Kathryn Jane Isbell and David Charles Zemon were united in a fairy tale wedding on May 14, 2016. With a fanfare written especially for the occasion, the bride entered to the wedding processional “Trumpet Voluntary” performed by Dr. Peter Wood and Justin Langham, accompanied by organist Jenny Slay. The music filled the elegant chapel of Ashland Place United Methodist Church where the Rev. Charles H. Hale, Jr., officiated over the ceremony.
Katie is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Isbell. She is a 2008 graduate of the Alabama School of Math & Science. Upon completion of her freshman year at Samford University as a music major, Katie transferred to the Missouri University of Science & Technology at Rolla, graduating with double degrees in computer science and computer engineering. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Art Zemon of Saint Charles, Mo., and Ms. Bonnie Whitfield of Englewood, Co. David received his computer engineering degree at Missouri S & T, where he met his future bride.
Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore a stunning floor-length white gown embellished with soft net metallic embroidery and crystal beading. A chapel-length train with tiara and veil completed the ensemble. The bride was attended by her maid of honor, Keeley Kuhlmann of Spanish Fort, a friend since kindergarten, and bridesmaids Mandy Liu of Fort Worth and Emily Page of Birmingham. The bridesmaids wore chiffon floor-length princess dresses in teal with silver trim. Flower girls were Lorelei Amos and Annabelle Amos of Harrisburg, N.C., cousins of the bride. The groom was attended by his brother, Kevin Zemon, of St. Charles, Mo.; Matthew Isbell, of Atlanta, brother of the bride; and Adam Holt, of Atlanta. Wesley Nabors, of Edgewater, Md., cousin of the groom, served as ringbearer.
Following the ceremony, guests were received at the Isbell home on Government Street in Mobile’s historic Oakleigh Garden District. Balcony rails, staircase banisters, and Greek Revival columns of the antebellum house were festooned with garlands of fresh magnolia leaves and blossoms. Entryways were adorned with swags of silk tulle, white satin bows and colorful springtime flowers. Mantels, pier mirrors and tables overflowed with pink and coral floral arrangements of roses and peonies designed by LeNae Denson of Cleveland the Florist. Champagne cocktails and hors d’oeuvres of Southern favorites, prepared and served by Naman’s Catering, included canapes of chicken, Cajun seafood and cucumber dill.
The bride and groom arrived at the reception in a 1955 pink Studebaker Commander chauffeured by local attorney Jarrod White. Guests gathered on porches and balconies to shower the newly married couple with well wishes. A dinner of carved roast beef, shrimp and grits and vegetarian lasagna was served in the brick courtyard under a tent of white fabric illuminated with Italian lighting and crystal chandeliers. Music was provided by Marcel Lanoux of Nightshift Sounds. The happy couple shared their first dance to John Legend’s “All of Me.” Cakes by Judi artistically prepared a four-tiered wedding cake, half traditional white and half chocolate groom’s cake. The wedding photographer was Michelle Taulbee, and videographers were Joel Knain and David Smith of Southcoast Productions.
Katie and David honeymooned in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and currently reside in Omaha, Nebraska.
Photos by michelle taulbee / additional photography by david haynes