Brittain Leigh Dawson became the bride of Jordan Barry Benton in a candlelight ceremony on June 22, 2013, at Highland’s United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Ala. Officiating the ceremony were the Reverends Ted Anderson of Anniston, Ala. and Mikah Hudson of Birmingham, Ala. Bible scripture readings were provided by Dr. Norm Patterson of Birmingham, Ala.
The bride elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Michael Dawson of Starkville, Miss. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. David Wilburn Allen of Houston, Miss. and the late Mr. and Mrs. Rheuben Andrew Dawson of Prattville, Ala.
The groom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. John Barry Benton Jr., of Anniston, Ala. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Jordan of Mountain Brook, Ala. and the late Mr. and Mrs. John Barry Benton of New Orleans, La.
The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore an all-over French lace custom gown featuring a sweetheart embellished bodice. The waistline was cinched with a pleated satin waistband centered with Swarovski crystals and pearls. The lace silhouette draped into a trumpet skirt with satin covered buttons extending full length of the train. Her cathedral-length veil was couture, and featured the groom’s family initial bordered with drop pearls and Swarovski crystals. The bride’s gown was accessorized with a diamond solitaire necklace given to her by the groom on their wedding day. Her bouquet featured petal pink roses, white hydrangeas, calla lilies and sprigs of lavender.
Attending the bride as maid of honor was Rebekah Nicole Everett of Ozark, Ala. Bridesmaids were Mandi Danielle Alexander of Starkville, Miss., Charlotte Jean Benton of Anniston, Ala., Paige Isbill Dawson of Birmingham Ala., Elena Renee English of Vicksburg, Miss, and Ellen Carol Thomas of Montevallo, Ala.
Honorary bridesmaids were Alice Pearson Amendola of Fresno, Calif., Catherine Alexandra Asanov of Los Angeles, Calif., Hillary Diane Cook of Starkville, Miss, Kiemel Allyson Lamb of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Kimberly Danielle Lancaster of Houston, Miss., and Carley Marie Nye of Killen, Ala.
The bridesmaids wore petal pink chiffon knee-length dresses with soft assymetrical side cinching. They carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and lavender sprigs. The honorary bridesmaids wore solid black tea length dresses and carried long stem bouquets of roses, lavender and greenery. All the bridesmaids wore accessories given to them by the bride on the day of the wedding.
Flower girls were cousins of the bride, MacKenzie Taylor Cole of Gulfport, Miss., Jacee Claire Ellis of Okolona, Miss., and Rylee Elizabeth Skeels of Aberdeen, Miss. The flower girls wore custom designed dresses of shimmering white organza featuring personalized monogram initials on the front bodice. The ballet length dresses were trimmed with alternating pink and white layers of silk ribbon and were finished with wide intricate lace. Jacee and MacKenzie carried miniature bridesmaid bouquets. Rylee carried a miniature basket of rose petals, which she scattered along the bride’s pathway.
The groom wore a black tux with silver vest and trim accentuated with a silk striped bow tie. His boutonniere was a single calla lily with lavender sprig.
The groom’s father served him as best man. The groomsmen were James Bradley Carr II of Roanoke, Va., Brad Michael Dawson of Birmingham, Ala., Edwin Thomas Bellman of Jacksonville, Ala., Thomas Andrew Bittle of Jacksonville, Ala., and Addison Russell Howard of Charleston, SC. The groomsmen wore black tux with silver grey trim accentuated with silk stripe traditional ties. The ring bearer was Mason Wyatt Skeels. He wore a miniature version of the groom’s tux with silk striped bow tie also.
Program Attendants were cousins of the bride also: Bellamy Reese Hogue, of Batesville, Miss. Abigail Makenna Robertson, of Okolona, Miss., and Summer Renea Henry of Amory, Miss. They wore solid white tea length dresses featuring custom designed monogram collars trimmed in layers of ivory and white ribbons and finished with battenburg lace edging.
Special music was provided for the ceremony by organist Richard C. Phillips of Birmingham, Ala. Suzanna Phillips provided the chiming of the hour and peals from the bell tower at the appropriate intervals. Soloist Lindsay Dawson sang, “When Love is Found,” composed by Hal Hopson.
Following the ceremony the bride’s parents hosted a dinner reception at “The Club” in Homewood, Ala. Guests were welcomed into the foyer by event co-coordinator, Molisa Moss. A large antique table draped with ivory skirting held a stunning crystal vase of long stemmed lavenders. The bridal portrait was displayed on a brass easel beside the foyer table for guests to view.
Inside the reception hallway the registry table was centered with a unique memory map of the bride and groom’s story. The guests signed and noted messages to the couple on the map as a special keepsake of their wedding day.
The Club ballroom was enhanced with elegant custom draping. The couple’s married initials were projected onto the drapes behind the head table seating area. Sections of the elongated draping surrounded the dance floor also. The guest tables were covered with floor length ivory linens centered with high-low crystal vases of calla lilies and hydrangeas over mirrors of tea lights. The tables lined both sides of the dance floor and were accentuated with silver chivari chairs.
The patio area featured skirted bistro tables enhanced with roses and candles. The tiered stair rails were draped with tulle and greenery alongside beds of garden flowers. A stunning view of Birmingham city lights were in full view from the mountain top location on the star lite evening.
A lavish display of the bride and groom’s favorite hors d’oeuvres were presented beneath a personalized ice carving for guests to enjoy during cocktail hour while awaiting the wedding party’s arrival.
The bride and groom entered the ballroom to the announcement of marriage provided by their band, Lucky Towne. They were seated at the head table along with their parents amidst the wedding party grouping.
The bride’s father gave a formal welcome to the guests and quoted Bible scripture emphasizing the special season of celebration.
The couple’s first dance was to the song, “Angel,” by Casting Crowns, which was dedicated to the bride by the groom. The father-daughter dance followed to the Frank Sinatra song, “The Way You Look Tonight”. The mother-son dance song was, “Brown Eyed Girl,” by Van Morrison.
The dinner menu featured the bride and groom’s choice of “surf & turf” entrées with seasonal sides, complimented by the club’s signature rolls. Following dinner and dancing the bride and groom advanced to the wedding cake stations for the traditional cake cutting ceremony.
The bride’s cake consisted of five-tiers of alternating strawberry and vanilla layers iced with buttercream frosting. The cake was decorated with fresh roses, which cascaded asymmetrically from top to bottom.
The groom’s cake was made of chocolate-caramel tiers, iced with chocolate frosting and flanked with fresh pralines. The cake was accentuated with a replica of his family crest.
A dessert/favor table was created with a wide variety of the couple’s favorite desserts. These selections included bride and groom strawberries, wedding day cookies, strawberry petit fours, shaped butter mints, and Hershey’s “hugs & kisses”.
The bride and groom departed their reception to a sprinkling of rose petals and rode away in a chauffeured Rolls Royce. They spent their first night as a married couple in Atlanta before flying out the following day to Peter Island in the British Virgin Isles for a ten-day stay.
Brittain and Barry are at home in Birmingham, Ala., where Brittain is a physical therapist at Brookwood Medical Center and Barry is completing his final year of dental school at UAB.
On the eve of the wedding the groom’s parents, Dr. and Mrs. J.B. Benton, hosted a lovely four-course dinner at Olexas in Mountain Brook for the wedding party, family, and friends. A film of the couple’s earlier years was provided for entertainment.
Brittain and Barry were blessed with parties and showers in both Mississippi and Alabama throughout their engagement season.