 2018. Whether you have a party that is big or small, B & B Bartending has all the credentials and licenses you need to ensure a flawless event so you can relax knowing your guests are being taken care of. Their highly trained mixologists are handpicked, extremely personable and professional. Providing mobile bars and bartenders for any type of event, B & B Bartending is a team we can all raise our glasses to.

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Picking Petals Attention brides-to-be… your bridal bouquet is a once-in-a-lifetime accessory! When else do you get to carry a beautiful bunch of flowers designed especially for you, all day long? However, there are so many options out there it can be a little overwhelming. To the amateur eye, it can be hard to know what flowers go best together. If you’re like me and can’t decipher a carnation from a chrysanthemum and think that craspedia is a rude word, then this article just might be your bridal bouquet bible.


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BARBARA DAVIS FINE ART By Angela Hardgrave • Photos by Brooke Glassford / Colorbox Photographers

Imagine capturing your big day with not only beautiful photos but stunning paintings as well. The wedding guests, the venue, the magic of the day all immortalized in unique artwork, keeping your treasured memories alive. For brides and grooms in the River Region, artist Barbara Davis makes this vision a reality. Barbara Davis was born and raised in Montgomery and began painting at the age of fourteen. She said, “My junior high art teacher, Kathy Belser, gave me my start in painting. My mother bought me my first set of oil paints the summer after my ninthgrade year to lift my spirits. Miss Belser had died in a car accident shortly before school was out that year, and my boyfriend had broken up with me. My mother knew just what I needed!” Davis went on to obtain a degree in fine arts from Auburn University Montgomery in 1987. After that, she primarily worked in the banking industry, but always had a dream to be a full-time artist. By the mid-1990s, Davis was painting portraits full time. However, in 2004 she began painting en plein air, a French phrase that means “in open air,” and refers to creating works

of art outside. Davis said, “I was at the beach that summer and grabbed an American Artist magazine to read. There was an article in it about a plein air artist. I knew I wanted my paintings to look like hers! I flipped to another page, and there was another article about plein air painting! I determined when I got home I would get a French easel and get started. I felt it was the key to achieving what I wanted in my painting.” Following this newfound passion led to learning techniques from various artists and members of the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast and the Cumberland Society of Painters. “After years of studying and painting, my dream of working as a full-time artist has finally been realized, and I am thankful to all the incredible artists who have been willing to share their knowledge,” she said. Another facet of her artwork soon emerged—live-event painting. Davis’ journey into this adventure has been an interesting one. She said, “Trey Granger asked me to participate, along with about a dozen other artists, in “The Art of Democracy.” It was a project with the Montgomery Elections Center where local artists went to polling places on election day to record the scene


“Gatlin- Brooks Wedding”

“Holmes-Nunnally Wedding”

in art. It was really the first time I had incorporated people into a plein air scene. Although I was an experienced plein air painter, painting people was tough! They move more than clouds! Fast forward a few years—I received a call from a bride who had seen something in a magazine about painting during wedding receptions. She contacted me through a mutual friend, and I agree to do it…with the full disclosure that I had never done that before. I’m glad she put her faith in me!”   Since then, Davis has created her beautiful artwork at wedding receptions across the Southern United States. She arrives at the reception site about an hour and a half before the guests to start painting the background and the “still” elements. “I plot out where people might be sitting, where the bride and groom will dance. When the guests arrive, I begin painting them in, looking around the room for color, poses and people who are still! I try to get as many family members and wedding party members as I can. It takes about 3-1/2 to 4 hours from start to finish, depending on the size,” said Davis.   Being in Alabama, it comes as no surprise that some of Davis’ most memorable weddings happened during football season. She said, “Probably the most memorable were the ones during the fall of 2013 as Auburn took us all by surprise and soared in the rankings! I had booked weddings every Saturday and was a little sad about missing games. I shouldn’t have been worried, though, because I think there was a TV at every reception! During the Texas A&M game, a screen came down with the game on it. There was so much screaming and jumping I thought my easel would topple! The Georgia game was crazy, too! I remember people stopping at my easel all night letting me know the score.” Davis continued, “I also remember at one wedding two little boys asked me to paint them in. I did. It only took

a few minutes, and I went on to paint other things. They didn’t realize that I had done it that quickly, because about 10 minutes later, I realized they were out on the floor posing! I’ve had the joy of painting big weddings and intimate gatherings. I’ve been as far as Austin, Texas, and Nashville, Tennessee. In Savannah, Georgia, I painted the wedding of one of the Pittsburg Steelers and his bride who is an ESPN sideline reporter. These were all very exciting and memorable, but they are all truly special to me no matter how grand or simple! Painting is my joy and passion. I am so thankful that God has given me this gift and has allowed me to do this full time. I hope that my joy of painting and life comes through also in the live event paintings that I do. It is an honor for me to share in the joy of these couples on their big day!” To find out more about Barbara Davis and to see her amazing artwork, or if you want more information about live event painting, visit her website at barbaradavisart.com.


