On a beautiful spring evening in Montgomery, friends and family gathered to celebrate the engagement of Sara Cobb Birdsong to Graham Neeley. Lucy and Hans Luquire, longtime friends of the Birdsongs, hosted the engagement dinner in their lovely home, where guests of the couple also enjoyed the Luquire’s immaculate garden and terrace throughout the evening.

Sara Cobb is the daughter of Sara and Chris Birdsong of Montgomery, and the granddaughter of Bill and Phoebe Porter of Troy, Alabama and the late Patricia Porter; and Margery Sandidge Birdsong of Birmingham, and Gene Birdsong of Jasper, Alabama.

Graham is the son of Rand Neeley and Anne Hunter Hawkes, and the grandson of Aubrey and Mary Ann Neeley, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Chambless, all of Montgomery.

As guests arrived they were greeted at the entrance with whiskey sours served from silver punch bowls from a white linen dressed bar illuminated by a wrought iron branched votive tree, softened with freshly cut greenery. Sara Cobb and Graham, along with their parents, welcomed guests as they entered the Luquire’s tastefully appointed home.

Sarah Spratling’s floral arrangements filled the rooms adding a creative touch to the already festive evening. The sofa table featured an arrangement with an interesting play of greenery and textures with Sword fern, Italian ruskus combined with cream Safari proteas and coffee beans. The dining room table was centered with a lush composition of Versillia roses and Isle spray roses mixed with cream-colored stock and peach coffee bean. The breakfast room table held an attractive array of tube vases filled with dozens of coral tulips, and the coffee bar table arrangement was luxurious with soft coral and peach roses with hydrangeas, bells of Ireland and lorepedlum.

Guests sipped cocktails from several outdoor bars, chatted and mingled on the terrace before gathering inside as host Hans Luquire toasted the couple, and blessed the meal. Dinner was served buffet style in the dining room and guests sat at tables inside as well as on the terrace. Bud Skinner of Jubilee served his delicious beef tenderloin with wild rice and grapes, vegetable medley, yeast rolls, and watermelon and arugula salad. An expansive coffee bar offered guests after-dinner coffee and desserts.

Joining the Luquires as hosts were Daisy and Bowman Bear, Bobby Bear, Mary Reid and Bill Fisher, Benita and Mark Froemming, Julie Parker Garrett and Michael Ruppert, Lyn Garrett, Katherine and Mark Harris, Ginny and Oliver Haynes, Lynn and William Haynes, Virginia and Steve Humphrey, Lucy and Bill Jackson, Lisa and Michael Jones, Alice and John Longshore, Anne Elizabeth and Bill McGowin, Bea and Chuck Norris, Lyda and Art Steineker, Emelyn Sullivan, Johnny Tyson, Robin and Haig Wright, Mary Lee and John Yelverton, and Stuart and Noble Yelverton.

Family members attending the party were Sara Cobb’s parents Sara and Chris Birdsong, sister Virginia, and brother Kit Birdsong with his date Kaitlyn Theriot. Traveling from Birmingham for the evening were aunts Jenny Culp and Marnie McCollum, grandmother Margery Birdsong, cousin Mary Glenn Culp, and cousins Chris and Jessica Whatley. From Auburn came the bride’s aunt and uncle, Marjorie and Carl Whatley, cousins Sara and husband Tyler Caldwell, and Tripp Whatley.

Groom’s family members in attendance were his father and his wife, Rand and Julia Neeley, his mother Anne Hawkes and her husband Todd Hawkes, sisters Mary Ellen (Auburn) and Bebe Neeley. Also there were Graham’s aunt and uncle, Forrest and Mary Alma Neeley, cousin Collier Neeley and wife Chelsea Neeley, all from Montgomery, and aunt Ellen Young from Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

Other guests joining the celebration were Elinor Jackson Phillips (Mississippi), Keyton Luquire and her fiancé Chris Kanne (Atlanta), Anna Harris and Virginia Kranzusch (both of Birmingham), Fred Bowman and Hannah Bear, Glen and Glenn Sylvest, Chapman Rice, Jack and Teri Owen, Lucy and Thomas Tankersley, Charlie Harris, Rick and Michelle Brown, (all of Montgomery) and Haig and Emily Wright (Birmingham).

Graham and Sara Cobb, friends during their high school years, began dating after college when both were working in Montgomery. Graham is Coordinator of Collections for the Alabama Department of Archives and History and plans to attend law school in the fall. Sara Cobb is a nurse at Baptist Medical Center South Cardiovascular Recovery Clinic. They are planning a July 21st wedding in Montgomery at First United Methodist Church in Old Cloverdale.