Rebecca Hails and Trey Holtsford recently celebrated their engagement with family and friends at the lovely Myrtlewood home of Gage and Mark LeQuire. As guests entered the LeQuire home on this cold November evening, they were warmed by dozens of torches, candles and a welcoming fire, roaring in the outdoor stone fireplace. The wine and spirits flowed, but the favorite was the “Holtsford Hooch”, the signature drink of the evening created especially for the couple and their guests by host, Gage LeQuire.
Rebecca and Trey are the children of Anne and Andy Hails and Charlene and Alex Holtsford. Both families raised their children in Montgomery. Rebecca attended Montgomery Catholic High School and graduated from the University of Alabama Nursing School. Trey attended The Montgomery Academy and received his undergraduate and law degree from the University of Alabama.
A Dinner to Remember
Guests were treated to a sumptuous dinner buffet prepared by Bud Skinner, one of Montgomery’s favorite caterers. As always, Bud did not disappoint with beef tenderloin, shrimp Creole, tomato and squash ratatouille, mixed greens and rolls. Anchoring the serving table was a stunning fall arrangement of sunflowers, purple thistle, kangaroo paw, dried wheat and curly willow designed by several of the talented hostesses.
Despite the cold, guests were seated at tables in the magical LeQuire gardens, warmed by tall, well-placed heaters. Tables glowed under oversized, hurricane lamps. Wool blankets draped dining chairs providing additional warmth. The party overflowed into the LeQuire garage, marvelously transformed with elegant fabric adorning the walls and gold tables and chairs for dining. Tall candelabras punctuated the tables complimented by garden roses in varying shades of apricot, seeded eucalyptus, variegated pittosporum and ivy.
Homemade desserts were served tableside. Guests also enjoyed roasting marshmallows and eating s’mores at the outdoor fireplace.
Toasting the Bride and Groom
As dinner chimes rang, Alex Holtsford and Andy Hails thanked the generous host and hostesses for honoring Rebecca and Trey. Alex also shared a bit of history about the Holtsford/LeQuire friendship that began in Gadsden where Alex and Gage attended high school at Westminster Christian. When he concluded, Mark LeQuire offered a heartfelt blessing for the marriage of Rebecca and Trey.
Along with her parents, several of Rebecca’s other family members were present to join in the joyous celebration. Her brother John Hails with his wife, Elizabeth from Atlanta, Rebecca’s aunt, Jeannie Hails Austin from Mobile, her uncle, Eddie Hails and his wife Betsy Hails from Montgomery, were also in attendance, as was cousin and bridesmaid, Sarah Austin Isbell and her husband Hal Isbell from Birmingham.
Other family members of Trey’s attending included Trey’s grandfather, Alex Holtsford Sr., from Gadsden, his aunt, Laurie Holtsford, and his uncle Ron Holtsford and his wife Jennifer Holtsford, all from Montgomery. Trey’s maternal grandmother, Mary Collins, age 91, from Mobile, was unable to attend, but assures Trey she will be at the celebration in March to see her first born grandson marry his bride!
The Wedding Party
Maid of honor, Mara McCracken of New Orleans, accompanied by her mother Stephanie McCracken of Montgomery, was on hand to help celebrate with the happy couple.
Other bridesmaids include Caitlin Fockele escorted by Kurt Lambert, both of Atlanta, Kayla Grantham from Athens, Alabama and Katie Tansey from Memphis, joined by her husband Tim.
Groomsmen who attended included best man and father of the groom, Alex Holtsford, David Holtsford (brother) and Charlie Holtsford (brother). Charlie was joined by his girlfriend Julie Dilisio, who lives in Atlanta. Other groomsmen and their wives attending were Landon Eley with his wife Samantha, Miland Simpler with his wife Liza and Griff Waller with his wife Bailey. Ross Evans and Chris Vinson were also in attendance, both from Birmingham.
Hosts and Hostesses for the Event
Hosting the engagement party were Gage and Mark LeQuire, Beth and Neal Acker, Mary and Sam Adams, Jenny and Tommy Andreades, Cheryl and Jeff Ashurst, Julia and Dean Azar, Nan and Ronnie Barganier, Elizabeth and Steve Barrington, Nancy Jo and Bo Brown, Carolyn and Bill Bryan, Rebecca and Jud Bryan, Debbie and Jackie Bushman, Leura and Billy Canary, Rennie and Barry Crabb, Katherine and Eric Crum, Catherine and Mark Davis, Dale and Olan Evans, Tammy and Clark Fine, Alice and Fitz Fitzpatrick, Barbara and Ed Foxhall, Debbie and Truman Hobbs, Jeanette Hopkins, Debbie and Robin Laurie, Lucy and Hans Luquire, Jennifer and Forrest McConnell, Jenny and Chet Moeller, Lisa Parrish, Cathy and Joel Pearson, Cindy and Bob Seibels, Diane and Lee Steinhilber, Denise and Gerald Swann, Deonna and Paul Thompson and Cindy and Wayne Yarbrough.
Other friends of the couple and their parents who attended the joyous occasion included friends Wilson Blount, David Herman and Lee Hayes, Shannon and Steve Johnson from Atlanta, Catlin Seifried and Stefanie Funk both from Birmingham, Marshall Long, Drew Nelson, Joleen George, Travis and Marlee Winn and Ada Katherine van Wyhe.
The big day: March 2, 2019
The couple will wed on March 2, 2019 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Montgomery. After their wedding and honeymoon the couple plan to live in the Capital City where Rebecca is a pediatric nurse at Physicians to Children and Trey is an attorney at Holtsford Gilliland Higgins Hitson and Howard.