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Inverness, alabama

Hi Ladies! My name is Mary Bishop Steele, and congratulations on snagging you a fiancé! I am super pumped to help you in the best part of wedding planning: dress shopping! I am a twenty something, travel loving, paleo eating, book reading kind of chick. I am new on the married scene – I tied the knot with my husband, Phillip, in February 2018 in a Heidi dress that made me feel like a freakin rock star. I am from Birmingham, and I graduated from THE University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) with a degree in International Relations and Spanish; yes, I am a diehard Bama fan, and yes, I married an Auburn fan; I honestly don’t know what came over me. After graduating college, I moved to Madrid, Spain for three years to teach English. Besides marrying Phillip, it was the best experience of my life. My favorite time of year is Fall/Winter (college football anyone?); let me tell you, I do not thrive in Alabama heat. I love to shop (I mean, who doesn’t), so you can normally find me at home browsing all the online fashion blogs. I currently work at a Global Security Company in the Retail Department where I put my Spanish speaking skills to good use. My husband and I are dog parents to a chocolate lab named Shug. Our weekends are usually filled with Mexican food, good friends, and/or relaxing at Lake Martin getting our tan on.

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Mary Bishop and Phillip’s wedding was all about keeping things simple but elegant. As  Mary Bishop is obsessed with old-time Europe and its gorgeous  gothic cathedrals. The ceremony took  place in one of the oldest churches in downtown Birmingham – South Highland Presbyterian Church. The Birmingham Boys Choir honored the guests with their superb voices during the ceremony singing songs from Bach and Widor. She wore a Heidi Elnora design called Claudia Carter. This trumpet dress is exquisite – it features a low V-neck with an illusion neckline and a Chantilly lace overlay with hand appliqued Guipure lace detailing on the bodice. She also wore a chapel length veil accented with lace from her mother’s wedding dress. Though there were rain showers that day in February, the dim lighting bouncing off the immaculate  stained glass windows made for stunning photos. The white peonies and lambs ear created a softness,  and the subtle blue hues of the anemones added a hint of color to the flower arrangements beautifully  designed by Clarke Bohorfoush (Boho Designs). Iron City made for the perfect romantic atmosphere (and dance  floor!) – the room was filled with lanterns and soft candlelight, mercury glass votives, intricate strands of  greenery suspended from the ceiling, and small crepe myrtle trees with lights. The 5-tier cake was designed by Magic Muffins in Cahaba Heights, and instead of the classic Groom’s Cake, Phillip chose to represent his inner nerd with Star Wars cookies baked and designed by Sweet Melissa’s Cookie Co in Homewood. All photos were captured by the amazing Hillary Gamble with Je Vois Photography. Hair/Makeup done by the talented Brittany Massey.