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1 2 9 CO O S A o R e n t a l P r i c e f o r E n t i re B a l l ro o m : M o n d ay - T h u r s d ay b e fo re 5 p. m . - $ 7 0 0 ; M o n d ay - T h u r s d ay a f t e r 5 p. m . $ 1 , 0 0 0 w i t h $ 2 , 5 0 0 f o o d a n d b eve r a g e m i n i m u m ; F r i d ay - S a t u rd ay - $ 2 , 0 0 0 w i t h $ 3 , 5 0 0 f o o d a n d b eve r a g e m i n i m u m o R e n t a l P r i c e f o r 1 2 9 C o o s a S o u t h : M o n d ay - T h u r s d ay b e fo re 5 p. m . - $ 4 0 0 , M o n d ay - T h u r s d ay a f t e r 5 p. m . - $ 6 0 0 w i t h $ 1 , 5 0 0 f o o d a n d b eve r a g e m i n i m u m ; F r i d ay - S a t u rd ay - $ 1 , 2 0 0 w i t h $ 2 , 0 0 0 fo o d a n d b eve r a g e m i n i m u m o   R e n t a l P r i c e f o r 1 2 9 C o o s a N o r t h : M o n d ay T h u r s d ay b e fo re 5 p. m . - $ 3 0 0 , M o n d ay - T h u r s d ay a f t e r 5 p. m . - $ 4 0 0 w i t h $ 1 , 0 0 0 f o o d a n d b eve r a g e m i n i m u m ; F r i d ay - S a t u rd ay - $ 8 0 0 w i t h $ 1 , 0 0 0 f o o d a n d b eve r a g e m i n i m u m o  Indoor & outdoor space o   C ap a c i t y f o r E n t i re B a l l ro o m : P l a t e d – 1 5 0 ; B u f fe t – 1 2 0 ; R e c e p t i o n – 2 0 0 ; B o a rd ro o m – 1 0 0 o C ap a c i t y f o r 1 2 9 C o o s a S o u t h : P l a t e d – 7 0 ; B u f fe t – 5 0 ; R e c e p t i o n – 1 2 5 ; B o a rd ro o m – 6 0 o   C ap a c i t y f o r 1 2 9 C o o s a N o r t h : P l a t e d – 5 0 ; B u f fe t – 3 0 ; R e c e p t i o n – 7 5 ; B o a rd ro o m – 4 0 o   Catering Ser vices: In house; outside desser t fee is $25

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o C ap a c i t y : P l a t e d - 4 8 ; B u f fe t – 3 6 ; Reception- 70; B o a rd ro o m – 2 4 o   P r i c e : Fo o d a n d b eve r a g e m i n i mu m s : L u n c h - $ 3 0 0 ; D i n n e r- $ 1 , 2 5 0 ; O n S a t u rd ay s : b e fo re 3 p. m . - $ 1 , 0 0 0 ; a f t e r 3 p. m . $ 1 , 2 5 0

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o Address: 12 W. Jefferson Street, Montgomer y, AL o Contact: 334.531.9546 o Rental Price: Food and beverage minimum $750 Tues-Thurs; $1,500 Fri-Sat o Indoor space o Capacity: Seated-60; Reception-100 o Catering Ser vices: Dreamland BBQ; outside cake permitted


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M O N T G O M E RY MUSEUM O F F I N E A RT S o Address: 1 Museum Drive , Montgomer y o Contact: 334.240.4350 or aganey@mmfa.org o Rental Price: Star ting at $2,000 (includes Fri-Sun) o Indoor and Outdoor Space o Capacity: 75-600

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o A d d re s s : 1 C h a p e l H i l l S t re e t , P i ke R o a d , A L o C o n t a c t : N i c o l e S h e r wo o d , 2 0 5 . 2 9 6 . 9 7 5 7 , t h e c h a p e l a t t h ew a t e r s @ g m a i l . c o m o R e n t a l P r i c e :  $ 3 , 1 0 0 ( i n c l u d e s 2 d ay s ) o Indoor and outdoor space o Capacity: 260 (inside); unlimited (outside) o C a t e r i n g S e r v i c e s : S e l e c t yo u r o w n

Address: 770 Washington Avenue , Montgomer y, AL Contact: 334.269.0222 or montgomery-catering.com Rental Price: Varies based on catering packages Indoor space Capacity: 400 Catering Ser vices: In house or select your own; alcohol must be purchased from venue

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o Address: 500 Avenue of the Oaks, Pike Road, AL o Contact: Alice Sherbett, 334.323.7855 or theoaksplantation.com o Rental Price: $3,500 (includes Fri-Sun) o Indoor and outdoor space o Capacity: Seated- 200; Reception- 250; Outdoor- unlimited o Catering Ser vices: Select your own

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ALL Touched Up Photos by Brooke Glassford / Colorbox Photographers

Every bride wants to look absolutely flawless on her wedding day. Let Rebekah from Lush Makeup Art take care of you on your big day! From airbrush spray tans to airbrush makeup, she will literally take care of you from head to toe! Southern brides have to be prepared to conquer the toughest beauty opponent - humidity! Airbrush makeup is a great way to help achieve the perfect bridal look without putting up a fight against the elements.

So, what is airbrush makeup? It is a foundation mist/ spray compressed with air. It spreads evenly on the skin and gives a light, breathable, flawless coverage. It’s waterproof, sweat proof and humidity resistant. All skin types can use airbrush makeup. The best benefit? It lasts all day and is camera ready! There is absolutely no touch up required. It never has a “cakey” look or feel. It is sanitary, as well as hypoallergenic. Airbrush can conceal any scarring or skin imperfections. Everyone wants that gorgeous glow without the sunray damage or the burn. Rebekah will customize your tan to your needs without tan lines or an orange tone. Spray tans last up to six or seven days and the solution is organic and vegan free. No contract and no commitment! The best part about the airbrush makeup and spray tans? They’re reasonably priced! You can get a celebrity service without the celebrity price. Airbrush and spray tan services can be found at Lush Makeup Art studio and are done by owner Rebekah Edwards. Check her out on Facebook or Instagram or call 334.315.2863.

