During his years as one of the founding fathers of music television, former MTV VJ Alan Hunter showcased the chart-topping hits of the 1980s. On July 7, 2007, however, the voices of his grown children singing “Ava Maria” was music to his ears as they blessed the one-time television personality’s union with his love of the past three years, Elizabeth Bradley. As the bride made her entrance in the First United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, 100 guests rose from the pews and watched the aspiring screenwriter walk down the aisle in a classic white wedding dress designed with a plunging V neckline, the garment accented with an elbow-length veil. The groom, who had proposed to the bride in November 2006 as they strolled in Central Park, slipped a wedding band on to his new wife’s finger during a ceremony punctuated with passages from the Apostle Paul and poet E.E. Cummings.
The New York Times reported that a bagpiper heralded the arrival of the newlyweds to their reception at the Kress Building, where guests dined on grits generously topped with andouille sausage and collard-green presto. As the evening wore one, the former video presenter, who became a part of music history when MTV launched in 1981 with a clip of man’s first walk on the lunar surface, took his bride out on to the rooftop dance floor as “Fly Me To The Moon” began to play.