Nolen Elizabeth Potts & McDonald Ridley Schoen

Nolen Elizabeth Potts and McDonald “Mack” Ridley Schoen were united in marriage at St. Francis at the Point Anglican Church in Point Clear, Alabama on October 17, 2015. The Rev. Richard Sharpe officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Joseph Potts of Mobile, Alabama. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Christian Brooks Schoen of Atlanta, Georgia.

The bride wore a strapless ivory gown with hourglass seaming and a subtle sweetheart neckline. For the ceremony, the bride donned an off-the-shoulder bolero with French lace and scalloped edges, as well as a cathedral-length veil passed down by her mother. 

For the reception, the bride traded the bolero for a hand-sewn beaded belt. Throughout the evening, the bride sparkled in a sapphire and diamond necklace passed down by her late grandmother, Doreen Marjorie Lloyd. The bride carried a bouquet of hydrangeas, garden roses, freesia, majolica spray roses,  lisianthus,  brunia berries and seeded eucalyptus. The groom’s aunt, Julie Sandman of Moonvine Flowers in Atlanta, created the exquisite bouquet.

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The bride chose her sisters, Haley Potts and Deborah Jane Potts, as her maids of honor. Bridesmaids were Hallie Forster, Mallory Hatcher, Amelie Inge, Addie Miller, Sallie Robbins, Addie Schoen, Rebecca Schoen, Ashley Simon, Lee Anne Ulrich and Merry Parker Whidby. Lela Johnston served as a junior bridesmaid. Mary Ulrich and Adele Clement were flower girls. 

The bridesmaids wore a variety of dress styles in shades of charcoal, soft grey and French blue. The bridesmaids carried bouquets of hydrangeas and spray roses, accented by grey and silver foliage. The barefoot flower girls wore hand-sewn white gowns and carried tiny flower wands made of spray roses, which they waved as they toddled down the aisle. Barrett Greer created the beautiful bridesmaids’ bouquets, as well as the precious flower wands. 

The groom chose his father, Christian Brooks Schoen, as his best man. Groomsmen included the groom’s brother, Brooks Schoen, as well as close friends Carter King, Charlie Smith, Burke Addison, Peter Gerakitis, Drew Beskin, George Stinson, Thomas Persinger, Sim Penton and Rives Hiles. Following the ceremony, a lively reception was held at The Venue in downtown Fairhope. The setting’s rustic décor included touches of classic romance, with candles, white linens and Barrett Greer’s exquisite flower arrangements covering the tables. Guests dined on Southern comfort food favorites, including shrimp and grits, a mashed potato bar and a sirloin carving station. The cake, created by Pollman’s Bake Shop, consisted of vanilla and caramel, all draped with cascading flowers.

On the patio, beneath strings of white lights, guests danced to Motown favorites and mingled alongside the Venue’s lovely outdoor fireplace. The newly married couple had their first dance to “You are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne. 

After enjoying a late-night snack of Krispy Kreme doughnuts, guests created a breathtaking tunnel of sparklers, sending the bride and groom off to the Grand Hotel in a well-decorated golf cart.

After traveling to Belize for their honeymoon, the couple now resides in Atlanta.


Photos by Jeff Tesney

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