Wilder-Self (contributed)
Wilder-Self (contributed)

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Published 5:00pm Thursday, May 30, 2013


Jessica Leigh Wilder of Pelham and Charles Todd Self of Gardendale were married at 6 p.m. on May 4, 2013, at Magnolia Springs Manor in Helena.

Parents of the bride are John W. Wilder II and Jacqueline Ann Wilder of Pelham. Parents of the groom are Diane C. Gilbert and the late Phillip Gilbert.

The bride’s maternal grandparents are Theresa Heitzman and the late Jake Joseph Franks and paternal grandparents are Peggy Wilder and John W. Wilder. The groom’s maternal grandparents are the late Bernice and J.C. Cash.

The bride is a 2008 graduate of Pelham High School and attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham ending in 2011. The groom is a 2004 graduate of Gardendale High School and attended Bevill State Community College ending in 2006.

Bridal attendants included Kathryn Crandall (maid of honor), Lisa Carboni (matron of honor), Jennifer Wilder, Ashley Hill, Jaley Cranford and Meghan Sawyer. Attendants of the groom included David Norris (best man), Paul Carboni, Stephen Watkins, Adam Campbell, J.R. Smith and A.J. Atkinson.

HotHouse Design Studio provided the flowers. The bride’s bouquet consisted of peonies, garden roses, hydrangeas and other various romantic flowers. Her bouquet was also wrapped in the covered buttons of her great grandmothers silk wedding dress and adorned with a vintage cameo that belonged to the groom’s grandmother.

The bride’s dress was an A-line ivory silk taffeta dress designed by Alfred Angelo with a chapel train and spaghetti straps that crisscrossed in the back. She wore a flower and rhinestone sash in a champagne color that was purchased at Bella’s and her lace and Swarovski crystal lined veil was from the Westwood Collection.

The charming Southern wedding took place at Magnolia Springs Manor, an antebellum home in historic downtown Helena. After the ceremony, which took place in the Azalea garden, guests were treated to an Italian buffet dinner, which was provided by Majestic Catering of Bessemer. Photography was provided by Katie.Elise Photography of Alabaster. The couple left in a 1952 wedding white Bentley and honeymooned in the Bahamas.

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