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Design | Mary Me Flowers | Melissa Kendall Floral Design Food/Beverage | Jennie Weller Catering Photographers | Brooke Glassford with Colorbox & Josh Moates with Kim Box Photography Hair | Brianna Tomberlin with Karma Kreations Makeup | Rebekah with Lush Makeup Wedding Gown | I Do Bridal & Formal Bridesmaids Dresses | Bella Bridesmaid, Homewood Grooms Attire |The Locker Room Montgomery Furniture, chairs |Collection Event Furnishings, Atlanta Tables, glasses | Brendle Rentals China | Als Flowers Linens | BBj Linen Models | Bride- Maylon Sanders, Groom-Michael Shipma Maids- Anna Lawrence Pemberton, Mary Ann Pittman Flowergirls- Mary Townsend Sanders, Julie and Tyson York Venue | Events at Kress


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ENGAGEMENTS Bond-Stephens Engagement A junior high friendship turned into a true-love romance between John Stephens and Charley Bond. The pair first met in 2006 at Floyd Middle School in Montgomery, when Charley was in sixth grade and John was a year older. They shared mutual friends and mutual jokes with one another, always staying friends but never thinking they would end up with each other. Their paths crossed many times, especially while visiting Montgomery on trips home from college, and Charley finally asked John out on a date. They immediately reconnected and haven’t skipped a beat since. The pair will marry on September 8, 2018, and will follow the nuptials with a honeymoon in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Bridges-Orozco Engagement On April 21, 2018, at the beautiful Chapel at the Waters, two high school sweethearts will begin their lives together as husband and wife. Jordan Elizabeth Bridges, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tony Alan Bridges of Wetumpka, Alabama, will join in holy matrimony with Chase Julio Orozco, son of Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Orozco of Wetumpka. Following their nuptials, the happy couple will enjoy a honeymoon on a cruise to the Bahamas. Jordan and Chase both work as registered nurses, Jordan at Baptist Medical Center East and Chase at Children’s of Alabama.

Smith-Smith Engagement Hollan Smith and Hoke Smith met at Auburn University. Yes, funny enough they already share the same last name! It all started when Hoke had spent the previous summer with Hollan’s brother, Hunter, while earning their degrees. Hunter would talk about Hollan a lot so Hoke felt like he already knew her before they even met. Once the fall semester started, Hollan and Hoke finally ran into each other. After their first conversation, Hoke was determined to get to know Hollan and spend more time with her, and that’s exactly what he did! Now, they are engaged and getting married June 2, 2018, at Post Oak Plantation. 68

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Anderson-Kohn Wedding January 20, 2018

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s one friend put it, Mallory Anderson and Jonathon Kohn “danced around each other for years.” They met in 2009 during a photoshoot for RSVP while Mallory was working as an intern and Jonathon was the hired photographer. Although there were no sparks then, fast forward nine years later to a Christmas party and you might have thought it was the 4th of July. Mallory and Jon are incredibly grateful to their friends Kim Traff and Hannah and Caleb Hawk for helping make the love connection. Mallory, daughter of Jeanne and Rex Anderson, and Jonathon, son of Irene Kohn, were married on January 20, 2018. The wedding took place at First United Methodist Church in Old Cloverdale, and Reverend Jack Allen married the happy couple. The bride described the event as a classic, elegant evening wedding surrounded by their closest friends and family. Two matrons of honor accompanied the bride, childhood friend Mrs. Jade Bertovic and Mrs. Katie Carter, along with maid of honor Kathryn Dickerson. She was also surrounded by seven other close friends as bridesmaids – LeLe Fraser, Amy Anderson, Holly Nichols, Jordan Soyars, Kathryn Rockwell, Sarah Jane Thorn and Arrington Collie. Each bridesmaid was able to select their own style of navy blue Bill Levkoff dresses. Jonathon selected his best friend, Josh Moates, to be his best man. Jon was also accompanied by fellow “gang” members John Tiedt, Desmond Wingard, Caleb Hawk and Jonathan Andrade. The men were dressed in navy blazers with grey wool pants and were adorned with boutonnieres of ranunculus with privet berries and seeded eucalyptus. The happy couple was fortunate to celebrate with a few precious children who played an important role on their special day. Mallory’s niece, Molly Grace Anderson, served as the flower girl, and her nephew, Bradley Anderson, had the privilege of being the ring bearer. Their reception was held downtown at the Kress Building on Dexter Avenue. During their courtship, Jonathon and Mallory had several dates at their favorite coffee spot, Prevail Union. They both agreed that having a Prevail coffee bar at the reception, complete with customstamped coffee sleeves, was a must. To go along perfectly with their cup of coffee, guests enjoyed a strawberry and French vanilla tiered cake and various flavors of baby bites from Pastry Art. Flowers were designed by Evan G. Cooper, and The Answer band played as the bride, groom and guests danced the night away. Mallory says that planning was a breeze thanks to the help of a wonderful and talented friend, Evan Cooper, along with friends, family and the many connections made throughout her years on staff at RSVP Montgomery. Mallory and Jonathon have happily started their lives as a married couple here in Montgomery.


