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…
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
As always, Invision Events did an amazing job planning every detail of Shannon & Joe’s Auburn wedding and I’m thrilled they asked me to capture this beautiful day. Jule Smith Collins Museum of Fine Art quickly became one of my favorite Auburn venues. It is such a beautiful space inside and out! And, as you will see in the images, Lisa Thorne of Thorne & Thistle outdid herself on the exquisite florals. It was a lovely day down on the plains celebrating Shannon and Joe becoming husband and wife.
Photographer: Heather Durham Photography | Assistant Photographer: Alisha Crossley | Planner: Invision Events, Julie Bunkley | Wedding Gown: Martina Liana from Ivory & White | Bridesmaids Dresses: Kanali K | Tuxes: Joseph & Feiss from Men’s Warehouse | Floral Design: Thorne & Thistle | Invitation Suite: The Topiary Tree | Reception Venue: Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art | Caterer: Ursula’s Catering | Cake Artist: Peggy McKinney | MUAH: Spa 180 | D.J.: Taylor Zorzi
I first met Mary Kathryn and Andrew on the overlook trails at Lake Martin when I was there for a girls’ weekend for my 40th birthday. My friend Jennifer and I decided to go to overlook because we had never seen the lake from that vantage point. It was a beautiful October afternoon and the leaves were changing, so of course I brought along my camera. As Jennifer and I were standing there talking, up from the trails walked the cutest couple. We struck up a conversation, and as we were about to leave I told them I would love to take their photo and email it to them, so I did. They were the sweetest couple and I just couldn’t let beautiful golden light be wasted! Almost one year to the date later, I received a call from Mary Kathryn that she and Andrew were engaged and they wanted me to shoot their wedding. Needless to say, I was thrilled that our serendipitous meeting resulted in me getting to capture their wedding day. And, what a sweet wedding day it was.
The wedding was held on Auburn University’s campus, where Mary Kathryn and Andrew are in school, so they definitely wanted Samford Hall captured in their images. The ceremony was held at the quaint Auburn University Chapel, with the reception on the lawn of Greystone Mansion.
Spending the day with Mary Kathryn, Andrew and their families was such a blessing to me. And, their ceremony was a joyful testimony of the Lord in their lives. I will never forget Andrew’s reaction when he first saw Mary Kathryn walk down the aisle with her father. It was priceless moment.
Best wishes MK and Andrew! “May the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” – Numbers 6:24-26. Thank you for asking me to capture your wedding day story. It was perfect.
Photography: Heather Durham Photography | Assistant Photographer: Jana Sobel of 205 Photography | Wedding Planner: Julie Bunkley, Invision Events | Floral Design: Clay Mitchell, Opelika Floral | Cake: Malisa Harris, Sweet Malisa’s | Catering: Chris Wilton, Wilton’s Catering | Music: Tim Tyler, Tim Tyler’s Piano Experience | Videographer: Mark Johnson
I can’t wait to blog this wedding I photographed in Auburn last weekend with Megan Smalley Photography, but for now…just a teaser. This may be one of my favorite departure shots ever! The whole wedding was this amazing! More images to come…