Shellie Elizabeth Street & Davis Gates Taylor

Shellie Elizabeth Street and Dr. Davis Gates Taylor were united in marriage on December 13, 2014. The ceremony was officiated by The Rev. John Riggin at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Craig Street and granddaughter of Mrs. Ruth Reeder and the late Robert Reeder, of Union Springs, Alabama; and Annette Street, of Mobile. The groom is the son of Mrs. Louisa Thors and Dr. Stephens Davis Taylor. The couple currently resides in Charlottesville, Virginia, where the groom is in his neurosurgery residency and the bride is an associate with the law firm of Royer, Caramanis and McDonough, PLC.

The bride wore an ivory lace Allure gown with a cathedral-length tulle veil with French Alencon lace. The bride’s bouquet was an elegant arrangement of hand-tied white hydrangeas, vendella cream and white spray roses and white lisianthus arranged by Belle Bouquet. The bouquet was wrapped with a sleeve from the bride’s mother’s wedding gown. The bride’s family friend and seamstress,  Janet Hollinhead, designed the lovely veil and bouquet cover for a personal touch.

The maid and matron of honor were Elizabeth Howell and Amber Dorsett. Bridesmaids were Megan Brantley, Paige Miller, Emily Richards, Candice Rosenkranz and Amanda Taylor. The bridesmaids wore pink and cashmere crinkle chiffon dresses with beaded belts by Jim Hjelm. Katie Sanders and Lauren Vardaman were scripture readers, and Emily Weeks was the program attendant. Benjamin Epps served as best man, and the groomsmen were Matt-hew Bowman, Andres Colocho, Bhagee Mulpur, Perry Washburn and James Wills. Samuel Barr, Robert Campbell III, Benjamin Gravlee and Dr. Evan Levy were ushers. The groom and groomsmen wore Vera Wang black tuxedos.  

Serving as flower girls were Kristjana Thors and Anna Lilia Thors, the groom’s nieces. The vocalist and wedding director was Melanie Zoghby Cummins. The trumpeter and organist were Peter Wood and Peggy Lyden, respectively. The church was beautifully adorned with traditional Christmas décor, iron hurricane candelabras along the center aisle, and white and cream flowers atop the altar. 

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The Gulf Coast Trolley transported the wedding party to the reception at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion. Guests were greeted with a glass of champagne and a spectacular view of the market lights under the oaks. Showbiz presented stunning Italian lights and a crystal chandelier in the lovely clear tent. Tyner’s served a wonderful dinner and captivating presentation of traditional Southern dishes and a variety of delicious hors d’oeuvres. 

The bride’s cake was a three-tiered butter and almond cake with buttercream icing, created by Cakes by Judi. Pollman’s prepared a chocolate dobash groom’s cake, topped with the Navy Medical Corps insignia. Lindsey Stiegler, of Soiree Signatures, provided the elegantly designed napkins, koozies and beautiful calligraphy on the wedding invitations.  

The couple enjoyed their first dance to “How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You, ” performed by the Motown band Perfect Image.

Photographer Melinda Mercer captured the day and beautiful memories for the couple. 

The bride and groom enjoyed a wonderful honeymoon trip to Rome and Capri, Italy. 

Photos by Melinda Mercer photography

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