We’ve all seen those big bows on little girls—brightly colored, perfectly tied and almost as big as the heads they adorn. It’s a classic combination that you either reviled or revered as a child, and the sight of them brings out the girly side in all of us. Molly Stone fell into the category of little girls who loved bows. Her childhood appreciation for the graceful knot developed into a sophisticated and elegant style, showcased beautifully at her wedding to Perry Given.

Molly and Perry Stone take the floor as a married couple for the first time.

Molly and Perry likely met on the playground when Molly was sporting her favorite accessory. The two were in the same kindergarten class and grew up knowing one another’s families. They became close friends their senior year of high school and stayed connected in the first years of college. Molly and Perry soon realized that their affection for one another had developed into something more than just friendship. The two started dating seriously and continued to do so for the next few years of school and into post-grad.

Molly told us that she essentially never outgrew bows. Subtle bow accessories, like on a bracelet or belt, replaced the larger ones that used to hold back her hair. As her style and love of fashion developed, her affinity for bows remained. Incorporating this favorite accessory into the wedding was then especially fun: “I didn’t want to overdo it,” she told us, “but I wanted those special touches (i.e. on my formal invitation, save the date, etc.) to be in places where guests would notice them and know that it was a very ‘Molly’ touch.”  True to her style, wedding bows of all shapes and sizes could be found throughout Molly and Perry’s celebration in April.

Wedding bows were an important part of the Stone-Given wedding.

The invitation, as Molly mentioned, contained an elegantly drawn bow. The bride and groom’s champagne flutes had small gold bows where the stem met the glass. Personalized M&M candies showcased the couple’s initials and wedding date on one side with a bow on the other. Bows, bows, everywhere!

Wedding bows could be seen everywhere at the Stone-Given wedding.

More bows could be found in the decorative elements of the reception area, on the save the date and goodie box for out-of-town guests and, of course, with the flowers at the church.

Silk, satin, and grosgrain bows!

Silk, satin and grosgrain bows!

As wedding preparations got under way, Molly and her family called in the support of a professional. Neillie Butler and the wedding coordinator team at Mariée Ami helped make Molly’s vision for a perfect day come to life. Molly told us, “Neillie made everything so easy for me and made my whole wedding spectacular and beautiful. Hiring her was just as easy of a decision as it was marrying Perry!” With Neillie’s help, the celebration really started coming together.

Molly Stone Given's wedding dress would not be complete without a large bow!

“My dress was a design/vision that I have had in my head for many years! I can’t even draw a stick figure, so Heidi was able to put my idea onto paper and then bring it to life. I am such a girly girl and had so many design elements that I wanted included. Heidi was able to help me execute that without going overboard!”

Molly’s top priority, after securing her ceremony and reception venues, was her dress. One summer in college, Molly interned with Heidi Elnora, an acclaimed wedding dress designer in Birmingham. With her own big day approaching, Molly knew she wanted Heidi to design her perfect wedding gown. The rest of the wedding followed traditional style for spring. Pastel hues with gold accents could be seen in the floral arrangements and reception decorations.

Gorgeous colors and textures in the floral arrangements by Flowerbuds in Birmingham, AL.

Flowerbuds in Birmingham arranged beautiful bouquets of cream, light pink and lavender flowers with touches of greenery.

Gorgeous colors and textures in the floral arrangements by Flowerbuds in Birmingham, AL.

The calm colors and lighting made the day even more blissful!

Molly and Perry say traditional vows at Christ United Methodist Church in Birmingham

The couple married at Canterbury United Methodist Church, the beautiful sanctuary in which the bride grew up. Following their traditional vows and ceremony, Molly, Perry and their families and friends headed to the Country Club of Birmingham. An important place to both the bride’s and groom’s families, it made for the perfect reception venue.

A big wedding party at the Stone-Given celebration in Birmingham.

The wedding party was large: 24 bridesmaids and groomsmen! All family, high school and college friends, Molly shared that her favorite part of the day was having everyone she loved most there to celebrate her and Perry’s wedding!

Mother and groom dancing - so sweet!

Perry shares a dance with his mother.

Delicious chocolate and vanilla cake from Sweet Magnolia

Traditional vanilla and chocolate cakes with buttercream frosting | Molly also requested that her favorite chocolate chip cookies make an appearance.

With the cakes cut and the formalities over, the party hit its stride. Food stations scattered around the reception area kept appetites satiated, while ample bars left no one thirsty. Dinner included a Caesar salad bar, fried green tomatoes and okra with remoulade, shrimp and grits, haricots verts, a mashed potato bar, chicken piccata, prime rib and rolls. The Country Club of Birmingham catered all the food, making it an easy aspect of the planning process. U.S. Beat was a tremendous hit with the guests, keeping everyone on the dance floor all night.

Lots of dancing at this reception!

Lots of love and laughs for the bride and her best buddies!

Lots of love and laughs for the bride and her best friends!

Excellent pretzel form

Alpha Gam girls at the Stone-Given wedding

Molly gathers with her Alpha Gam bridesmaids and friends from Auburn. War Eagle!

W&L crew at the Stone-Given Wedding. Go Gennies!

The bride and groom celebrated with friends from near and far. This shot is of Perry’s buddies from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA.

Beautiful rose petal send off for Molly and Perry!

Rose petal send-offs are so classic and lovely.

Cool send off in a fun getaway car!

And they’re off!

Congratulations to Molly and Perry! We wish you a lifetime of happiness and love!

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