Laura Ashley Cunningham and Brandon H. Ball met at the University of South Alabama in January 2011 and dated for nearly 4 years before becoming engaged January 19, 2015. Laura is the daughter of Susan Chew and Frank Dreaper Cunningham and granddaughter of the late Carmelita Ashley and Ray Wayne Chew, Rebecca (Bexie) Cowles and William Mitchell Cunningham, Sr. Brandon is the son of Pamela Smith and the late Ray Austin Ball, Jr. and grandson of the late Helen (Lucille) Wilcox and Hubert A. Smith, Joyce Harris and Ray Austin Ball, Sr.
The couple set May 2, 2015 at St. Pius X Catholic Church for their wedding, with The Rev. W. Bry Shields, Jr. presiding over the nuptial mass. Laura had six bridesmaids: Rachel Patrick, Christina Kluge, Mary Kathryn Brenner, Kendall Chew, Haley Rubey and Natalie Snelling, all dressed in navy. Her 12 honorary bridesmaids wearing shades of blue were Elizabeth Crooke, Laine Crowley, Jacqueline Dubroc, Meghan Dunn, Erin Franklin, Mary Ann Harrison, Patricia Lineberger, Amy Pearson, Shannon Perry, Jillian Reed, Alicia Searcy and Bryant Wood. Brandon had six groomsmen: Eric Jackson, Michael Cunningham, William Cunningham, Kyle Rodgers, Christopher Runnels, and Austin Sims. The groomsmen wore grey suits and navy ties. The flower girl, Margaret Franklin, and ring bearer, Joseph Patrick, were escorted by Peyton Patrick. Program attendants were the bride’s cousins, Benjamin Chew and Emma Chew. Readers were Amanda Jackson, Erin Franklin, Bryant Wood and Jacqueline Dubroc. Gift bearers were Laine Crowley and Bernard Scott. Vocalist was Jeanne Backes, with Joseph Robertson as the accompanist. The reception was held at the St. Pius X Family Life Center where guests enjoyed food from Wilton The Caterer and Cakes by Vicki. The band was Figure Eight.
All of the roses were grown by the bride’s father. He spent months caring for the bushes and weeks preserving the roses so they would be ready for the wedding. All of the bouquets were arranged by Bay Flowers and the arrangements at the reception were created by Kathy Lovitt.
Photos by Bagwell Photography