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Bradley-Tittinger Wedding August 12, 2017

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n August 12, 2017, Melissa Mari Bradley, daughter of Doctor and Mrs. Robert H. Bradley, Jr. of Montgomery, Alabama, took Captain James Eric Tittinger, son of Reverend and Mrs. James Tittinger of Huntingtown, Maryland, as her husband. The nuptials took place at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in beautiful downtown Montgomery. The colors of periwinkle, cream and coral flooded both the ceremony and reception. Following the ceremony, guests were invited to a celebration at The Warehouse at Alley Station. Melissa wore a fit-and-flare Kelly Faetinini designer gown featuring a strapless, sweetheart neckline and was covered in Alencon lace with a sheer-lace corset back in champagne and lace-covered buttons to the end of the train. Melissa carried a stunning bouquet of patience, garden and mondail roses, lamb’s ear, Italian ruscus, seeded eucalyptus, lisianthus and majolica spray roses designed by Evan Cooper of Evan & Co, who also served as the event planner. Her maternal grandfather’s wedding ring bearing a gold cross was loaned to her from her grandmother and tied to her bouquet for her “something borrowed.”   72

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The bride was attended by dear friends and family representing the many phases of her life.  Bridesmaids included classmates from St. James School to The University of Alabama, her Alpha Gamma Delta sisters and current Harrison School of Pharmacy classmates.  Serving as maid of honor was Allie Royster of Atlanta, Georgia. Other bridesmaids included Kristina Bridwell, Ann Katherine Buddin, Barton Crum, Kaitlyn Gary, Morgan Fancher, Ellen Herrington, and Kerry and Kylie Tittinger. Special scriptural readings were provided by Kindall Auman and Caroline Henley. The bridesmaids wore Bari-Jay periwinkle chiffon gowns, featuring a shoulder drape and pleated bodice and carried bouquets of flowers complementary of the wedding colors. The best man, Shane Tittinger, is the brother of the groom, and the groomsmen consisted of Derek Bradley, Barry Butcher, Christian Butcher, Brian Schug, Ryan Spalding, Andrew Lott, Michael Pharr and Brandon Wampler. The groom and his fellow military officers wore their dress uniforms with honor. The other groomsmen looked equally as handsome in their black tuxes. Each of the groomsmen were presented with a

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unique pair of socks to wear on the wedding day that represented a shared experience with the groom.    The guests danced to the fun tunes of Lucky Town band and enjoyed catering by Michelle Hillman of Sugar B’s Bakery. The bride’s wedding cake, created by Ivy Davis of Liger’s Bakery, was a five-tiered strawberry cake with strawberry buttercream and lemon curd filling and cream cheese frosting. Liger’s Bakery also created the groom’s cake which featured diagonally placed layers of chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream, caramel and Heath bar candy filling and frosted with chocolate buttercream and drizzled with chocolate ganache and garnished with chocolate dipped strawberries.  The evening was topped off with a magical send-off to hundreds of sparklers as the newlymarried couple progressed through The Alley to be whisked off in a 1931 crimson Packard convertible from the car collection of Dr. Bill Mitchell, chauffeured by Mr. Ross Miller. The Tittingers took their first trip as husband and wife to the Caribbean Island of Grenada. Melissa and James will make their home in Goldsboro, North Carolina.


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Householder-Hand Wedding December 31, 2017

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he marriage of Amber Nikole Householder, daughter of Donna Schaid and Randy Householder, to Dustin Joseph Hand, son of Linda Hand and Jeff Hand, was held on December 31, 2017. The beautiful Barn at Twin Valley in Prattville, Alabama, served as the perfect location for their “I dos.” Nikki donned a strapless ball gown featuring a sweetheart neckline. The beaded bodice offered an ideal contrast to the tulle bottom. Nikki’s matron of honor was her cousin and best friend, Kayla Mitchell. Her bridal party included Chelbi Hegler, Ashley Little, Rachel McElvaine and Annelise Baker; but her party would not have been complete without her dog, Angel. The bride carried a stunning bouquet designed by Prattville Flower Shop. Dustin’s attire consisted of a grey, three-piece suit and pine cone boutonniere. His best friend, Tyler Rawlinson, stood by his side as best man. His groomsmen were Samuel Contreras, Jason Norris, Brandon Householder, Johnny Gill and Dane Lunsford. Wedding director Carole Dozier ensured the ceremony went off without a hitch. Their ring bearer, Keegan Mitchell, and flower girl, Emmalyn Partin, gave a sweet start to the nuptials. After the vows, the wedding space was flipped into the reception and guests enjoyed a delicious meal with the newlyweds. Mr. and Mrs. Dustin Hand will reside in Prattville as they continue their new marriage.

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Lewis-Stokley Wedding April 22, 2017

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n April 22, 2017, Laura Allison Lewis, daughter of Timothy and Christine Lewis of Montgomery, married Christopher Britton Stokley, son of Robert and Chrystan Bowden of Shorter and the late Michael Stokley of Mobile. The two were joined in marriage with an Episcopal ceremony officiated by Rev. Andrew Thayer at The Church of the Ascension.

