Alexandra & Justin’s Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Grand Bohemian Hotel Wedding

Alexandra and Justin’s wedding, planned by Handley Breaux Designs, was such a pleasure to shoot and the vendor team did an outstanding job at delivering her dream day. The bride and groom, their families and wedding party incredibly sweet and so much fun! We were blessed with mild, breezy weather (unusual for May in Alabama) for their outdoor ceremony at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, and it couldn’t have been more gorgeous! I was thrilled to be a part of this beautiful wedding. Here are some of my favorite images from Alexandra and Justin’s storybook day.

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Photographer: Heather Durham Photography | 2nd Shooter: Emily Walker Kicklighter | Planner: Handley Breaux Designs | Wedding Gown: Kelly Faetanini from Carriage House Weddings | Hair & Make Up: Leslie Corts and Carol Grubbs | Bridesmaids Dresses: Joanna August from Bella Bridesmaids (Birmingham, AL) | Floral Design: Lagniappe Designs | Cake Artists: Magic Muffins and Pastry Art Bake Shoppe | Invitation Suite: Annabelle’s

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Katie’s Bridal Session [Birmingham Botanical Gardens]

Katie was a dream to work with! From our very first meeting at Starbucks, to she and Matt’s Engagement Session at Morris Avenue and Railroad Park, then finally at their amazing wedding and reception at Vestavia Country Club, she knew exactly what she wanted. And she has such a fun, vivacious personality with a confident and contagious energy! You’ll see in her images. I wanted to be friends with her the minute I meet her!

Katie is a also a former University of Alabama Crimsonette, so she floats, twirls and moves in a way that dancers naturally do…and with her amazing 2-piece Martina Liana gown with layered skirt, we did lots of twirling. This tiny dancer was a stunning bride! Planner: Handley Breaux Designs | Wedding Gown: Martina Liana from Ivory & White Bridal Shop.HDP-B-Kilpatrick-63_-WEB.jpgHDP-B-Kilpatrick-296_-WEB.jpghdp-b-kilpatrick-178_-webhdp-b-kilpatrick-265_-webHDP-B-Kilpatrick-206_-WEB.jpghdp-b-kilpatrick-260_-webhdp-b-kilpatrick-313_-webhdp-b-kilpatrick-312_-webhdp-b-kilpatrick-311_-webhdp-b-kilpatrick-306_-webhdp-b-kilpatrick-305_-webhdp-b-kilpatrick-220_-webhdp-b-kilpatrick-197_-webhdp-b-kilpatrick-140_-webHDP-B-Kilpatrick-115_-WEB.jpghdp-b-kilpatrick-131_-webhdp-b-kilpatrick-136_-webhdp-b-kilpatrick-70_-webHDP-B-Kilpatrick-217_-WEB.jpgHDP-B-Kilpatrick-254_-WEB.jpghdp-b-kilpatrick-170_-webhdp-b-kilpatrick-57_-webHDP-B-Kilpatrick-86_-WEB.jpg

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Mary Virginia, Anne Louise & Tucker, a classic session

These adorable children belong to some very dear friends of ours. We’ve known Mandy and Keith since college, so I have loved watching their family grow. Here are a few of the images from our recent classic session at Birmingham Botanical Gardens…

Jack and Emily

I enjoyed meeting Jack and Emily and their mom Jan at Birmingham Botanical Gardens for our classic session together. They even brought along the family dog, which I always love! After all, pets are part of the family too!

Meet Mia

Frances has 9 beautiful grandchildren and she has entrusted me to capture each of them at 2 years old for a gallery in her home. Mia is Frances’ 6th grandchild I have photographed. She was like a little cherub!

More of Clay all grown up!

Several weeks ago I posted an image of Clay here. Thought I would share a few more images from our session. What a cutie!!

Morgan Katharine

I love getting to photograph a child from birth and then with each session getting to see them grow and their little personalities blossom. I photographed precious Morgan Katharine when she was just a tiny two weeks old. We photographed her in this little pink chair for her birth announcement so her mom Erin decided to use the chair in the photographs we do throughout her first year. What a great idea! She is sitting and pulling up now and even more adorable than the day I first met her…if that is even possible!

Clay all grown up!

Last time I photographed Clay he was barely walking and into everything. Look at him all grown up now! More of this handsome boy later…

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes

How precious are these “girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes”? And how appropriate that they love the movie “The Sound of Music”! It just so happens to be my favorite movie too. I grew up watching it with my grandparents and listening to the record while dancing around their living room pretending I was Liesl. That movie really is a timeless classic…just like heirloom sessions in the gardens!

Hope you enjoy your teasers Ashlee!

More cousins!

I have already done several large hand tints of Frances’ grandkids for her home. Now it was Luke and Anna Frances’ turns. We had a beautiful morning for our classic heirloom portrait session at the Botanical Gardens; but as soon as we got there, little Luke did a face plant on the pavement and was bleeding with a skinned up nose, forehead and stubbed toe. 😦 I felt so bad for him! He’s still a cutie pie even with his boo boos though! Once he was alright and we thought we might could still get a few shots in, I assured his Mom that’s not the first time it’s ever happened and that’s what Photoshop is for! Hooray for Photoshop saving the day!

Anna Frances is just precious and has the most angelic little face. She is the third child I’ve photographed for my friend Amanda. I’m so honored! And there’s one more on the way!