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 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.
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’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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to Molly and Perry! We wish you a lifetime of happiness and love!
- Planner/Coordinator: Neillie Butler at Mariée Ami
- Florist: Flowerbuds
- Photographer: Kelly Cummings of Spindle Photography
- Ceremony Venue: Canterbury United Methodist Church
- Reception Venue: Country Club of Birmingham
- Hair and Makeup: Brittany Benton Massey
- Ceremony Music: Shades Creek Chamber Players
- Reception Music: U.S. Beat
- Cake: Sweet Magnolia
- Catering: Country Club of Birmingham
- Gown designer and shop: Heidi Elnora
- Bridesmaids’ attire: Alfred Sung from Bella Bridesmaids Birmingham
- Groom’s and Groomsmen’s attire: Mr. Burch Formalwear
- Stationery/Invitations: Village Press
- Calligrapher: Ragan House Lettering
- Videographer: KS Films