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Among those accompanying them on their journey to married life were maid of honor and sister of the bride Rebecca Jean Lewis and cousin of the bride Quinn Caitlin Lewis. The bridesmaids provided gentle contrast to the bride in gowns of sea foam green from the Anthropologie bridal line. On the groom’s side, high school friend Brian David Hornsby served as best man, with friend of the bride Justin Randall Bryan rounding out the intimate company of four. The groomsmen matched the groom in navy suits with shotgun shell boutonnieres as a nod to the groom’s wellknown love of turkey hunting.   Laura stunned in a Watters wedding gown from Bustle in Homewood, Alabama. Her gown fit the theme of a spring wedding with its floral lace designs accented with silver beading, seed pearls and illusion neckline. The bride’s exquisite makeup was done by Rebekah Edwards. The bridal veil Laura wore came from Jean McCann Whitesell, her Grandmother, and it matched her gown perfectly. Her bouquet, as well as the rest of the flowers for the event, further took advantage of the spring season with a riot of various blooms in vivid pastels. Provided by Graylillies florist, the veritable garden of peonies, roses, hydrangeas and gerber daisies further elevated the elegance of the venue.   The celebration continued with a reception at the church in Ascension Hall, catered by Jennie Weller. The bride’s cake, by Peggy Mckinney, echoed the floral theme with live flowers perched on the top tier; while the groom’s cake, by Oven Lovin Cakes, payed homage again to Britton’s hunting pursuits with antlers and more shotgun shells. As the guests dined and danced, Brooke Glassford of Colorbox Photographers captured the happy event.   But the crowd of family and friends would not be complete without the little touches in memory of Laura’s twin, the late Andrew McCann Lewis: a blue heart, cut from one of Andrew’s shirts, sewn into the bodice of her wedding dress as Laura’s something blue; a picture displayed at the reception of the pair dancing; and the father-daughter danced to an original song written by Andrew himself and performed by his friends Michael Thornton and Johnny and Beth Veres. The band Round 3 played music from the eighties and also included one of Andrew’s close friends, Bert Thomas.   Laura and Britton honeymooned in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where they enjoyed the sights and sounds of the wildlife at Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.   The couple resides in Montgomery, where Laura works at Alabama Orthopaedic Specialists and Britton at Jackson Thornton Technologies.

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McCall-Richardson Wedding November 11, 2017

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elanie Ann McCall, daughter of Edward and Linda McCall, married Corey James Richardson, son of the late Felicia Richardson on November 11, 2017. The couple met serendipitously through a mutual friend, pairing as partners in a professional culinary studio. Just over three years later, Corey proposed on Melanie’s birthday among the Japanese cherry blossoms in the Tidal Basin of West Potomac Park in our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. The sunset ceremony took place beachside at Gulf View Heights on Santa Rosa Beach. The Emerald Coast sunset painted the perfect canvas of natural beauty. The heavens truly smiled down, casting salmon-blushed skies perfectly graced upon the emerald waters of Santa Rosa. The pastor, Scott Jacobson-Moore, remarked, “Even with the irrefutable beauty of this gorgeous backdrop God created, all in attendance cast their eyes to you coming down the aisle.” With the inspiration of romantic chic, the bride played an active role in making her vision come true. Tiffani Salinas served as the wedding coordinator to ensure the day went seamlessly.

Photographs by Megan Florence of Kim Box Photography will give the couple memories to cherish for years to come. Melanie stunned her guests in her Justin Alexander gown, featuring a sweetheart neckline and mermaid silhouette. Delicate white floral lace covered the sheer bodice and blush underlay. Her bouquet was filled with cream and blush peonies, dusty miller and silver dollar eucalyptus. Her matron of honor, Alana Bell, was followed by bridesmaids Quyen Chuong, Jacquin Demming, Venecia Lamar, Quyen Vu, and Ashley Rivera. Each bridesmaid wore sage-colored gowns and carried bouquets reflecting the bride’s. A special touch to the bride’s attire that day was her mother’s vintage wedding gown, worn during the morning of her big day.

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Corey was suave and debonair, exuding confidence and charm. His best man, Brandon Braithwaite, was joined by groomsmen Antwan Todd, Kent Morrissette, Patrick Bell, Paul White and Christopher Gales. The men looked handsome in their light-grey tuxedos and sage-hued neckties. Each groomsmen carried in hand purple flowers to form a bouquet of loving memory for the groom’s mother. The younger guests were represented by ring bearers Noah and Jason Rivera, as well as flower girls Keilah Jackson, Ava Charles Bell and Danielle Demming. The wedding party continued their celebration with a reception on the Bellamy Lawn. The garden reception provided a romantic and elegant end to the night. Cheryl Pietrcola provided the impeccable and delicious wedding cake. The guests bid farewell with a sparkler send off, and the couple cruised off into bliss by way of a 1950s vintage whitewalled Plymouth convertible. The new Mr. and Mrs. Corey James Richardson plan to honeymoon in Greece, France and Italy. They will reside in their custom-built dream home in Mobile, Alabama. BRIDAL RSVP 79


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Speed- Dettmar Wedding November 18, 2017

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he wedding of Frances Speed and Alexander Dettmar was held on the eighteenth of November 2017, at First Baptist Church of Montgomery, Alabama.

