I have known local Dothan floral designer, Rachel Barrentine, for almost two decades, and I am almost old enough to be her Mom!  Her radiant smile and exuberant personality simply light up a room. We first met when she was just starting her floral design career.  She took a break from the business when her two precious sons were toddlers, and in the past few years has launched her very own  successful local business known as “Flowers by Rachel”.  Her passion, creativity, and love for floral design were apparent from the first time I met her.  I will have to say that she has been somewhat of a mentor to me.  Like my Mother, Rachel has “cutting rights” in different gardens around town, and incorporates her finds into the show stopping designs that she is known for.

The mark of a good floral designer is to be able to interpret the client’s vision.  For the recent Hewitt-Stone wedding, she captured their vision of a traditional Southern wedding to perfection.  She graciously let me follow her to photograph the wedding and reception displays.


Rachel incorporated the following subtle colored roses into  the arrangements:   Vendela, Titantic, Bridal Akita, and Chablis spray roses.  White lisianthus, white and buttercream stock, white hydrangea, larkspur, seeded eucalyptus, dusty miller, magnolia, pittosporum,  and  Jackson vine were also used throughout the church and reception.



Garlands of Smilax and Magnolia were utilized over doorways and in the sanctuary.





First Presbyterian Church in Dothan, AL was the setting for the wedding..



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The bride’s bouquet, hand-tied in ivory satin ribbon, featured roses, hydrangea, seeded eucalyptus, dusty miller and stock along with delicate stephanotis blooms. An overlay of heirloom lace from the wedding gowns of both the bride’s and groom’s mothers added a sentimental touch,


Lovely hand-tied bouquets for the bridal attendants displayed in the Bride’s room.

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Grapevine wreaths embellished with flowers featured copper Mississippi and Alabama ornamentation by Copperwoworx to welcome guests to the Dothan Country Club.

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The country club reception exemplified timeless Southern style and charm – vintage silver urns, epergnes, and pitchers, hand embroidered antique linens, a delightful dessert table, and a menu of Southern specialties that identified the bride and groom’s connections to Mississippi and Alabama.


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The elaborate custom designed  Bride’s and Groom’s cakes were crafted by Debra West.

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The outside terrace was a lovely late summer retreat for wedding guests….

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A beautiful silver bowl of rose petals, some of which were from a special Mississippi rose garden, displayed for throwing as the couple departed the reception.


Rachel’s unforgettable floral designs truly created the quintessential Southern wedding that will provide a lifetime of memories.



Photography courtesy of Ann Wade Parrish (Birmingham, AL)


  1. This was another beautiful post. I fowarded to my future daughter in law as she has booked Barrentine for april 5 th. I sure miss you mary lise. God loves you and I do too. Janet

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