May the wings of a butterfly kiss the sun and find your shoulder to light on, to bring you luck, happiness and riches today, tomorrow and beyond.
~An Irish Blessing
The butterfly symbolizes celebration, transformation and young love. It represents a new life and a voyage that is moving forward. The species lives on faith and is a reminder of the energy of love. Therefore, when an assortment of colorful butterflies was released into the air during the first dance of Allie Prim Fuller and John Christopher Selman, the couple and their wedding guests recognized the embarking of a new journey.
Both Auburn/Opelika natives, Christopher and Allie have known each other since childhood. The two began dating as sophomores in high school and courted for eight years prior to being engaged. In September 2008, Christopher surprised Allie with an oval-shaped diamond ring in a platinum setting, and the couple immediately ventured into seven months of wedding planning.
The ceremony was held at Auburn United Methodist Church on April 25, 2009, where a string trio, organist, soloist and trumpeter filled the candlelit sanctuary with classical harmony. The church aisles and lectern were adorned with vibrant greenery including ferns, ivy, smilax, topped by cream-colored blooms with a hint of peach. Two enormous clouds of babies breath flanked each side of the altar in fluted garden urns, and candles burned brightly throughout the room in loving memory of the bride’s and groom’s late grandparents.
The bride’s gown was a strapless ivory-silk gardenia satin, Priscilla of Boston, custom gown with a modified sweetheart neckline and a gathered bodice embellished with Alencon lace hand-beaded with seed pearls and crystals. She held a bouquet consisting of white hydrangeas, gardenias, tulips, and blush-colored roses wrapped in her mother’s family heirloom handkerchief and pinned with her father’s family broach.
Following an intimate, Christian ceremony, the couple and their guests arrived at Ogletree Village in Auburn, where the village field was transformed into a 10,000-square-foot tented reception hall. A formal tent was illuminated with crystal chandeliers, draped silk ivory fabrics and all white flowers designed by Stanley Sistrunk of The Flower Store.
Below the blooms were displays of delicious cuisine by Billy Lee of Terra Cotta, including pork tenderloin in cornbread biscuits, lamb chops and vegetable mixtures. Guests were greeted with glasses of champagne, and servers distributed shrimp cake hors deurves. A specialty frying table was incorporated at the bride’s request and offered fried oysters, sliders and French fries.
The five-tiered bride’s cake and chocolate groom’s cake were displayed among tented guest tables clothed in ivory-and-white antique linens from Allie’s grandmothers. Groupings of crystal candelabras and flowering arrangements in tall iron and crystal clad pedestals decorated the tables, and an ice sculpture in the shape of an “S” was the topic of many conversations.
An English garden with potted pink hydrangeas and orange Gerber daisies transitioned guests from formal tent into a brighter tent with hues of orange, mango, tangerine, hot pink and magenta. Above the black-and-white dance floor hung a six-foot, moss-covered flowering chandelier, filled with orange and pink snapdragons, tulips, hydrangeas and lilies. Guests mingled to the sounds of the Auburn University steel drum band, then danced through the evening to the music of the band Azz Izz.
As the sun set, guests were in awe of over 30,000 lights draping the crepe myrtle trees that lined the village sidewalks. The couple enjoyed a magical evening, then departed through a canopy of sparklers and rose petals, and guests enjoyed a late night snack of Donuts and Chick-Fil-A chicken biscuits. Each attendee left with a butterfly drink koozie, symbolic of a journey beginning.