Over five hundred guests came together to show support and love for the couple, along with Mr. and Mrs. James Preston Speed III, the bride’s parents, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lee Dettmar and Mr. and Mrs. Randy W. Berkstresser, the groom’s parents and step-parents. The aisle of the church was dressed with eucalyptus, wild smilax, green amaranthus and ivory ribbon.      The bride, wearing her mother’s dress and carrying a cascading bouquet of olive leaves, silver-dollar eucalyptus, burgundy amaranthus, Juliet and high and happy roses, cinnamon cymbidium orchids and South African silver brunia along with her grandmother’s broach, went to the garden for the first look and to meet the groom. The groom was wearing a dark slategray tux with a golden-yellow polka dot tie by Ralph Lauren. His boutonniere was a high and happy rose, fennel fern, and

Billy balls wrapped with twine. Carron Morrow with Personal Touch Events served as the floral designer and caterer for the event.                                                                                                                                     Frances’ matron of honor was her sister, Anne Preston Bullock, her maid of honor was Morgan Arnold, and bridesmaids were Thomason Bryan, Mary Katherine Golson, Taylor Jennings, Madeline Kirkpatrick, Sara Elizabeth Shirley and Amy Treloar. Junior attendant was Alaina Dettmar. The bridesmaid’s bouquets were nosegays of a variety of fall flowers. The father of the groom, Robert Dettmar, served as best man, and the groomsmen attending were Micah Dettmar, Nick Friday, Trey Gothard, Chris Jennings, Chase Laney, Mitchell Mims and James O’Neill. Ushers were Christian and Maverick Friday. The flower girl, Laurida Krawcznski, wore a sweet ivory smock dress that the bride wore when she was 4 years old. The ring and sign bearer was John Avery Friday. Mr. Butch Speed walked his lovely daughter to her awaiting groom to Pachelbel’s Canon in D, beginning the ceremony.

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Officiating ministers were Dr. Jay Wolf, Jr. and Reverend Chad Middlebrooks. Vocalists throughout the ceremony were Thomason Bryan, Sara Elizabeth Shirley, and Mike and Laura Spivey. As the couple was presented as Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Grady Dettmar, they walked down the aisle to Trumpet Tune by Purcell. Hornpipe for Water Music by Handel played as guests were led from the church to the reception.   As guests made their way to the reception, the couple, bridal party and parents went to the church’s front entrance for a lovely dove release which was a breathtaking conclusion to such a beautiful ceremony that will never be forgotten. As guests opened the doors to the reception site, it was unrecognizable as the church fellowship hall. With ivory curtains draping the walls and lace cloth covering the tables, the décor matched the decadence of the day so far.   Cake Designs designed the beautiful and delicious cakes for the reception. The bride’s cake was a five-tiered confection with every other layer in swirled Khaki icing all set upon a silver plateau. The groom’s cake was a two-tier chocolate confection with the Air Force symbol on top.    As the couple made their way to the getaway car, guests lined the walkway with tall sparklers to make a magical departure for the couple. The newlyweds spent their honeymoon on a Carnival cruise to Cozumel and Progresso, Mexico. They will reside at their home in Troy, Alabama, until the military calls Alex to his next duty station.


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Walker-Campbell Wedding June 10, 2017

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ravis William Campbell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Harold Campbell, Jr. of Montgomery, Alabama, took Olivia Elaine Walker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Walker of Montgomery, Alabama, to be his wife on the tenth of June in 2017. The ceremony, officiated by Hunter Pugh, took place overlooking the beautiful Lake Martin in Children’s Harbor. Both newlyweds love being on the water and have many cherished memories at Lake Martin. The bride donned a Casablanca Bridal gown from I Do Bridal featuring an A-line lace and organza silhouette. The gown, finished with lace straps that transform into a vintage-inspired keyhole back hinted a perfect combination of sparkle and class. Her flowers from Southern Wedding Designs featured white hydrangeas, coral peonies, mother of pearl roses, Juliette cabbage roses, white ranunculus, white snap dragons and touches of gold. Her bouquet also featured pieces of lace from her mother’s wedding gown. Olivia’s bridal party consisted of many longtime friends. Her matrons of honor were Brittany Mathews and Kayla Deal; her bridal party was completed with Claire Lankford, Emily Mathews, Catherine Elliot, Lindsay Owens, Tillery Tanzine, Mary Catherine Holliman, Michelle Coram, Cristen Crawley, Allison Boyd, Naomie Wilsford and Hillary Moore. Travis’ best man was his father, Thomas Harold Campbell, Jr. His groomsmen included Trey Campbell, Taylor Campbell, Luke Walker, John Daniel Campbell, Jake Lambert, Hunter Wilsford, Dusty Reeves, Justin Boyd, Chad Boyd, Brett Ardizone, Samuel Sawyer and Johnny Coram. After the vows, the wedding party continued their celebration at Willow Point Country Club. The lakeside venue and band Big Night Dynamite ensured the newlyweds and their guests an unforgettable night. Following their reception, Mr. and Mrs. Campbell traveled to St. Lucia. They will reside in Hope Hull,

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White-Gardner Wedding January 6, 2018

