Blakeley Wright Whitney and Hugh Allen Parnell III were united in marriage at Ashland Place United Methodist Church on June 11, 2016. The Rev. Charles H. Hale officiated.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wade Whitney Jr. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Allen Parnell Jr.
The bride wore a gown of ivory silk shantung taffeta designed by Ramona Keveza. The gown was accented at the waist with a Swarovski crystal and rhinestone belt and was finished in the back with fabric-covered buttons. Her ivory, cathedral-length veil was designed by Galinda and featured a wide border of scattered Swarovski crystals. The bride carried a bouquet of white peonies and blush garden and spray roses created by Belle Bouquet florist.
The bride chose her cousin, Courtney White, as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Lucy Bracht, Lydia Butts, Greer Connolly, Sarah Esser, Brenda Fiacco, Kayla Glenzer, Devin Himes, Maggie Parnell and Kelsey Warren. The bridesmaids wore cloudy blue full-length, luxe chiffon dresses with draped bodices by Dessy and carried bouquets of blush garden roses and white hydrangeas. Grace Anne Taylor and Lillian Taylor served as the program attendants.
The groom chose his father, Hugh Parnell Jr, as his best man. Groomsmen were Ethan Brady, Russell Cross, Karis Hackman II, Hunter Himes, James Mayer, Will Meehan, Wayne Parnell, William Wilbanks, and George Wolfe IV.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held in the classically-decorated grand ballroom of The Admiral Hotel. Guests danced the night away to the sounds of Third Generation Band, of Atlanta. The bride’s cake, created by Couture Cakes, was four layers of classic, white wedding cake with buttercream icing, topped with white peonies and spray roses. The groom’s cake, also from Couture Cakes, was two layers of chocolate cake, topped with a tribute to the couple’s alma mater, Auburn University. The couple was sent off to a honeymoon in Jamaica through a tunnel of glowing sparklers. They now reside in Oxford, Alabama.