A Stylish Classic Wedding at Rucker Place in Birmingham, Alabama

High school sweethearts Kimberlyn Granger (23 and a registered nurse) and Timothy Mbogo (23 and a tax accountant) celebrated their newlywed status at Rucker Place, which overlooks downtown Birmingham, Alabama. “I wanted people who were visiting Birmingham to experience the Southern charm of our up-and-coming city,” the bride says. The couple decked out the manor in vintage decor, bold florals and a color scheme of marsala red and navy. The couple’s 4-year-old son, Aidan Gabriel, was the best man, and sported a navy suit and marsala red bow tie to complement Timothy’s attire. During the ceremony, he held his dad’s hand as his mom walked down the aisle. The couple exchanged vows under a pergola that they embellished with ethereal lace ribbons. After Kimberlyn and Timothy said “I do,” the couple danced in celebration up the aisle. To honor Timothy’s heritage, Kenyan music, dancing and rituals were incorporated into the reception. The couple made their entrance as husband and wife to Kenyan women singing traditional wedding songs, and Kimberlyn was draped in a Kenyan flag and jewelry, symbolizing her acceptance into the Kenyan community. The celebration included a feast of Southern food—Conecuh hickory-smoked sausage with grits and sweet peppers, along with mini pancetta pizzas. DJ Simple Simon, a Kenyan DJ, kept the party going all night, playing a mix of American pop and Kenyan songs. They couple danced to “Get You” by Daniel Caesar for their first song. During Kimberlyn and Timothy's exit, Kenyan women serenaded them with traditional wedding songs as they were escorted away in a white CL300 Mercedes Benz. —Marissa Hermanson