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Published 9:34am Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Melissa Oyer and Justin Brown were married at First Presbyterian Church of Alabaster on Saturday, May 7. The 6 p.m. ceremony was officiated by Rev. Chris A. Joiner, former pastor of the bride. Eric Watters stood beside Melissa as her man of honor and Toni Oyer and Rachel Church were bridesmaids. The groom¹s best man was Scott Rowe and groomsmen were Bruce Marchand, Steve LaMadeleine and Sam Smith. Nieces of the groom, Grace Padilla and Miriam Roper, served as flower girls.

The bride wore an ivory, strapless, Essence of Australia gown adorned with crystal beading. She was barefoot during the ceremony. Bridesmaids wore amethyst strapless dresses accented by handmade purple Cat¹s Eye necklaces, made for them by a friend of the bride. Flower girls wore ivory dresses and tossed purple and white flowers down the aisle. The groom and his attendants wore navy suits with purple paisley ties.


“This Kind of Love” was performed by friends of the couple, Eric Watters and Finney James, of Birmingham. Readings were read by friends Chris Skinner, of Tuscaloosa, and Sybil Breman, of Birmingham.

A reception followed at the Aldridge Botanical Gardens pavilion where guests enjoyed mint juleps, in honor of the running of the Kentucky Derby that day. The groom played guitar and sang his own version of the Allman Brothers Band classics, “Blue Sky” and “Sweet Melissa” as the bride danced with her father. Best man Scott Rowe performed a traditional Irish tune on the bagpipes.

Melissa is the daughter of Scott and Chris Oyer of Alabaster and granddaughter of Rose and the late Dave Campbell of Vestavia Hills. Justin is the son of Teresa Smith of Tuscaloosa. Melissa graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communication and information sciences with an emphasis in journalism. Justin also graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelors of Science degree in geology.

The couple currently resides in Farmington, N.M., where Justin is employed with Public Services of New Mexico as a combustion analyst, and Melissa is employed as the special sections editor for the Daily Times. A honeymoon will be taken in Europe next year.

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