Rebecca Hails and Trey Holtsford were married on March 2nd at seven o’clock in the evening at St. Peter Catholic Church in Montgomery, Alabama. The Reverend J. Francis Sofie officiated.
The bride is the daughter of Anne and Andy Hails of Montgomery, Alabama. She is the granddaughter of the late Edward and Jean Hails of Montgomery and the late Sam and Valerie Harvey of Guntersville, Alabama. The groom is the son of Charlene and Alex Holtsford, Jr of Montgomery. He is the grandson of Alex Holtsford and the late Jean Holtsford of Gadsden, Alabama; and Mary Purcell Collins and the late Charles Purcell of Mobile, Alabama.
Rebecca is a graduate of Montgomery Catholic High School and the University of Alabama where she earned her degree in nursing. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. Trey graduated from The Montgomery Academy, the University of Alabama, where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and the University of Alabama Law school.
The bride and groom were honored with several events leading up to the wedding beginning with their engagement party at the elegant home of Gage and Dr. Mark LeQuire in Montgomery.
The bride’s sister-in-law Elizabeth Hails and cousins, Alice Jones, Jane Harvey, Sarah Grizzle, Aubrey Woodward, Holleigh Woodward, Blakely Nash, Sarah Isbell, and Katie Hails, hosted a fun and festive fiesta-themed bridal shower in Birmingham, Alabama in January.
Maggie Harmon hosted a bridal shower for Rebecca in her beautiful home in Montgomery in February. Helping Maggie with host duties for the event were friends of the bride and her family: Dale Franklin, Wendy Guthrie, Karen Weber, and Nancy Underwood, all from Montgomery. Friends and family of the bride and groom were on hand to shower the couple and celebrate the upcoming marriage of Rebecca and Trey.
The bride was also honored with a bridesmaid’s luncheon on March 1st at the lovely home of her aunt, Betsy Hails. Sharing host duties for this festive event were aunts Jane Armstrong from San Antonio, Texas, Sheila Harvey of Guntersville, Alabama and Jeannie Austin and Mary Grizzle both from Mobile, Alabama as well as Gina Matthews, from Birmingham, Alabama, longtime family friend and college roommate of the bride’s mother. Mother of the groom, Charlene Holtsford, and other ladies of the bride and groom’s family were in attendance at this fun and festive event.
The after-rehearsal dinner was hosted by the groom’s parents, Alex and Charlene at the Montgomery Country Club on the evening of March 1st. Guests included family members, close friends and the entire wedding party. Flower arrangements decorating the tables for the evening event were done by Lil Conoly of Graylilies. Upon arrival and throughout the evening, Henry Pugh, a Montgomery favorite, was on hand to entertain guests with popular tunes on the keyboard. Guests were served appetizers and treated to homemade cheese straws made by longtime family friend Julia Azar. Following the cocktail hour, guests made their way to assigned tables with names of places and things special to the bride and groom such as “Roll Tide”, “Lake Martin”, “Camp Skyline” and “Spain”. A slide show presentation highlighting the bride and groom and their courtship was shown prior to dinner being served. Guests dined on an array of entrée options including beef tenderloin, pan seared gulf grouper and spinach and cheese stuffed ravioli. The dinner concluded with a delectable dessert of vanilla ice cream served in an almond basket drizzled with warm praline sauce.
During dinner, father of the groom, Alex Holtsford welcomed guests, toasted the couple and welcomed Rebecca to the Holtsford family saying it was about time the Holtsfords finally got a daughter! Attendees were entertained with speeches by other family members and close friends about the couple’s youth and beyond.
The couple were also celebrated with a wedding day brunch for out of town guests, family and wedding party at the home of close friends, Cindy and Clark Sahlie. The bride and groom were careful to attend the brunch at separate times so as not to see each other prior to the wedding! Other hostesses for the special morning event were: Marji and Steve Abernathy, Melissa and Dwight Brisendine, Becky and Steve Jones and Donna and Barry Vickery, all from Birmingham as well as Gail and Jim Hampton, Lee Hayes and Kathie and Philip Mangum all from Montgomery. Guests enjoyed Mimosas and Bloody Marys and were treated to a delicious feast of shrimp and grits, ham biscuits, mini quiches, muffins and fresh fruit all prepared by the hostesses.
On the day of the wedding the bridal party enjoyed a day of pampering with hair and make-up stylists while being treated to mimosas and a delicious lunch from Shashy’s Bakery and Fine Foods.
As the wedding festivities began, guests were ushered into the beautiful stained-glass sanctuary of St. Peter Catholic Church. “Ave Maria,” played by organist, Tommy Holliman, accompanied the mother of the bride as she entered the Church, escorted by her son, John Hails followed by the mother of the groom who was escorted in by her husband and father of the groom, Alex Holtsford. Soloists for the ceremony were Sarah Grizzle, cousin of the bride and Savannah Grantham, longtime friend from Camp Skyline. Barbara Davis captured the ceremony in a beautiful live event painting from the choir loft of St. Peter.
