Brandi Lauren Pate and Rawlings Outlaw Sherman were united in marriage at Ashland Place United Methodist Church on June 21, 2014 at half past six o’clock in the evening on the first day of summer in Mobile. The Rev. Charles H. Hale Jr. and The Rev. Robert Scott Jernigan, the bride’s uncle, officiated the ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Joyce Myers Pate and Mr. Rodney Dale Pate. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Carter Osgood Myers Sr. and the late Mr. and Mrs. Burford James Pate, of Mobile.
The groom is the son of Mrs. Jean Outlaw Sherman and the late Mr. Peter Cayce Sherman Sr., of Mobile. He is the grandson of Ms. Barbara Rawlings Outlaw and the late Mr. George Cabell Outlaw, of Mobile; and Mr. Col. Laurence Fales Sherman and the late Mrs. Dorothy Cayce Sherman, of Hopkinsville, Kentucky.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore an ivory silk gown by Reem Acra with beaded sleeves and a cathedral-length veil custom-made with ivory lace, both from Something New. The bride’s bouquet, created by Dennis C. Harris, of Zimlich the Florist, was an elegant arrangement of white garden roses, pink peonies and white hydrangeas.
The bride chose her best friend, Amberly Wittner Everett, as her matron of honor. The cousin of the bride, Rachel Lane Jernigan, was the maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Geneva Lynn Myers, Ashley Lauren Strickland, Brittany Michele Dillmore, Jessica Outlaw Smith and Bonnie Elizabeth Rich. Bridesmaids wore floor-length crystal pink silk shantung gowns by Anna Elyse and carried pink garden roses and hydrangeas.
The groom chose his brother Peter Cayce Sherman Jr. as his best man. Groomsmen were Alexander Daniel Outlaw, Phillip Michael Bruner, Charles Albert Cunningham III, Steven Clay Osborne, Richard William Fuquay Jr. and Carter Scott Jernigan. The men wore traditional tuxedos with ivory dinner jackets.
The flower girls were Sophie Leigh Jernigan, Laura Elizabeth Outlaw and Allison Louise Cunningham. They wore custom-made Susanne Lively Designs dresses. The ring bearer, Charles Outlaw Cunningham, wore a Mela Wilson Heirloom design.
For the bride’s something blue, greeters Rebecca Ann Klimjack and Madeline Grace Woodruff wore blue brocade dresses with beaded trim.
Organist Jenny Slay, violinist Allen Knight, and trumpeter and vocalist Randall Davis performed the beautiful music heard during the ceremony.
Following the ceremony, guests attended a reception at the Country Club of Mobile, where they danced to the Atlanta Band, Big Night Dynamite. The couple’s first dance was “Everything, ” performed by the band. Dennis C. Harris created the beautiful decor in the color theme of shades of creams, pinks and greens. Each table inside the ballroom held large arrangements of roses, hydrangeas and orchids all in the bride’s favorite colors. Willow Bridge Lighting Company provided special lighting for the occasion.
Guests enjoyed the bride and groom’s Southern favorites, such as mini stuffed baked potatoes, shrimp cocktail, grilled oysters, beef tenderloin, a fruit and cheese display and mini cups of New Orleans-style red beans and rice with mini cornbread muffins. The Pastry Shop designed the bride’s six-tiered wedding cake, featuring four different flavors of vanilla, chocolate, lemon and strawberry. As they partied into the evening, guests partook in the couple’s special late-night treats: mini sliders and Chrissies with pink and white straws. As a parting gift, all guests received chocolate chip cookies from Pollman’s Bake Shop.
Photographer John Rapier, of Colonial of Mobile, and Holloway Productions, of Northport, Alabama, both captured the events.
On Friday afternoon, the bride’s mother, Joyce Pate, and the bride’s aunt, Stephanie Jernigan, hosted a bridal luncheon at the Battle House Hotel featuring the bride’s colors of shades of pink and green. Brittany Schneider from Over the Top Weddings and Events planned the event. Mrs. Jean Outlaw Sherman hosted the rehearsal dinner at the Athelstan Club for the wedding party, family and friends. The guests enjoyed a cocktail hour before being served Caesar salad, filet mignon and vegetables. The Pastry Shop also designed the groom’s chocolate cake, featuring the groom’s family crest. Tall centerpieces, filled with cream and white roses, orchids and hydrangeas, from Zimlich the Florist decorated the room.
Jason Chambers of Head Dress Salon provided makeup and hair for the bride and bridesmaids.
After a honeymoon in Jumby Bay, Antigua, the couple now resides in Mobile.
Photos by colonial photography