Oh how I love to shoot the details that define each of my bride’s unique and beautiful style. Before the wedding day, I remind all of my brides to bring everything to the getting ready location, so that I can shoot it when I arrive. A bride’s perfume, invitation suite, programs, notes, gifts, jewelry, shoes, garters, and handkerchief are thoughtfully curated and begged to be remembered as part of the wedding day story. It’s also a great idea to set aside lingerie, so I can style it lying on a chair or on the bed to be photographed before the bride puts it on. Pets are family and also an important part of the story I try to include when I can. Often, it’s a family dog, but sometimes it’s the horse the bride grew up riding from childhood.
In addition to the personal and paper details, the floral, cake and reception design set the tone for the day. There’s always a “wow” moment thanks to the talented planners who meticulously think through every important element with our brides. This post features some of the loveliness I’ve photographed over the years. Hope you enjoy. And, what a pleasure it is to work with the planners featured and listed at the end of this post.
Wedding and Event Planners featured in this post:
Handley Breaux Designs
Jayne Bubis Events
M. Elizabeth Events
Laura Burchfield Events
Thorne & Thistle
I met Melissa and Paulk for the first time over coffee at Octane in Birmingham and immediately liked them. I loved that they both came to meet with me so that Paulk could also be a part of the decision making, and they were so real, warm and kind. I was thrilled when Melissa called me a few days later to let me know that I would be the one to tell their wedding day story, which would take place at Auburn United Methodist Church and Moores Mill Club, with planning by Invision Events. But first, I would spend an afternoon together with them for their Engagement Session and then later, a Bridal Session with Melissa. Three opportunities to get to be with this sweet couple! What a privilege for me!
In addition to forming a friendship, I’d like to tell you another beautiful result of my getting to know Melissa. She is a nurse at Children’s of Alabama and is passionate about her job helping children. Just a few weeks ago, our dear family friends’ 6th grade daughter underwent open heart surgery. The night before her surgery, I texted Melissa to see if by some crazy chance she would be working the next morning. She immediately texted back that she was. God is faithful as always, and Melissa was there that morning, provided support to our friends and took great care of their sweet girl, even making sure she had some of her favorite treats. I love seeing the beautiful webs God weaves between people to carry out His purpose for His glory. I hope Melissa and I will always stay in touch. She’s a gem! Paulk knows it too!
Here’s some of my favorite images from there wedding day. Enjoy…
Photography: Heather Durham | Planner: Invision Events | Floral Design: Stanley Sistrunk, The Flower Store | Wedding Gown: Kelly Faetanini from Carriage House Weddings | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Woo from BHLDN | Suits: Joseph A Bank | Band: Bobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces | Classic Car: Bride’s family private collection
Haley’s wedding at her family’s estate and farm in Altoona, Alabama was oh so southern. When my friend Julie of Invision Events showed me a photo of the wedding site months before the wedding, I immediately thought of Gone with the Wind. This was one of the most beautiful, picturesque and southern plantations I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting with my camera. And, we had perfect weather to celebrate Haley & Brent’s September nuptials.
Ba de ya, say do you remember
Ba de ya, dancing in September
Ba de ya, never was a cloudy day
Ba de ya, say do you remember
Ba de ya, dancing in September
Ba de ya, golden dreams were shinny days
Love bells was ringing
Our souls were singing
Do you remember, never a cloudy day
— Earth, Wind & Fire
A few weeks before the wedding day, I had the opportunity to photograph Haley’s bridal. Here are a few of my favorites…
Photographer: Heather Durham Photography | Assistant Photographer: Emily Kicklighter | Planner: Invision Events, Julie Bunkley | Wedding Gown: Eve of Milady from Bridals by Lori | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Tuxes: Mr. Burch | Invitation Suite: Fine Paperwork | Venue: Private Family Estate and Farm | Cake Artist: Olexa’s | MUAH: Kimberly Pierce | Band: Rexton Lee
There were some sweet blessings during Mary Caroline and Forrest’s wedding at Pursell Farms, planned by Invision Events. When I drove through the entrance, to the left I saw an amazing field of purple clover that I immediately knew I wanted to use. And, as you will see, it was just perfect with the bridesmaids powder pink dresses. And, in the midst of a very rainy spring season, God blessed us with a dry day for their outdoor nuptials surrounded by so much beauty. Here are some of my favorite images to tell the story of Mary Caroline and Forrest’s day. And, I was excited that Borrowed and Blue and The Knot published this beautiful wedding. Photography: Heather Durham Photography | Assistant Photographer: Jana Sobel of 205 Photography | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Pursell Farms | Planner: Invision Events, Courtney Wolf | Floral Designer: The King’s Garden, Beth Jordan | Cake Artist: Olexa’s | Catering: Pursell Farms | Bridal Gown Designer: Allure from Bella Couture | Bridesmaids Dresses: Donna Morgan | Groom & Groomsmen Suits: Joseph A. Bank | Makeup and Hair Artist: Morgan Ashley Salon, Molly Stilley | Band: Blue Denim via Music Garden | Rentals: Special Events
I’m so excited to finally share the Hunting Lodge Inspired Wedding Shoot I photographed last November at Sawtooth Plantation near Auburn, Alabama. The inspiration for this styled shoot begin one year prior, when I photographed Sawtooth for Birmingham Magazine’s November 2013 issue. The moment I drove through the plantation’s grand gates, I saw a bride and groom strolling throughout the property. The vision for this shoot begins with the groom, a southern gentleman and an avid outdoorsman, who has expressed to his bride that he wants to be married in the great outdoors, surrounded by the peaceful beauty of nature he so enjoys. She happily agrees.
The long country road that led me to Sawtooth, revealed sprawling land, trees full of fall color and glimpses of deer and turkey peaking through the hardwoods. I immediately had ideas for a refined woodland wedding theme, guest tables by the lake, deer antlers and pheasant feathers mixed in with the floral design, and a nod to southern cuisine, with a dinner menu including wild game. When I contacted the owner, John Cassimus, he graciously agreed to host our shoot at Sawtooth.
Over the next several months, the vision continued to unfold as the most amazing team of creatives was gathered to make my dream become a reality…and even better than I could have ever imagined. The team included the talents of Invision Events, Lisa Thorne of Thorne and Thistles for floral design, Laura McCarty of Marked for the paper suite, and Robby Melvin (Southern Living Test Kitchens Director) for the menu creation, among others. I hope you enjoy the images as much as we enjoyed creating them, and maybe you will be inspired for your upcoming wedding or gathering.
You can also see this shoot featured on Weddings Unveiled and Who What Wear.