Harrell and Lanter

Published 7:00 am Sunday, January 1, 2017

Photographs by Alisha Crossley Photography


Catherine Melanie Harrell and Alex Joseph Lanter’s wedding day took place on Oct. 29, 2016 in the beautiful gardens at Park Crest in Hoover. The ceremony was officiated by Pastor Michael Hodges whom the couple knew from Church of the Highlands in Tuscaloosa. The ceremony began at 5 p.m. and was best described as their “Fall Fairytale.”


Catherine Harrell is the daughter of Charles Daniel Harrell and Wilma Catherine Harrell. Catherine graduated from Oak Mountain High School and the University of Alabama with her degree in elementary education.

Alex Lanter is the son of Terry Lanter and Sandra Fulmer Lanter. Alex graduated from Evangel Classical Christian School and the University of Alabama with his degree in electrical engineering.

The bride and groom were introduced to each other by a mutual friend at Church of the Highlands ONE College Ministry in Tuscaloosa. They hit it off and three years later, on Feb. 21, 2016, Alex proposed at the same location that the two first met at. Everything about their proposal and wedding day stayed with the theme of romance.

Given by her father, the bride wore an ivory gown overlaid with lace and laced sleeves. She had a silk and gem ribbon tied around her waist to add a gorgeous touch. The bride wore a necklace that was made from her great-grandmother’s engagement ring. The bride carried a bouquet of beautiful fall flowers that included garden roses, Alabama grown dahlias, cymbidium orchids, privet berry and assorted greenery.

A reception followed the ceremony in the Carriage House at Park Crest. The upstairs was laid out for the guests to eat with round tables, stations, a chandelier and a romantic fireplace with a draping flower arrangement. Guests were served pot roast with mashed potatoes, stuffed mushrooms, bacon-wrapped chicken and colorful grilled veggies. The guests sat at a mix of round and farm tables. The downstairs welcomed a live band and a stage that showcased the bride’s cake. The groom’s cake was a delicious caramel cake baked by Catherine’s grandmother, Catherine Bell.

At the end of the reception, the couple left through a pathway lined with sparklers that the guests were holding. Following the honeymoon to Turks and Caicos, the couple happily resides in Huntsville.

Becky Baker with Becky’s Brides planned this fairytale wedding, Mandy with Hot House Design provided the flowers, Kathy G’s Catering provided catering and Barb’s Cakes provided the bride’s cake.