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Mary Carmen Haynes and Caleb David Kreitz Exchange Vows |

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The wedding of Mary Carmen Haynes and Caleb David Kreitz took place on May 14, 2022 at First United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.  Dr. Karl Stegall, grandfather of the bride, Dr. Tony McCullough, uncle of the bride, senior minister of First United Methodist Church Prattville: and Dr. Jay Cooper, senior minister of First United Methodist Church Montgomery, officiated at the five o’clock ceremony.


Mary Carmen is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Haynes of Montgomery and the granddaughter of Dr. And Mrs. Karl Stegall of Montgomery, and Mrs. Juanita Haynes and the late Howard Haynes of Cullman.  Caleb is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Darren Kreitz of Montgomery and the grandson of Roberta Naden and the late Dr. David Naden of Auburn and Mr. and Mrs. Gary Kreitz of Houston, Texas.  


The bride is a graduate of Trinity Presbyterian School and Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. She will graduate with a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Auburn University in May of 2023. The groom is a graduate of Trinity Presbyterian School and Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He will be attending Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC in the fall of 2023.  


The wedding festivities began with a bridesmaids luncheon held at Montgomery Country Club.  Hostesses included Brenda Stegall, grandmother of the bride, Carmen McCullough, aunt of the bride, Sharon Litchfield, aunt of the bride, Una Ray Barnett, great- aunt of the bride, and Kristen  Bullock, cousin of the bride. 


Following a wedding rehearsal and dinner at the Young House, hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Darren Kreitz, the guests proceeded to the courtyard outside where the party continued. It was a special night full of laughter and special toasts from family and friends.  



The wedding took place in the stately sanctuary of First United Methodist Church. Mary Carmen’s cousin, Holt McCullough ,was the crucifer.  Beautiful music was provided by The Adult Ensemble of First United Methodist Church, soloist Dr. James Seay, trumpeter Bryan Reeves, and organist Josh Coble.  It was a special treat to also have Caleb’s cousin, Jake Semba, play selections on the cello. 


 Escorted down the aisle by her father, the bride wore a Martina Liana bridal gown and a short sleeve full lace bolero by Romona Keveza from Ivory and White Boutique in Birmingham.  Her something borrowed was an alencon lace manilla cathedral length veil, worn by her aunt Carmen McCullough, and then by her sister Hannah Jeter.         

The bouquet carried by the bride consisted of all white flowers including peonies, hydrangeas, roses, freesia, ranunculi and willow eucalypti. The bridesmaids wore ice blue dresses designed by Amsale and carried hand tied bouquets consisting of blush roses along with white hydrangeas and white ranunculi. Stunning altar arrangements designed by Bob Vardaman and his team  were composed of white hydrangeas, white stock, blush roses, white delphinium, and white dendrobium orchids. Mothers and grandmothers held nosegays of white freesia.




The bride’s sister, Hannah Jeter, of Houston, Texas served as her matron of honor.  Allie Ramsey, Mary Carmen’s life long friend, served as her maid of honor. Her bridesmaids were:

Abigail Coleman of Dothan, Allie Dillard of Montgomery, Emma Ellis of Montgomery, Caroline Goings of Birmingham, Anna Hart of Auburn, Ellie Hart of Auburn, Katelyn Kreitz, sister of the groom from Montgomery, Abbey Romp of Birmingham, Betsy Spearman of Huntsville, Chandler Taylor of Birmingham, Anna Tepool of Huntsville, and Collier Welch of Birmingham.  Isabella Witwer, cousin of the groom from Atlanta, was the flower girl. 



Caleb’s best men were his brothers, Naden Kreitz and Joshua Kreitz.  His groomsmen were: Thomas Amster of Montgomery, Paul Bishop of Montgomery, Harrison Burkett of Montgomery, Karlson Haynes, brother of the bride from Montgomery, Benjamin Hendrix from Alexander City, Will Holmes from Montgomery, Luke Hufham from Montgomery, Garrett Jones from Auburn, Sully Jeter from Houston, Arnold McRae from Birmingham, Jake Semba from Chicago, and Andrew Sherrod from Birmingham.

The groomsmen wore black tuxedos provided by The Locker Room and boutonnieres of white roses and white freesia.


Following the ceremony, a reception was held at Wynlakes Golf and Country Club. Bob Vardaman created an elegant backdrop where guests enjoyed a fun evening.       

Guests entered the draped foyer where cakes for the bride and groom rested on an estate table dressed in a pale blue embroidered tablecloth.  A Chinoiserie screen created a handsome backdrop for the cakes designed by Cake Designs. Grand floral topiaries of hydrangeas, roses and blue delphinium flanked the screen.  The centerpiece of the draped ballroom was a “grand bar a boisson” embossed with the couple’s golden monogram.  A bronze cherub urn holding a floral profusion of hydrangeas, roses, delphinium and cascades of white Phalaenopsis orchids graced the center. More flowers covered the stage fronts and sides of the stage.  These arrangements consisted of white hydrangeas, white roses, white delphinium, white stock and Italian Ruscus.


The loggia of the club was the perfect setting for a menu prepared by Wynlakes.  The chef prepared appetizers of ham biscuits, chicken satay skewers, and Mac and cheese bites.   Other food areas around the loggia consisted of a beef carving station, a shrimp display, and an Italian pasta station with tortellini, chicken, grilled sausage, vegetables, and sauces.  Tables were decorated with blue and white Chinese porcelain vases, holding bells of Ireland, Bella Donna delphinium, and peonies.  Ostrich plume- topped garden tents made a whimsical addition to cover urns of lemons.  Guests also dined on the patio where tables were dressed in apple green linens and terracotta pots of rosemary topiaries that gave a sweet scent to the evening. Crab dip and other appetizers awaited guests outside.


Guests danced the night away to the music of the band Five Star Funk Lounge from Atlanta.   The couple left the reception among a sea of confetti where a convertible Bentley was waiting to whisk them away. After a short honeymoon to Highlands, North Carolina, the couple resides in Auburn. A honeymoon trip to Antigua is planned for later this year.