Morgan & Cooper’s Month-After Portrait Session

I absolutely LOVED getting even more time with this sweet couple! Morgan chose a bridal session in her Collection, but preferred to wait until after the wedding…and brought her new hubby Cooper along for the fun so they could have a few more portraits together in different locations around Birmingham. So, about one month after their wedding day we met at the historic Elyton Hotel downtown for bridal portraits on the 100 year old marble staircase and couple portraits in the beautiful ocean blue living room. Later, we made our way to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens for golden hour. It was perfect.

Photography: Heather Durham | Planner: Magnolia Vine Events | Locations: Elyton Hotel + Birmingham Botanical Gardens | Wedding Gown: Heidi Elnora | Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade | Hair & Make-Up: Brittany Massey | Ribbon: Cocoon Silk Ribbon | Tux: Joseph A Bank

Morgan & Cooper’s Reid Chapel & Haven Wedding, Birmingham AL



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Photographer: Heather Durham | Assistant Photographers: Rizza Phillips | Planner: Magnolia Vine Events| Floral Design: Thorne & Thistle | Wedding Gown: Heidi Elnora | Bride Shoes: Kate Spade |Tuxes: Joseph A. Bank | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale from Bella Bridesmaids |Wedding Invitations: Annabelles Too| Hair & Make Up Stylist: Emily Summerville| Silk Ribbon: Cocoon Silk Ribbon | Ceremony: Reid Chapel on the campus of Samford University | Reception Venue: Haven | Cake Artist: Pastry Art | Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited |Entertainment: Norris Dates and The Power Surge

Colorful & Modern Wedding Inspiration Shoot at the Hybrid Collective Workshop Hosted by Eric Kelley

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Hybrid Collective High Fashion Editorial Shoot by Heather Durham Photography with Eric Kelley in Nashville TN

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Credits/Vendor Team + Instagram Accounts:

Host Photographer: @erickelley 

Photographer: @heatherdurhamphotography

Producer and Set Designer: @type_a_society 

Floral Designer: @melissabroadwell 

Wardrobe Styling: @lexfordays 

Hair: @locksbyleslie 

Makeup: @jordanbyers 

Cake: @trouvaillebakery 

Jewelry: @sarahojewelry + @trumpetandhorn 

Couture Bags and Jewelry: @mindylamjewelry 

Shoes: @badgleymischka 

Earrings: @jenniferbehr + @lili_claspe 

Backdrops: @telicialee styling mats @jrd_artshop 

Rentals: @maykercreative 

Plates, Silverware and Glasses: @greystonetable 

Stationary: @yonderdesign + @aerialistpress 

Ring boxes: @voeu_du_coeur 

Floral Pedestal Columns: @lavendersflowers 

Mary Wesley & Bradley’s Engagement Session in Birmingham, AL

I was so excited to finally meet Mary Wesley & Bradley (and her sweet parents) a few weeks ago for their Engagement Session at her parent’s ranch in Birmingham, AL. We connected over our love for the University of Alabama. I can’t wait for their fall wedding; and, of course, as all true southerners do, they considered the football schedule. It’s not on a Saturday home game. Roll Tide! 🙂 Can’t wait to spend the day with these two on October 5th. It’s going to be so much fun. I love them already!

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Jane Elizabeth & Taylor’s Cocktails and Rehearsal Dinner at Moonshine at the Elyton and Café Dupont, Birmingham AL Wedding

Jane Elizabeth and Taylor’s Rehearsal Dinner started with family portraits in the Elyton Hotel’s gorgeous lobby (I’m a little obsessed with its blue walls.) Then, champagne and a sunset view of Birmingham at Moon Shine, the rooftop lounge at the top of the Elyton. Everyone enjoyed a delicious, candlit dinner seated at tables with monogrammed napkins and beautiful florals at Café DuPont. We left with full stomachs and full hearts. Guests parted with a monogrammed gift box of roasted pecans from the groom’s family ranch in Arkansas.HDP-DouglasNechtmanRD-1_-WEB.jpgHDP-DouglasNechtmanRD-2_-WEB.jpg

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What to Wear for Your Engagement Session

I always get asked the question, “What should I wear for my Engagement Session?” and my answer is always a long, solid-color fluid dress, heels and classic jewelry — estate or family pieces if you have them. Long dresses are very feminine. They catch the wind and add beautiful movement when you walk. That movement adds so much interest to your images. And, the fit of your dress should compliment your figure and show off your shape. If an outfit off the rack needs to be altered to fit you well, then do it to look your best. The reason we love so many celebrities’ outfits is that they are custom made to fit their bodies. My favorite silhouettes? It’s no secret that I absolutely LOVE a one-shoulder dress. It’s a hint of sexy, but classy at the same time. I also love simple slip dresses and wraps that accent your waist.

When choosing a dress, keep in mind that solid fabrics are best, because prints and patterns can be trendy and distracting unless they are tiny florals or classic patterns like stripes or checks. Plus, so many trendy outfits can date your images very quickly. Same goes for big, chunky accessories. Choose simple and delicate instead. I love heirloom, estate pieces that connect you to your family and give just enough sparkle. Ask your grandmother if you can borrow her pearl and diamond earrings, or your mother her diamond necklace. If your location makes it a little hard to walk in heels, you can take them off. Holding your shoes as you walk gives the images a more relaxed feel (even though you are dressed up) and also gives you something to do with your hands.

For a second, more casual outfit, well-fitting jeans with heels and a dressy blouse or a tailored jumpsuit, is what I recommend. Both are always a win.

So, to sum it up in a few words…solid, flowy, delicate feminine, and classic with a just hint of sexy and a touch of tailored. If every piece you choose to wear for your session can be summed up in those words then you’ve nailed it and your images will be beautiful and timeless.

Be looking for my next post, which will be a Q&A with Walton’s Jewelry on how to confidently shop for and choose estate jewelry and antique engagement rings.

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Dresses: Nordstrom | All jewelry: Estate pieces from Walton’s Jewelry, Franklin TN

 

Virginia & Matthew’s Cathedral Church of the Advent and Birmingham Museum of Art Wedding

My first wedding of 2019 was Virginia and Matthew’s beautiful Birmingham, AL wedding planned by M. Elizabeth Events in shades of smoky blue, white and greenery.HDP-Tracy-15_-WEB.jpg

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Virginia and Matthew's Birmingham AL Wedding, Cathedral Church of the Advent and Birmingham Museum of Art by Heather Durham Photography

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Virginia and Matthew's Birmingham AL Wedding, Cathedral Church of the Advent and Birmingham Museum of Art by Heather Durham Photography

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Virginia and Matthew's Birmingham AL Wedding, Cathedral Church of the Advent and Birmingham Museum of Art by Heather Durham Photography=

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Virginia and Matthew's Birmingham AL Wedding, Cathedral Church of the Advent and Birmingham Museum of Art by Heather Durham Photography

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