Julie Young and Stan Lewis wed on Nov. 5, 2011, in Auburn, Ala. The bride’s dream for her wedding day was classical elegance with a modern flair. She and her mom, the mother-daughter design duo Julieann Gregory Interiors, brought the dream to reality by way of their creative spirits and visionary ideas. The modern flair is a product of the bride and groom’s love of the “city life,” as the couple currently calls Tribeca, a neighborhood in New York City, home. The classical elegance? Most likely a product of the bride and groom’s love for Italy; birthplace of this grand event, when Stan proposed at the Villa Borghese Gardens, overlooking Rome’s famed Piazza del Popolo, last March. This Italian adventure left Julie overjoyed and soon missing the rich history, authentic pasta and fine wine.
The wedding, held at the bride’s home church, Auburn United Methodist Church, was a celebration of faith and Christian covenant. Julie’s wishes to create something simple and unique were carried out through the creative efforts of her mom, Patsy Young, and dear friend, Stanley Sistrunk, of The Flower Store. Boxwoods elevated on pedestals, surrounded by glistening magnolia leaves and white hydrangeas, flanked the altar table. The bride was escorted into the church by her father, Greg Young. The moment she had waited for arrived as her eyes met those of her groom. As the bride made her way down the aisle, the sanctuary was filled with the elegant melody of a string quartet and a noticeable quiet overtook the guests, adding a peaceful calm to the already beautiful moment.
Following the ceremony, guests were welcomed at Jule Colins Smith Museum of Fine Arts by a breathtaking setting of 1,200 white cyclamen, grown by the father of the bride, and 2,000 votive candles surrounding a large reflecting pool which added a glimmering glow beneath the crisp night sky. The front lawn was tented with clear top tents, while the tables underneath were draped in antique chocolate cloths and adorned with white floral arrangements. Inside the museum the guest enjoyed an extensive New York inspired buffet menu, the creative efforts of Ursula Higgins. Miniature white pumpkin-filled urns, overflowing with white hydrangeas, added an elegant “hint of fall” to the spacious gallery hall. A traditional five-tiered white cake anchored the center of the gallery, while the groom’s table nestled in the corner served up a modern twist on the traditional “grooms cake” — miniature ramekins of crème brulee, one of Stan’s favorite!
After a magical evening of dancing under the stars to the remarkable sound of a 12-person band and songs like “New York, New York,” the bride and groom departed through a shower of white rose petals. It was a “fairy-tale” night for Julie and Stan. Lucky enough, their night’s memories were captured through the creative lenses of the bride’s favorite wedding photographers, Dan and Anne Almasy of Atlanta. After honeymooning in Bermuda, the bride and groom have now settled back into their lives in New York City.