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he marriage of Whitley Jo White and Robert William Gardner III was an intimate affair unlike any other. On January 6th of 2018, the couple’s immediate families gathered in The Chapel at the Waters to celebrate the special union. The traditional ceremony featured romantic elements including candles and sky-blue tones. Officiated by Mike Northcutt, the nuptials were unforgettable. Whitley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Andrew White, wore a gorgeous Jenny Packham dress and donned a unique ostrich feather shawl. Planning and floral design were provided by Southern Posies. Whitley’s bouquet featured gorgeous blooms such as antique green hydrangeas, quicksand roses, white amaryllis, David Austin Patience garden roses, dusty miller, Italian ruscus and more. Her hair and makeup were done by Jessica Tinsley of Beauty by Jess, and her sister, Kiley Kay White, stood by her side as the maid of honor. Robert donned a Brooks Brothers suit and boutonniere of green-

eyed white anemones. His father, Robert William Gardner II took place as the best man. The reception, also held in The Chapel at the Waters, revealed small quirks of creativity. The catering by Jennie Weller Catering and Cake Designs kept guests full of energy for the exciting time. The entrance to the reception featured beautiful sheer ivory drape behind the bride’s cake on either side. Small touches of greenery allowed for a natural romantic feel. A favorite detail of the bride and groom were the huggers featuring illustrations of their beloved pups. Photography by Anna Godwin will provide the couple with cherished memories for years to come. Mr. and Mrs. Robert William Gardner III traveled to The Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. They will reside in Montgomery, Alabama, as they continue their marriage.

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Robinson- Benton Wedding November 4, 2017

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he First Lieutenant Michael D’Angelo Benton took Dr. Brooke Ashley Robinson to be his wife on November 4, 2017. The stunning bride wore a romantic, lace Allure gown featuring a strapless, sweetheart neckline. In addition to her Christian Louboutin slippers, the bride carried a bouquet of burgundy deliliahs, Juliet roses, sweet Eskimo roses, privet berries, Israeli cuscus and white stock. Brooke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Barry Robinson, is from Fort Deposit, Alabama. Standing by her side as maid of honor was her best friend, Dr. Jessica Miller, and bridesmaids Danetta Seright, Briana Taylor, Meoshe Williams and Brittni Powell. The bridal party wore blush-colored sequined dresses. Michael, son of Ms. Gina Jones and Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Benton, looked handsome in his midnight-blue, pindot tuxedo. His best man, Barry Glazer Robinson, and groomsmen Marcellous Duncan, Jonathan Benton, Maurice Benton and

Wardell Benton wore midnight blue tuxedos as well. Barry Glazer Robinson II and Skye Bradford served as the ring bearer and flower girl respectively. The ceremony overlooked Montgomery’s beautiful downtown on the Alley Station terrace. Over 150 guests watched as the bride and groom became one in matrimony. Jackie Frontiero with Dana’s Floral Design served as the wedding planner, and the bride’s makeup was done by Alia Blocton and her hair by Kim Willis. After the nuptials, the wedding party celebrated the new Bentons at the Alley Station Warehouse. WellDunn Entertainment of Birmingham provided the music and entertainment to complete this intimate reception. Barb’s Cakes and Sugar B’s Bakery catered the event. After the celebration, the couple traveled to Venice, Italy, to enjoy their first moments as husband and wife. Michael is an aerospace engineer in the Army, and Brooke is a family physician at the Jackson Clinic. The couple will reside in Pike Road, Alabama, as they continue their marriage.

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Something Old, New, Borrowed & TO DO! By Crystal Strickland

How is wedding planning coming? You hear this question over and over but feel compelled to answer with, “I have so much to do and don’t know where to start!” Well, I’m here to help. When asked to write this article, I was ecstatic to share with you my handy dandy list that I began when I got married. I hope you find it useful in getting ready for your big day. So sit back, relax and happy planning!

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Book event designer/planner who will handle directing of ceremony, setup of ceremony and reception, takedown, etc. Start compiling guest list and addresses

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Work on save-the-dates to be sent out 4-6 months before the wedding (optional) Register, register, register! Purchase thank you cards with current initials and future initials for gifts you will receive at showers and after the wedding Book honeymoon and flight (be sure to book the hotel you are staying in after your wedding also) Make sure passports are up-to-date Get wedding license Determine rehearsal dinner location as well as your bridal shower luncheon Determine getaway (birdseed, lavender, sparklers, shakers, etc.) and getaway car

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Bride Dress (after purchasing, be sure to schedule alterations with plenty of time left) Shoes, jewelry and undergarments Garters (yes, you need two—one to keep and one to throw) Sixpence (for good luck!) Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue Schedule salon appointments for nails, eyebrows, etc. Pick out and order groom’s ring Determine bridesmaids attire, and make sure they order everything in time Purchase gifts for bridesmaids (to be given at bridesmaids luncheon or rehearsal dinner) Purchase honeymoon attire and wedding dress undergarments Send out an itinerary to the entire wedding party highlighting the weekend’s events (including luncheons, where to be and what time, etc.)

