Mary Lauren & Michael’s Memphis Engagement Session

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…

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Mary Lauren & Michael's Memphis Engagement Session

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Mary Lauren & Michael's Memphis Engagement Session

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Mary Lauren & Michael's Memphis Engagement Session

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Rachel & Alex’s Downtown Nashville Engagement Session

I had fun getting to know these two on a perfect fall day. We started their Engagement Session at Centennial Park, because several months ago, Alex flew in town, surprised Rachel there and asked her to marry him on the steps of the Parthenon. From there we made our way to the Shelby pedestrian bridge downtown. Rachel won’t be living in Nashville after they get married, so she wanted to capture this beautiful city in their images since it’s an important piece of their story.

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Rachel & Alex's Downtown Nashville Engagement Session by Heather Durham Photography

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Rachel & Alex's Downtown Nashville Engagement Session by Heather Durham Photography

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Chris & Emily’s Engagement Session

I enjoyed meeting Chris and Emily at their Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Railroad Park Engagement Session. Here’s some of my favorite images from our afternoon together. Be sure to check out their Historic Rucker Place wedding here.

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Megan & Andrew’s Engagement Session at Smyer Lake

I can’t wait for Megan & Andrew’s Birmingham, AL wedding this weekend with planner, Marée Ami. I’ve been hearing about all of the lovely details for this fun couple, and I can’t wait to see it all come together! But first, I’m excited to share their Engagement Session at Andrew’s family’s beautiful Smyer Lake home.

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Hamilton & Jake’s Engagement Session in Downtown Franklin, TN

I had so much fun with Hamilton & Jake during their Engagement Session in downtown Franklin! I wasn’t available to shoot their upcoming wedding in Birmingham, but excited with them for their nuptials and move to Nashville. Glad we’ll have some more Birmingham natives in this town! They are such a sweet couple and it was fun roaming around on a beautiful fall afternoon with them. Jake is one lucky guy!

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Melissa & Paulk’s Wedding Day on the Plains of Auburn

I met Melissa and Paulk for the first time over coffee at Octane in Birmingham and immediately liked them. I loved that they both came to meet with me so that Paulk could also be a part of the decision making, and they were so real, warm and kind. I was thrilled when Melissa called me a few days later to let me know that I would be the one to tell their wedding day story, which would take place at Auburn United Methodist Church and Moores Mill Club, with planning by Invision Events. But first, I would spend an afternoon together with them for their Engagement Session and then later, a Bridal Session with Melissa. Three opportunities to get to be with this sweet couple! What a privilege for me!

In addition to forming a friendship, I’d like to tell you another beautiful result of my getting to know Melissa. She is a nurse at Children’s of Alabama and is passionate about her job helping children. Just a few weeks ago, our dear family friends’ 6th grade daughter underwent open heart surgery. The night before her surgery, I texted Melissa to see if by some crazy chance she would be working the next morning. She immediately texted back that she was. God is faithful as always, and Melissa was there that morning, provided support to our friends and took great care of their sweet girl, even making sure she had some of her favorite treats. I love seeing the beautiful webs God weaves between people to carry out His purpose for His glory. I hope Melissa and I will always stay in touch. She’s a gem! Paulk knows it too!

Here’s some of my favorite images from there wedding day. Enjoy…

 

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Photography: Heather Durham | Planner: Invision Events | Floral Design: Stanley Sistrunk, The Flower Store | Wedding Gown: Kelly Faetanini from Carriage House Weddings | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Woo from BHLDN | Suits: Joseph A Bank | Band: Bobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces | Classic Car: Bride’s family private collection

Niki + David | Engaged!

I spent an early spring afternoon at Birmingham Botanical Gardens getting to know this sweet couple at their Engagement Session and I know their wedding day is going to be just perfect! As you will see, David was all smiles and couldn’t keep his eyes off Niki the entire time! And since David is half Japanese, we spent a little time in the Japanese Garden because he grew up going with his family to cultural events there and it held some memories for him. I’m looking forward to Niki & David’s May 28th nuptials at Our Lady of Sorrows Church and Ross Bridge Resort.

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Amanda + Jacob | Engaged!

Excited to share Amanda and Jacob’s Engagement Session with you because their wedding day is almost here! April 30th they will tie the knot at The Oaks. Can’t wait for their big day!

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