The bridesmaids processed down the aisle to Handel’s “Air from Water Music, Suite 1.” Attending the bride as her Maid of Honor was lifelong childhood friend Mara McCracken of New Orleans, Louisiana. Bridesmaids included Elizabeth Hails sister-in-law of the bride of Atlanta, Georgia; cousins of the bride: Olivia Hails of Atlanta, Georgia; Sarah Isbell of Birmingham, Alabama; Jane Harvey of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; and Aubrey Ross of Guntersville, Alabama. Other bridesmaids and close friends were: Katie Tansey of Memphis, Tennessee; Becca Livingston of Eugene, Oregon; Sarah Boyce Carr of Houston, Texas; Caitlin Fockele of Atlanta, Georgia; and Kayla Grantham of Athens, Alabama. Flower girls attending the bride were her cousins: Vivian Austin from Mobile, Alabama; and Libby Nash and Evie Nash, of Birmingham, Alabama. The flower girls wore dresses sewn by their grandmother and aunt of the bride, Jeannie Austin.
The groom’s father served as his best man. Other groomsmen included Trey’s brothers, Charlie Holtsford of Atlanta, Georgia; and David Holtsford of Montgomery, Alabama; and brother of the bride, John Hails of Atlanta, Georgia. Other groomsmen were Griffith Waller, Miland Simpler and Landon Eley, all of Montgomery, Alabama; Ross Evans, John Shashy and Chris Vinson, all of Birmingham. Alabama; and Trey Foxhall of Atlanta, Georgia. Aaron Holtsford of Montgomery, Alabama, and cousin of the groom served as ring bearer.
The bride entered the sanctuary as the organ played Schubert’s “Trumpet Voluntary” escorted by her father, Andy Hails. The bride’s gown, made of layered French and Alencon lace, was designed by Martina Liana. The sweetheart neckline was enhanced with sheer lace extending into an off-the-shoulder neckline. The bride carried an exquisite bouquet of Juliet and Tess garden roses, apricot stock, white dove roses, white ranunculus, leather leaf greenery, gunni eucalyptus, and blue mountain thistle. The bridesmaids wore long crimson colored dresses and carried bouquets of white roses and hydrangeas. Wedding flowers and wedding day coordination were all done by Evan Cooper of Evan and Company.
The ceremony also included readings of the Liturgy by Caroline Starr, friend of the bride; Charlie Holtsford; brother of the groom; and John Hails, brother of the bride. The bride and groom and wedding party recessed from the sanctuary accompanied by Handel’s “Allegro Maestoso from Water Music, Suite 2.”
The evening wedding was followed by a reception at the Warehouse at Alley Station in downtown Montgomery. Guests were greeted and invited up a stairway hung with garlands of greenery and through an entryway of whimsical, white drapery that led to the main room decorated with a variety of floral centerpieces, romantic candles, and gold accents throughout the room. The bride’s father, Andy Hails, welcomed guests to the reception and delivered a lovely toast to Rebecca and Trey. Guests enjoyed cocktails and dined on an assortment of heavy hors d’oeuvres prepared by Tammy Griffin with A Catered Affair. Since the wedding was the weekend preceding Mardi Gras, the bride and groom chose to include some creole elements such as jambalaya and a gorgeous dessert display featuring King Cake and Cafe du Monde coffee from New Orleans. Guests were quickly welcomed to the dance floor with feathered Mardi Gras masks, festive hats, light up glasses and tambourines while dancing to the live music provided by the band, 2nd Coming. Rebecca and other members of the bridal party were spotted sporting some light-up shoes on the dance floor.
The wedding cake was prepared and decorated by Margaret Young with M.Y. Cakes and Pastries of Dothan, Alabama. Margaret attended the University of Alabama where she was a sorority sister of the bride. The cake featured three different flavors including classic almond cake with vanilla buttercream, vanilla cake with layers of vanilla buttercream made with fresh strawberries and lemon curd, and vanilla cake with hazelnut crunch buttercream. Peggy McKinney did not disappoint with her famous peanut butter fudge cake surrounded by seasonal strawberries dipped in chocolate for the groom’s cake.
The wedding day would not have been complete without including Trey’s five-year-old golden retriever, Cooper. Friends of the bride Bailey Waller and Ada Katherine van Wyhe, made special arrangements to bring Cooper to downtown Montgomery so he could be included in the wedding photos. Cooper was dressed in his finest and adorned with a lovely ring of greenery around his neck. It is evident by the smile on his face in all of the photos that he is happy to finally have a mom!
The couple exited the reception through a canopy of sparklers into a horse drawn carriage after a magical night filled with family, friends and lots of love. Trey and Rebecca honeymooned in Spain where they visited Barcelona, Granada, Seville and Madrid. The happy couple now resides in Montgomery where Rebecca works as a Pediatric nurse for Physicians to Children and Trey is an attorney with Holtsford Gilliland Higgins Hitson and Howard.