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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.

Karen:

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.

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The blushing bride carried a stunning bouquet of deep plum calla lilies, lamb's ears, seeded eucalyptus and cream hypericum berries.

The blushing bride carried a stunning bouquet of deep plum calla lilies, lamb’s ear, seeded eucalyptus and cream hypericum berries.

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.

The flower girls wore beribboned halos of orange flowers atop their blond curls.

The flower girls wore beribboned halos of orange flowers atop their blond curls.

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Nervous groom? Not a chance! Josh kept cool in his J. Crew suit and his secret weapon: a pair of red-white-and-blue-patterned socks.

Nervous groom? Not a chance! Josh kept cool wearing his J. Crew suit and his secret weapon: a pair of red-white-and-blue-patterned socks.

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.

The couple met in school and it was clear from the beginning this Southern girl and her Canadian guy were meant for each other.

The couple met in school and it was clear from the beginning this Southern girl and her Canadian guy were meant for each other.

With every detail taken care of and placed in very capable hands, Greer and Josh were free to enjoy every minute of their happy day.

With every detail taken care of and placed in very capable hands, Greer and Josh were free to enjoy every minute of their happy day.

Greer chose her lacy wedding dress designed by Claire Pettibone because of its vintage feel and feminine elegance.

Greer chose her lacy Claire Pettibone wedding dress because of its vintage feel and feminine elegance.

The couple both enjoy the outdoors so this woodsy setting provided the perfect backdrop.

The couple both enjoy the outdoors so this woodsy setting provided the perfect backdrop.

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.

A truly decadent crème brûlée cake and a sweet-tooth-tempting array of cookies awaited guests who could leave the dance floor long enough to indulge.

A truly decadent crème brûlée cake and a sweet-tooth-tempting array of cookies awaited guests who could leave the dance floor long enough to indulge.

Josh and Greer chose his-and-hers signature cocktails for their wedding—his was an old-fashioned, hers a kir royale. Here, they raise their glasses in a toast to the family and friends who shared this amazing event.

Josh and Greer chose his-and-hers signature cocktails for their wedding. His was an old-fashioned, hers a kir royale. Here, they raise their glasses in a toast to the family and friends who shared this amazing event.

Twinkling lights and a sky full of stars make a fitting tribute to this sparkling couple.

Twinkling lights and a sky full of stars make a fitting tribute to this sparkling couple.

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. 

Resources:

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!

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