A Lovely Alabama Wedding

July 17, 2015


Fairhope Alabama WeddingThere’s nothing happier than a beautiful girl on the day of her wedding, and Elizabeth showed her Southern charm as she dealt calmly with the summer storms that blew through the area moments before her Alabama wedding.


Fairhope Alabama WeddingTaking a jaunty trolly to the ceremony, my former babysitter looked grown up and completely lovely and calm. Her photographer, Melinda Mercer, captured these moments perfectly.


Fairhope Alabama WeddingOnce the bride was in the protection of the church, the storm clouds opened up, and guests were ushered inside with a well orchestrated army of handsome umbrella carrying young men.


Fairhope Alabama WeddingThere wasn’t a dry eye in the entire church as Joe Gravlee walked his daughter down the long aisle after bravely overcoming the effects of a severe stroke several years earlier. The popular Fairhope Ophthalmologist looked as handsome as ever as he and his amazing wife Glenda celebrated the happy day together.


Fairhope Wedding, Away at the Bay, Fairhope Supply Co. If the Gravlee’s name sounds familiar, it’s because I previously wrote about their beautiful Bed and Breakfast, “Away at the Bay” (HERE). The gorgeous setting is a popular spot for many wedding receptions, and it was a natural place for Elizabeth and her new husband John to hold their own reception.

Fairhope Alabama Wedding, Wedding Cake on Mobile BayBy the time the guests arrived at Elizabeth’s childhood home, the skies had cleared, making way for a beautiful rainbow, and shimmering sunset over Mobile Bay.

shrimp and grits at Fairhope Alabama WeddingThe Coastal Alabama themed reception was a huge hit with the guests, and this popular shrimp and grits bar proved to be kindly ecumenical by offering both local favorites – Tabasco and Crystal. People are fiercely devoted to their hot sauces around here!


Fairhope Alabama Wedding, Fairhope Supply Co. As Elizabeth shared a dance with her father, the guests looked on and enjoyed more Southern delicacies including the signature drink, “Yellowhammer,” which is also the name of our state bird!


Getting married in Fairhope AlabamaGuests danced into the night and saluted John and Elizabeth as they ran through a tunnel of giant sparklers, on their way to a lifetime of new adventures . . . knowing that true love can overcome any storm.


Photos not marked, are courtesy of Melinda Mercer Photography. Take a look at her beautiful work HERE.

More on Away at the Bay can be found HERE.

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