I’ve known Melissa for years. We first met because of our mutual love of photography at a professional conference in Las Vegas. She is a sweet soul with the kindest heart and I’m thrilled she… More
I love to travel and explore cities in the name of work. I haven’t been to Memphis since college, and I would be shooting on three different occasions in Memphis for Mary Lauren and Michael’s portraits and wedding, I decided to head over the day before their Engagement Session to get reacquainted with this cool southern city and Home of the Blues.
Mary Lauren and Michael are both from Memphis, so it was important to them that I capture some of the iconic locations in their Engagement Session like the pyramid, M Bridge, Peabody Hotel and Beale Street Landing. We also strolled the beautiful gardens at Memphis Botanic.
The thing I love most about an Engagement Session is the opportunity for me to get to know the couple better before their wedding day. I can’t wait to go back for Mary Lauren’s bridals at her family’s home in June and their wedding day in July. For now, let’s go walking in Memphis with this fun couple…
I get so excited for opportunities to shoot personal projects, and this one that has been spinning around in my head ever since moving to Nashville. As soon as I mentioned it to my talented friends Kerri Bunn and Mary Beth Wetzel, they were on board. As creatives, we are usually busy with client work and don’t have time to shoot what inspires us personally, but when we do find a morsel of time, we jump on it.
After moving to Nashville from Birmingham, I realized very quickly that people who aren’t from here do not have an accurate idea of what locals wear to music events. Their perception is that everyone in Nashville wears stonewashed denim, western bedazzled shirts, cowboy boots and cowboy hats to everything. So, to address that misconception our team pulled together a shoot from high-end Nashville boutiques to tell the story of fashion for music events from a local’s perspective.
I’m thrilled to finally share this shoot inspired by music and photographed at a Nashville indie recording studio. Side note: I have an old RUN DMC t-shirt just like the new one used in our shoot…I bought mine years ago…it’s faded and old and I love it…and sometimes I get to wear it if my daughter isn’t already wearing it herself. It’s tricky.
Many thanks to these amazing Nashville and Franklin boutiques who partnered with us on this shoot.
Photography: Heather Durham | Event & Floral Design: Thorne & Thistle + Silver Celebrations | Venue: Belle Meade Plantation | Wedding Gown: Claire Pettibone from The Dress Theory Nashville | Tuxedo: Street Tuxedo | Vintage China & Stemware: Tea and Old Roses |Custom Invitation: Empress Stationary | Rentals: Please Be Seated | Cake: Dulce Desserts | Hand Dyed Ribbon: Cocoon Silk Ribbon | Models: Chelsea Backman of AMAX Talent & Ryan Kirk | Hair & Make-Up Artist: The Hair & Make-Up Collective, Lynsey Richardson | Styling Assistant: Sara Cederhage
It was such a joy and privilege to spend a beautiful spring day in Birmingham celebrating with this family. They are truly the sweetest people and it was obvious by their wedding party and guests that Callie and Gil are loved and adored. Callie’s Mom is always smiling and I wish everyone reading this blog could have heard her Dad’s precious welcome speech and prayer at the reception. It brought tears to my eyes. And so did their “Daddy’s Girl” relationship. I mean, how cute is it that the First Look with Callie’s Dad included a father-daughter chest bump that ended in a special hive five, fist bump move…a long tradition of theirs for big life moments. You’ll see…it’s priceless!! And, Gil’s reaction seeing Callie at their First Look and their gift exchange on the hilltop are two of my favorite moments from this wedding.
Callie and Gil, I wish you all the blessings and happiness in the world that stems from a marriage with Jesus at the center. You are loved.
Photographer: Heather Durham | Assistant Photographer: Emily Kicklighter | Planner: Mariée Ami| Floral Design: Melanie Hughes of Pink Pear Florists | Wedding Gown: Anne Barge from Bustle | Tuxedos: Vera Wang from Men’s Wearhouse | Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy from Bella Bridesmaids Bella Bridesmaids| Hair + Make Up Artists: Joanna Ballentine + Molly Stilley of Irrelephant | Venue: Vestavia Country Club | Cake Artist: Pin and Pastry | Hand Dyed Silk Ribbon: Cocoon Silk Ribbon | Videography: Chip Burns | Entertainment: City Heat thru Music Garden
It was a pleasure photographing this stunning 12,000 square foot French Regency, Belle Meade estate designed by the late Nashville architect, Edwin A. Keeble. You can see the interior of this beautiful home in a previous issue of Nashville Lifestyles and on my blog post here. Now, take in this home’s amazing outdoor living spaces designed by the talented Gavin Duke of Page Duke Landscape Architects, and featured in the spring/summer 2018 issue of Nashville Lifestyles At Home and on the cover. No doubt this home was designed for entertaining.
It was a privilege to shoot this Birmingham designer’s personal home. Shea has a gift for combining beauty with function.
Hand sewn garments, quality focused, responsibly produced, rich in tradition, and created in Alabama. THIS was a fun project to shoot. If you ever find yourself near Florence, Alabama, stop by the Alabama Chanin factory, browse their organic garments and home goods, then sit down for a bite of lunch at The Factory Café. So much southern goodness created by Natalie Chanin, right there in my home state. Read the full story in the current issue of Birmingham Weddings Magazine.