Groom Purchase or arrange a rental of wedding attire (suit or tux, tie, shoes, etc.) Determine attire for groomsmen, and make sure they order in time. Order bride’s wedding band—also be sure insurance is covered for both of your rings (the Caribbean is full of newlywed bling!) Purchase groomsmen gifts (to be given at rehearsal dinner)

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Ceremony Needs: Guest book (You will need to order this before your showers so you can include pages for guests at showers. Also, be sure to order extra pages if necessary.) Reserve minister/officiant - Schedule a meeting with him before wedding to discuss ceremony and any special things that must be done - Also, book any pre-marital counseling (if doing) Reserve ceremony musicians (pianist, organist, violinist, soloist, etc.) Determine ceremony music and order of service Determine and order ceremony programs

Reception Needs: Cake knives (one for yours and his) Goblets or toasting flutes (be sure to get a bottle of champagne or sparkling grape juice to toast with) Guest gifts (optional but can be anything from personalized cups, koozies or candy bars) If having a formal seated dinner, be sure to include seating arrangements and place cards

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For Mom (MOB) and Dad (FOB): Pick dress for mom and suit/tux for dad. Pick shoes Gift or sweet letter thanking for a wonderful day


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Venue: Determine type of venue and begin calling to check availability (a lot of venues begin booking more than a year in advance, so be sure to schedule yourself tentatively if you are very interested) Discuss what is included with the venue, room capacity, available rentals, catering options and room regulations with venue coordinator Be sure to ask how long your rental is (a weekend, 4 hours, etc.)—you also need to find out when your vendors may begin decorating If serving alcohol, be sure to ask if you are allowed to bring your own and if ice is provided Purchase event insurance/liquor liability through your venue or insurance agent (most run around $150) Ask about clean up responsibilities and the return of a security deposit if one is in place

Caterer: Book caterer and schedule meeting with him/her to discuss menu options and the style of food you are wanting (having a headcount at this point in time is important) *Remember, if allowing guests to bring a date, a wedding of 100 quickly turns to 200—it is important to determine this early on because caterers normally place a dollar amount per head you expect Determine style of reception (buffet, formal dinner, etc.) Determine who is responsible for: -Bringing plates, forks, spoons, knives, cups, napkins, cake stands, etc. -Bringing trash cans and handling removal of trash at end of the night -Getting ice and coolers -Providing bartenders and/or servers *If serving alcohol, it is important to ask about who will handle serving it -Cleanup

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Caterer (continued): See if your caterer can pack you a picnic basket of things from your reception to take with you after the wedding (My husband and I definitely enjoyed this since we were not too worried about eating at our reception!)

Photographer: Book photographer Schedule engagement pictures if doing Schedule bridal portrait date if doing (set this around 1-2 months from wedding) -Remember to let your florist know so he or she can have a bouquet for you -Schedule hair and makeup artist -Remember to have all jewelry and shoes at this point for the shoot -I suggest bringing a white sheet so your dress does not get dirty when you stand and so you can wrap the bottom of your dress in it when moving from location to location If wanting specific pictures on your wedding day, be sure to give your photographer a list of photo “must-haves” with certain family members and friends

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Videographer: Book videographer Make sure you give him/her a list also if wanting specifics—it is also great to ask if he/she can get the guests involved by asking them to share a special time they had with the couple or even just a simple congrats! You will love watching it over and over re-living your special day!

Flowers: Determine colors, style and who is handling your flowers

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Sit down with florist and determine ceremony and reception décor (including centerpieces, altar, aisle markers, runner, bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, etc.)


Entertainment: Book band, DJ, acoustic musician, etc. for reception -After booking, make sure you have all information in the contract including set-up time, break-down time, length of play, break music, equipment and be sure they include the number of band members included because their rates may change year-to-year (you need to get exactly what you are contracted to pay for) Find out what equipment the entertainment is responsible for and what you are responsible for (i.e. speakers, lighting, microphones, etc.) Determine wattage and amperage needed to make sure your venue can handle it (if it is an outdoor reception, you may have to rent a generator for power) Compile a list of ‘must play’ songs and ‘do not play’ songs Send the band your introduction (Mr. and Mrs. …), first dance song, bride/father dance, groom/mother dance, garter toss and bouquet toss songs

Cakes: Determine bride’s cake and groom’s cake (feel free to do what you want! Anything goes nowadays!)

Rentals: Depending on the venue and what is included, you may have to rent a good number of items (tables, chairs, linens, tents, draping, chandeliers, dance floor, staging, lighting, cooling units, heaters, etc.). Remember, unless you are having a full seated dinner, a chair is not necessary for each guest at the reception. Determine delivery and pick-up


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Specialty Lighting: Book lighting company if using Determine if you want up-lighting, monogram lighting, gobos, spotlighting, etc. As with the entertainment, make sure the venue has enough amperage to handle your lighting—if not, you may have to rent a generator

Hair/Make-up Artists: Schedule hair and make-up artist if using for wedding and bridal portrait (your bridal portrait is a great trial session, so it is important to have them scheduled then so you figure out exactly how you want your hair and make-up done for the wedding) Ask about doing hair and make-up for your bridal party so you can give them an option to have theirs done as well Finding pictures of hair and makeup that you like is a great way to show exactly what you want

Invitations: Compile addresses onto an excel spreadsheet Be sure to get formal names and visit Peggy Post’s website for etiquette on addressing if doing it yourself If interested in hiring a calligrapher, make sure you ask the cost of inner and outer envelope addressing as well as the return address Be sure to ask invitation designer/company the weight of the invitation and if extra postage will be needed Mail invitations 4-6 weeks prior to wedding

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Kim Box Photography, p. 36

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Dreamland, p. 49 334.273.7427

Shabby & Chic, p. 90 334.419.0514 shabbyandchicevents.com

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At Wind Creek Montgomery, we do it all. From the rehearsal dinner at Itta Bena, to the big event in our spacious Ramblin’ Hall ballroom, to lodging for your wedding party, all you have to worry about is saying “I do.” For more information please contact: sales@WindCreekMontgomery.com or call direct at (334) 567-1283.

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