Kaylor Marie Otwell, daughter of Bill and Lee Otwell of Birmingham, and Gregory Shannon Bennett, son of Jim and Patricia Bennett of Gardendale, were married on Dec. 28.
The ceremony was held at Avondale Villa in historic Avondale in Birmingham with Joseph Sturgeon, a friend of the couple, officiating. The couple chose an art deco theme for their wedding to complement the architectural style of the villa, which was built in 1931.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a 1930s-inspired ivory silk charmeuse gown in the style of Jean Harlow from Bridal Bliss Gowns in Homewood. The backless dress had a trumpet silhouette and flowing chapel train with a paneled sweetheart bodice. The bride wore a custom art deco gold headband and necklace from local artist Anne Conway of Alabama Funk. Finishing off the bride’s ensemble were fingerless satin and lace gloves and gold T-strap dancing shoes reminiscent of the era.
Nancy McArdle, sister of the bride, was matron of honor. Claire Capra was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Cathy Moore, Corrie Clarkson and Sara Stewart.
Cody Buntain served as the best man and host of the wedding. Groomsmen were MacNeal Bennett, brother of the groom; Justin Anthony; Fred Dickinson, and Bruce Coulter.
The venue was bedecked with black and gold art deco decorations by the talented Paula Boone, who also designed the flowers and cakes. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed Mediterranean fare while viewing a film created by Charity and Chad Ponter telling the couple’s 14-year love story.
Afterwards, the bride and groom handed out glow sticks, and club DJ Vigal Patel delighted guests with some incredible dance mixes. The couple danced the night away with their friends and departed in a white stretch limousine.
After a honeymoon trip to Jamaica, the couple lives in Chattanooga, Tenn.