Destination Wedding at Private Coastal Estate in Nova Scotia [Canada] – Published in Destination I Do Magazine

This stunning coastal French Chateau “Harbour Mist” on the maritime province of Nova Scotia, Canada was the inspiration for this wedding design with pretty French details and colors that mimic’d the estate’s architecture. The home’s gray cedar shingles, the coastline’s bluish-grey stone that has been smoothed by years of the tide washing over it, and mussel and clam shells found along the shoreline, all determined the color palette for this wedding. To compliment the smoky blues and grays, the bride wore an appliquéd blush Monique Lhuillier wedding gown and blush Jimmy Choo heels. Her art deco diamond ring from Walton’s Antique Jewelry looked lovely placed in a vintage ring box with gold fleur de lis on the lid. Bridesmaids wore a smokey blue Watters dress with blush underlay. Long flowing strands of hand-dyed ribbon by Cocoon Silk Ribbon were tied around the bouquets to catch the ocean breezes.

Weathered wood guest tables sprinkled the plush green lawn and boasted gathered floral centerpieces by Thorne & Thistle, including native blooms, such as white lilac and Canada Mayflower, along with blush pink peonies, roses and foraged greenery. Guests were mezmerized with 180 degree views of the Atlantic Ocean on one side and a view of the estate, orchard and hillside on the other. Calligraphy place cards by Gracefully Made Art were tucked into blue mussel shells at each guest’s seat. The custom wedding invitation, calligraphy and illustration of the estate were all created by Anna Lora Whitley of Silt & Pine. The Bride and Groom chose to hand write their vows in a gray velvet Vow book by Elmo Paper Stories. Maple syrup in a bottle shaped like the maple leaf, also seen on the Canadian flag, were parting gifts for guests and used the next morning at a brunch given by the groom’s family for out-of-town guests. It was the loveliest of days captured on film.

Nova Scotia Wedding by Heather Durham Photography


Photographer: Heather Durham Photography
Floral & Event Design: Thorne & Thistle + Barefoot Blooms
Local Flower Farmer: Barefoot Blooms
Rentals + Props: Staged for Upsell
Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier from Ivory & White Bridal Boutique (Birmingham, AL)
Bridesmaids Dress: Watters from Bella Bridesmaids (Nashville, TN)
Hair + Make Up: Kerri Bunn
Talent: City Models (Halifax, NS)
Models: Maggie Sutherland + Kyle Hynick + Lillie Ryan
Silk Ribbon: Cocoon Silk Ribbon
Videography + Drone Footage: Atlantic Aerialworx
Venue Location: “Harbour Mist” located in Blandford, Nova Scotia, Canada
Venue Inquiries: Stay Oversea

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

Callie & Gil’s Vestavia Hills Country Club Wedding

It was such a joy and privilege to spend a beautiful spring day in Birmingham celebrating with this family. They are truly the sweetest people and it was obvious by their wedding party and guests that Callie and Gil are loved and adored. Callie’s Mom is always smiling and I wish everyone reading this blog could have heard her Dad’s precious welcome speech and prayer at the reception. It brought tears to my eyes. And so did their “Daddy’s Girl” relationship. I mean, how cute is it that the First Look with Callie’s Dad included a father-daughter chest bump that ended in a special hive five, fist bump move…a long tradition of theirs for big life moments. You’ll see…it’s priceless!! And, Gil’s reaction seeing Callie at their First Look and their gift exchange on the hilltop are two of my favorite moments from this wedding.

Callie and Gil, I wish you all the blessings and happiness in the world that stems from a marriage with Jesus at the center. You are loved.

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Callie & Gil's Vestavia Country Club Wedding, Birmingham AL by Heather Durham Photography

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Photographer: Heather Durham | Assistant Photographer: Emily Kicklighter | Planner: Mariée Ami| Floral Design: Melanie Hughes of Pink Pear Florists | Wedding Gown: Anne Barge from Bustle | Tuxedos: Vera Wang from Men’s Wearhouse | Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy from Bella Bridesmaids Bella Bridesmaids| Hair + Make Up Artists: Joanna Ballentine + Molly Stilley of Irrelephant | Venue: Vestavia Country Club | Cake Artist: Pin and Pastry | Hand Dyed Silk Ribbon: Cocoon Silk Ribbon | Videography: Chip Burns | Entertainment: City Heat thru Music Garden

 

 

 

 

 

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Wedding Gown Fashions [Birmingham Magazine Summer/Fall 2016]

I loved everything about this shoot and our amazing team. I’ve worked with Hair & Make Up Artist, Celine Russell, many times and it’s always a pleasure. Her work is flawless. This was my first time working with stylist, Mary Beth Wetzel and wow! Can’t wait to work with her again. She’s a mover, shaker and beautiful shoot maker! Getting the cover was just the cherry on top! Thank you Birmingham MagazineHDP-BhamWeddings-June2016-107_-WEBHDP-BhamWeddings-June2016-139_-WEBHDP-BhamWeddings-June2016-140_-WEBHDP-BhamWeddings-June2016-91_-WEBHDP-BhamWeddings-June2016-35_-WEBHDP-BhamWeddings-June2016-40_-WEBHDP-BhamWeddings-June2016-6_-WEBHDP-BhamWeddings-June2016-163_-WEBHDP-BhamWeddings-June2016-173_-WEB