Melissa Nicole Reid & James Chadwell Solomon

Melissa Nicole Reid and James Chadwell Solomon were united in marriage at Sacred Heart Chapel in Battles Wharf on September 12, 2015 at four in the afternoon. The Rev. Steven Williams officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joel Wesley Reid, Jr. and the granddaughter of Mrs. John Sam Toro and the late Mr. John Sam Toro, Mr. and Mrs. Joel W. Reid, Sr. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Stakely Solomon, Jr. and the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Nathan Hamrick, Sr. and the late Mr. James Stakely Solomon, Sr. and the Mr. and Mrs. George W. Helton.

Wedding festivities began on Friday afternoon as the bridesmaids joined the bride for a luncheon at Tamara’s Downtown Café in Fairhope, given by the bride’s aunt, Catherine Thornton. Following the rehearsal Friday evening, parents of the groom hosted dinner at the Grand Hotel. 


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Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a strapless lace sweetheart dress, designed by Kenneth Winston, with a cathedral-length veil trimmed in handmade lace. She carried a bouquet entwined with her grandmother’s heirloom rosary beads.

The bride chose her sister, Michelle Colafrancesco, as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Morgan Solomon, Katelyn Griffin, Jenna Bissell, Kristine Sawyer, Jodie Matney and Sarah Newman. They wore floor length strapless gowns in cloudy blue, designed by Dessy.

The groom chose his father as best man. Groomsmen were Hamp Eichold, Rusty Stiles, Zachary Bingham, Brett White, Brian Matney and Andrew Sawyer.

Flower girls were Catherine Fernandes, Elizabeth Fernandes, Hannah Thornton and Rachel Thornton, all cousins of the bride. Ring Bearers were Henry Colafrancesco, nephew of the bride, and William Fernandes and Andrew Fernandes, cousins of the bride.

Ceremony music included a harp and violin duet with songs performed by Lydia Bru. A reception was held at The Venue in Fairhope. Guests were welcomed with a signature yellowhammer drink and dined on a Southern Bay buffet and danced to music provided by The Perfect Image Band of Mobile. The bride’s cake, designed by JAM Cakery, was five tiers and decorated with soft ivory flowers. The wedding day was carried out beautifully with the help of Jenna Rachal and her team at Weddings and Events by Jenna Laine. 

Following a honeymoon, the couple will reside in Birmingham.

Photos by Posh Images

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