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

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! ūüôā 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 Caf√© 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 Caf√© 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 ‚ÄĒ 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

 

Emily & Seth’s Temple & Grand Bohemian Wedding, Birmingham AL [Published in Carats & Cake]

We couldn’t have ordered more perfect fall weather for Emily and Seth’s early November nuptials in Mountain Brook, Alabama. The day began with the bride and groom surrounded by their wedding party getting ready at her parents’ home. With her Mom and Dad overlooking from the balcony, Seth stood in the back yard and had his First Look of Emily in her blush Mira Zwellinger gown.

Forgive me for the lengthy blog post and amount of images, but this day had so many memorable moments with stunningly beautiful details designed by the talented team of Mari√©e Ami Wedding Planning Studio. It was a traditional Jewish ceremony, so Emily and Seth signed the Ketubah before the ceremony and danced the Hora dance at the reception. And, trust me…you don’t want to miss Emily and her dad’s choreographed father-daughter dance. Plus, Seth got up on stage and sang Tom Petty’s “American Girl”.¬†Both had the crowd roaring. Such a fun night!

Emily was the sweetest bride to work with from the planning process all the way through the moment she and Seth departed at the end of their wedding day. She took time amidst all that was going on in HER day to say thank you after so many shots all day long. She had a grateful heart which she made known to her parents and every vendor involved in her wedding.

I’ll let the images tell the rest of this wedding story. You can also see this wedding on Carats & Cake. Mazel Tov Emily and Seth! I wish you the very best. Thank you for inviting me into your life to celebrate and document your perfect day.

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Emily Rousso and Seth Capper Wedding at Temple Emanu-El and Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook by Heather Durham Photography
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Emily Rousso and Seth Capper Wedding at Temple Emanu-El and Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook by Heather Durham Photography
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Emily Rousso and Seth Capper Wedding at Temple Emanu-El and Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook by Heather Durham Photography
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Emily Rousso and Seth Capper Wedding at Temple Emanu-El and Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook by Heather Durham Photography
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Emily Rousso and Seth Capper Wedding at Temple Emanu-El and Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook by Heather Durham Photography
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Emily Rousso and Seth Capper Wedding at Temple Emanu-El and Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook by Heather Durham Photography
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Emily Rousso and Seth Capper Wedding at Temple Emanu-El and Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook by Heather Durham Photography
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Emily Rousso and Seth Capper Wedding at Temple Emanu-El and Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook by Heather Durham Photography
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Emily Rousso and Seth Capper Wedding at Temple Emanu-El and Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook by Heather Durham Photography
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Emily Rousso and Seth Capper Wedding at Temple Emanu-El and Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook by Heather Durham Photography
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Emily Rousso and Seth Capper Wedding at Temple Emanu-El and Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook by Heather Durham Photography
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Emily Rousso and Seth Capper Wedding at Temple Emanu-El and Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook by Heather Durham Photography
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Emily Rousso and Seth Capper Wedding at Temple Emanu-El and Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook by Heather Durham Photography
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Emily Rousso and Seth Capper Wedding at Temple Emanu-El and Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook by Heather Durham Photography
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Emily Rousso and Seth Capper Wedding at Temple Emanu-El and Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook by Heather Durham Photography
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Emily Rousso and Seth Capper Wedding at Temple Emanu-El and Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook by Heather Durham Photography
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Photographer: Heather Durham | Assistant Photographers: Emily Kicklighter & Beth Hontzas | Planner: Mari√©e Ami| Floral Design: Buffy Hargett Flowers | Wedding Gown: Mira Zwellinger from Joan Pillow Bridal Salon | Bride’s Shoes: Monolo Blahnik | Groom‚Äôs Tux: Saks Mens Custom Shop | Groomsmen Tuxes: The Black Tux | Bridesmaids Dresses: LulaKate from Bella Bridesmaids| |Custom Wedding Invitations & Lettering: Mari√©e Ami | Bride Hair Stylist: Celine Russell¬†| Videography: The Film Poets¬†| Ceremony: Temple Emanu-El } Reception Venue: Grand Bohemian Mountain Brook | Cake Artist: Dreamcakes | Lighting, Draping and Rigging: On-Site Productions | Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited¬†| Table Cloths: Nuage Designs |Entertainment: Pure Party Band

Francie & Smylie’s Vestavia Country Club & The Club Wedding, Birmingham AL [Published in BRIDES]

The absolute best part of my job is the couples I meet. I’ve been blessed with the kindest brides, grooms, families and wedding parties who make the day so much fun.

Francie and Smylie met when they were 15 and 16 and have the sweetest story. They are both from Vestavia Hills (Birmingham AL), where my family lived for 10 years before moving to Nashville, so we have lots of mutual friends. Smylie grew up on Vestavia Hills Country Club golf course, learned how to play the game there and now plays on the PGA Tour. I’m always excited when I can photograph a couple where they have a connection to a place that holds so many memories, so I was thrilled we were able to do their First Look and portraits at VCC.

Francie worked with ¬†Mari√©e Ami to plan her wedding with an amazing vendor team (see complete list at the end of this post). She was such a pleasure to work with from day one; and when the wedding day weather forecast included a tornado warning and her portraits were interrupted by thunderstorms, she was calm and full of grace, without even one word of complaint. She radiated joy all day, from getting ready at her family’s home to their sendoff at¬†The Club in a golf cart, of course.

Francie has a lifestyle¬†blog¬†and Instagram account ¬†@Fairwayfinds.¬†Follow along as she shares travel adventures and healthy living finds while on the PGA Tour with Smylie. Francie signs off with each blog post “Always finding joy,”. Yes, she is, and her wedding day had so much of it!

Francie and Smylie, thank you for choosing me to be a small part of your beautiful wedding day! Best wishes for a lifetime of health, happiness and birdies!

You can also see their wedding published on Brides.com.

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