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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Birmingham Magazine Summer/Fall 2017 Weddings Cover

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Thanks to the incredibly talented team of friends who made this shoot happen and to Birmingham Magazine for putting us on the cover of their Summer/Fall 2017 Weddings issue. And, if you know me well, you know how happy I am that it’s turquoise!

Be sure to pick up a copy on news stands now, and stay tuned for the full blog post to come…

Photographer: Heather Durham | 1st Assistant: Andi Rice | Stylist: Mary Beth Wetzel | Hair & Make Up: Kerri Bunn of BOMA Beautiful | Models: Anna Kathryn Fitch with Elite and Ellie Martin with NEXT

Katie & Matt’s Birmingham, AL Wedding [Vestavia Country Club]

Katie is full of life, with an energy and enthusiasm that is contagious. What else would you expect from a former University of Alabama Crimsonette? She kinda floats around with her head held high, and you smile a lot when you are around her. And, Matt, the University of Alabama law student…he adores Katie! Sometimes he just gazes at her and other times he looks at her with this amused little grin on his face. It’s obvious he loves her spirit and spunk. His personality perfectly compliments hers too. Matt is more reserved and is okay with just hanging back observing while Katie is the life of the party. They really are the cutest couple!

Handley Breaux Designs planned this amazing wedding and Katie and I had an immediate connection at our first meeting over coffee. She LOVES photography and wanted it all…an Engagement Session, Bridal Session and a wedding day full of images. She even had some fun ideas of her own. As you will see, the details matter to Katie and she wanted to take the time to capture them. We got along splendidly.

Did I mention that at one time Katie worked in the Gus Mayer Shoe Salon? This girl loves some shoes…especially Christian Louboutin heels. In fact, there was a collection of Louboutin shoes and Burberry rain boots in the brides room for her to choose from on her wedding day, which called for a high chance of rain. I prayed that the rain would hold off because Katie had dreamed of having all outdoor photos, with only her First Look in the sanctuary. God answered that prayer. We only had a short sprinkle while we were driving from one location to the next for wedding party portraits. It cleared and we even had a minute or two of sunshine for Katie and Matt’s portraits at the scenic overlook in Vestavia.

I’ll let the images tell the rest of the story. And, I apologize in advance for the length of this post, but it was an 11 hour wedding day full of fun. It was just too hard to leave out some of Katie and Matt’s story. And, you don’t want to miss the reception at Vestavia Country Club, where the bride’s cake was suspended from the ceiling and her Crimsonette friends performed a few of their dances and the Alabama fight song. Roll Tide! Best wishes you two!

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Photographer: Heather Durham | 2nd Shooter: Jana Sobel | Planner: Handley Breaux Designs | Wedding Gown: Martina Liana from Ivory & White Bridal Boutique | Bridal Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Groom’s Tux: Mr. Burch | Floral Design: Lagniappe Designs | Church: Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church | Reception Venue and Caterer: Vestavia Country Club | Cake Artist: The Cakerie Birmingham | Invitation Suite: Annabelle’s | Hair Stylist: Kaitlin Eaton | Makeup Artist: Eva Crockett | Band: Nu South Players | Videographer: Bradley Whittingham

Cat & Chris’s Birmingham AL Wedding & Aldridge Gardens Reception

Cat and Chris were blessed with a crisp, cold and gorgeous December Saturday for their wedding nuptials at Canterbury Methodist Church and reception under the pavilion at Aldridge Gardens in Birmingham, Alabama. An abundance of sunshine and lingering fall color in the trees made for gorgeous images. And, her cranberry red bridesmaids dresses and florals were stunning with her ginger locks. Cat’s something borrowed was her mother’s beautiful cathedral length veil and her grandmother’s jewels were her something old. M. Elizabeth Events did a wonderful job on the Day Of Planning for this lovely winter wedding. Such a sweet couple and I wish them all the very best for a life of health and happiness together.

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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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Angel & Jared [Mountain Brook Private Estate Wedding & Ovenbird Reception]

Angel and I have known each other for years. She’s one of those people who you meet for the first time and she makes you feel like you’ve known each other forever. Her smile is infectious and her personality endearing. So, it’s no surprise that she and Jared ended up together. He’s one of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet and he’s never met a stranger. They both love to travel and are so full of life.

Angel graciously gives me some credit for she and Jared meeting, and it’s fun to think that I had a small part in their sweet union. This lovely June wedding was held at their friends’ beautiful Mountain Brook estate. The intimate back yard ceremony was perfect and their nuptials were exchanged overlooking the city of Birmingham, with a view of Vulcan in the distance. The reception afterwards was at James Beard award winner, Chef Chris Hastings’ newest restaurant, Ovenbird. It was the first wedding reception held at Ovenbird and discerning guests were treated with delicious and beautifully presented bites.

Angel and Jared’s wedding was simply modern and absolutely stunning. You’ll see…

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