Sydney Elizabeth Walker and Michael Allen O’Malley were united in marriage at Government Street Presbyterian Church on April 30, 2016. The Rev. Dr. George Roland Sinclair Jr. officiated the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Capt. and Mrs. Samuel Walker VII of Mobile. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael John O’Malley, of Montgomery, Alabama.
Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore an ivory and light gold lace gown with a V-shaped neckline, scalloped lace straps and satin buttons up the back from the Allure Bridal Collection. She wore a cathedral-length lace-trimmed veil, as well as a garter made by her grandmother. The bride carried a fragrant bouquet of white flowers, including eskimo roses, peonies, gardenias, ranunculus and dusty miller, created by Shelia Kirksey, owner of The Rose Bud.
The bride was attended by her sister, Kelleen Walker, and friend, Payton Rascoe, as her maids of honor. Bridesmaids were Maude Dinan, Morgan Lee, Claire Lollis, Mollie Moss, Katie Nichols, Amy Schumacher, Mary Katherine Smith, Lynn Tamblyn, Nan Timberlake and Anna White, cousin of the bride. The bridesmaids wore stormy blue floor-length gowns of silk chiffon and held bouquets of pale pink hydrangeas, white roses and lilacs tied with long, ivory satin ribbons. Flower girl was Rebecca Lucy Carden Markle. She wore an ivory heirloom dress with a halo of baby’s breath and carried a kissing ball of pale pink roses and baby’s breath.
Joseph Neyman served as the groom’s best man. Groomsmen were brothers of the groom, Trent O’Malley and Bryson O’Malley; McCain Walker, brother of the bride; Ben Brigham, Lucas DeBaets, Evan Isbill, Lance Livingston, Drew Lowry, Spencer Owen, Mark Tatum and Taylor Wachs. The groom wore a black tuxedo with a white gardenia boutonniere, while the groomsmen wore ivory dinner jackets with hydrangea boutonnieres. Ushers were Collin Gaines, Rob Garcia, Trey Phillips, Austin Riley, Brandon Veach and Jason White, cousin of the bride. Ring bearers were Charles Maxwell Markle and Benjamin Coyt Steed. They both carried rings on small square ivory lace pillows. Program attendants were Jackson Steed and Callie Moss.
At the church, family and friends were treated to beautiful music provided by the church organ, flutist and soloists under the direction of music director and organist Terry Maddox. Following the ceremony, cocktail hour and dinner were served at The Admiral Hotel. Signature drinks were “The Blushing Bride” and “Old-fashioned Groom.” The guests dined on food prepared by chef Samuel Spencer. The Little Cake Shop created the four-tiered wedding cake made of traditional vanilla cake with a raspberry filling and buttercream icing, adorned with intricate handiwork, hydrangeas, roses and lilacs.
The guests danced the night away with The Fountain City Players, a seven-piece Motown band from Columbus, Georgia. Michelle Taulbee Photography and Will Haring Productions captured the events of the day and night. After a honeymoon in Oahu, Hawaii, the couple now resides in Birmingham.
Photos by michelle taulbee / michelle taulbee photography