Published 10:16 am Thursday, March 2, 2017
The celebration and blessing of marriage uniting Miss Hannah Rebekah Railey and Mr. Brandon Shea Rowe was at First United Methodist Church of Decatur on Jan. 28, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Ken Dunivant and Dr. Barry Rowe officiated the candlelit double ring ceremony.
Mr. J. Ross Railey, father of the bride, was the floral designer for the wedding. He used white hydrangeas, arctic white roses, hanging agapanthus, Calla lily, rosemary and white Dendrobium orchids in various arrangements inside and outside the church. Above the church doors was a cascade of, and the doors were adorned with, wreaths made of rustic cut tree saplings. The pews were embellished with arctic white roses tied with white ribbons. The altar was adorned with a mixture of all the artic white roses, hanging agapanthus, Calla lily and white orchids with pillar candles in cascading Jackson Vine, and the communion table held the unity candle.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. J. Ross Railey of Bay Minette and Mr. and Mrs. Scott Lake of Alabaster. The groom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Barry Rowe of Clanton. The bride’s grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James David Railey of Goodwater, Mrs. Dot Kidd of Childersburg and the late Mr. John Kidd. The groom’s grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Dalton T. Shaw of Clanton and the late Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Rowe of Eclectic.
The nuptial music was presented by Jacob Frank, violin; Heather Sasser, flute; Ruth Moyers, pianist; and Karen Moore, vocalist. Vocal selections included, “This Is the Day,” “I Will Be Here” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” The grandmothers were seated to “The Prayer.”
The mothers were seated to “A Thousand Years.” The wedding processional was to “Spring the Four Seasons,” and the Bridal Entrance was to “Pachelbel Cannon in D.” The wedding recessional was to “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desire.”
The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore an Allure Bridal Gown of Sheath point d’espirit with Venice Schiffli candlelight lace. The sweetheart neckline was heavily beaded, while the bodice was covered with Venice and Schiffli lace, encrusted with sequins featuring a natural waistline. The gown had a keyhole back edged with scalloped beadwork. The gown had cap sleeves. The long flowing fit and flare skirt was bordered with Venice lace, extending into a cathedral length train. The bride’s veil was two-tier matching Schiffli lace extending beyond cathedral length train of the gown. The bride carried a cascading bouquet of white roses, hydrangea and Cymbidium orchids.
Miss Sarah Railey and Miss Olivia Railey served their sister as maids of honor. Other attendants were Catherine Rowe, sister of the groom; Alexis English, Jessie Johnson, Reagan Marbut, Taylor Marston, Makayla Massey, Keely Turner. They wore floor-length gowns of lilac, purple and eggplant colors. The dresses were designed of chiffon with sweetheart necklines. Crisscross ruching shaped the bodice and natural waist. The floor-length dresses had soft all-around gathers that gave the skirts fullness. The bridesmaids’ bouquets were white hydrangea and artic white roses.
Lucy Childers, cousin of the bride, was the flower girl and wore a white lace dress, sleeveless fitted bodice and knee-length skirt. Lucy carried a small basket of white rose blooms.
Nora Childers and Anna Kate Railey, cousins of the bride, served as attendants to the guest book and wedding programs.
Scotty Webb of Warrensburg, Missouri, served as best man.
Groomsmen were Walt Cobb, Davis Dalton, Zach Deadman, Alex Houston, Riley Manasco, Alex Pallerino, Rhett Williams, Jeremy Wolfe. Groomsmen wore Vera Wang Charcoal grey tuxedos, supplied by Men’s Warehouse, with white shirts and black ties. The groomsmen’s boutonnieres were springs of fresh rosemary.
Miller Williamson, cousin of the groom, and David Railey, cousin of the bride, were ring bearers. Cooper Williamson, cousin of the groom, presented guests with programs upon their arrival to the ceremony. The bride and groom chose for the ring bearers to carry personal Bibles of the deceased grandparents as a celebration of their memory on their special day.
Image Street, LLC Photography and Videography of Middle Tennessee and North Alabama captured the evening’s photos and videos.
The reception was held at Mallard Stables in Point Mallard Decatur, where the bride’s parents entertained with a festive reception of dinner and dancing.
The stables were beautifully decorated with flowers that complimented the wedding ceremony. The entrance was decorated with large lanterns with pillar candles and Jackson vine atop old wooden barrels. The guest tables draped with white floor-length tablecloths and centered with floral and candle arrangements atop of mirrors.
The caterer was A Catered Affair (Bobbie Harris Skelton), which included Tuscan antipasto bar to a potato bar, smoors bar, meat/cheese/olive station, and home cooked pot roast, chicken and fresh vegetables.
The brides’ five-tier vanilla and chocolate layer cake had crumb coating and caramel drizzle made by Barbara Sullivan of Barb’s Extraordinary Wedding Cakes, Alabaster.
The groom’s cake was a three-tier peach pound cake with buttercream icing, topped with an anchor made by Lacey Baker Ellison of Thorsby. The groom’s favorite dessert is peanut butter balls; these were made for his table by Deborah Robinson of Bopie’s Sweets and Treats, Thorsby.
The energetic Group 6 Band entertained the guests in the stables under the lights where the guests, bride and groom danced the night away to their favorite tunes.
After honeymooning to Salt Lake City, Utah, the newly married couple is residing in Pensacola, Florida, where the groom serves in the United States Navy.