Today’s Wedding Wednesday post is from Birmingham-based freelance writer and editor Karen Callaway, who also happens to be the mother of the bride!
Photos courtesy of Catherine Mayo.
On a perfect autumn afternoon last October, friends and family gathered to celebrate the marriage of Greer Dauphin and Josh Mehler. Greer, an artist, and Josh, a doctoral candidate in Rhetoric and Composition, met as graduate students at Florida State University. It was pretty clear from the very beginning that this Southern girl and her Canadian guy were meant for each other, and everyone knew they were headed for Happily Ever After.
Though the pair was living in Tallahassee, Greer had grown up in Birmingham and wanted to get married in her hometown. Both the bride and groom are highly creative people and outdoorsy folks to boot, so the search was on to find a venue that would fit the bill for the one-of-a-kind wedding they wanted. They fell in love with the Sonnet House, a charming Victorian farmhouse just outside of Birmingham, and they knew that its woodsy surroundings and sweeping back lawn, along with its porches and patios, would be ideal for the outdoor wedding of their dreams.
Floral designer Buffy Hargett embraced the couple’s chosen palette of vibrant, fall colors — purple, burgundy, bittersweet, and mustard. The bride’s bouquet featured deep plum calla lilies, lamb’s ear, seeded eucalyptus, and cream hypericum berries, while the bridesmaids, wearing eggplant-hued dresses, carried nosegays made primarily of crimson flowers. The angelic flower girls wore beribboned halos of orange flowers atop their blond curls. The altar was draped in a swag of flowers and foliage, and tables were decorated with large arrangements of fall blooms mixed with pomegranates. Place cards featured guests’ names inscribed on slips of paper and tucked in mini pinecones.
Once Greer and Josh sampled chef Loren Wood’s heavenly crème brûlée cake, they were sold on this sugary confection and had to have it for their special day. Loren decorated the cake with fresh autumn fruits, ensuring the presentation was as dreamy as the cake. She also created a fabulous cookie station — bearing a “Love Is Sweet” banner — that offered nearly a dozen types of cookies, including sugar-sprinkled maple leaf cookies in honor of the groom’s Canadian roots. Guests were encouraged to nibble at will and to fill monogrammed bags for take-home treats.
After an amazing sit-down dinner by a local-favorite caterer, Greer and Josh delighted guests as they twirled to a Gaelic wedding tune in their first dance as husband and wife. The guests joined in, and the music continued long after the sun set, with thousands of twinkle lights joining the stars in the sky in a fitting tribute to this sparkling couple.
Venue: The Sonnet House, www.thesonnethouse.com
Photographer: Catherine Mayo, www.catherinemayo.com
Florist: Buffy Hargett, buffyhargett.com
Cake and Cookies: Loren Wood (Note: At time of publishing, SB learned that Loren Wood is no longer in business; unfortunately, we don’t have contact information to share for this resource.)
Caterer: Shindigs, www.shindigscateringtrucks.com
Hair and Makeup: Audrey Sweet, greenperidot.net
DJ: Amerson Events, www.amersonevents.com
Such a happy, happy day! Thank you, Karen!